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Short happy birthday wishes: 60 + 10 great quotes & messages

We’ve put together short birthday wishes for you that will make your happy birthday messages extra special. Write them in a birthday card or send them online.

Short birthday wishes are also ideal for gift tags or for beautiful engraving. Our quotes are suitable for contacts of all kinds – for example, for men and women, son or daughter, boyfriend, girlfriend or acquaintances.

Short birthday wishes for every taste

Short birthday wishes for every taste

If you opt for short birthday wishes, you can always send them quickly or write them down without wasting time. They are suitable for a birthday card written at the last minute or for a message via WhatsApp, social media and Co.

Beautiful short birthday quotes

In this chapter you will find especially beautiful short birthday quotes with which you can not go wrong. Especially friends and family are certainly happy about a few dear words for the birthday.

  1. Don’t just count your years, make your years count.
    (George Meredith)
  2. Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.
  3. Look joyfully into your future today and think of all that life still has in store for you. Happy birthday to you!
  4. Let them eat cake.
    (Marie Antoinette)
  5. Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.
    (Jean Paul)
  6. Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.
    (Booth Tarkington)
  7. Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
  8. There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.
    (Lewis Carroll)
  9. It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.
    (Ellen Glasgow)
  10. A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.
    (Thomas Fuller)

Here you can find birthday sayings, quotes and lyrics for every age.

Short funny birthday wishes for men

Short and funny birthday wishes for men

The following birthday quotes and wishes are especially good for men with humor. Whether it’s for your father, brother, or friend, we have the right words for you on your birthday. However, always make sure that the saying is also a good fit for the person celebrating.

  1. Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.
    (Jonathan Swift)
  2. Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway.
  3. A man growing old becomes a child again.
  4. A piece of wisdom for you on your birthday: Chocolate spread has a few vitamins, so you have to eat extra much of it!
  5. There’s many a man has more hair than wit.
    (William Shakespeare)
  6. At your age, the saying "beauty comes from within" really gains more and more meaning. Happy Birthday!
  7. No wise man ever wished to be younger.
    (Jonathan Swift)
  8. In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  9. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
    (Mark Twain)
  10. Birthday greetings for you: good wine is also old.

Short funny birthday wishes for women

Short funny birthday wishes for women

In this chapter you will find short funny birthday wishes for women with humor. Send them only if your personal relationship allows it. A good friend or your sister can certainly tolerate a funny saying better than an acquaintance or work colleague.

  1. Youth is wasted on the young.
    (George Bernard Shaw)
  2. For your birthday, I wish you that there is food left over today, so that you can enjoy a cozy hangover breakfast in bed tomorrow.
  3. Today I wish you a smile on your face, a well chilled champagne in one hand and a delicious piece of cake in the other.
  4. You are an absolute dream woman. Or how do you call it when you’re always tired?
  5. Once your reputation is ruined… well you know the rest. So enjoy your birthday, live carefree and wild.
  6. A birthday recipe for you: 1 pair of new shoes, 1 new dress, 3 bottles of champagne, 1 birthday cake, 20 candles and lots of love for your special day.
  7. From 50 you can often no longer recognize the letters up close, but the idiots already from a distance!
  8. Fitness gives you the feeling of looking better – champagne does the same. In this sense: Cheers and happy birthday.
  9. Women do not grow old. From a certain age, they only mature.
  10. As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
    (Andrew Carnegie)
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Short birthday wishes for your son or daughter

Short birthday wishes for son or daughter

It’s your child’s birthday and you can’t find the right words? We have nice quotes and wishes that are suitable for the son or daughter – whether child, teenage or adult.

If your child is already older, you can give him a life wisdom, beautiful motivational sayings or a few loving thoughts. For younger ones, short funny birthday wishes with rhymes and jokes are more suitable.

  1. Nothing you could ever do could ever keep me from loving you.
  2. Feel loved and protected this day. We are always here for you and support your dreams and desires – no matter where they take you.
  3. My birthday wishes for you: happiness, love, laughter, good food and lightheartedness today.
  4. Having such a great son like you makes me incredibly happy. Stay the way you are.
  5. Life is like a canvas. Take the most beautiful colors and paint it as colorful as you can!
  6. Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.
    (Theodore Roosevelt)
  7. There is nothing better than watching your daughter grow up and blossom more and more. I love you.
  8. I am incredibly proud of how you have turned out and wish you much success, strength and love in your new year of life.
  9. One day you will look back and realize that this time of your life is only the first chapter of a wonderful story that lies ahead.
  10. Even if we don’t always agree – you are and will always be my child.
    My good wishes are for you – dearest birthday greetings from me.
  11. You alone determine how you stand to life and what you make of it. So far you have proven that you appreciate life and can master it. I am very proud of you.
  12. Even though we don’t see each other that often, I thrive on the moments we have together. You are my pride and joy.
  13. For my greatest treasure in the world many dear birthday kisses!
  14. We are always the same age inside.
    (Gertrude Stein)
  15. Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.
Gift idea
A nice gift for the birthday is to frame short birthday wishes. To do this, simply choose a saying that you like best and that fits well with the birthday boy or girl and write it down in large letters or print it out.

Very short birthday wishes for WhatsApp

Very short birthday wishes for WhatsApp

The following quotes are particularly suitable for quick congratulations on WhatsApp.

They are short and snappy and you can always add a few words of your own if needed. Combine them with a GIF or funny photo of the birthday boy or girl and you have individual birthday greetings.

  1. You. Are. Stunning. Period.
  2. Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.
    (Emily Dickinson)
  3. What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
  4. We do not remember days, we remember moments.
    (Cesare Pavese)
  5. For your birthday celebration today, I wish you the best!
  6. Love and the juice of the vine – enjoy it for a lifetime.
  7. Happy birthday to you today! Lots of love.
  8. Thinking of you, birthday girl.
  9. I wish you a little miracle for your birthday today.
  10. Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.
    (George Sand)
  11. Today I wish for you: love, joy, sunshine & happiness.
  12. I wish you a terrific birthday and lots of love!
  13. Celebrate every day that you are happy.
  14. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
    (Mark Twain)
  15. Friends are people who think of you on your birthday.

Personal messages as short birthday wishes

Personal texts as short birthday wishes

Short and freely worded messages are also suitable as birthday wishes. They contain personal birthday wishes for the new year of life and show your counterpart that you have put some thought into it.

For inspiration, you can also choose a quote or a poem and combine it with your own short message. Write your congratulations in a card or send them online.


Age is just a number after all. As long as you stay the way you are, you’ll be beautiful forever. So please stay unpunctual, messy and impatient because that’s how you are perfect.

Happy Birthday and best wishes for your new year of life.


I wish for you the stars in the sky, the shining sun, the deep sea, impressive mountains and the green forest. I wish you the world on your birthday, because you deserve it.


Thank you for always being such a good friend! You are a very important person in my life and I wish you all the happiness in the world, peace, love and joy on your birthday.


"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."
(Oscar Wilde)

You have been through a lot in your life and yet it has only made you stronger and wiser. You are a wonderful person and I always carry you in my heart.

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"I’m not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You’re as old as you feel."
(Henri Frederic Amiel)

Keep your zest for life and positive attitude, because they make you unique. Happy birthday!


On paper now a year older, but the child still in your heart. Stay as you are, my dear and happy birthday!


"May you live all the days of your life."
(Jonathan Swift)

I wish you all the happiness in the world for your birthday and that you have a fantastic day!


As long as we’ve known each other, I’m starting to lose count of how old you’re getting. But it doesn’t matter, because you still look like you did 10 years ago!


Dear (name),

you are in the prime of life, beautiful, healthy and full of energy. At the same time, you have already been able to gain quite a bit of life experience, so that only a little can shock you and you can do a lot right from now on – so an optimal mix!

All the best for your birthday.


For your birthday I wish you a lot of time with your loved ones, time to rest and celebrate. I would be happy if we both soon find the time to meet again. Let me know when it’s suitable for you and enjoy your birthday for now!

Tips for short birthday wishes

Tips for short birthday wishes

When sending out short birthday wishes, make sure they still feel personal. Short birthday sayings sometimes give the impression that you didn’t put any effort into choosing them and didn’t feel like writing more.

But they also have the advantage that the birthday boy or girl doesn’t have to read so many long texts on their special day. In addition, short wishes can often be just as beautiful and profound as longer sayings.

Design the birthday wishes individually

So that the person celebrating knows that you have thought about it, you should design your congratulations individually. Choose a saying that fits the personality of the birthday boy or girl.

You can also design the birthday card yourself or attach a great photo, emoji or GIF to your WhatsApp message. Especially nice is also a birthday video or a voicemail in which you recite a short text about the birthday.

Combine your quote and message

A combination of quote and text is always a good way to make birthday wishes. For this, you can combine a classic birthday text template with a suitable quote. You can also attach common phrases to the birthday quote like:

  • My very best wishes for you on your birthday.
  • I wish you only the best for your new year of life.
  • In this sense: All the best and love for your birthday.
  • Happy Birthday – have a great day!

Complement your own words

If you have found a beautiful quote or saying for the birthday, you can also lean your own words to their content and interpret them briefly for you. So you stand out from usual congratulations and congratulate with a substantial text, which remains longer in mind than usual birthday phrases.

Use birthday wishes appropriate to the gift

Use birthday wishes appropriate to the gift

Often, birthday wishes can be selected to match the gift. This way you show the person celebrating that you have made an extra effort. Either you think of a short saying yourself or buy a gift matching a saying.

Birthday sayings are often associated with alcoholic beverages. For example, if you give away a good bottle of wine, this saying is suitable for your card:

  • Raise the glasses, let’s be merry. Because of this special day we only drink the best wine today.

If you give away an activity or time together, a gift certificate or something to eat, you can certainly find some suitable words. For example:

  • Nobody can reach your fitness. You’ll show us next time in the climbing hall! Much strength, health and sportsmanship is what we wish you for your new year of life.
  • Buy yourself something nice from this voucher – steak, pasta, pizza or salad – what should it be? Happy birthday and have fun at the restaurant.

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