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You've found the perfect birthday gift and now it's time to compose the message to accompany it. Maybe you've read through every birthday greeting card at the store, but none of the messages is quite right, or maybe you want to embellish your card with a unique and personalized birthday greeting that the recipient will cherish all year long. How can you share your heartfelt birthday wishes?

When you sit down to write out your birthday wishes, it can quickly become difficult to think of what to say. The best way to start is to think about just what the birthday celebrant means to you. A loved one's birthday can be the perfect occasion on which to celebrate those deep emotions you feel every day if you wish for your wishes to have a meaningful and emotional effect. Or perhaps you'd like your birthday wishes to create an altogether lighter and more humorous response. No matter what effect you're going for, a great way to send the perfect birthday wishes is to incorporate a quote into your message. Here are a few birthday-related quotes to get you started.

Get the laughter started! Birthdays are a great time for light-hearted fun. Remind your birthday celebrant that age is just a number with these amusing quotes.

"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." – Lucille Ball

"As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did." – Robert Benchley

"Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." – Jack Benny

"No man is ever old enough to know better." – Holbrook Jackson

A birthday can be a great opportunity for reflection and a reminder to celebrate life every day. Your birthday wishes can share a meaningful message with these quotes.

"Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time." – Bernard Baruch

"Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive." – Ingmar Bergman

"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve." – Coco Chanel

"Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it." – William Feather

Your friends are there for you through thick and thin, and birthday wishes are the perfect place to show just how much it means to you. Share your gratitude and affection with these quotes on the beauty of friendship.

"When twilight drops her curtain down / And pins it with a star / Remember that you have a friend / Though she may wander far." – Lucy Maud Montgomery

"In my friend, I find a second self." – Isabel Norton

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." – C.S. Lewis

"All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!" – Charles Schulz (via Lucy from Peanuts)

The perfect accompaniment to a birthday gift of flowers or chocolates, these quotes about love and devotion are sure to set the mood for romance.

"A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years." – Rupert Brooke

"If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I." – Michel de Montaigne

"Life is the flower for which love is the honey." – Victor Hugo

"Love is a game that two can play and both win." – Eva Gabor

"Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction." – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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