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I quit high school on my birthday. It was my senior year and I didn't see the point. This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
Every day, every birthday candle I blow out, every penny I throw over my shoulder in a wishing well, every time my daughter says, 'Let's make a wish on a star,' there's one thing I wish for: wisdom.
I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing 'Happy Birthday.'
You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
At my age flowers scare me.
I was forced to live far beyond my years when just a child, now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely.
My ace in the hole as a human being used to be my capacity for remembering birthdays. I worked at it. Whenever I made a new friend, I made a point of finding out his or her birthday early on, and I would record it in my Filofax calendar.
For my birthday this year, my girlfriends - who knew I'd just inherited my dad's turntable - gave me a carton of albums like 'Blue Kentucky Girl,' by Emmylou Harris, and 'Off the Wall,' by Michael Jackson. It's all stuff we grew up with. I mean, you can't have a music collection without Prince's 'Purple Rain' - it just can't be done!
We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It's the day I was born. My mother's birthday, and a lot of my friends' birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.
It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.
If every year is a marble, how many marbles do you have left? How many sunrises, how many opportunities to rise to the full stature of your being?
My happiest memory of childhood was my first birthday in reform school. This teacher took an interest in me. In fact, he gave me the first birthday presents I ever got: a box of Cracker Jacks and a can of ABC shoe polish.
For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier... I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.
The worst part about celebrating another birthday is the shock that you're only as well as you are.
I love the big fresh starts, the clean slates like birthdays and new years, but I also really like the idea that we can get up every morning and start over.
The main prank that we play with props is for people's birthdays. The special effects people will put a little explosive in the cake so it blows up in their face - that's always fun to play on a guest star, or one of the trainees or someone who's new.
A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.
For me, the end of childhood came when the number of candles on my birthday cake no longer reflected my age, around 19 or 20. From then on, each candle came to represent an entire decade.
When I was little I thought, isn't it nice that everybody celebrates on my birthday? Because it's July 4th.
I think there's something about the homemade birthday cake, because my wife, on my daughter's first birthday, started the tradition where she takes a full cake and cuts the number birthday out of it.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Love the giver more than the gift.
When I was in elementary school, I used to write letters to myself. I'd write letters and go 'Dear Kristen-at-16-years-old, happy birthday. I hope you're doing something.'
I jumped out of an airplane on my 34th birthday because I promised myself I would. I have an interest in confronting my fears.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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