100+ Best 18th Birthday Quotes, Messages And Wishes

18th birthday messages can be used to wish your children, siblings, and even friends a happy birthday.

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We spend hours planning birthday parties for when our loved ones are turning 18, but what about the birthday card message we want to pass on to the birthday girl or boy?

Reaching 18 years of age is a big deal and every 18 year old wants something memorable to remember their happy birthday with. Turning 18 years old is a mark of adulthood and an 18th birthday wish should stand out from the rest.

Birthdays are special, even if you are not the one celebrating. Your happy birthday message to someone who has just turned 18 years old, could include some meaningful 18th birthday quotes, wise 18th birthday wishes, or even funny 18th birthday captions.

Since you can only wish them a happy 18th birthday once in a lifetime, we have written this article to help you find the perfect 18th birthday card messages and 18th birthday quotes. Don’t worry if you cannot find the right words to say "happy 18th birthday son", "happy 18th birthday daughter", or the right happy 18th birthday wishes for your sibling, friend or relative on their special day that they turn 18. Find the right happy 18th birthday quotes, 18th birthday wishes, and 18th birthday captions that would be the perfect addition to your birthday card from this list of happy 18th birthday quotes.

On our list of 18th birthday quotes, you will find meaningful 18th birthday quotes as well as 18th birthday quotes from famous personalities that will make the perfect birthday wishes on a birthday card. Think of this as the complete one stop guide to the best happy 18th birthday quotes you can find for your loved one's birthday card.

If you love these 18th birthday quotes and are looking for more great birthday quotes, you might like these cake quotes and teen life quotes.

Happy 18th Birthday Quotes For Your Son And Daughter

We know parents love their children unconditionally, and we are here to help you express that undying love. A child turning 18 years old is a huge milestone and moment for the parent as well as the child. For parents, it is often a bittersweet moment of realizing that their kid is no longer a young, dependent child, mixed with feelings of pride in the young person they have grown into. The bond between parents and their children is the most powerful of all bonds there is, so why not celebrate it with these 18th birthday quotes? Do you want to say happy birthday to a young adult of 18 years with the right birthday wishes in their birthday card? Here are some 18th birthday quotes that would make great birthday messages on your son or daughter's special day. Which of these 18th birthday quotes will you choose?

1. "Our hope this year, for you my dear, is a year of happiness and joy. May the coming year bring all you dream of and more!"  

- Catherine Pulsifer.

2. “Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.”

-Menachem Mendel Schneerson.    

3. "Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift."

-Aretha Franklin.    

4. "Your birthday is my pleasure. You are my sweetest treasure."

-Danny Demeersseman.      

5. "When you get older, your wild heart will live for younger days, think of me if ever you're afraid."

-Avicii, ‘Nights’.

6. "If you’re lost you can look–and you will find me, time after time."

-Cyndi Lauper, 'Time After Time'.

7. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.”

-Malala Yousafzai.    

8. “Happy birthday to you. This is your day. On this day for you, we're gonna love you in every way.”

-New Kids On The Block, ‘Happy Birthday’.

9. “May you live all the days of your life.”

-Jonathan Swift.

10. "Tucker: But she gave me the perfect gift.

Clara: What?

Tucker: You."

-Cynthia Hand, ‘Unearthly’.

11. “Life should not only be lived; it should be celebrated.”


12. “Go venture far beyond the shores, don't forsake this life of yours, I'll guide you home, no matter where you are."

-Avicii, ‘Nights’.

18th Birthday Quotes For Friends

It doesn’t matter who is turning 18 years first, you or your friend. What’s  important is to send a special happy birthday message to each other. Here are some great 18th birthday quotes and 18th birthday wishes you can write in your friend's 18th birthday card. These happy birthday quotes about 18th birthday celebrations are messages that cherish childhood and friendship, making them the perfect 18th birthday quotes for your best friend. These are also happy birthday messages that look forward to the wide world ahead with your best friend. These 18th birthday quotes would even make great happy birthday captions on social media on your friend's 18th birthday. Which of these 18th birthday quotes is your favorite?

13. “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”

-Robert Browning.  

14. “Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.”

-Decimus Magnus Ausonius.

15. “We should celebrate every year that we made it through and every year that we're happier and healthier.”

-Ellen DeGeneres.

16. "A birthday is like a new year and my wish for you, is a great year full of happiness and sunshine!"

-Catherine Pulsifer.

17. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

–Dr. Seuss, ‘Happy Birthday To You!’

18. "May God bless and keep you always,  may your wishes all come true, may you always do for others, and let others do for you."

-Bob Dylan, ‘May You Stay Forever Young’.

19. “Your birthday as my own to me is dear. But yours gives most. For mine did only lend me to the world; yours gave to me a friend.”

-Marcus Valerius Martialis, ‘Epigrams’.

20. “The most wasted of days is one without laughter.”

-E. E. Cummings.

21. “This day only comes once every year, because you're so wonderful, with each and every thing you do.”

-New Kids On The Block, ‘Happy Birthday’.

22. “Wrap you in love for the rest of my days. Pray you find joy through your pain. Happy birthday.”

-Kygo featuring John Legend, ‘Happy Birthday’.

23. “Happy birthday to you, you're still young. Age is just a number, don't you stop having fun. This is your day.”

-New Kids On The Block, ‘Happy Birthday’.

24. "May you stay forever young, forever young, forever young, may you stay forever young.”

-Bob Dylan, ‘Forever Young’.

Inspirational 18th Birthday Quotes For A Happy Birthday

Several inspirational messages can serve as 18th birthday quotes on your loved one's special day.

Turning 18 years old is all about maturity and responsibility. Adulthood is signaled by your 18th birthday, and some might think that this means giving up a lot of fun things about childhood, but it is better understood as the beginning of new, fun experiences in adulthood. From achieving your childhood dreams, to becoming financially independent, there is so much to celebrate and look forward to on an 18th birthday. Here are a few inspirational 18th birthday quotes that will help the 18th birthday girl or boy celebrate this wonderful journey called life. These inspirational 18th birthday quotes are perfect to write on a birthday card to say "happy birthday" to those you love. So go ahead and read them, and get ready to discover some great new 18th birthday quotes!

25. "Live vicariously, beautifully, and excitingly, discover, love, dare and act as there is nothing to lose."

-Andy Hertz, 'Life, The Best Birthday Gift'.

26. “One day you’ll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember.”

-Avicii, ‘Nights’.

27. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

-Abraham Lincoln.

28. “Look what you’ve already come through! Don’t deny it. Say I’m stronger than I thought I was.”

-Maya Angelou.

29. “Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.”

-Sammy Hagar.

30. “It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.”

– Abigail Adams.

31. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt.

32. “If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do is to save every day.”

-Jim Croce.

33. “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”

-Martha Graham.

34. "Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it."

- Brigitte Bardot.

35. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

– Robert F. Kennedy.

36. "Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come."

- Lucy Larcom.

37. "Live not one's life as though one had a thousand years, but live each day as the last."

-Marcus Aurelius.

38. “You don’t get older, you only get better.”

-Shirley Bassey.

39. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

-George Eliot.

40. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

-Mae West.

41. “Understand that it is ok to be scared or uncertain, however right beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams.”

– Josh Hinds.

42. “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”

-William Arthur Ward.

43. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”

-Mahatma Gandhi.

44. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

- Zig Ziglar.

45. “When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.”

- Carol Burnett.

46. “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

-Jimmy Dean.

47. “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”

– Betty Friedan.

48. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm possible!'”

-Audrey Hepburn.

49. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt.

50. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.”

-Maya Angelou.

51. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.”

-Michael Altshuler.

Funny 18th Birthday Quotes, Messages And Wishes To Say Happy 18th Birthday

Funny happy 18th birthday quotes can put a smile on your loved ones' faces on their special day.

What better way to make your loved one's happy 18th birthday special than by giving them a card they can laugh about? There are plenty of 18th funny birthday quotes that you can put on a card for your loved ones if you want to send a light hearted message. Why not wish them a happy birthday and make then laugh with a happy birthday card that has some of these 18th birthday quotes inside? Their birthday may just be the best one yet with these 18th birthday quotes. Which of these 18th birthday quotes make you laugh?

52. “You had me at cake. Happy Birthday.”

-Jerry McGuire.  

53. “Birthdays are nature's way of telling you to eat more cake.”

-Jo Brand.

54. “People worry so much about aging, but you look younger if you don’t worry about it.”

– Jeanne Moreau.

55. “Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everybody rushes to get a piece?”

-Bobby Kelton.  

56. “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

- Madeleine L’Engle.

57. "The best birthdays of all are those that haven't arrived yet."

-Robert Orben.

58. “The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.”

– Doug Larson.

59. “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”

-Mark Twain.

60. “You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.”

-Germaine Greer.

61. “I was brought up to respect my elders, so now I don't have to respect anybody.”

-George Burns.

62. “Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.”

-Larry Lorenzoni.

63. “As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.”

– François de La Rochefoucauld.

64. “In childhood, we yearn to be grown-ups. In old age, we yearn to be kids. It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn’t have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order.”

-Robert Brault.

65. “The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.”

-Jerry M. Wright.

66. “People never grow up, they just learn how to act in public!”

- Bryan White.

Popular 18th Birthday Quotes, Messages And Wishes To Say Happy Birthday

These popular, straight forward and classic happy 18th birthday quotes are perfect ways to wish your loved ones a happy birthday and to celebrate 18 years of their life! Which of these 18th birthday quotes is your favorite?

67. “I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth.”

-Ovid, 'Metamorphoses'.

68. “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by the age eighteen.”

-Albert Einstein.  

69. “Don’t count your years, make your years count. Happy birthday.”

-George Meredith.

70. “A birth date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.”

-Amit Kalantri, ‘Wealth Of Words’.

71. “Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”

-Charles Schulz.

72. “There are two great days in a person’s life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.”  

-William Barclay.

73. “Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

-Franz Kafka.

74. “All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much”

-George Harrison.

75. "Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age."

-Pope John XXIII.

76. "Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words."

-Titus Maccius Plautus.

77. "Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years."

-Decimus Magnus Ausonius.

78. "A birthday is just another day where you go to work and people give you love. Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessings and be happy."

-Abhishek Bachchan.

79. “The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made.”

-Robert Browning.

80. "Don't regret another birthday, the good news is that you are alive and can celebrate it."

-Catherine Pulsifer.

81. "Life isn't about your age. Life is about living. So when your birthday comes be thankful for the year that has just past and anticipate with a happy heart what the coming year will bring."

-Catherine Pulsifer.

82. “The way I see it, you should live every day like it’s your birthday.”

-Paris Hilton.

83. “We turn not older with years, but newer every day.”

-Emily Dickinson.

84. “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

-Lucille Ball.

85. "Someday I'll be 18 going on 55, 18 till I die!"

-Bryan Adams, ‘18 Till I Die’.

86. “Pleased to look forward, pleased to look behind, and count each birthday with a grateful mind.”

-Alexander Pope.

87. “If we could be twice young and twice old we could correct all our mistakes.”


88. “Youth has no age.”

-Pablo Picasso.  

89. “My favorite age is now.”

- Kirsten Dunst.

90. “We're gonna have a good time, I'm glad it's your birthday, Happy birthday to you.”

-Beatles, ‘Birthday’.

91. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

-Mark Twain.

92. “Today is the oldest you have been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt.

93. “Wishing you happiness to welcome each morning. Wishing you laughter to make your heart sing. Wishing you friendship, sharing and caring all of the joy, your birthday can bring”

-Noble Diary.

94. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

-Oprah Winfrey.

18th Birthday Quotes Inspired By William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s words of love and wisdom are timeless as ever. Why not write them down as 18th birthday quotes on the cards of your loved ones and make their day special with a meaningful happy birthday message? These 18th birthday quotes are truly special!

95. “To me, fair friend, you never can be old, For as you were when first your eye I eye’d, Such seems your beauty still.”

-William Shakespeare, ‘Sonnet 104: To Me, Fair Friend, You Never Can Be Old’.

96. "With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."

- William Shakespeare, ‘The Merchant Of Venice’.

97. “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.”

- William Shakespeare, ‘As You Like It’.

Spiritual 18th Birthday Quotes, Wishes And Messages To Say 'Happy Birthday'

Using quotes and words from holy texts such as the Bible and other spiritual quotes is a great way to convey wisdom to a budding 18 year old. Many young adults need guidance from wiser and older guardians on their ever changing path of life, and what better way to start one's adulthood than with some spiritual 18th birthday messages? Your birthday may be a great opportunity to share some wisdom with others.

98. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”

-Maya Angelou, ‘Celebrations: Rituals Of Peace And Prayer’.

99. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

- Numbers 6:24-26 ESV.

100. “For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.”

- Proverbs 9:11 ESV .

101. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

- Psalm 118:24 ESV.

102. “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”

- Psalm 91:11 ESV.

103. “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!”

- Psalm 20:4 ESV.

104. “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”

-3 John 1:2 ESV.                      

105. “You crown the year with your goodness; your paths overflow with rich food.”

-Psalm 65:11.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 18th birthday quotes, messages, and wishes, then why not take a look at these granddaughter quotes or grandson quotes for more?


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