There are very few things that mean more to me than words.
I often wonder where I’d be without them.
Since I was little girl I’ve loved quotes. I think I’ve always dreamed of being famous enough to have something I said or wrote spoken and shared over and over again, used as a beacon or a motivation or maybe just a source of healing for a bad day.
So this year when I was thinking of how I wanted to celebrate my birthday online my heart yearned for words. Everyone at this party knows that the last few months have been indescribable and sad but it was the words of all of you that have picked me up, hugged me tight and reminded me that love comes in many forms.
Love can be LOUD and Boisterous, or it can be quiet and reflective and inspiring.
It can LAUGH or cry, hug or just sit next to you and hold your hand.
But it’s always welcome.
And when I asked for your words, you gave me the most wonderful birthday I could have dreamed of.
Below you’re going to read wonderful beautiful words from people I love.
(My favorite quotes are sprinkled around them. Hey you didn’t think I wouldn’t add my own did you? )
Some are so funny, you’ll snort. Others are reflective and thoughtful.
ALL of them made me cry.
Words from icons and world changers, quotes from comediennes and some others lifted right from the pages of the Bible. There are even one or two that are “homemade” and they are awesome.
But each quote was given with love and care.
I couldn’t ask for better presents, friends (Tribes) or proof about the MAGIC OF WORDS.
Mom (BFF since birth , maker of memories and smiles, first and most important LOVE of my life)
Lisa (BFF extraordinaire! I am the Gayle to your Oprah…always Leese! Life just wouldn’t be the same without you! xo)
Dear Kir, The first time I wished you a Happy Birthday, you were turning 25!
19 years later, I am more thankful for your friendship than ever. You’re the best at a lot of things…especially keeping secrets! And so, in honor of you:
And of course I’m adding a birthday booze quote! Cheers to 44!
“Trust me, You can dance.” -Vodka
Noelle (BFF extraordinaire!You will always be my favorite dance partner love! Life wouldn’t be the same without you!)
and because it’s kinda “our thing”. xo
Angela of AngelaAmman.com
My dear Kir, (Because all writers believe in magic and dreaming and making something beautiful out of the way life ought to be.)
“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!”
― Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
My Guardian Angel and friend Tiina
“God is in the details” Mies van der Rohe 1936
Shari of Dusty Earth Mother
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”–Jesus in Matthew 6:34
Love you, Keeersten.
Marian (My friend and #heartsister) of runaway sentence
Hey, lady. Happy birthday! This is a popular quote, but it has always been like a beacon for me. I have had it pasted in various places throughout my adult life, where I would see it, and it would remind me:
I have come to believe over and over again, that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.– Audre Lorde
Julie of Julie C Gardner.com
Dear, sweet Kir,
My favorite quotation comes from one of my favorite writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who says,
” What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
There is so much strength within you, Kir. More than you can imagine. So imagine me smiling now, wishing you a birthday full of love. May the coming year bring peace to your heart. And joy. Always joy.
Alison of Writing, Wishing
My beautiful friend,
Happy 44th Birthday! As you go into this amazing time of your life, I wish you more love, more joy, more laughter, more heart. For as long as I’ve known you, this one quote has you all over it:
“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – C.C. Scott
You have gone through more life challenges than anyone I know, yet, you carry it all with grace and dignity. Your strength and courage is a daily inspiration to me, and I’m so proud to be your friend. Happy Birthday, my sweet Kir.
Tom of Cobbie’s World
This quote first came to my attention when it was attributed to Nelson Mandela. I was all over Mandela when he was released from prison; in my role as a teacher and from being a human. I have since come to learn that he did not actually say this quote, that Marianne Williamson did but, no matter. I love every aspect of this quote. The line that resonates most for me is, “Your playing small does not serve the world.” Too often, I am guilty of doing just that. Being a Dad and being involved in writing groups like Trifecta, is forcing me out of my preferred role in the background. Whenever I feel myself folding back, I think of this quote and allow myself to let go of my fears and anxieties, and shine “like a new dime” as the old song goes. This quote hangs in my classroom and has been shared with countless groups of students over the past decade or so.
I have a second, much shorter quote. It is from the song, “Street Spirit” by Radiohead. I use this as a scrolling message on my school web page so that whenever students or parents click on my name, the first thing they see is these four words:
“Immerse Yourself in Love”.
Happy birthday, Kir! I hope that your birthday is filled with a happiness that swells your heart. You are a beautiful person and a good friend. Thanks for allowing me to play a part of your special day.
AnnMarie of Tidbits from the Queen of Chaos
I am so honored to be included in this! My favorite quote ever (and I have a few) is:
“You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it come true.” ~Richard Bach
Tara of Thin Spiral Notebook
“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” ~ Anaïs Nin
You do all these things with your amazing words.
Jennie of A Lady in France
The Lord your God is with you, he is might to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.
Nicole of Sisters from Another Mister
“For you my dear .. .with all my heart.You are a true blessing to all who know you, and when I count mine – I count you twice.
Happy Birthday sweet and lovely friend … may it be filled with happiness and joy.And cupcakes. Always – Nicole xxx
Melissa (my north star of writing) of Stirrup Queens
My quote is from the Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster:
“But if we’d told you then, you might not have gone—and, as you’ve discovered, so many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”
Kristen of Taming Insanity
My favorite quote is “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” – Gretchen Rubin
Carrie of Heck Awesome!
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck
Tonya of Letters For Lucas
The quote I’d like to share is actually lyrics from a song called “Drunken Soldier” by the Dave Matthews Band:
“Keep your head up
Try and listen to your heart
Be kind always, no matter
We all grow up
And someday we’ll say goodbye
So shine your light while you got one
Make the most of what you’ve got/Don’t waste time being trying to be something you’re not/ Fill up your head and fill up you heart and take your shot Don’t waste time trying to be something you’re not”
Great advice for how to live your life and wonderful words to contemplate on your birthday or all days. I especially like the line, “So shine your light while you got one”.
My dear friend, your light shines brighter each and every day, no matter how much sadness you feel on the inside. You are one of the kindest and most generous people I know and I am so lucky to have you in my life.
Wishing you all the very best, Kir. I love you. Happy Birthday, my sweet friend.
Jess of My Time as Mom
The quote I’m going to share with you is my favorite one.
It’s from Steve Jobs and it motivates me to stay true to what I want with my life…
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life – Steve Jobs
Much love to you and your family.
Lou of LouCeel
My Dear, Lovely Kirsten
My favorite quote is by Anais Nin:xoxoxox
“I am the keeper of fragile things, and I have kept of you what is indissoluble.
Debi (Dr. G ) of AskDoctorG
You know that parenting is my love language, and this is the quote that inspires me most often when I’m searching for direction. Love u.
“The rules of parenting are these three: love, limit, and let them be.” Erma Bombeck
Suni (my giggle pal) of The Suniverse
I can. I will. I am.
Nothing super fancy. Not a statement by someone brilliant. Just what I tell myself when I’m faced with a task that seems insurmountable. That can be walking across a freezing cold parking lot after a tough workout, or driving in terrible weather [my inability to deal with bad weather is kind of exhausting], or dealing with bad news. Instead of my default “I can’t”, I remind myself that I can. I will. I am.
I think this about you, Kir, with the rough year you’ve had. You embody the ability to move forward. I cherish that about you.
Happiest of birthdays, sweetie.
Ann of Ann’s Rants and Founder of Listen To Your Mother
Happy Birthday, Kirsten!! Here’s one I love
“The path is the goal” — Mahatma Ghandi
Sending you much love.
Jennifer of JenniferP.Williams
So glad that you are doing this again this year.
“You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” Jennifer J. Freeman
SAM of My Write Side
“Blessed are the gypsies, the makers of music, the artists, writers, dreamers of dreams, wanderers, and vagabonds, children and misfits. For they teach us to see the world through beautiful eyes.”
Thank you for being one of those wonderful people in my quote and making MY world more beautiful. XOXO
Cameron D Garriepy:
“The universe is big, its vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” Steven Moffat, Doctor Who
“A life without love is like a tree without fruit.” Stephen King, Doctor Sleep
“It’s these little things, they can pull you under. Live your life filled with joy and thunder. Yeah, we were altogether lost in our little lives, oh, but sweetness follows.” R.E.M., Sweetness Follows
Mandy of Mandyland:
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Ghandi
“The question. O me! So sad recurring- What good amid these , O me, O Life? Answer. That you are here-the life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.” -Walt Whitman
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird
Rox of Unintentionally Brilliant
I love being able to share your special day! I hope it’s filled with cupcakes and smiles and maybe a new pair of heels.
I love quotes. There are probably dozens I could choose. But I think for this moment, I will choose one that talks about something I think a lot of people forget. And I want YOU to remember. We are all important. And you are important to me, dear Kir. So much love to you! XO
“Nine hundred years of time and space, and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” – The Doctor- Doctor Who
Lori of Lavendar Luz
Leap and the net will appear.
I always want it to happen in the opposite order!
Mel of According to Mags
Here’s my quote that I love. It has got me through some extremely tough times and some unimaginable loss. I know that you’ve experienced a loss that will be with you for all time. But, I believe those moments are meant to make your heart not weaker, but stronger. That hole, that emptiness is filled over time with the love of those around us. It brings people closer, it makes the time we spend together a little sweeter, it bridges rifts,and it enables you to carry on. I truly hope this year is fabulous, filled with love, laughter and many, many memories forged. Happy Birthday, Kir! xoxo
“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” – Unknown
Stephanie of People Do Things With Their Lives
I chose a quote from the great actress/activist Audrey Hepburn. It spoke to me of you. It spoke to me of your indomitable spirit, your kindness, compassion and positiveness. You are an inspiration to me. I am very, very happy to have ‘met’ you online. I wish for you the most lovely, contented birthday, and coming year. The best is yet to come!
I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that others discovered the same quote, and thought of you! Much love!
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
Christine of Trudging Through Fog
I have a couple of favorite quotes I’d love to share with you for your birthday. Something tells me you’ll like them too.
“I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.” — Booker T. Washington
“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.” — Frances Wright
And the last one isn’t a quote, really, just something I heard from a student the other day. We were talking about attitudes and life philosophies, and he shared his:
“Laugh hard, love a lot, lend a hand.”
I loved this and immediately identified with it. It seems like something you’d identify with too.
I hope your birthday is a wonderful one, and that the next year is full of love and joy and laughter.
Nicole of The Rumour Mill
THE DAYS SEEM LONG BUT THE YEARS ARE SHORT.
This speaks to me because in the season of raising children some days really are so very long but I wake up on December 31 of each and every year and I think, Man! Where did that time go. Sometimes as Moms (parents) we are so busy trying to make it through the day that we get caught up in the “hard” part of being a parent and trying to raise our children “right” that we forget to sit back and not sweat the small stuff. Before we know it, our babies aren’t babies and our oldest is turning 8! 8 Kir! Piper will be 8 in March and sometimes I feel like there is so much I am missing because I am so busy trying to just get through the busyness of raising children and working full time.
I love you, miss you and wish I could see you. XO
JC Little of The Animated Woman
This amazing woman and I share a BIRTHDAY, how lucky am I?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY my amazing friend!
“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” – Colette
“Freedom of choice is what you got. Freedom from choice is what you want.” – Devo
Laura of Mommy Miracles
Happy Birthday. May this coming year be a year of running in the direction of your best and happiest dreams.
“Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.”
- Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things
Kristin of Two Cannolli
Kir, this is my very favorite quote, and it reminds me to move on. xo
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of my favorite quotes as a writer is this one by Stephen King:
“Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life”
And one of my favorites of all time is this one by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
Never be afraid to be misunderstood. Never be afraid to put your words and your voice out there. You are you, and you are wonderful. I hope your birthday is absolutely wonderful and glorious because you deserve it!
Arnebya of WhatNowandWhy
Here’s my quote, my own (does that count?) (Umm? Of course it does!)
Generic creme filled chocolate cookies masquerading as Oreos are why I find trust difficult.
(seriously I laughed for a full minute and then said, “I F*&^% love Arenbya!)
Elaine of The Miss Elaine-ous Life
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Harold Whitman
I want to come alive, don’t you? I hope I can in more ways this year. I think you and I can both “come alive”!!
I hope you have a wonderful Birthday, Kir. You are such a sweet and loving friend and I am so happy I get to call you one of mine!! Happy Birthday x 1000!!
Kim of Co-Pilot Mom
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” by Henry David Thoreau.
I used in a post a while back to describe a wonderful afternoon with my boys and it has stayed with me.
hope you have a very wonderful day!
Jessica of Four Plus an Angel
Just saw this and thought of you, your birthday and the year ahead. xo
Kim of All Work & No Play Make Mommy Go Something Something
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
― A.A. Milne
love you my friend!
Andrea of About 100%
When my grandfather passed away in October, some friends of mine gave me a wall hanging that reads
“Live for moments you can’t put into words.”
At first I didn’t know what to think of it. Are they saying that I’m wasting my time writing? Do they think I’m no good?
I hung it up over my desk anyway.
Now when I read it, it’s a reminder to look outside myself and see the love that comes from the life that I’ve built, the life that swirls around me, and the things that while I might try my hardest, don’t always have to be written down.
That some things are just better in memory. Like a feeling, or a scent, or an experience that I won’t ever forget.
I hope you have a lovely birthday, Kirsten. What a great way to share it with friends!!
Marie (my kindred soul) of My Cyberhouse Rules and The Web Ninja
I’m happy and honored to be included in this year’s birthday celebration. You’ll be turning 44, double digit – that’s a lucky number, sign that it’ll be a great year (how can it not be? -year of the horse)
I picked this quote for you because…
- Marilyn is one of the best female icons I know of
- She’s plain hot and fabulous
- She never apologized for being sexy
- She disturbed people in their beliefs
- She rocked the heels – like you, and so unlike me
- Her strength was too hard even for her to handle.
People will always remember her. People will always be in awe of her.
Leigh Ann of Genie in a Blog
“A well spent day brings happy sleep.” — Leonardo da Vinci
It always reminds me to do what makes me happy, even if that means just doing what needs to be done. Because when you have a nasty to-do list, you’re not happy. Then go get some ice cream.
My new favorite is actually from the song Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise by the Avett Brothers:
If you’re loved by someone
You’re never rejected
Decide what to be
And go be it
I love it because it tells me that I’m always someone in somebody’s eyes. And to go BE what I want to be!
Alex of Late Enough
This is the quote I want to give to you for all you’ve been through and especially the pain of losing your brother. These words have helped me acknowledge my strength in difficult times:
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
This is a quote that makes me laugh, love the world more, and accept myself better:
“I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.” -Lech Walesa
Meg of Momosapien
Wishing you a birthday, and upcoming year, full of the light and joy you bring to those of us lucky enough to know you. You are a gift, Kir and I am so thankful to have you in my life (even if it is just in my computer!) oxox.
(Meg sent me the CD that this song is a part of, it’s been on heavy rotation in the kitchen)
Debbie of Day in and Day Out
Two quotes from two amazing Saints.
“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” ~ St. Therese of Lisieux
Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off. ~ St. Francis de Sales
oh, Happy birthday, my friend!!!
my favorite quote is from Margaret Mead, Anthropologist – 1901-1978:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Jessie Powell of Jester Queen: (GIGGLE!)
“The worst thing about winter is that it’s so dry, my nose bleeds whether I pick it or not.” A. Nonymous, age 10
Michele of Old Dogs New Tits
Gosh, I hope silliness is okay, Kir. (of COURSE it is! It’s a PAR-TAY!)
“I find that a duck’s opinion of me is very much influenced by whether or not I have bread.” – Mitch Hedberg
“I’m against picketing but I don’t know how to show it.” – Mitch Hedberg
Happy Birthday to one of the most supportive writers out there. Her energy and colorful spirit can always be felt right through the screen.
Victoria of 39 For the First Time
I came upon this quote last week and thought it was PERFECT for your birthday celebration.
It’s long, but worth it. Here goes:
“My general formula for my students is ‘Follow your bliss.’ Find where it is, and don’t be afraid to follow it … If the work you are doing is the work that you chose to do because you are enjoying it, that’s it. But if you think, ‘Oh no, I couldn’t do that!’ that’s the dragon locking you in. ‘No, no, I couldn’t be a writer,’ or ‘No, no, I couldn’t possibly be doing what So-and-so is doing.’
“Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.” - Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Eli of Coach Daddy
Happy birthday! Here is one of my favorite quotes ever, by the coach I admire most above all, John Wooden:
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
Leighann of Multitasking Mumma