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Quotable Sentiments

Looking for the perfect thing to say, but just can't seem to find the words? Browse our collection of card sentiments for inspirational quotes to include with your gift or bouquet.

40th Birthday

May the dreams of your birthday blossom into reality.
- Unknown

Don't hope but make this a special day to remember.
- Unknown

Reckless youth makes rueful age.
- Ben Franklin

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
- Bob Hope, American comedian

I'm at an age when my back goes out more than I do.
- Phyllis Diller, American comedian

It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
- Unknown

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.
- Emily Dickinson

The Young have aspirations that never come to pass, the Old have reminiscences of what never happened.
- Saki

You're not 40, you're eighteen with 22 years experience.
- Unknown

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old.
- Mary Schmich

Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everybody rushes to get a piece?
- Bobby Kelton

Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
- Muhammad Ali

A diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
- Chinese Proverb

With age comes wisdom – You're one of the wisest people I know!
- Unknown

It's ok to light the candles on your birthday cake now; I've already alerted the fire department.
- Unknown

Count your blessings, not your wrinkles.
- Unknown

Inside every older person is a younger person - wondering what the hell happened.
- Cora Harvey Armstrong

When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
- Mark Twain

Age is a high price to pay for maturity.
- Tom Stoppard

Administrative Assistant's Day

Brilliance arises from ordinary people working in extraordinary ways.
Thanks for being extraordinary!

They say no matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you.
I really appreciate your help.

I can do anything I think I can, but I can't function without you!
Sincere thanks for all your help.

Someone once said that ingenuity plus work equals miracles.
Thanks for all the miracles you perform everyday!

They say a combined effort can break down the wall of impossibility.
Thanks for helping to break down the walls!

They say you're only as good as the team behind you.
Thanks for "backing me up!"

Example isn't the main thing influencing others - it's the only thing.
Thanks for setting such a great one.

They say that working together brings out the best in us.
Thanks for bringing out the best in me!

They say that very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts.
Thanks for making the burden a lot lighter.

Tough times don't last, but tough people do.
Thanks for hanging in there.

A dedicated team, they say, is the fuel for progress and growth.
Thanks for your dedication.

They say it takes two wings for a bird to fly.
I'm thankful you're my other wing.


When a child is born, so is a mother.
- Unknown

Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God.
- Barretto

A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.
- Frank A. Clark

If your baby is “beautiful and perfect”, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand--an angel all the time, you're the grandma.
- Theresa Bloomingdale

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.
- Unknown

A baby usually wakes up in the wee-wee hours of the morning.
- Unknown

A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.
- Mark Twain

Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility.
- Kate Douglas Wiggin

A baby is a loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
- Ronald Knox

A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
- Eda J. Le Shan

Christmas Wishes

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
- Roy L. Smith

There has been only one Christmas - the rest are anniversaries.
- W.J. Cameron

Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance - each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. 
- Deborah Whipp

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through.
- Unknown

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
- Charles Dickens

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. 
- Hamilton Wright Mabie

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. 
- Janice Maeditere

Three phrases that sum up Christmas are:  Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not included. 
- Unknown

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.
- Margaret Thatcher

Your Merry Christmas may depend on what others do for you. But your Happy New Year depends on what you do for others.
- Anonymous

Death & Bereavement

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
- Kahlil Gibran

Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.
- Emily Dickinson

He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In my end is my beginning.
- T.S. Eliot

And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more.
- Revelations 21:4

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
- Thomas Moore

Death is not the last sleep. It is the final awakening.
- Walter Scott

Brief is life but love is long.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

May the blessings of love be upon you, May its peace abide with you, May its essence illuminate your heart, Now and forever more.
- Sufi Blessing

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
- Unknown

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
- Unknown

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
- Unknown

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.
- Robert Ingersoll

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.
- Helen Keller

Weeping is perhaps the most human and univeral of relief measures.
- Karl Menninger

I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
- Thomas Moore, English theologian

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese Proverb

In eternity everything is just beginning.
- Elias Canetti, Bulgarian author

Into each life some rain must fall.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind.
- John Allston


The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.
- Robert Flatt

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there.
- Clarence W. Hall

It is the hour to rend thy chains,
The blossom time of souls.
- Katherine Lee Bates

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.
- Charles M. Crowe

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.
- S.D. Gordon

But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.
- Walter Raleigh

He takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare

Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing.
- Albert Laighton

Once more to new creation Awake,
and death gainsay,
For death is swallowed up of life,
And Christ is risen today!
- George Newell Lovejoy

Father's Day

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
- Clarence Budington Kelland

One father is more than a hundred Schoolemasters.
- George Herbert

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.
- Bill Cosby

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.
- Lydia M. Child

A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
- Unknown

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
- Sigmund Freud

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.
- Red Buttons

Get Well

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
- M. Kathleen Casey

Warning: Humor may be hazardous to your illness.
- Ellie Katz

Wishing that each day brings you renewed strength, brighter times, and a healthier, happier you. Get well soon.
- Unknown

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
- Hubert Humphrey

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

May each day bring you renewed strength and brighter times.
- Unknown

As you rest and heal, know that you are thought of warmly and wished a quick recovery.
- Unknown

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
- Corrie ten Boom


Love is the beauty of the soul.
- Saint Augustine

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
- Aristotle

How delicious is the winning of a kiss at love's beginning.
- Thomas Campbell

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

To the world you are someone, but to someone you are the world.
- Unknown

There is no greater pain than not being with the one you love.
- FTD customer

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Like music on the waters is thy sweet voice to me.
- Lord Byron

You're nothing short of my everything.
- Ralph Block

I love her and that's the beginning and end of everything.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.
- Friedrich Halm

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
- George Sand

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
- Alexander Smith

Love is friendship set on fire.
- Jeremy Taylor

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
- Sam Keen

Mother's Day

To a child's ear, "mother" is magic in any language.
- Arlene Benedict, For Mother with Love

God sees us through our Mothers' eyes and rewards us for our virtues.
- Ganeshan Venkatarman, Indian philosopher

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face
- George Eliot, English novelist

Mother is the name of God in the lips and hearts of children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray, English novelist

A mother is she who can take the place of all others.
- Cardinal Mermillod

A mother's love is instinctual, unconditional, and forever.
- Joe Chapo, customer

Mother is the bank where we deposit all our hurts and worries.
- Unknown

For mother's sake the child was dear, and dearer was the mother for the child.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet

My mother's love for me was so great I have worked hard to justify it.
- Marc Chagall

No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.
- Sarah Josepha Hale

The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
- Barbara Kingsolver

Mothers are instinctive philosophers.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

A good mother is worth hundreds of schoolmasters.
- George Herbert

A mother loves her children even when they least deserve to be loved.
- Kate Samperi, "Mothers"

Mother is the one we count on for the things that matter most of all.
- Katherine Butler Hathaway, "The Journals and Letters of the Little Locksmith"

When it comes to love, Mom's the word.

For all the ways you've helped me grow
I want to say I love you so.
- Renaissance® Greeting Cards, a div. of FTD Inc.

Who ran to help me when I fell,
Or kissed the place to make it well?
....My mother.
- Ann Taylor

A mother understands what a child does not say.
- Jewish proverb

New Year

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.
- Benjamin Franklin

Of all sound of all bells, the most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.
- F. M. Knowles, from A Cheerful Year

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.
- Charles Lamb

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.
- Irish toast

For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
- T. S. Eliot

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.
- G. K. Chesterton

Pick Me Up

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
- St. Augustine

If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.
- Erma Bombeck

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers

Mistakes are doorways to discovery.
- Unknown

Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.
- Japanese proverb

When you're sad, learn something.
- Merton

If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything.
- Anonymous

Swing hard, in case they throw the ball where you're swinging.
- Duke Snider

Faith is boundless and that which is truly holy is bound by faith...
- Christopher Rowe, "Masters Tie"

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his brother.
- Kahlil Gibran

Not everything I dislike should be destroyed, some of it should simply be moved farther away.
- Ashleigh Brilliant

Keep your face to the sunshine,
and you cannot see the shadows.
- Helen Keller

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia.
- Charles Schultz, American cartoonist/humorist

When it is dark enough you can see the stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist

The place of the wound is the place of the healing.
- Richard Bohr

Not everything that is faced can be changed,
But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
- James Baldwin, American novelist/writer

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
- Epicurus

Dreams come true; without that possibility,
nature would not incite us to have them.
- John Updike, U.S. novelist

Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.
- Langston Hughes, American poet

Valentine's Day

What the heart gives away is never gone ... It is kept in the hearts of others.
- Robin St. John

We can do no great things; only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Love is something eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
- Voltaire

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
- Pablo Picasso

Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile.
- Unknown

As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love.
- Unknown

I don't want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally.
- Zelda Fitzgerald

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides
- David Viscott

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.
- Emily Dickinson

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

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.
- Unknown

We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly
- Sam Keen

For the nostalgic or sentimental, try a vintage sentiment from our collection of messages borrowed from actual 19th and early 20th century valentines.

I like your lips, I like your style
But most of all I like your smile.

Let soft love beaming from thine eyes
Speak rapture to my heart.

Plenty of love,
Tons of kisses,
Hope some day
To be your Mrs.

I ever will in you remain,
So let your heart return again.

May every blessing be thy lot,
I only ask "Forget Me Not."

Thy sparkling eyes of blackest jet
Have lured me into Cupid's net.

Your eyes are blue,
Your heart is true,
Your lips divine
When they met mine.

More closely bound than friend or brother,
One cannot live without the other.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Carnations are sweet
And so are you.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
In my life
There's a place for you.

Accept, Dear Girl, this loving heart of mine,
And be my fashionable valentine.

My love is like a cabbage
Divided into two,
The leaves I give to others
But the heart I give to you.

I bet you a cuddle, I bet you a kiss
I bet you'll never guess who sent you this.

Cupid by the comet's blaze,
Set Lovers' hearts on fire.

When days are dark and friends are few,
Remember me as I do you.

Kisses spread disease, it's stated.
Kiss me quick! I'm vaccinated.

My darling girl
My chosen one,
I dream of you
And you alone.

If this sender you can name
All these kisses you can claim.

Valentine, O Valentine,
I'll be your love and you'll be mine.


A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop words when speech becomes superfluous.
- Ingrid Bergmen

Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age. 
- Jeanne Moreau

Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.

To love someone deeply gives you strength.
Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. 
- Lao Tzu

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company
than a good marriage.
- Martin Luther

The spaces between your fingers were created so that another's could fill them in.
- Anonymous

Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is Eternity.
- Kahlil Gibran

Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all
- St. Augustine

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

Love those who love you.
- Voltaire

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
 - Voltaire

You don't marry someone you can live with - you marry the person who you cannot live without.
- Unknown

A kiss can beautify soul’s hearts and thoughts.
- Unknown

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
- William Shakespeare

Soulmates are two halves of the same soul joining together in life’s journey.
- Unknown

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
- Robert Heinlein

Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart and the joy in a heart. 
- Anonymous