A 21st birthday is a special milestone in everyone’s life.
Reaching 21 means you can finally drink alcohol legally, and you are also no longer a teenager but a full-grown adult!
This milestone birthday brings with it a lot more responsibility but also a lot more freedom. It is your chance to discover yourself, go after new opportunities, and pursue your dreams.
Is someone special you know turning 21?
Below we have gathered our favorite inspirational and funny 21st birthday quotes and sayings that you can include in a 21st birthday card or even use as an Instagram caption!
Happy 21st Birthday Quotes
“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” – Madeleine L’Engle. Wishing you a very happy 21st birthday!
“Every life is a story. Make yours a bestseller! At 21, you are just starting to write the chapters. Happy 21st!” – Unknown
“You may be turning 21, but in my eyes, I can still remember the day you were born. It was an amazing day, and may God continue to bless you over the next 21 years.” – Kate Summers
“It is hard to deny, however, that turning 21 in the age of the internet, social media, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence requires navigating a world that’s far more complex and changing at a faster pace than the one your parents encountered when they were your age.” – Ronnie Sellers. Happy 21st birthday!
“Everything felt high-stakes and important, and every decision felt monumental. And yet here I am 20 years later, and I literally have no memory of my 21st birthday.” – Emily McDowell. Be careful when you drink, and drink responsibly. Happy 21st birthday!
“As you grew, no matter what happened, we encouraged you to look at the sunny side of life. So, as you turn 21, we wish you much sunshine and happiness.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Now that you’re 21, it’s time to stop playing video games and start designing them.” – Melanie White. Happy birthday!
You’re finally 21! Do you know what this means? It means lots of responsibilities. You are no longer a teenager. It’s time to be less dependent on your parents and more independent. I hope this year will bring you lots of joy as well as wisdom and guidance. Happy 21st birthday!
“21 is a terrific age, maybe the best. Too bad you can’t be that old for the rest of your life.” – Greg Tamblyn
“Just remember, once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.” – Charles M. Schulz. Happy 21st birthday!
“Happy 21st! You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
Birthdays are always going to be special, but a 21st birthday is even more special. Wishing you a very happy 21st birthday. I hope you achieve everything in life and more.
“At 21, your life is just beginning. But cherish each day, as the next 21 years will fly by before you realize they are gone.” – Catherine Pulsifer. Happy 21st birthday!
“At 16, you can drive. At 21, you can have a cold one. Do both at the same time, and your present might not have a future.” – Greg Tamblyn
Your 21st year on this earth is certainly a momentous occasion in your life. I hope it brings you all the joy your beautiful heart deserves. Happy 21st birthday to you, my dear!
There are many reasons why 21 is such an amazing birthday, one being that you are finally legal to do anything and everything life has to offer you. However, remember that there is more to 21 than just partying and drinking alcohol. Happy 21st birthday! Enjoy yourself today! You only turn 21 once.
“I’m not getting old. I’m getting better.” – Shirley Bassey
“There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only for birthday presents, you know.” – Lewis Carroll
“They say it’s your birthday. We’re gonna have a good time. I’m glad it’s your birthday. Happy birthday to you!” – The Beatles
Happy 21st birthday to you! Whether it’s Vodka, Wray & Nephew, or a fantastic new opportunity, take the shot and chase your dreams!
“You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.” – Germaine Greer. Here’s to a lifetime of immaturity. Happy 21st birthday!
“Your 20s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time and all aspects of yourself. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.” – Kyoto Escamilla
Happy 21st birthday to my wonderful girl. You’re no longer the baby that used to sit on my knee when you hurt yourself. You’re no longer the baby that I used to rock in my arms to help go to sleep. I hope you know that no matter how old you are, you’ll always be my baby.
I hope you know that drinking won’t automatically make your 21st birthday great… but it’s worth a shot! Get it? Happy 21st birthday.
“Your age isn’t you. Use today to feel your best, celebrate, and be your happiest.” – M. River. Happy 21st birthday to you!
Today is the day you turn 21, which is such a special and unique time in your life. It is a threshold between adulthood and everything that came before it. I want you to use this time to reflect on all the moments that helped you become the person that you are today. You are about to start the rest of your life. Happy 21st birthday.
Well done to you, my friend! You have officially beat me in the race to become legal. Now I have to watch you sip champagne and wine. Guess who has to buy drinks since they are 21 now? You do! Well, just until I catch up to you! Happy birthday!
“Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten.” – Natasha Bedingfield (Unwritten)
Happy 21st birthday to you! I hope you know that since you can drink alcohol legally, you are no longer our designated driver.
“Today, you have added another candle of knowledge and wisdom to your life. May it give you the power to enlighten the whole world. On your birthday, I wish you joy and happiness.” – Debasish Mridha
“Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year. Your first birthday was a beginning, and each new birthday is a chance to begin again, to start over, to take a new grip on life.” – Wilfred Peterson. Wishing you bright new beginnings today and every year, happy 21st birthday!
Today is your birthday. Do you know what that means? It means that it’s time to pop open a bottle of champagne and celebrate the fact that you have been here for 21 years! As you enter this new chapter of your life, I hope it is filled with lots of exciting and fun experiences. Happy 21st birthday!
“And once again, we wish you all joyous things and more a day that’s filled with happiness and memories to store.” – Janet Horne
“Ask any teenage girl to describe her perfect bedroom, and you’ll get answers like ‘a room with a private phone line, a place to hang out with friends, and for it to be way-cool and funky.’ Ask parents the same question, and ‘a locked door that opens on their 21st birthday’ might top the list!” – Candice Olson. Happy 21st birthday, my daughter!
“When you’re 21, you have to pay your own way. You’re going to have a whole different opinion about wearing designer jeans.” – Melanie White
A little birdie told me that 21 is the least fun that we will have in our lives. If that’s true, let’s make it the best. Happy 21st birthday!
You’re 21 today! I would say the drinks are on me, but since you’re legal, the drinks are on you. Happy birthday, cheers!
“At twenty-one, so many things appear solid, permanent, untenable.” – Orson Welles
I hope you realize turning 21 means that all the fun that you thought you were going to have will be taken out of the things you used to enjoy. Everybody knows that things are much more fun when you aren’t supposed to be doing them!
I want to take time to congratulate you on starting the journey of your 20s. I hope that God blesses you by filling every single desire that’s in your heart; that He protects you and gives you wisdom. And finally, I pray that happiness will follow you all the days of your life. Happy 21st birthday!
“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” – George Meredith. Hope every one of your years is filled with love, happiness, and joy! Happy birthday!
Wow! 21 is a good look on you. Happy 21st birthday! You are 21, legal, and ready to mingle. Make sure you proceed into the next phase of your life with caution.
Happy 21st birthday to you! I hope that the next decade of your life will be accompanied by opportunities and accomplishments. I wish you a wonderful birthday celebration, because you deserve to have fun. Here’s to 21 years and many more to come.
“21 is when you finally grant your parents their freedom.” – Melanie White
You are finally 21! At 21, you don’t have to worry about the years that have passed. What matters now is the years to come. So, I hope you live your life as you dreamed and take every chance that is given to you. Happy 21st birthday!
“In other words, live vicariously, beautifully, and excitingly, discover, love, dare, and act as there is nothing to lose.” — Andy Hertz. This is the beginning of a new chapter in your life, live it large. Happy 21st birthday!
“21 is that magical age when suddenly, all the things your parents taught you, whether you wanted to learn them or not, start to look like pretty good information.” – Unknown
He’s got the key to the door!
Never been twenty-one before!
Father says he can do what he likes
So, he shouted Hip-hop hooray!
He’s a jolly good fellow,
Twenty-one today.” – Unknown
“Turning 21 is a significant occasion for everyone, and it’s proved to be quite a milestone.” – Emma Watson
“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon. Wishing you many spontaneous adventures this decade, happy 21st birthday!
No one really knows what the future holds, but the one thing I do know is this: I’ll be right by your side through it all. Let your 20s unfold, happy birthday!
“When I party like that
Every night’s my birthday
They don’t know, so it’s okay
Tell ’em that it’s my birthday.” -Selena Gomez (Birthday)
Celebrate your 21st birthday in style, and have a blast!
Now that you are 21, you’ll never have to sneak into those 21+ concerts again! Prepare to have the most musical time of your life! Happy birthday!
“Twenty-one is a super important milestone birthday event. It means you have less than 80 years to hit 100.” – Unknown. Happy 21st birthday!
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey. May you have a lifetime of praise and celebration, happy 21st birthday!
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