If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.
To me - old age is always ten years older than I am.
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.
Love the giver more than the gift.
It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
Most of us can remember a time when a birthday - especially if it was one's own - brightened the world as if a second sun has risen.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
My son had his eighth birthday recently and we had a chance to borrow the film and show it to all of his friends that was at his birthday party and they loved it. I was a little nervous. I said they might not even like it, and say his daddy's movie is wack, but they loved it.
You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.