Quotations About / On: BIRTH
Birth dates and bathroom scales tell more truth than I want to know.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
Well, there's no one at all, they do be saying, but is deserving of some punishment from the very minute of his birth.
(Augusta, Lady Gregory (1859-1932), Irish playwright, director. O'Malley, in Shanwalla, act 2.)
And Zeus will destroy this race of mortal men too, when they, at their birth, have grey hair on their temples.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 180-181.)
Beauty is the still birth of suffering, every woman knows that.
(Emily Prager (b. 1948), U.S. journalist, author. Lao Bing, in "A Visit from the Footbinder," Close Company: Stories of Mothers and Daughters, eds. Christine Park and Caroline Heaton (1987).)
Birth control that really works: Every night before we go to bed we spend an hour with our kids.
(Roseanne Barr Arnold (20th century), U.S. actor and comedian. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).)
They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Pozzo, in Waiting for Godot, p. 57a, Grove Press (1954).
"They" refers to women who become mothers.)
There should be weeping at a man's birth, not at his death.
(Charles Louis de Secondat Montesquieu (1689-1755), French philosopher, lawyer. Persian Letters, no. 40 (1721), trans. by C.J. Betts (1973).)
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
(Erma Bombeck (20th century), U.S. humorist and author. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).)
Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.
(Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "Samples from Almost Illegible Notebooks," no. 299, Adam (1962).)