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Quotations About / On: BIRTH

  • 31.
    The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 3 (1927).)
  • 32.
    Whoever happens to give birth to mischievous children lives always with unending grief in his spirit and heart.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 610.)
  • 33.
    Hope is like a harebell trembling from its birth.
    (Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet, lyricist. Hope Is Like a Harebell. Harebell = bluebell.)
  • 34.
    It suggested, too, that the same experience always gives birth to the same sort of belief or religion.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 201, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 35.
    There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
    (George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "War Shrines," Soliloquies in England (1922).)
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  • 36.
    Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.
    (Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. Quoted in The Reader's Digest (Pleasantville, New York, February, 1978).)
  • 37.
    Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. Entry January 23, 1922. The Diaries of Franz Kafka 1914-1923, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Martin Greenberg and Hannah Arendt, New York, Schocken Books (1949).)
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  • 38.
    Civil Rights: What black folks are given in the U.S. on the installment plan, as in civil-rights bills. Not to be confused with human rights, which are the dignity, stature, humanity, respect, and freedom belonging to all people by right of their birth.
    (Dick Gregory (b. 1932), U.S. comedian, civil rights activist. Dick Gregory's Political Primer (1972). See also comment by Malcolm X under "race.")
  • 39.
    The atmosphere parents wish to create when talking with children about birth and reproduction is warm, honest, and reassuring, one that tells children they are free to ask questions as often as they need to, and you will answer them as lovingly as you know how.
    (Joanna Cole (20th century), U.S. author. How You Were Born, p. 8 (1993).)
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  • 40.
    He knew that he was precisely what he himself would have chosen to be had God consulted him on the subject of his birth; he fully appreciated and approved what had been bestowed, and realized that he couldn't have done the job better himself, in fact he would not have changed a single item.
    (Michéal MacLiammóir (1899-1978), Irish actor. "Changes," ch. 4, All for Hecuba (1947). On first meeting Orson Welles.)
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