Quotations About / On: BIRTH

  • 31.
    TV gives everyone an image, but radio gives birth to a million images in a million brains.
    (Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 2 (1990).)
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  • 32.
    The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
    (Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 5, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1953). The Interpretation of Dreams, ch. 6, sct. E (1900), footnote added (1909).)
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  • 33.
    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).)
  • 34.
    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.)
  • 35.
    Hope is like a harebell trembling from its birth.
    (Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), British poet, lyricist. Hope Is Like a Harebell. Harebell = bluebell.)
  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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).)
  • 39.
    'A birth in humanity, a supreme birth
    A death in humanity, a rare death
    All great men are great in humanity
    All great men aren't fond of pity
    Humanity gives human race a divine touch
    So 'tis better less inhumanity and humanity much'
    (- - (002) Free Quotations, Indian Poet, Pijush Biswas)
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  • 40.
    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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