Quotations About / On: BIRTH

  • 31.
    Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language; it is the condition of being involved in the Irish situation, and usually of being mauled by it.
    (Conor Cruise O'Brien (b. 1917), Irish historian, critic, diplomat. "Irishness," New Statesman (London, Jan. 1959).)
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  • 32.
    Not a single man on earth knows from his own experience the how and where of his birth, only from tradition, which is often very uncertain.
    (E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776-1822), German author, composer. "The Life and Opinions of Kater Murr," Selected Writings, vol. 2, p. 14, ed. and trans. by Leonard J. Kent and Elizabeth C. Knight, University of Chicago Press (1969). The novel's autobiographical tomcat to his readers about the circumstances of his birth.)
  • 33.
    Who is going to cast out an error to which he has given birth and replace it with an adopted truth?
    (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).)
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  • 34.
    Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. "Counsels and Maxims," Parerga and Paralipomena (1851).)
  • 35.
    The boredom of Sunday afternoon, which drove de Quincey to drink laudanum, also gave birth to surrealism: hours propitious for making bombs.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).)
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  • 36.
    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), Czech novelist, short-story writer. journal entry, Jan. 24, 1922. The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1923, ed. Max Brod (1948).)
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  • 37.
    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).)
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  • 38.
    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.)
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  • 39.
    It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.
    (Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of Personal Merit," aph. 21 (1688).)
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  • 40.
    One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "Hours in a Library," Times Literary Supplement (London, November 30, 1916).)
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