Quotations About / On: BIRTH

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    When the mother of the race is free, we shall have a better world, by the easy right of birth and by the calm, slow, friendly forces of evolution.
    (Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), U.S. author and feminist. Women and Economics, ch. 15 (1898).)
  • 53.
    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.)
  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    To give birth is a fearsome thing; there is no hating the child one has borne even when injured by it.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Electra, l. 770.)
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  • 56.
    The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
    (Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 2 (1947). "Postambule," La Fin du Potomac (1939).)
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  • 57.
    But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself, and furnishes laughter for his enemies.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 645.)
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  • 58.
    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).)
  • 59.
    This wild star—it is now three centuries since, with clasped hands, and with streaming eyes,... I spoke it ... into birth.
    (Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The angel Agathos, in "The Power of Words," Democratic Review (1845). Expressing Poe's longing for telekinetic powers.)
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  • 60.
    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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