Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
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.)
But ancient insolence is wont to bear an insolence that has its youth among human miseries, sooner or later, when the fixed time of birth is come.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 764.)
Thus do I want man and woman to be: the one fit to wage war and the other fit to give birth, but both fit to dance with head and feet.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 264, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Third Part, "On Old and New Tablets," section 23 (1884).)