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).)
I say to you: we must still have chaos within us to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say to you: you still have chaos within you.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 19, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "Prologue," section 5 (1883).)
Many people have an oversimplified picture of bonding that could be called the "epoxy" theory of relationships...if you don't get properly "glued" to your babies at exactly the right time, which only occurs very soon after birth, then you will have missed your chance.
(Pamela Patrick Novotny (20th century), U.S. author. The Joy of Twins, ch. 2 (1988 rev. 1994).)