For mankind, speech with a capital S is especially meaningful and committing, more than the content communicated. The outcry of the newborn and the sound of the bells are fraught with mystery more than the baby's woeful face or the venerable tower.
(Paul Goodman (1911-1972), U.S. author, poet, critic. "Summer 1957, in Europe," sct. 3, Five Years (1966).)
Even animals have a conscience. Those in the jungle KILL only to eat, not live to kill. This is why we often see packs of predators focusing on just one kill, instead of targeting many. Even animals exercise reason. I have seen a mother lion taking care of a baby antelope, and a mother elephant taking care of a baby lion. The primal need to eat is unavoidable, yet even under severe hunger stretches, the desire to love can sometimes overcome the desire to eat.
Women may give lip service to wanting husbands who take on an equal role in raising children, but many will pull rank when an important decision, like how to discipline or what baby sitter to hire, has to be made.
(Pepper Schwartz (20th century), U.S. professor of sociology, and author. "When Dads Participate, Families Benefit," The New York Times (August 18, 1994).)
It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
(Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 36 (1838-1839).)
The myths about what we're supposed to feel as new mothers run strong and deep. . . . While joy and elation are surely present after a new baby has entered our lives, it is also within the realm of possibility that other feelings might crop up: neediness, fear, ambivalence, anger.
(Sally Placksin (20th century), U.S. writer and producer. Mothering the New Mother, ch. 1 (1994).)
Good guilt is a product of love and responsibility. It is a natural, positive instinct that parents and good child care providers have. If bad guilt is a monster, good guilt is a friendly fairy godmother, yakking away in your head to keep you alert to the needs of your baby.
(Jean Marzollo (20th century), U.S. author. Your Maternity Leave, ch. 3 (1989).)
We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. speech, Nov. 1879. "The Babies," Mark Twain's Speeches, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine (1923).
Twain spoke at a banquet in which the fifteenth toast was, "The babiesas they comfort us in our sorrows, let us not forget them in our festivities.")
I'm a Nova Scotia bluenose. Since I was a baby, I've been watching men look at ships. It's easy to tell the ones they like. You're only waiting to get her into deep water, aren't youbecause she's yours.
(John Rhodes Sturdy, Canadian screenwriter. Richard Rossen. Joyce Cartwright (Ella Raines), Corvette K-225, to the captain looking at his ship (1943).)