Quotations About / On: BIRTH

  • 1.
    This is the real creation: not the accident of childbirth, but the miracle of man-birth and woman-birth.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Not previously published. Mr. Noon, ch. 19, Cambridge University Press (1984). Gilbert Noon thinking.)
  • 2.
    The condition that gives birth to a rule is not the same as the condition to which the rule gives birth.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 530, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 392, "The Rule as Mother or as Child," (1879).)
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  • 3.
    Leaving home in a sense involves a kind of second birth in which we give birth to ourselves.
    (Robert Neelly Bellah (20th century), U.S. professor of sociology and author. Habits of the Heart, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1985).)
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  • 4.
    As the births of living creatures, at first, are ill-shapen: so are all Innovations, which are the births of time.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Innovations," (1597-1625). In his Annotations to Bacon (c. 1798), William Blake commented: "What a cursed fool is this, Ill Shapen! Are infants or small plants ill shapen because they are not yet come to their maturity? What a contemptible fool is this Bacon!" (In Complete Writings, ed. Keynes, 1957).)
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  • 5.
    And he had an ethical bypass at birth.
    (Stanley Weiser, U.S. screenwriter, and Oliver Stone. Marvin (John C. McGinley), Wall Street, about financier Gordon Gekko (1987).)
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  • 6.
    I gave up before birth.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in "Fizzle 4," Fizzles, p. 31, Grove Press (1976).)
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  • 7.
    The dreamcrossed twilight between birth and dying.
    (T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. "Ash-Wednesday," pt. 6 (1930).)
  • 8.
    Birth was the death of him.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Speaker, in "A Piece of Monologue," one of the dramatic pieces in The Collected Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett, p. 265, Grove Press (1984).)
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  • 9.
    Birth means nothing where there is no virtue.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dom Juan's father, in Dom Juan, act 4, sc. 4 (1665).)
  • 10.
    Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
    (Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Night 5, l. 718, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality (1742-1746).)
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