Birth Quotes

The United States is the ultimate land of optimistic promise, but it also gave birth to quintessentially pessimistic tragedy: ‘Moby-Dick.’

— A. N. Wilson

We shall never understand the ethical system taught by Jesus unless we realize that he was a Jew, not only by birth, but that he lived and taught as a Jew the Sermon on the Mount was addressed to his distracted fellow nationals.

— Arthur Keith

We have entered the cell, the Mansion of our birth, and started the inventory of our acquired wealth.

— Albert Claude

Buddhas move freely through birth and death, appearing and disappearing at will.

— Bodhidharma

For me, breastfeeding was even more painful than giving birth. And despite a lactation consultant, I felt incompetent. I forged on, barely sleeping, always either breastfeeding or pumping and never getting the hang of it.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

There should be weeping at a man’s birth, not at his death.

— Charles de Montesquieu

Victoria Para Chino,’ my 2nd-year film at NYU, gave birth to ‘Sin Nombre.’

— Cary Fukunaga

A man should be mourned at his birth, not at his death.

— Charles de Secondat

When my father passed away and then when later on I gave birth, those are sort of ground-breaking experiences that put everything else into perspective.

— Christine Lagarde

Indian names were either characteristic nicknames given in a playful spirit, deed names, birth names, or such as have a religious and symbolic meaning.

— Charles Eastman

We have access to practical, ethical and scientifically established methods of birth control. So I think that is the most ethical way to reduce our population.

— Christian de Duve

Nearly 100 years ago, when Planned Parenthood was founded, birth control was illegal.

— Cecile Richards

I was born and raised in Zambia in 1969. At the time of my birth, blacks were not issued birth certificates, and that law only changed in 1973.

— Dambisa Moyo

After momma gave birth to 12 of us kids, we put her up on a pedestal. It was mostly to keep Daddy away from her.

— Dolly Parton

Marie Stopes had established the first birth control clinic in Britain the whole question of informing women, especially those who were poor, about methods of contraception, began to be discussed.

— Dora Russell

Already at the time of Israel’s birth, Ben-Gurion extended his hand in peace to the Arab nations. His hand was rejected, but it remains extended.

— Ehud Olmert

When I’m writing the poem, I feel like I have to close my eyes. I don’t mean literally, but you invite a kind of blindness, and that’s the birth of the poem.

— Eileen Myles

By birth and upbringing, I think I’m emotionally resilient. I don’t feel like I’m a depressive person.

— Eric Schlosser

Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia have been profound ethical issues confronting doctors since the birth of Western medicine, more than 2,000 years ago.

— Ezekiel Emanuel

Even if you are planning a birth with an epidural, the evidence suggests that a doula can help make things go much more smoothly.

— Emily Oster

Birth was something that came quite unexpectedly, and afterwards there was one child more in the house.

— Georg Brandes

They credited us with the birth of that sort of heavy metal thing. Well, if that’s the case, there should be an immediate abortion.

— Ginger Baker

I’m 100 percent Irish by birth, grew up Italian, and yet I constantly get cast as playing Jewish.

— Heather Matarazzo

I’m not sure filming a birth is as hard as actual labour, but it’s a really long, arduous day!

— Helen George

People talk about the miracle of birth. No. There’s the miracle of conception. I did IVF, but nothing happened. So I began to think of adoption, and then I got pregnant. It was definitely a miracle.

— Iman

A certain administration which I won’t call by name took the arts out of the schools, and that left the brothers out on the street with nothing, so they went to the turntables and started rhyming. Then they had a way to express themselves, and that’s the birth of hip-hop.

— Isaac Hayes

There is something about a poet which leads us to believe that he died, in many cases, as long as 20 years before his birth.

— James Thurber

We transported eight giraffes, and there are now nine because one gave birth to a male shortly afterwards. They carry their pregnancies very well-they all looked the same.

— Joanna Lumley

The question of religion was a matter for each individual’s conscience, and in a great many cases was the outcome of birth or residence in a certain geographical area.

— James Larkin

All languages had their birth, their apogee and decline.

— Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The truth is that from birth on we are, to one extent or another, a fairly sensual species.

— Jock Sturges

I will always admit immediately to what’s obvious, which is that Homo sapiens is inherently erotic or inherently sensual from birth.

— Jock Sturges

If the current birth rate, which is the lowest in the major developed countries, continues, there will be no Japanese. Who will pay the enormous debt?

— Jim Rogers

In the seventeenth century, it was held by some that inside a human sperm there was a minute human being – a homunculus – that was planted inside the womb. Development consisted of the miniature homunculus enlarging and passing through birth and on to maturity-just like inflating a balloon.

— John Tyler Bonner

Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.

— Joseph Hall

Well, there’s no one at all, they do be saying, but is deserving of some punishment from the very minute of his birth.

— Lady Gregory

Close to birth… I lost, like, 80 percent of my hearing, and I had difficulty speaking.

— Lou Ferrigno

What you are, you are by accident of birth what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes there is only one Beethoven.

— Ludwig van Beethoven

The most significant moment in the course of intellectual development, which gives birth to the purely human forms of practical and abstract intelligence, occurs when speech and practical activity, two previously completely independent lines of development, converge.

— Lev Vygotsky

Because of my Marxism, I was not into myths or miracles, whether it was the virgin birth, the physical resurrection or casting out demons from an epileptic.

— Lionel Blue

My birth was managed so rottenly that my mother had eventually to have a hysterectomy, after which she was ill off & on till she dies for obscure reasons when I was just 7.

— Louis MacNeice

If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go -within 10 minutes – to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, ‘See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.’

— Luke Scott

Ibsen was Norwegian by birth, but universal in spirit.

— Liv Ullmann

Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.

— Marcus Aurelius

The terrorist action of 9/11 gave birth to President Obama’s entry to the White House. Not directly, but indirectly.

— Maya Angelou

Well, I’m a Catholic by birth and you can never shed it.

— Morrissey

Early childhood education begins early, even before birth.

— Madeleine M. Kunin

On the track, you know what you’re capable of, but being at the birth, you have no control.

— Mo Farah

Listen, I had two kids – one when I was 40, one when I was 45. I breastfed for one year, which means I was breastfeeding four years ago. I’m going to move from giving birth to menopause without really realising.

— Monica Bellucci

I love traveling, but I love the bum I married, and the bums I gave birth to, more. And the dogs. I love them, too.

— MaryJanice Davidson

It’s funny. I did give birth to an alien on ‘The X-Files.’ And it’s just the teaser, so I’m dead before we even get into the episode.

— Megan Follows

Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth were slaves by birth, freedom fighters by temperament.

— Nancy Gibbs

Birth is violent, and out of that violence is our only chance of rebirth.

— Nick Nolte

I’ve never been able to witness the birth of an idea. It seems as if one second, there’s nothing particularly going on, and the next second, something is there. It’s coming up out of my unconscious, up from places that I don’t even know where they are.

— Paul Auster

TV gives everyone an image, but radio gives birth to a million images in a million brains.

— Peggy Noonan

It’s not the physical location of birth that defines citizenship, but whether your parents are citizens, and the express or implied consent to jurisdiction of the sovereign.

— Phyllis Schlafly

By its birth, and for all time, Christianity is pledged to the Cross and dominated by the sign of the Cross. It cannot remain its own self except by identifying itself ever more intensely with the essence of the Cross.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

In Mexico, they don’t have birth certificates… They don’t have registration cards for voters. They have one national ID. We don’t have a national ID.

— Pete Gallego

You must strive to multiply bread so that it suffices for the tables of mankind, and not rather favor an artificial control of birth, which would be irrational, in order to diminish the number of guests at the banquet of life.

— Pope Paul VI

Death is not a word to fear, any more than birth is.

— Oliver Joseph Lodge

When we come to the hospital to give birth, we don’t come as a Jew or an Arab we come as a human being.

— Reuven Rivlin

About 3 million IVF babies have been born since Louise Brown’s birth in 1978. Bizarrely, when this life-giving treatment was first considered, it was massively controversial. A storm of vitriolic protest came from many religious leaders, journalists, politicians, regrettably even other scientists and doctors.

— Robert Winston

The only name on my birth certificate was Henley, no first name.

— Rickey Henderson

For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread.

— Rebecca Harding Davis

I went to regular schools and I was home schooled a lot but I don’t have any history in schools. Like, I literally don’t exist. I didn’t even get a birth certificate until the mid-80s. I always feel like I could be, like, 10 years younger, or maybe I’m 70!

— Rose McGowan

Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.

— Robert Bolt

They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.

— Samuel Beckett

The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.

— Sigmund Freud

Doctors are not fortune tellers, and neither am I. Having lived with disability since birth does not afford me immunity from illness.

— Stella Young

I worked with the March of Dimes to enact legislation for a national birth defects prevention program to provide surveillance, research and preventive services aimed at reducing the rate of birth defects.

— Solomon Ortiz

The principle of self-government cannot be violated with impunity. The individual’s right to it is sacred – regardless of class, caste, race, color, sex or any other accident or incident of birth.

— Susan B. Anthony

Emotionally, a person is tied to the land of his birth. It’s only human.

— Sharad Pawar

I’m American by birth, but I consider myself Canadian.

— Sondra Radvanovsky

Our soft hearts are what tell us that, whatever the circumstances of birth, everyone must be given opportunities to do well.

— Sendhil Mullainathan

As the poet has expected, the alarms now are sounded, for – and it must be said again – the birth of a poet is always a threat to the existing cultural order, because he attempts to break through the circle of literary castes to reach the center.

— Salvatore Quasimodo

Without sounding too cliche, the Internet really is the birth of global mind.

— Terence McKenna

God is the most ancient of all things, for he had no birth.

— Thales

I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did, although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.

— Wallace Shawn

What is the Tao Te Ching? Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of existence.

— Wayne Dyer

It was the rainbow gave thee birth, and left thee all her lovely hues.

— W. H. Davies

Well, we all are what we are, I guess you might say by an accident of birth.

— Wilford Brimley

I see the player piano as the grandfather of the computer, the ancestor of the entire nightmare we live in, the birth of the binary world where there is no option other than yes or no and where there is no refuge.

— William Gaddis

We are all human beings, and our nationality is simply an accident of birth.

— Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

This basic thing I always do: ‘What happened between the character’s birth, and page one of the script?’ Anything that’s not in the story, I’ll fill in the blanks.

— Viggo Mortensen
Birth Quotes

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