An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born.


James Augustine (British writer)


Birth and death are so closely related that one could not destroy either without destroying the other at the same time. It is extinction that makes creation possible.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Birth was the death of him.


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt; helpless, naked, piping loud, like a fiend hid in a cloud.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Here lies interred in the eternity of the past, from whence there is no resurrection for the days -- whatever there may be for the dust -- the thirty-third year of an ill-spent life, which, after a lingering disease of many months sank into a lethargy, and expired, January 22d, 1821, A.D. leaving a successor inconsolable for the very loss which occasioned its existence.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born.


Deepak Chopra (1946-, East-Indian-American doctor, author, lecturer)

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We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity.... But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


What is this talked-of mystery of birth but being mounted bareback on the earth?


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Abortion is a skillfully marketed product sold to women at a crisis time in their life. If the product is defective, she can't return it for a refund.


Carol Evertt


To divide one's life by years is of course to tumble into a trap set by our own arithmetic. The calendar consents to carry on its dull wall-existence by the arbitrary timetables we have drawn up in consultation with those permanent commuters, Earth and Sun. But we, unlike trees, need grow no annual rings.


Cliff Fadiman (American writer)


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


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


The blind conviction that we have to do something about other people's reproductive behavior, and that we may have to do it whether they like it or not, derives from the assumption that the world belongs to us who have so expertly depleted its resources, rather than to them who have not.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


If we can get that realistic feminine morality working for us, if we can trust ourselves and so let women think and feel that an unwanted child or an oversize family is wrong -- not ethically wrong, not against the rules, but morally wrong, all wrong, wrong like a thalidomide birth, wrong like taking a wrong step that will break your neck -- if we can get feminine and human morality out from under the yoke of a dead ethic, then maybe we'll begin to get somewhere on the road that leads to survival.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.


George Gurdjieff (1873-1949, Russian adept, teacher, writer)


I like trying [to get pregnant]. I'm not so sure about childbirth.


Lauren Holly (1963-, American actress)


Born to be wild -- live to outgrow it.


Doug Horton


I'm sorry you are wiser, I sorry you are taller; I liked you better foolish and I liked you better smaller.


Aline Murray Kilmer


The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Although it is generally known, I think it's about time to announce that I was born at a very early age.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Contraceptives should be used on all conceivable occasions.


Spike Milligan (1918-, British comedian, humorous writer)


The first thing which I can record concerning myself is, that I was born. These are wonderful words. This life, to which neither time nor eternity can bring diminution -- this everlasting living soul, began. My mind loses itself in these depths.


Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897, British novelist, historian)


Compassion and shame come over one who considers how precarious is the origin of the proudest of living beings: often the smell of a lately extinguished lamp is enough to cause a miscarriage. And to think that from such a frail beginning a tyrant or butcher may be born! You who trust in your physical strength, who embrace the gifts of fortune and consider yourself not their ward but their son, you who have a domineering spirit, you who consider yourself a god as soon as success swells your breast, think how little could have destroyed you!


Pliny The Elder (c.23-79, Roman neophatonist)


Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


I came to the place of my birth and cried, "The friends of my youth, where are they?" And echo answered, "Where are they?"


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own.


Anne Ridler (1912-, British poet)


We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.


Margaret Sanger (1883-1966, American social reformer and founder of the birth control movement)


When we are born we cry that we are come.. to this great stage of fools.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Behold, I was shapened in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 51:5


Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.


Andy Warhol (1930-, American artist, filmmaker)


Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. The soul that rises with us, our life's star, hath had elsewhere its setting, and comet from afar: not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


Our birth is nothing but our death begun.


Edward Young (1683-1765, British poet, dramatist)


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