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





If the Lord Almighty had consulted me before embarking upon Creation, I should have recommended something simpler.


Alfonso X (1221-1284, Spanish King of Leon and Castile)


God's first creature was light.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Living substance conquers the frenzy of destruction only in the ecstasy of procreation.


Walter Benjamin (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


Luckless is the country in which the symbols of procreation are the objects of shame, while the agents of destruction are honored! And yet you call that member your pudendum, or shameful part, as if there were anything more glorious than creating life, or anything more atrocious than taking it away.


Savinien Cyrano De Bergerac (1619-1655, French satirist, playwright)


I could be content that we might procreate like trees, without conjunction, or that there were any way to perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition.


Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)


What a strange thing is the propagation of life! A bubble of seed which may be spilt in a whore's lap, or in the orgasm of a voluptuous dream, might (for aught we know) have formed a Caesar or a Bonaparte -- there is nothing remarkable recorded of their sires, that I know of.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


The effect of having other interests beyond those domestic works well. The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.


Amelia Earhart (1897-1937, American aviator, author)


Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


Either God is in the whole of nature, with no gaps, or He's not there at all.


L. A. Coulson


Media mystifications should not obfuscate a simple, perceivable fact; Black teenage girls do not create poverty by having babies. Quite the contrary, they have babies at such a young age precisely because they are poor -- because they do not have the opportunity to acquire an education, because meaningful, well-paying jobs and creative forms of recreation are not accessible to them... because safe, effective forms of contraception are not available to them.


Angela Y. Davis (1944-, American political activist)


Imagine spending four billion years stocking the oceans with seafood, filling the ground with fossil fuels, and drilling the bees in honey production -- only to produce a race of bed-wetters!


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


One way of getting an idea of our fellow-countrymen's miseries is to go and look at their pleasures.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


It would be one of the greatest triumphs of humanity, one of the most tangible liberations from the constraints of nature to which mankind is subject, if we could succeed in raising the responsible act of procreating children to the level of a deliberate and intentional activity and in freeing it from its entanglement with the necessary satisfaction of a natural need.


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


Search not a wound too deep lest thou make a new one.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


Thou didst create the night, but I made the lamp. Thou didst create clay, but I made the cup. Thou didst create the deserts, mountains and forests, I produced the orchards, gardens and groves. It is I who made the glass out of stone, and it is I who turn a poison into an antidote.


Sir Muhammad Iqbal


If I had no duties, and no reference to futurity, I would spend my life in driving briskly in a post-chaise with a pretty woman.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which never can return.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


There are innumerable questions to which the inquisitive mind can in this state receive no answer: Why do you and I exist? Why was this world created? Since it was to be created, why was it not created sooner?


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


It's a good thing that when God created the rainbow he didn't consult a decorator or he would still be picking colors.


Samuel Levenson


In the beginning was the Word. Man acts it out. He is the act, not the actor.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Have you known how to take rest? You have done more than he who hath taken empires and cities.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


God made man merely to hear some praise of what he'd done on those Five Days.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


This most beautiful system [the universe] could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.


Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British scientist, mathematician)


I should consent to breed under pressure, if I were convinced in any way of the reasonableness of reproducing the species. But my nerves and the nerves of any woman I could live with three months, would produce only a victim... lacking in impulse, a mere bundle of discriminations. If I were wealthy I might subsidize a stud of young peasants, or a tribal group in Tahiti.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Have We not made the earth as a cradle and the mountains as pegs? And We created you in pairs, and We appointed your sleep for a rest; and We appointed night for a garment, and We appointed day for a livelihood. And We have built above you seven strong ones, and We appointed a blazing lamp and have sent down out of the rain-clouds water cascading that We may bring forth thereby grain and plants,  and gardens luxuriant.


Qur'an (Holy book)


Creation is continuous.


Native American Proverb (Sayings of Native American origin)


Willful sterility is, from the standpoint of the nation, from the standpoint of the human race, the one sin for which the penalty is national death, race death; a sin for which there is no atonement. No man, no woman, can shirk the primary duties of life, whether for love of ease and pleasure, or for any other cause, and retain his or her self-respect.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


We have seen when the earth had to be prepared for the habitation of man, a veil, as it were, of intermediate being was spread between him and its darkness, in which were joined in a subdued measure, the stability and insensibility of the earth, and the passion and perishing of mankind.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Do not breed. Nothing gives less pleasure than childbearing. Pregnancies are damaging to health, spoil the figure, wither the charms, and it's the cloud of uncertainty forever hanging over these events that darkens a husband's mood.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


I have no conscience, none, but I would not like to bring a soul into this world. When it sinned and when it suffered something like a dead hand would fall on me, -- "You did it, you, for your own pleasure you created this thing! See your work!" If it lived to be eighty it would always hang like a millstone round my neck, have the right to demand good from me, and curse me for its sorrow. A parent is only like to God: if his work turns out bad so much the worse for him; he dare not wash his hands of it. Time and years can never bring the day when you can say to your child, "Soul, what have I to do with you?"


Olive Schreiner


He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.


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


Man was created a little lower than the angels and has bin getting a little lower ever since.


Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885, American humorist)


I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered," I am not He, but He made me."


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


None merits the name of Creator but God and the poet.


Torquato Tasso (1544-1595, Italian poet)


What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of science is not able to make an oyster.


Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667, British churchman, writer)


We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves.


Arnold Toynbee (1852-1883, British economic historian and social reformer)


Why was the human race created? Or at least why wasn't something creditable created in place of it? God had His opportunity. He could have made a reputation. But no, He must commit this grotesque folly -- a lark which must have cost Him a regret or two when He came to think it over and observe effects.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of.


Geri Weitzman


It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


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