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





I don't know what it is about fecundity that so appalls: I suppose it is the teeming evidence that birth and growth, which we value, are ubiquitous and blind; that life itself is so astonishingly cheap; that nature is as careless as it is bountiful; and that with extravagance goes a crushing waste that will one day include our own cheap lives.


Annie Dillard (1945-, American author, poet)


The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without significance. Old age is similarly a waiting room, where you go after life's over and wait for cancer or a stroke. The years before and after the menstrual years are vestigial: the only meaningful condition left to women is that of fruitfulness.


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


I'm hurt, hurt and humiliated beyond endurance, seeing the wheat ripening, the fountains never ceasing to give water, the sheep bearing hundreds of lambs, the she-dogs, until it seems the whole country rises to show me its tender sleeping young while I feel two hammer-blows here instead of the mouth of my child.


Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936, Spanish poet, dramatist, musician and artist)


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