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Birth (calving in livestock and some other animals, whelping in carnivorous mammals) is the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring at the end of a pregnancy.


  • Rab Judah citing Samuel ruled: If an abortion had the likeness of Lilith its mother is unclean by reason of the birth, for it is a child but it has wings.
    • (Babylonian Talmud on Tractate Nidda 24b)
  • R. Jeremiah b. Eleazar further stated: In all those years [130 years after his expulsion from the Garden of Eden] during which Adam was under the ban he begot ghosts and male demons and female demons [or night demons], for it is said in Scripture: And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years and begot a son in own likeness, after his own image, from which it follows that until that time he did not beget after his own image… When he saw that through him death was ordained as punishment he spent a hundred and thirty years in fasting, severed connection with his wife for a hundred and thirty years, and wore clothes of fig on his body for a hundred and thirty years. – That statement [of R. Jeremiah] was made in reference to the semen which he emitted accidentally.
    • (Babylonian Talmud on Tractate Eruvin 18b)
  • He is born naked, and falls a whining at the first.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part I, Section II. Mem. 3. Subsect. 10.
  • A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
  • We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here. We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?
  • Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised. 2So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. 3Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.…
    • Genesis 21:2
  • Do you believe that a dead woman can conceive from a live man and bring forth a live child? Do you believe it, any of you mothers? Do you believe it, any of you fathers? No, you know better. Well, if a woman will not produce when she is dead, then the earth cannot produce living things if it was dead. Does the earth conceive? It does, and it brings forth. If it did not, why do you go and put your wheat into the ground? Does it not conceive it? But it does not conceive except you put it there. It conceives and brings forth, and you and I live, both for food and for clothing, silks and satins. What! satin grow? Yes. What produces it? The silkworm produces it. Does the silkworm produce except it conceives? No, it eats of the mulberry tree. Where does the mulberry tree come from? It comes from the earth. Where did the earth come from? From its parent earths. Well, some of you may call that foolish philosophy. But if it is, I will throw out foolish things, that you may gather up wise things. The earth is alive. If it was not, it could not produce: If you find a piece of earth that is dead, you cannot produce anything from it, except you resurrect it and restore it to life.
  • The promise was given to Gandhari by Vsaya that she should have a hundred sons. After two years gestation she produced only a hard mass of flesh which she was about to throw away. Vsaya than appeared, and ordered a hundred potfuls of ghee to be prepared. The ball of flesh was sprinkled with water, divided into 101 parts,each about the size of the thumb. These were then put in the potfuls of ghee, and were watched with care. The jars were to be opened after two years. Duryodhana was first born. He himself brayed like an ass, jackals yelled, and iolent winds arose. Dhritarashtra was advised not to abandon him, but he would not yield. In another month the 99 sons were born from the remaining jars, and a daughter named Duhsala. Dhritarshtra afterwards had another son, called Yuyutsu, by a maidservant.
  • The Mahabharata: An English Abridgment, with Introduction, Notes, and Review, compiled by John Murdoch LL.D p.17 [1]
  • At the time of birth, first came the placenta, the island of Awaji. It was unsatisfactory. Of old, the place was then called Awaji. Then Great Yamato was born. Yamato (日本) is read ya-ma-to, 耶麻騰. All the islands came to be formed as recorded below. First was Toyoakitsu island. Next birthed was Iyo no Futane island. Next was Tsukushi island. Next were the twin islands of Oki and Sado. This is the model for twin births in the human world. Next was Koshi island. Next Kibiko island. Thus the land began to be called the great eight island country. Afterwards, Tsushima island, Iki island, and the other small islands all came to be due to the coagulation of the froth of the seawater. It is also said that they were formed from the coagulation of the froth of fresh water.
  • Then Izanami no Mikoto said, “My beloved husband, if you say such a thing, I will strangle 1000 people of the country you govern each day.”
Izanagi no Mikoto then replied, “My beloved wife, If you say such a thing, I will cause 1500 children to be born every day. Do not come beyond this point,” and he threw down his staff. It is called Funato no Kami. Then he threw down his belt, which is called Nagachiha no Kami. Then he threw down his robe, which is called Wazurahi no Kami. Then he threw down his pants, which are called Akikuhi no Kami. Then he threw down his shoes, which is called Chishiki no Kami.
  • Nihon Shoki ch. 1 [2]
  • One recalls Aldous Huxley's Brave New World where fertilization and gestation were accomplished in vitro and there were no placentas. Does the recent delivery of a test tube baby preasge a gestation carried to term entirely outside a womb and without the need of a placenta?
  • W. B. Ober p.598
  • As some divinely gifted man,
    Whose life in low estate began,
    And on a simple village green;
    Who breaks his birth's invidious bar.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 70.
  • Esaw selleth his byrthright for a messe of potage.
    • Chapter heading of the Genevan version and Matthew's Bible of Genesis XXV. (Not in authorized version).
  • And show me your nest with the young ones in it,
    I will not steal them away;
    I am old! you may trust me, linnet, linnet—
    I am seven times one to-day.
  • Lest, selling that noble inheritance for a poor mess of perishing pottage, you never enter into His eternal rest.
    • William Penn, No Cross no Crown, Part II, Chapter XX, Section XXIII.
  • Man alone at the very moment of his birth, cast naked upon the naked earth, does she abandon to cries and lamentations.
  • The dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.
    • The Psalter. Psalms. CX. 3.
  • "Do you know who made you?" "Nobody, as I knows on," said the child, with a short laugh. The idea appeared to amuse her considerably; for her eyes twinkled, and she added—
    "I 'spect I growed. Don't think nobody never made me."
  • When I was born I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature, and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do.
    • Wisdom of Solomon, VII. 3.

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