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- BIRTH, n. The first and direst of all disasters. As to the nature of it there appears to be no uniformity. Castor and Pollux were born from the egg. Pallas came out of a skull. Galatea was once a block of stone. Peresilis, who wrote in the tenth century, avers that he grew up out of the ground where a priest had spilled holy water. It is known that Arimaxus was derived from a hole in the earth, made by a stroke of lightning. Leucomedon was the son of a cavern in Mount Aetna, and I have myself seen a man come out of a wine cellar.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
- 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.
- Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born.
- Moreover, the act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
- There are two most powerful days in your life: the day you're born, and the day you discover why.
- As some divinely gifted man,
Whose life in low estate began,
And on a simple village green;
Who breaks his birth's invidious bar.
- For the generation under age 35, nearly half of all births are now outside marriage. This family structure, once common mainly among African-Americans and the poor, is spreading across races and into the middle class.
Factor in education, though, and the difference is stark, raising concerns of a new class divide. Among young women without a college degree — those like Michelle Sheridan — 55 percent of births are outside marriage, according to an analysis by the research group Child Trends. For those with at least a four-year degree, it's just 9 percent.
- Jennifer Ludden, “For More Millennials, It's Kids First, Marriage Maybe”, Morning Edition, NPR, (October 16, 2014).
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- 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.
- Jean Ingelow, Songs of Seven, Seven Times One.
- 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.
- Pliny the Elder, Natural History, Book VII, Section II.
- 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."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Chapter XXI.
- 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.