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  • Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad; babies never are.
  • When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
  • Having a baby is like taking your lower lips and forcing them over your head.
  • Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.
  • Just as a woman's heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.
  • Through soul-searching and listening more deeply to the women I was working with, I finally understood that women have to prepare for their birth in their heart and soul, not their head. And that giving birth is something a woman does in her body, not in her head.
  • We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong.
  • Babies are such a nice way to start people.
  • Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.
  • Attending births is like growing roses. You have to marvel at the ones that just open up and bloom at the first kiss of the sun but you wouldn't dream of pulling open the petals of the tightly closed buds and forcing them to blossom to your time line.
  • The wailing of the newborn infant is mingled with the dirge for the dead.
  • I had a Jewish delivery. They knock you out with the first pain and wake you up when the hairdresser shows.
  • A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations[edit]

I wouldn't want to seem foolish, but I find it relatively hard to classify a quote from Infinite Crisis, a comic book from 2006, and more specifically a character from 1938 in a cyclopediæ from 1922. Need it be moved, or something? I won't make changes without your advice.