— Jon Stewart American political satirist, writer, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian 1962
„Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth
A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown.
Fair Science frowned not on his humble birth.
And Melancholy marked him for her own.“
— Thomas Gray English poet, historian 1716 - 1771
The Epitaph, St. 1
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=elcc (written 1750, publ. 1751)
„Moreover, the act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.“
— Sigmund Freud, buch The Interpretation of Dreams
The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), in a footnote Freud added to the Second Edition in 1909 (see Psychoanalytic Pioneers, p. 46 http://books.google.com/books?id=Fro5MZry5FcC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA46#v=onepage&q&f=false.)
„It's… a transcendental act. Making life. I thought about that when I was carrying Miles. 'By this act, I bring one death into the world.' One birth, one death, and all the pain and acts of will between.“
— Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga
Vorkosigan Saga, Barrayar (1991)
— Propertius Latin elegiac poet -47 - -14 v.Chr
II, ii, 9-10.
Original: (la) Aut patrio qualis ponit vestigia ponto
Mille Venus teneris cincta Cupidinibus.
„The warm sun kissed the earth
To consecrate thy birth,
And from his close embrace
Thy radiant face
Sprang into sight,
A blossoming delight.“
— Sarah Orne Jewett American novelist, short story writer and poet 1849 - 1909
"The Soul of the Sunflower" in Scribner's Magazine, Vol. XXII (October 1881), p. 942
„This is the epitaph I want on my tomb: "Here lies one of the most intelligent animals who ever appeared on the face of the Earth."“
— Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945
Remark to Galeazzo Ciano (December 19, 1937) quoted in The Book of Italian Wisdom (2003) by Antonio Santi, p. 50
„Birth and death are nothing but integration and disintegration, the appearance and subsequent disappearance of the phenomenal objects in manifestation. True understanding, apperception, includes the understanding that there is no separation between understanding and action.“
— Ramesh Balsekar Indian guru 1917 - 2009
„Why is it that, next to the birth day of the Saviour of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? … Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birth-day of the Saviour? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfilment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Saviour and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?“
— John Quincy Adams American politician, 6th president of the United States (in office from 1825 to 1829) 1767 - 1848
Newburyport Oration (4 July 1837)
„Death belongs to life as birth does. The walk is in the raising of the foot as in the laying of it down.“
— Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
Quelle: Stray Birds (1916)
„Man alone at the very moment of his birth, cast naked upon the naked earth, does she [Nature] abandon to cries and lamentations.“
— Pliny the Elder, buch Naturalis historia
Book VII, sec. 2.
„The poets told thy birth
Was welcomed upon earth
By the sweet multitude of shining flowers,
By bursting buds, green leaves, and sunny hours.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The London Literary Gazette, 1832
„Great artists are products of their own time: they do not spring forth fully equipped from the head of Jove, but are formed by the circumstances acting upon them since birth.“
— Germaine Greer, The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work
Quelle: The Obstacle Race (1979), Chapter VII: The Disappearing Oeuvre (p. 134)
Kontext: Great artists are products of their own time: they do not spring forth fully equipped from the head of Jove, but are formed by the circumstances acting upon them since birth. These circumstances include the ambiance created by the other, lesser artists of their own time, who have all done their part in creating the pressure that forces up an exceptional talent. Unjustly, but unavoidably, the very closeness of a great artist to his colleagues and contemporaries leads to their eclipse.
„The moon, by her comparative proximity, and the constantly varying appearances produced by her several phases, has always occupied a considerable share of the attention of the inhabitants of the earth.“
— Jules Verne, buch From the Earth to the Moon
L’astre des nuits, par sa proximité relative et le spectacle rapidement renouvelé de ses phases diverses, a tout d’abord partagé avec le Soleil l’attention des habitants de la Terre.
Quelle: From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Ch. V: The Romance of the Moon
— Marilyn French Novelist, critic 1929 - 2009
Quelle: Her Mother's Daughter
— Tom Robbins, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates (2000)
„…We cannot think first and act afterwards. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.“
— Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947
1920s, Science and the Modern World (1925)
„Birth control is the first important step woman must take toward the goal of her freedom. It is the first step she must take to be man’s equal. It is the first step they must both take toward human emancipation.“
— Margaret Sanger American birth control activist, educator and nurse 1879 - 1966
"Morality and Birth Control", February-March, 1918, pp. 11,14.
Birth Control Review, 1918-32