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When we are born we cry that we are come.. to this great stage of fools.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss political philosopher and essayist.

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) Psychoanalyst and social philosopher.

What is this talked-of mystery of birth but being mounted bareback on the earth?

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors.

Plutarch (46-120) Greek essayist, and biographer.


I came to the place of my birth and cried, ''The friends of my youth, where are they?'' And echo answered, ''Where are they?''

Arabian proverb

Birth was the death of him.

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) Irish writer, dramatist and poet,

My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt; helpless, naked, piping loud, like a fiend hid in a cloud.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

Birth and death are so closely related that one could not destroy either without destroying the other at the same time. It is extinction that makes creation possible.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian fhysician. Founder of Psychoanalysis.