- “If children were brought into the world by an act of pure reason alone, would the human race continue to exist? Would not a man rather have so much sympathy with the coming generation as to spare it the burden of existence, or at any rate not take it upon himself to impose that burden upon it in cold blood?” – Arthur Schopenhauer, Studies in Pessimism: The Essays 
- “In accordance with my conception of life, I have chosen not to bring children into the world. A coin is examined, and only after careful deliberation, given to a beggar, whereas a child is flung out into the cosmic brutality without hesitation.”―Zapffe, in a 1990 documentary.[specific citation needed]
- “Heaven and happiness do not exist. That's your parents' way to justify the crime of having brought you into this world. What exists is reality, the tough reality, this slaughterhouse we've come to die in, if not to kill and to eat the animals, our fellow creatures. Therefore, do not reproduce, do not repeat the crimes committed against you, do not give back the same, evil paid with evil, as imposing life is the ultimate crime. Do not disturb the unborn, let them be in the peace of nothingness, anyway we'll all eventually go back there, so why beat around the bush?” ―Fernando Vallejo
- “The idea of bringing someone into the world fills me with horror. I would curse myself if I were a father. A son of mine! Oh no, no, no! May my entire flesh perish and may I transmit to no one the aggravations and the disgrace of existence.” ―Gustave Flaubert
- “I could have done even better, miss, and I'd know a lot more, if it wasn't for my destiny ever since childhood. I'd have killed a man in a duel with a pistol for calling me low-born, because I came from Stinking Lizaveta without a father, and they were shoving that in my face in Moscow. It spread there thanks to Grigory Vasilievich. Grigory Vasilievich reproaches me for rebelling against my nativity: 'You opened her matrix,' he says. I don't know about her matrix, but I'd have let them kill me in the womb, so as not to come out into the world at all, miss.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
- “It is best not to have been born at all: but, if born, as quickly as possible to return whence one came.” ―Sophocles, in his play Oedipus at Colonus 
- “Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.” ―Heinrich Heine, who spent the last eight years of his life paralyzed, partly blind and heavily sedated on his “mattress grave” (death bed).
- “Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.” ―Mark Twain, in the ironic novel Pudd'nhead Wilson
- “I further observed all the oppression that goes under the sun: the tears of the oppressed, with none to comfort them; and the power of their oppressors—with none to comfort them. Then I accounted those who died long since more fortunate than those who are still living; and happier than either are those who have not yet come into being and have never witnessed the miseries that go under the sun.” ―The Biblical book of Ecclesiastes, 4:1-3, 
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- On the Sufferings of the World, Arthur Schopenhauer.
- J. Michael Walton (1996). The Greek sense of theatre:Tragedy reviewed (2 ed.). Amsterdam: Routledge. p. 91. ISBN 9783718658527. Retrieved on 2009-08-08.
- Ecclesiastes 4:1-4:3. Hebrew-English Tanakh (first pocket ed.). Philadelphia-pa, usa: Jewish Publication Society. 2003. p. 1770. ISBN 978-0-8276-0766-8.