Birth (calving in livestock and some other animals, whelping in carnivorous mammals) is the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring at the end of a pregnancy.
- 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.
- As some divinely gifted man,
Whose life in low estate began,
And on a simple village green;
Who breaks his birth's invidious bar.
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.
- Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad; babies never are.
- Birth is not an emergency. It is simply an emergence.
- Jeannine Parvati Baker
- 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.
- James M. Barrie
- Having a baby is like taking your lower lips and forcing them over your head.
- Carol Burnett
- 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.
- Virginia di Orio
- 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.
- Pam England
- Birth is the begining of death.
- We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong.
- Laura Stavoe Harm
- Birth is as safe as life gets.
- Harriette Hartigan
- Babies are such a nice way to start people.
- Don Herold
- Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.
- Barbara Katz-Rothman
- 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.
- Gloria Lemay
- The wailing of the newborn infant is mingled with the dirge for the dead.
- To my embarrassment I was born in bed with a lady.
- I had a Jewish delivery. They knock you out with the first pain and wake you up when the hairdresser shows.
- Joan Rivers
- A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.