Birth and Death (172)
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  Birth
Was she old? When they lit all the candles on her birthday cake, six people were overcome with the heat.
Fred Allen

I recently turned sixty. Practically a third of my life is over.
Woody Allen

We're born and then we die, what will you do in the meantime?
Anonymous

Happy Birthday, Johnny,
Live beyond your income,
Travel for enjoyment,
Follow your own nose.

W. H. Auden

For man's greatest crime is to have been born.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

There's a sucker born every minute.
P. T. Barnum

You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
J. M. Barrie

My mother groan'd, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

William Blake

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you get un-birthday presents ... And only one for birthday presents, you know.
Lewis Carroll

For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death.
Rachel Carson

Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
Nicolas Chamfort

When a person is born, he can embark on only one of three roads of life: if you go right, the wolves will eat you; if you go left, you'll eat the wolves; if you go straight, you'll eat yourself.
Anton Chekhov

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Winston Churchill

A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.
Frank Howard Clark

Through a dull tract of woe, of dread,
The toiling year has pass'd and fled:
And, lo! in sad and pensive strain,
I sing my birth-day date again.

George Crabbe

We are all born naked and young.
Robert J. Dainard

A mountain in labour shouted so loud that everyone, summoned by the noise, ran up expecting that she would be delivered of a city bigger than Paris; she brought forth a mouse.
Jean de La Fontaine

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
Peter De Vries

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
Charles Dickens

Birth, and copulation, and death.
That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks:
Birth, and copulation, and death.
I've been born, and once is enough.
T. S. Eliot

Man tell us our lives are free of danger. We stay at home. They go to war. Rubbish. I'd rather face three assaults. In line of battle, than bear one child.
Euripides

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.
Erich Fromm

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

Khalil Gibran

I often think it's comical
How Nature always does contrive
That every boy and every gal
That's born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!

W. S. Gilbert

There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
Edna Gladney

There is still no cure for the common birthday.
John Glenn

Good-morrow to the golden morning!
Good-morrow to the world's delight!
I've come to bless thy life's beginning,
That hath made my own so bright!

Thomas Hood

So mayst thou live, dear! many years,
In all the bliss that life endears,
Not without smiles, nor yet from tears
Too strictly kept:
When first thy infant littleness
I folded in my fond caress,
The greatest proof of happiness
Was this - I wept.

Thomas Hood

A million million spermatozoa,
All of them alive;
Out of their cataclysm but one poor Noah
Dare hope to survive.
And among that billion minus one
Might have chanced to be
Shakespeare, another Newton, a new Donne -
But the One was Me.

Aldous Huxley

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
Florynce Kennedy

In the gradual desuetude of old observances, this custom of solemnizing our proper birth-day hath nearly passed away, or is left to children, who reflect nothing at all about the matter, nor understand any thing in it beyond cake and orange.
Charles Lamb

Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.
C. S. Lewis

Maiden, when such a soul as thine is born, the morning-stars their ancient music make.
James Russell Lowell

The living are just the dead on holiday.
Maurice Maeterlinck

Now and then there is a person born who is so unlucky that he runs into accidents, which started to happen to somebody else.
Don Marquis

In the dark womb where I began
My mother's life made me a man.
Through all the months of human birth
Her beauty fed my common earth.
I cannot see, nor breathe, nor stir,
But through the death of some of her.

John Masefield

Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.
Margaret Mitchell

Man should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
Montesquieu

Better mankind born without mouths and stomachs than always to worry about money to buy, to shop, to fix, to cook, to wash, to clean.
Tillie Olsen

At the moment of childbirth, every woman has the same aura of isolation, as though she were abandoned, alone.
Boris Pasternak

I used to anticipate my childhood birthday parties as if each were an annual coronation. Like most kids, I loved sitting at the head of the table with a crown on my head. In recent years, however, birthdays have been more like medical check-ups - no fun at all but necessary if one intends to stay alive from year to year.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

Christina Rossetti

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.
Menachem Mendel Schneerson

There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.
Hazel Scott

At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.

William Shakespeare

When we are born, we cry that we
are come
To this great stage of fools:

William Shakespeare

The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.
George Bernard Shaw

For every year of life we light
A candle on your cake
To mark the simple sort of progress
Anyone can make,
And then, to test your nerve or give
A proper view of death,
You're asked to blow each light, each year,
Out with your own breath.

James Simmons

If men had to have babies they would only ever have one each.
Diana Spencer

I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me.
Laurence Sterne

May you live all the days of your life.
Jonathan Swift

There is a great difference between being born wise and only looking it.
Publilius Syrus

We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
Publilius Syrus

I was born modest, but it didn't last.
Mark Twain

I was born on a day God was sick.
César Vallejo

  Death
Set me as a seal upon thine
heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for
love is strong as death; jealousy
is cruel as the grave: the coals
thereof are coals of fire, which
hath a most vehement flame.

Song of Solomon 8:6, King James Version
Holy Bible

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Woody Allen

It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Woody Allen

We're born and then we die, what will you do in the meantime?
Anonymous

Life is a journey, but don't worry, you'll find a parking spot at the end.
Isaac Asimov

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
Isaac Asimov

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
Aupumut

Nothing, but death.
Jane Austen

There's no bad publicity except an obituary.
Brendan Behan

Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours.
Yogi Berra

Surprise me!
Yogi Berra

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Erma Bombeck

I am about to - or I am going to - die: either expression is correct.
Dominique Bouhours

The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't come out and those outside don't want to get in.
Arthur Brisbane

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.

Rupert Brooke

We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
Thomas Browne

Many people's tombstones should read, Died at 30. Buried at 60.
Nicholas Murray Butler

Money is dead men's bones and dead men's souls. The money that men make lives after them.
Samuel Butler

All tragedies are finish'd by death,
All comedies are ended by a marriage.

George Byron

Missionary life is simply a chance to die.
Amy Carmichael

Men who continue hoarding great sums all their lives, the proper use of which for the public ends would work good to the community, should be made to feel that the community, in the form of the state, cannot thus be deprived of its proper share. By taxing estates heavily at death the state marks its condemnation of the selfish millionaire's unworthy life.
Andrew Carnegie

The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
Andrew Carnegie

For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death.
Rachel Carson

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
Willa Cather

Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too.
Anton Chekhov

Journalism largely consists in saying Lord Jones Dead to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.
G. K. Chesterton

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
Maurice Chevalier

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is ready for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Winston Churchill

Swans sing before they die; 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I have never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.
Clarence Darrow

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
Charles Dickens

The persons on whom I have bestowed my dearest love, lie deep in their graves; but, although the happiness and delight of my life lie buried there too, I have not made a coffin of my heart, and sealed it up, for ever, on my best affections. Deep affliction has but strengthened and refined them.
Charles Dickens

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
John Donne

Birth, and copulation, and death.
That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks:
Birth, and copulation, and death.
I've been born, and once is enough.
T. S. Eliot

How easy it is for a man to die rich, if he will but be contented to live miserable.
Henry Fielding

It hath been often said, that it is not death, but dying which is terrible.
Henry Fielding

If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.

Benjamin Franklin

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin

If I die a violent death as some fear and a few are plotting, I know the violence will be in the thought and the action of the assassin, not in my dying.
Indira Gandhi

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.
Mahatma Gandhi

Some die because they feel everything, others because they feel nothing. Some are fools because they suffer no regrets, and others because they do.
Baltasar Gracián

An illness in stages, a very long flight of steps that led assuredly to death, but whose every step represented a unique apprenticeship. It was a disease that gave death time to live and its victims time to die, time to discover time, and in the end to discover life.
Hervé Guibert

Life is very insistent; and it always seems to be so when friends sadly leave us.
Alec Guinness

Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
Doug Hall

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Preach! Write! Act! Do any thing, save to lie down and die!
Nathaniel Hawthorne

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert

Only the young die good.
Oliver Herford

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
Herodotus

Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.
Horace

Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.
Elbert Hubbard

Young women with ambitions should be very crafty and cautious, lest mayhap they be caught in the soft, silken mesh of a happy marriage, and go down to oblivion, dead to the world.
Elbert Hubbard

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

Beauty for some provides escape,
Who gain a happiness in eyeing
The gorgeous buttocks of the ape
Or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.

Aldous Huxley

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal - every other affliction to forget; but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open - this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.
Washington Irving

Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works.
Kenneth Iverson

Now I have finished with all earthly business, and high time too. Yes, yes, my dear child, now comes death.
Franz Lehár

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in.
C. S. Lewis

Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.
C. S. Lewis

His argument is as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death.
Abraham Lincoln

I don't know any executive who ever thought about stress, although a lot of other people do. No one ever dies of hard work. But a lot of people die once they retire from an active job.
Ian MacGregor

The living are just the dead on holiday.
Maurice Maeterlinck

When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
Maurice Maeterlinck

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control. If you are not honest at all everybody hates you, and if you are absolutely honest you get martyred.
Don Marquis

In the dark womb where I began
My mother's life made me a man.
Through all the months of human birth
Her beauty fed my common earth.
I cannot see, nor breathe, nor stir,
But through the death of some of her.

John Masefield

I always wait for the Times each morning. I look at the obituary column and if I'm not in it, I go to work.
A. E. Matthews

Men have a much better time of it than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing, they die earlier.
H. L. Mencken

Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.
Margaret Mitchell

Nearly all men die of their medicines, and not of their illnesses.
Molière

Man should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
Montesquieu

I die the King's good servant, but God's first.
Thomas More

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
Malcolm Muggeridge

Beneath this slab
John Brown is stowed
He watched the ads
And not the road.

Ogden Nash

Hard work never killed a man. Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease, not hard work.
David Ogilvy

Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

Dorothy Parker

They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.
William Penn

I mourn in grey, grey as the sleeted wind the bled shades of twilight, gunmetal, battleships, industrial paint.
Marge Piercy

I'm not afraid of life and I'm not afraid of death: Dying's the bore.
Katherine Anne Porter

Cured yesterday of my disease. I died last night of the physician.
Mathew Prior

You know it takes a year, a full turn of the calendar, to get over losing somebody. That's a true saying.
Annie Proulx

I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.
Ronald Reagan

It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
Ronald Reagan

You can't say civilization don't advance... in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers

One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short.
Eleanor Roosevelt

I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Rumi

It's not a matter of life and death, it's more important than that!
Henry Russell Sanders

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
George Santayana

I am your wife, if you will marry me;
If not, I'll die your maid, To be your fellow
You may deny me, but I'll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.

William Shakespeare

I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
for grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
To me and to the state of my great grief
let kings assemble; for my grief's so great
that no supporter but the huge firm earth
Can hold it up:

William Shakespeare

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw

I can't stand whispering. Every time a doctor whispers in the hospital, next day there's a funeral.
Neil Simon

One evil in old age is that as your time is come you think every little illness is the beginning of the end. When a man expects to be arrested every knock at the door is an alarm.
Sydney Smith

Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.
Muriel Spark

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

I shall be like that tree, I shall die at the top.
Jonathan Swift

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
Publilius Syrus

Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.
Publilius Syrus

The fear of death is more to be dreaded then fear itself.
Publilius Syrus

We die as often as we lose a friend.
Publilius Syrus

Don't go to sleep, so many people die there.
Mark Twain

I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.
Mark Twain

I take my only exercise acting as pallbearer at the funerals of my friends who exercise regularly.
Mark Twain

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Mark Twain

We owe respect to the living; to the dead we owe only truth.
Voltaire

Every man dies, not every man really lives.
William Wallace

Beware of writing to me. I always answer ... My father spent the last 20 years of his life writing letters. If someone thanked him for a wedding present, he thanked them for thanking him and there was no end to the exchange but death.
Evelyn Waugh

The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought.
Arnold Wesker

England never appreciates a poet until he is dead.
Oscar Wilde

Mrs. Allonby: They say, Lady Hunstanton, that when good Americans die they go to Paris.
Lady Hunstanton: Indeed? And when bad Americans die, where do they go to?
Lord Illingworth: Oh, they go to America.

Oscar Wilde

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover, when it is too late, that the only thing one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
Oscar Wilde

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease.
Oscar Wilde

Those whom the Gods hate die old.
Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde