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When real nobleness accompanies that imaginary one of birth, the imaginary seems to mix with real, and becomes real too
Fulke Greville

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.
Benjamin Franklin

They proclaim that every man is entitled to exist without labor and, the laws of reality to the contrary notwithstanding, is entitled to receive his 'minimum sustenance' his food, his clothes, his shelter, with no effort on his part, as his due and his birthright. To receive it, from whom?
Ayn Rand

Crabs do not give birth to a bird.
Anonymous

We are dying from our very birth, and our end hangs on our beginning
Manilius

A noble birth and fortune, though they make not a bad man good, yet they are a real advantage to a worthy one and place his virtues in a fairer light
George Lillo

From birth to 18 a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55, good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash
Sophie Tucker

Today we frankly recognize that democracy can be no more than aspiration, and have rule not so much by the people as by the cleverest people; not an aristocracy of birth, not a plutocracy of wealth, but a true meritocracy of talent.
Michael Young

Shadow owes its birth to light.
John Gay

I was thinking back to all the time in the gym, working hard, and that spurred me on [winning New York marathon just ten months after giving birth]
Paula Radcliffe

Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist.
Czeslaw Milosz

The 880-yard heel and toe walk is the closest a man can come to experiencing the panges of childbirth.
Avery Brundage

It's not really difficult to go from one voice into the next. It's like asking you to sing a line of Happy Birthday and then Goodnight Irene - assuming you know the words to both those songs
Hank Azaria

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

It [giving birth] was easier than having a tattoo.
Nicole Appleton

I never know what to get my father for his birthday. I gave him a hundred dollars and said, 'Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.' So he went out and bought a present for my mother.
Rita Rudner

For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier... I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.
Steven Wright

It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.
Jean De La Bruyere

Maybe it's my birthday, I honestly don't know. I'm 58? There's not much I need - I have plenty of socks
Arsene Wenger

I was famous from birth.
Peter Fonda

It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.
Ellen Glasgow

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
Erich Fromm

My name is Brian Green by birth. Austin was made up by my parents when I was nine, because there was another Brian Green in the Screen Actors Guild.
Brian Austin Green

I cried on my 18th birthday. I thought 17 was such a nice age. You're young enough to get away with things, but you're old enough, too.
Liv Tyler

Some decent, regulated preeminence, some preference given to birth, is neither unnatural nor unjust nor impolite
Edmund Burke

It was my 13th birthday and I have treasured it ever since [Peggy Sue].

It is the greatest single ever made. I still have it, but rarely play it for fear of damaging it.
John Gribbin

They kept trying to sponge down my face with cool water and all I could do was shout 'be careful of my hair!' because I didn't want it to go all curly (on giving birth to son Harvey)
Jordan

I sometimes get birthday cards from fans. But it's often the same message - they hope it's my last.
Al Norman

The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities
Cesare Lombroso

I was so happy. I felt, I can do it. I did this by myself [on birth of fourth child]
Tana Ramsay

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
Erma Bombeck

This existence of ours is as transient as Autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.
Buddha

Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state. There is as little reason to deplore the one as there is to be pleased over the other.
Mahatma Gandhi

Today is my birthday and the crew surprised me with a cake. But this was not the best present I got from the team. That was the new car, which felt good on the track. I did a few runs in the afternoon and everything went well.
Giancarlo Fisichella

My Love is of a birth as rare
As 'tis for object strange and high:
It was begotten by despair
Upon Impossibility. [The Definition of Love]
Andrew Marvell

To understand the mysteries of life you must look around and within. You will see patterns everywhere; patterns that seem to manifest themselves over and over again. These patterns exist intertwined within nature and man bridging the gap between the enigma of self and universe. You see them in spiraling galaxies and the Mandelbrot fractal of fossilized Ammonoidea; growing from the unknown to atoms to molecules to solar systems to galaxies to the paradoxical expanses of the universe with origins and destinations unknown; just like us in birth and death. The similarities of tree branches, rivers and blood veins. The power of cellular division and nuclear fission, the patterns of finger prints like endoplasmic reticulum, or a black opal's play of fire like the nebula of supernova. Moon shots are like protoplasmic lurches, while simple thoughts and observations of the nature around us take us beyond the unknown. The clues to the great mystery are all around us and deep within us.
Bryant H McGill

We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death, yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind.
Thornton Wilder

The pains of childbirth were altogether different from the enveloping effects of other kinds of pain. These were pains one could follow with one's mind.
Margaret Mead

Yesterday at The Oval had to be the most thrilling moment of my life... perhaps after the birth of my children. [on England Ashes win 2005]
Gladstone Small

Joan Collins unfortunately can't be with us tonight. She's busy attending the birth of her next husband.
John Parrott

We should try to achieve things for ourselves and not rely on former or past family glories with which we have no connection but the arbitrary nature of our birth.
Shirley Franklin

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
Voltaire

Washington's birthday is as close to a secular Christmas as any Christian country dare come this side of blasphemy.
Alistair Cooke

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

A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory
Albert Einstein

My obstetrician was so dumb that when I gave birth he forgot to cut the cord. For a year that kid followed me everywhere. It was like having a dog on a leash.
Joan Rivers

It was like having
an 8 month hangover! [when about to give birth]
Debra Stephenson

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.
Mary Sarton

People ask me what I'd most appreciate getting for my eighty-seventh birthday. I tell them, a paternity suit.
George Burns

Happy birthday to you. (Title of song 1935)
Pattie S Hill



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