„No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.“

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—  Theodore von Kármán Hungarian-American mathematician, aerospace engineer and physicist 1881 - 1963

November 1957 - Told to Joseph G. Martin, then Aide-de-Camp to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Hooks, as Lt. Martin escorted Dr. von Kármán from New York City to lead a secret symposium on space flight in Cloudcroft, NM. Sputnik had been launched a month before and every branch of the US military had a separate space program and were desperately trying to get off a successful launch.
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„The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned.“

—  Fred Brooks American computer scientist 1931

Page 17, cf. Theodore von Kármán (1957): "Everyone knows it takes a woman nine months to have a baby. But you Americans think if you get nine women pregnant, you can have a baby in a month."
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„When all of your friends are getting pregnant, you start thinking about it. But for Amy and I, show business is our baby.“

—  Will Arnett Canadian actor 1970

"The Wit & Wisdom of Will Arnett," Playboy Magazine (March 29, 2007) http://blutharnett.blogspot.com/search/label/Playboy%20Magazine
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„I found that being pregnant was different from how I thought it would be…It shares a lot in common with writing in a way. You have an imaginary version of yourself pregnant, and an imaginary baby, an imaginary idea of yourself as a mother…“

—  Jackie Kay Poet and novelist 1961

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