„A birth is not really a beginning. Our lives at the start are not really our own but only the continuation of someone else's story.“


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—  Javad Alizadeh cartoonist, journalist and humorist 1953
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„Translation: I call the beginning of death the whole course of life, beginning with our birth, from which point we commence to die, and each moment of every day brings us nearer to our end.“

—  Stefano Guazzo Italian writer 1530 - 1593
Chiamo principio della morte tutto il corso della vita cominciando al nostro nascimento, dal quale cominciamo a morire, e per momenti di tempo andiamo ogni giorno al nostro fine. Della Morte, p. 529. Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 275.

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„Nobly to live, or else nobly to die,
Befits proud birth.“

—  Sophocles ancient Greek tragedian -496 - -406 a.C.
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„Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.“

—  Joseph Hall British bishop 1574 - 1656
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„And so on earth
our destiny is with us from our birth.“

—  Francesco Petrarca Italian scholar and poet 1304 - 1374
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„Birth is the start of loneliness and loneliness the start of poetry…“

—  Erica Jong Novelist, poet, memoirist, critic 1942
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„I see too plainly custom forms us all;
Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief,
Are consequences of our place of birth“

—  Aaron Hill (writer) British writer 1685 - 1750
Zara (1735), Context: Can my fond heart, on such a feeble proof, Embrace a faith, abhorred by him I love? I see too plainly custom forms us all; Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief, Are consequences of our place of birth: Born beyond Ganges, I had been a Pagan; In France, a Christian; I am here a Saracen: 'Tis but instruction, all! Our parents' hand Writes on our heart the first faint characters, Which time, re-tracing, deepens into strength, That nothing can efface, but death or Heaven. Zara, Act I, Sc. 1.

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