„Unceasingly the essence of things is taking shape in the matter of things, and this unspeakable process we call birth and growth.“
„There is no such thing as slow freedom. Freedom is like a birth. Till we are fully free we are slaves.“
— Махатма Ганди pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism during British-ruled India 1869 - 1948
Young India (15 December 1921)
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
— Lewis Mumford American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic 1895 - 1990
Context: Nothing is permanent: certainly not the frozen images of barbarous power with which fascism now confronts us. Those images may easily be smashed by an external shock, cracked as ignominiously as the fallen Dagon, the massive idol of the heathen; or they may be melted, eventually, by the internal warmth of normal men and women. Nothing endures except life: the capacity for birth, growth, and renewal. As life becomes insurgent once more in our civilization, conquering the reckless thrust of barbarism, the culture of cities will be both instrument and goal. Introduction
— Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005
Part I, p. 28
„Respect for the God-given dignity of every human being, no matter their race, ethnicity or other circumstances of their birth, is the essence of American patriotism. To believe otherwise is to oppose the very idea of America.“
— John McCain politician from the United States 1936
Twitter post https://twitter.com/SenJohnMcCain/status/951892337692684291 (12 January 2018)
— Bette Midler American singer-songwriter, actress, comedian and film producer 1945
From her album 'Mud will be Flung Tonight'
— Jon Stewart American political satirist, writer, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian 1962
„The fact that the stars predict high or low rank for the father of the person whose horoscope is taken, teaches that they do not always make things happen but sometimes only indicate things. For how could things which preceded the birth depend upon the birth?“
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
IX. On Providence, Fate, and Fortune.
„Life contains these things: leakage and wickage and discharge, pus and snot and slime and gleet. We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget.“
— Mary Roach American science writer 1959
„Evolution is all about processes that almost never happen. Every birth in every lineage is a potential speciation event, but speciation almost never happens, not once in a million births. Mutation in DNA almost never happens — not once in a trillion copings — but evolution depends on it. Take the set of infrequent accidents — things that almost never happen — and sort them into the happy accidents, the neutral accidents, and the fatal accidents; amplify the effects of the happy accidents — which happens automatically when you have replication and competition — and you get evolution.“
— Daniel Dennett American philosopher 1942
„Unfortunately, most people never observe the natural cycle of birth and death. They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die.“
— Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
Context: Most people don't realize that the slaughter plant is much gentler than nature. Animals in the wild die from starvation, predators, or exposure. If I had a choice, I would rather go through a slaughter system than have my guts ripped out by coyotes or lions while I was still conscious. Unfortunately, most people never observe the natural cycle of birth and death. They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die. "Stairway to Heaven," Thinking in Pictures (1995), p. 202.
„If the knowledge which we acquired before birth was lost to us at birth, and afterwords by the use of the senses we recovered that which we previously knew, will not that which we call learning be a process of recovering our knowledge, and may not this be rightly termed recollection by us?… Then, Simmias, our souls must have existed before they were in the form of man—without bodies, and must have had intelligence.“
— Socrates classical Greek Athenian philosopher -469 - -399 a.C.
„[artists are people] who employ matter between birth and death. Matter is something to use, not possess.“
— Karel Appel Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet 1921 - 2006