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764. What people believe on our planet depends so much on whereabouts on the planet they were born. (Belief & Birth & Religion) Dr Richard Dawkins, lecture 1: Waking up in the Universe, 1991
766. Obviously what we believe is affected by our upbringing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t change our minds. We all have the right to see the evidence and re-evaluate our beliefs. (Belief & Birth & Mind & Evidence & Religion) Professor Richard Dawkins, The Genius of Charles Darwin part III
1,162. Death and taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them. (Life’s Like That & Death & Tax & Birth) Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind 1936
1,177. We cannot cross the cause why we were born. (Life’s Like That & Birth & Cause) William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost IV iii 216
65,372. Hell and night
Must bring this monstrous birth to the world’s light. William Shakespeare, Othello I iii 409
65,373. When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools. William Shakespeare, The History of King Lear IV vi, Lear
2,100. The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews
Not to be born is best for man. (Life’s Like That & Desire & Birth) W H Auden, Death’s Echo 1937
2,124. Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. (Life’s Like That & Birth) Mark Twain
65,379. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Mark Twain
3,490. Life is the waking one morning to the wild truth you are born one of fifty billion rats. (Life’s Like That & Morning & Truth & Birth & Rat) esias
8,910. What is the use of a newborn child? (Children & Birth) Benjamin Franklin
65,353. Across the world tens of thousands of people have been part of a truly remarkable scientific project. It’s altering our understanding of what made you the way you are today. Scientists think they have discovered in these people’s lives the secret of a healthy happy long life for all of us. Studying our journeys from baby to adulthood is revealing the most important part of your life, maybe one you can’t even remember: the nine months before you were born. (Birth & Pregnancy & Biology) Horizon: The Nine Months That Made You 3/15, BBC 2011
65,354. David Barker believed that in these records he had found a simple and powerful link between a low weight at birth and heart disease later in life. The idea that future health was linked to birth weight was named the Barker Theory. (Birth & Pregnancy & Biology) ibid.
65,355. From the moment you are born parts of your future health, happiness and personality could already be determined. (Birth & Pregnancy & Biology) ibid.
65,356. Scientists are discovering it’s not just the food that reaches us in the womb but also the hormones we are exposed to that could powerfully affect how our life unfolds. (Birth & Pregnancy & Biology) ibid.
65,357. More testosterone exposure makes your behaviour more male. (Birth & Pregnancy & Biology & Behaviour) ibid.
6,353. Then from those profound slumbers we awake in a dawn, not knowing who we are, being nobody, newly born, ready for anything, the brain emptied of that past which was life until then. And perhaps it is more wonderful still when our landing at the waking-point is abrupt and the thoughts of our sleep, hidden by a cloak of oblivion, have no time to return to us gradually, before sleep ceases. Then, from the black storm through which we seem to have passed (but we do not even say we), we emerge prostrate, without a thought, a we that is void of content. (Self & Birth) Marcel Proust, Sodom and Gomorrah
11,658. Nurse delivering newborn baby to mother: What was the colour of the father’s hair?
Mother in bed: I don’t know. He kept his hat on. (Art & Censorship & Cartoon & Postcard & Birth & Seaside & Hat) Donald McGill, saucy seaside postcard
18,854. Why were we born? (Gangstas: New Jersey & Birth) The Sopranos: D-Girl s2e7 starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, AJ
20,691. I was born on a snooker table. (GBH Films & Born) Big Fat Gypsy Gangster: Bulla The Movie 2011 starring Ricky Grover & Omid Djalili & Tulisa Contostavlos & Steven Berkoff & Peter Capaldi & Rufus Hound & Rochelle Wiseman & Laila Morse et al, director Ricky Grover
31,323. What you say of the pride of giving life to an immortal soul is very fine, dear, but I own I can not enter into that; I think much more of our being like a cow or a dog at such moments; when our poor nature becomes so very animal and unecstatic. (Victoria & Pregnancy & Birth) Queen Victoria, letter to Princess Royal 15th June 1858
43,278. I was born in very sorry circumstances. (Comedy & Born) Norman Wisdom
47,465. Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come. (Soul & Birth) William Wordsworth
65,358. Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery. Andy Warhol
58,552. The only sin is the sin of being born. (Sin & Birth) Samuel Beckett
65,359. I said I wish I had never been born. It’s a Wonderful Life 1946 starring James Stewart & Donna Reed & Henry Travers & Lionel Barrymore & Thomas Mitchell & Beulah Bondi & Frank Faylen & Ward Bond & Gloria Grahame & H B Warner et al, director Frank Capra, George Bailey
76,358. Take her to the foetus-frightening room. (Hospital & Doctor & Birth) Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life 1983 starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Terry Gilliam & Eric Idle & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Carol Cleveland & Patricia Quinn & Simon Jones & Matt Frewer et al, director Terry Jones, doctor in theatre
76,359. And get the machine that goes ping! (Hospital & Doctor & Birth & Machine) ibid.
76,360. And that’s the most expensive machine in the whole hospital. (Hospital & Doctor & Birth & Machine) ibid. doctor to patient
76,361. Hospital Administrator: Ah, I see you have the machine that goes ping. This is my favourite. You see we lease this back from the company we sold it to and that way it comes under the monthly current budget and not the capital account. (Hospital & Doctor & Birth & Machine) ibid.
65,360. Patient: Is it a boy or a girl?
Obstetrician: Now I think it’s a little early to start imposing roles on it, don’t you? (Birth & Boy & Girl) ibid.