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Quotes of the Day for 25 August 2004 – Birth

Gerald wrote to let me know that his son was born yesterday. He was apparently so excited that he didn't even tell me the new subscriber's name. (Turns out it is Everett Lewis Rowden.) Here are a few thoughts on birth to welcome him into the world.

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The quotes:

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.
     - Alfred North Whitehead, 1861 - 1947

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
     - Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884 - 1962

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.
     - George Santayana, 1863 - 1921

Conflict begins at the moment of birth.
     - Jean Baker Miller

All birth is unwilling.
     - Pearl S. Buck, 1892 - 1973

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