Quotes of the Day for 14 May 2012 – Birth
After writing my e-book on maternal-related quotes, then flogging that during the run-up to Mother's Day, and then choosing quotes for that day itself, I thought I was done with the subject for a while. I just now realized that I even forgot to call my Mother yesterday, an oversight I'll have to address. But as I was looking for a theme for today I ran across a birth that I just couldn't ignore: Lina Medina gave birth to a son by caesarean section at Peru's National Academy of Medicine on this day in 1939. She required the surgical delivery because her pelvis was too small, not surprising as she was only five years, seven months, and 17 days old at the time. Today she lives in the "Little Chicago" neighborhood of Lima and didn't have another child until 1972, but she holds the record for a documented birth at the youngest age in all of medical history. But I'm limiting myself to metaphorical uses of Birth today.
The birth of science was the death of superstition.
- Thomas Henry Huxley, 1825 - 1895
Labor gives birth to ideas.
- Jim Rohn, 1930 - 2009
For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
- Virginia Woolf, 1882 - 1941
A man is bound to make for himself in this world, that fortune which heaven had refused him at his birth.
- Alexandre Dumas, père, 1802 - 1870
There's birth, there's death, and in between there's maintenance.
- Tom Robbins
Custom forms us all; our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed belief, are consequences of our place of birth.
- Aaron Hill, 1685 - 1750
Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.
- Carl Sandburg, 1878 - 1967
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