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BIRTH
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When we are born, we cry that we are come
  To this great stage of fools.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at IV, vi)

What is birth to a man if it shall be a stain to his dead ancestors to have left such an offspring?
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

"Do you know who made you?" "Nobody, as I knows on," said the child, with a short laugh. The idea appeared to amuse her considerably; for her eyes twinkled, and she added--"I 'spect I growed. Don't think nobody never made me."
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe,
        Uncle Tom's Cabin (ch. XXI)

As some divinely gifted man,
  Whose life in low estate began,
    And on a simple village green;
      Who breaks his birth's invidious bar.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (canto 64)

The happiest lot for a man, as far as birth is concerned, is that it should be such as to give him but little occasion to think much about it.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

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
              From God, who is our home.
                Heaven lies about us in our infancy.
                  Shades of the prison-house begin to close
                    Upon the growing Boy,
                      But He beholds the light, and whence it flows,
                        He sees it in his joy;
                          The Youth, who daily farther from the east
                            Must travel, still is Nature's Priest,
                              And by the vision splendid
                                Is on his way attended;
                                  At length the man perceives it die away,
                                    And fade into the light of common day.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
         (V)


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