To heir is human.
Only three things in life are certain birth, death and change.
The fate of nations is intimately bound up with their powers of reproduction. All nations and all empires first felt decadence gnawing at them when their birth rate fell off.
My obstetrician was so dumb that when I gave birth he forgot to cut the cord. For a year that kid followed me everywhere. It was like having a dog on a leash.
There is no cure for birth and death other than to enjoy the interval.
Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
The hour which gives us life begins to take it away.
When we are born, we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools. (King Lear)
What you say of the pride of giving life to an immortal soul is very fine dear, but I own I cannot 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.
I feel cheated never being able to know what it’s like to get pregnant, carry a hild and breast feed.