A Quote by Ramana Maharshi on birth, death, dying, born, self, body, thought, thoughts, free, fear, and freedom

If a man considers that he is born, he cannot avoid the fear of death. Let him find out if he has been born or if the Self has any birth. He will discover that the Self always exists, that the body that is born resolves itself into thought and that the emergence of thought is the root of all mischief. Find from where thoughts emerge. Then you will be able to abide in the ever-present inmost Self and be free from the idea of birth or the fear of death.

Ramana Maharshi


Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

A Quote by Gabriela García Márquez on birth and born


...he allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.

Gabriela García Márquez

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A Quote by unknown on life, death, zen, poem, birth, and impermanence

Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed -- that is human.
When you are born, Where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.

What, then, is the one pure and clear thing?


Source: The Human Route -- ancient Zen poem

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on freedom, slavery, and birth

There is no such thing as slow freedom. Freedom is like a birth. Till we are fully free we are slaves. All birth takes place in a moment.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics), Pages: 150

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A Quote by Jeannine Parvati Baker on healing, earth, birth, midwifery, babies, and parenting

Healing the Earth, through Healing Birth.

Jeannine Parvati Baker

Contributed by: Kara Maia

A Quote by Pablo Neruda on birth, rebirth, alive, and beauty

This means that we have barely
disembarked into life,
that we’ve only just now been born,
let’s not fill our mouths
with so many uncertain names,
with so many sad labels,
with so many pompous letters,
with so much yours and mine,
with so much signing of papers.

I intend to confuse things,
to unite them, make them new-born
intermingle them, undress them,
until the light of the world
has the unity of the ocean,
a generous wholeness,
a fragrance alive and crackling.


From "Too Many Names" 

Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)

Source: Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon: Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda, Pages: 173

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on birth, chaos, and dance

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

Source: Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

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A Quote by Dan Millman on birth, certainty, happiness, illness, reason, and time

Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness--if you had little time left to live--you would waste precious little of it! Well, I'm telling do have a terminal illness: It's called birth. You don't have more than a few years left. No one does! So be happy now, without reason--or you will never be at all.

Dan Millman

Source: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Wordsworth on birth, earth, and glory

The sunshine is a glorious birth; But yet I know, where'er I go, That there hath passed away a glory from the earth.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Intimations of Immortality. Stanza 2.

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A Quote by William Wordsworth on birth, earth, and nature

Meek Nature's evening comment on the shows That for oblivion take their daily birth From all the fuming vanities of earth.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Sky-Prospect from the Plain of France.

Contributed by: Zaady

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