A Quote by Thomas Clayton Wolfe on america, birth, chance, opportunity, promises, vision, and work

To every man his chance - to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity - to every man the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him - this, seeker, is the promise of America.

Thomas Clayton Wolfe (1900 - 1938)

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A Quote by Thelma Ritter on birth, fatherhood, innocence, judgment, justice, lawyers, love, neighbors, and trouble

Stella: I got a nose for trouble. I can smell it ten miles away. . . . I can smell trouble right here in this apartment. First you smash your leg. Then you get to lookin' out the window. See things you shouldn't see. Trouble. I can see you in court now, surrounded by a bunch of lawyers in double-breasted suits. You're pleading: 'Judge, it was only a little bit of innocent fun. I love my neighbors like a father.' And the Judge says, 'Well, congratulations, you've just given birth to three years in. . . .'

Thelma Ritter (19 -)

Source: As Stella speaking to Jeff (Jimmy Stewart) in Rear Window

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A Quote by Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian (Tertullian) on birth and murder

Prevention of birth is a precipitation of murder.

Tertullian (160? - 240? AD)

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A Quote by Tenche Coxe on birth, congress, constitution, god, government, military, people, power, soldiers, and trust

While the states were considering ratification of the Constitution: Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American. . . . The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.

Tenche Coxe (1638 - 1896)

Source: The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788

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A Quote by Steven Wright on birth and friendship

My friend Winnie is a procrastinator. He didn't get his birth mark 'til he was eight years old.

Steven Wright (1955 -)

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A Quote by Steven Wright on birth and death

I told her I knew when I was going to die because my birth certificate had an expiration date on it.

Steven Wright (1955 -)

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on birth, destiny, facts, life, possibility, purpose, time, and understanding

One of the significant facts about the moment of birth is that it is an unconscious moment. No one ever knows when he is being born that the event is actually taking place, and sometimes we don't find out about it until quite a long time afterward. Sometimes, we never do really find out that we have been born. So frequently, we don't know why we were born; we don't know where we came from; we don't know what the purpose of life is; nor do we understand the possibilities of our godly destiny.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

Source: General Conference, April 1975

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A Quote by Sophie Tucker on age, birth, good, needs, parenthood, personality, and personality

From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents, from 18 to 35 she needs good looks, from 35 to 55 she needs a good personality, and from 55 on she needs cash.

Sophie Tucker

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A Quote by Sara Teasdale on birth, death, joy, men, philosophy, songs, time, and words

THE PHILOSOPHER I saw him sitting in his door, Trembling as old men do; His house was old; his barn was old, And yet his eyes seemed new. His eyes had seen three times my years And kept a twinkle still, Though they had looked at birth and death And three graves on a hill. "I will sit down with you," I said, "And you will make me wise; Tell me how you have kept the joy Still burning in your eyes." Then like an old-time orator Impressively he rose; "I make the most of all that comes, The least of all that goes." The jingling rhythm of his words Echoes as old songs do, Yet this had kept his eyes alight Till he was ninety-two.

Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)

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A Quote by Samuel Beckett on birth


They give birth astride a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.

Samuel Beckett (1906 - 1989)

Source: Waiting for Godot, 1952

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