My mother says healers are born, not made.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Perhaps kids really did come into the world trailing clouds of glory, as Wordsworth had so confidently proclaimed, but they also shit in their pants until they learned better.

Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

Death was no less a miracle than birth.

Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

I saw the world I had walked since my birth and I understood how fragile it was, that the reality was a thin layer of icing on a great dark birthday cake writhing with grubs and nightmares and hunger.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Just as when we come into the world, when we die we are afraid of the unknown. But the fear is something from within us that has nothing to do with reality. Dying is like being born: just a change.

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

When you’re born a lover, you’re born to suffer.

Depeche Mode, Goodnight Lovers

You know, there are some people who think Christmas is about the birth of Christ and not baseball.

Veronica Mars

The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby – who may be born long after we are gone – should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.

John F. Kennedy

My granddaughter’s birth has made me want to create things she will love.

Billy Crystal

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