Living substance conquers the frenzy of destruction only in the ecstasy of procreation.
Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)
Profession: German Critic, Philosopher
Luckless is the country in which the symbols of procreation are the objects of shame, while the agents of destruction are honored! And yet you call that member your pudendum, or shameful part, as if there were anything more glorious than creating life, or anything more atrocious than taking it away.
Author: Savinien Cyrano De Bergerac (1619-1655)
Profession: French Satirist, Playwright
I could be content that we might procreate like trees, without conjunction, or that there were any way to perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition.
Author: Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)
Profession: British Author, Physician, , Philosopher
What a strange thing is the propagation of life! A bubble of seed which may be spilt in a whore's lap, or in the orgasm of a voluptuous dream, might (for aught we know) have formed a Caesar or a Bonaparte -- there is nothing remarkable recorded of their sires, that I know of.
Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Profession: British Poet
Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)
Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher
Media mystifications should not obfuscate a simple, perceivable fact; Black teenage girls do not create poverty by having babies. Quite the contrary, they have babies at such a young age precisely because they are poor --because they do not have the opportunity to acquire an education, because meaningful, well-paying jobs and creative forms of recreation are not accessible to them... because safe, effective forms of contraception are not available to them.
Author: Angela Y. Davis (1944)
Profession: American Political Activist
It would be one of the greatest triumphs of humanity, one of the most tangible liberations from the constraints of nature to which mankind is subject, if we could succeed in raising the responsible act of procreating children to the level of a deliberate and intentional activity and in freeing it from its entanglement with the necessary satisfaction of a natural need.
Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis
I should consent to breed under pressure, if I were convinced in any way of the reasonableness of reproducing the species. But my nerves and the nerves of any woman I could live with three months, would produce only a victim... lacking in impulse, a mere bundle of discriminations. If I were wealthy I might subsidize a stud of young peasants, or a tribal group in Tahiti.
Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)
Profession: American Poet, Critic
Willful sterility is, from the standpoint of the nation, from the standpoint of the human race, the one sin for which the penalty is national death, race death; a sin for which there is no atonement. No man, no woman, can shirk the primary duties of life, whether for love of ease and pleasure, or for any other cause, and retain his or her self-respect.
Author: Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
Profession: Twenty-sixth President of the USA
Do not breed. Nothing gives less pleasure than childbearing. Pregnancies are damaging to health, spoil the figure, wither the charms, and it's the cloud of uncertainty forever hanging over these events that darkens a husband's mood.
Author: Marquis De Sade (1740-1814)
Profession: French Author
I have no conscience, none, but I would not like to bring a soul into this world. When it sinned and when it suffered something like a dead hand would fall on me, -- ''You did it, you, for your own pleasure you created this thing! See your work!'' If it lived to be eighty it would always hang like a millstone round my neck, have the right to demand good from me, and curse me for its sorrow. A parent is only like to God: if his work turns out bad so much the worse for him; he dare not wash his hands of it. Time and years can never bring the day when you can say to your child, ''Soul, what have I to do with you?''
Author: Olive Schreiner
He plough'd her, and she cropp'd.
Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor
We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves.
Author: Arnold Toynbee (1852-1883)
Profession: British Economic Historian and Social Reformer
It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
Profession: Austrian Philosopher