Procreation Quotes

Quotes tagged as "procreation" (showing 1-30 of 40)
Irvin D. Yalom
“It is wrong to bear children out of need, wrong to use a child to alleviate loneliness, wrong to provide purpose in life by reproducing another copy of oneself. It is wrong also to seek immortality by spewing one's germ into the future as though sperm contains your consciousness!”
Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept

Michel Houellebecq
“Youth was the time for happiness, its only season; young people, leading a lazy, carefree life, partially occupied by scarcely absorbing studies, were able to devote themselves unlimitedly to the liberated exultation of their bodies. They could play, dance, love, and multiply their pleasures. They could leave a party, in the early hours of the morning, in the company of sexual partners they had chosen, and contemplate the dreary line of employees going to work. They were the salt of the earth, and everything was given to them, everything was permitted for them, everything was possible. Later on, having started a family, having entered the adult world, they would be introduced to worry, work, responsibility, and the difficulties of existence; they would have to pay taxes, submit themselves to administrative formalities while ceaselessly bearing witness--powerless and shame-filled--to the irreversible degradation of their own bodies, which would be slow at first, then increasingly rapid; above all, they would have to look after children, mortal enemies, in their own homes, they would have to pamper them, feed them, worry about their illnesses, provide the means for their education and their pleasure, and unlike in the world of animals, this would last not just for a season, they would remain slaves of their offspring always, the time of joy was well and truly over for them, they would have to continue to suffer until the end, in pain and with increasing health problems, until they were no longer good for anything and were definitively thrown into the rubbish heap, cumbersome and useless. In return, their children would not be at all grateful, on the contrary their efforts, however strenuous, would never be considered enough, they would, until the bitter end, be considered guilty because of the simple fact of being parents. From this sad life, marked by shame, all joy would be pitilessly banished. When they wanted to draw near to young people's bodies, they would be chased away, rejected, ridiculed, insulted, and, more and more often nowadays, imprisoned. The physical bodies of young people, the only desirable possession the world has ever produced, were reserved for the exclusive use of the young, and the fate of the old was to work and to suffer. This was the true meaning of solidarity between generations; it was a pure and simple holocaust of each generation in favor of the one that replaced it, a cruel, prolonged holocaust that brought with it no consolation, no comfort, nor any material or emotional compensation.”
Michel Houellebecq, The Possibility of an Island

Justin Halpern
“It's never the right time to have kids, but it's always the right time for screwing. God's not a dumb shit. He knows how it works.”
Justin Halpern, Sh*t My Dad Says

Mike  Norton
“Mastering the art of seduction gives one a great power, and like any power, it's to be wielded with responsibility; a man who wields the art of seduction without a sense of responsibility and restraint is a walking proximity bomb of viral epidemics, needless procreation, heartbroken families, and shattered dreams.”
Mike Norton

Tiffany Madison
“[On Schopenhauer in Black and White] Schopenhauer's views of love are flawed. Love can't be merely an illusion of the mind to aid in procreation, but the path to redemption for an otherwise violently selfish species. Past human greatness has proven that when challenged, love can overpower impulsive instinct, and in essence, the vilest aspects of our nature.”
Tiffany Madison

Roberto Hogue
“Never give a lousy person the opportunity to create lousy babies.”
Roberto Hogue, Real Secrets of Sex: A Women's Guide on How to Be Good in Bed

Jennifer Weiner
“Maybe love was a myth anyhow, a brew of hormones and fantasy, evolution's way of getting men and women together long enough for them to procreate,back in the day when girls got pregnant at twelve, were pregnant or nursing for the next twenty years, and were dead of the plague by forty.”
Jennifer Weiner, Fly Away Home

Hermann Hesse
“There was only greed for living and dread, and out of dread, out of stupid childish dread of the cold, of loneliness, of death, two people fled to one another, kissed, embraced, rubbed cheek to cheek, put leg to leg, cast new human beings into the world. That was how it was.”
Hermann Hesse, Klingsors letzter Sommer

W. Somerset Maugham
“How silly men were! Their part in procreation was so unimportant; it was the woman who carried the child through long months of uneasiness and bore it with pain, and yet a man because of his momentary connection made such preposterous claims. Why should that make any difference to him in his feelings towards the child?”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

“Nathan "N.R." Gaddis did not say ::

2109 fellow Goodreaders [can’t be wrong] gave [King Lear] 1 star. Many call it boring. Some even say it is predictable and has no moral lesson. That these people have the right to vote and to procreate is frightening to me.”
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis

Dejan Stojanovic
“Procreation annihilates eternity.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

Mohsin Hamid
“It’s amazing what the gene pool will do to perpetuate itself.”
Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke

“If people stopped having sex, the world would end in about a hundred years. Think about that shit. If money and power didn’t exist, people would still be fucking.”
A.D. Aliwat, Alpha

Iain M. Banks
“A new collection of matter and information to present to the universe and to which it in turn will be presented; different, arguably equal parts of that great ever-repetitive, ever-changing jurisdiction of being.”
Iain M. Banks, Excession

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Many millions of pregnancies—many if not most of which have each led to the birth of at least one child—were each used as nothing but a conspicuous means to a secret end called the evasion of abortion.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Edward Hoagland
“She--the unnamed lady--simply drew his hands to the Paleolithic places men always have grown tumid from feeling, like the outward cradle of the hips within which a fetus will reside and her breasts that will nourish it, once born.”
Edward Hoagland, In the Country of the Blind: A Novel

“We were not born with a purpose of marrying and giving life to a son-animals are able to have children too and they can have many more children than we do”
Sunday Adelaja

Abhijit Naskar
“Evolutionarily speaking, love is all about procreation.”
Abhijit Naskar

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“For their never-ending endeavours to obtain or retain wealth, countries desperately need companies, because they—unlike most human beings—have the means of production, and human beings, because they—unlike all companies—have the means of reproduction.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“To some believers, being on the pill or using a condom is a nonverbal way of telling God to go to hell.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Merlyn Gabriel Miller
“Oddly enough you can get married and live happily ever after without spawning. Spawning is optional.”
Merlyn Gabriel Miller, Sex, Death, Drugs & Madness

Nancy Madore
“For it is a fact that men must ejaculate in order to reproduce (although science may soon remove this necessity.) Women, on the other hand, do not need to achieve orgasm to reproduce. Men, therefore, have the clear advantage here, in that most of them find it very easy work to achieve sexual satisfaction.”
Nancy Madore, Enchanted: Erotic Bedtime Stories For Women

Guido Ceronetti
“Man dares to allow himself to be cruel, when he's already committed, tranquilly and repeatedly, the crudest act of all: engendering, condemning beings that do not exist or suffer to the horrors of life.”
Guido Ceronetti, The Silence of the Body: Materials for the Study of Medicine

Guido Ceronetti
“As long as they have the wish to kill, they will not lose the lust to procreate.”
Guido Ceronetti, The Silence of the Body: Materials for the Study of Medicine

E.M. Forster
“A short-frocked edition of Charles also regards them placidly; a perambulator edition is squeaking; a third edition is expected shortly. Nature is turning out Wilcoxes in this peaceful abode, so that they may inherit the earth.”
E.M. Forster, Howards End

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