I am the daughter of Earth and Water, And the nursling of the Sky; I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores; I change, but I cannot die, For after the rain when with never a stain The pavilion of Heaven is bare, And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams Build up the blue dome of air, I silently laugh at my own cenotaph, And out of the caverns of rain, Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb, I arise and unbuild it again.Percy Bysshe Shelley: 1819 'The Cloud'.
The principle which prompts to save is the desire of bettering our conditiona desire whichcomes with us from the womb and never leaves us till we go into the grave.Adam Smith: 1776 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of theWealth of Nations, bk.2, ch.3.
First, sturdy March with brows full sternly bent, And arme' d strongly, rode upon a ram, The same which over Hellespontus swam: Yet in his hand a spade he also hent, And in a bag all sorts of seeds ysame, Which on the earth he strowe' d as he went, And filled her womb with fruitful hope of nourishment.Edmund Spenser: 1609 The Faerie Queen,'Mutability', canto 7, stanza 32. hent = grasped; ysame = together.
Lo, children are an heritage of the L: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.Bible (Old Testament): ORDPsalms127:3-5.
Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb.john donne: 1609 La Corona,'Nativity'.
Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the L gave, and the L hath taken away; blessed be the name of the L.Bible (Old Testament): Job1:21.
Assoon as I stepped out of my mother's womb on to dry land, I realized that I had made a mistakebut the trouble with children is that they are not returnable.Quentin Crisp: US film actress. Originally a nightclub dancer, she began in silent films in1925 and found fame in the1930s and1940s. 1968 The Naked Civil Servant, ch.2.
Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!Bible (Old Testament): Job10:18.
O wombe! O bely! O stynkyng cod Fulfilled of dong and of corrupcioun!Geoffrey Chaucer: 1387 Canterbury Tales,'The Pardoner's Tale', l.534-5.
Historians spend their lives and lavish ink Explaining how great commonwealths collapse From great defects of policyperhaps The cause is sometimes simpler than they think. Have more states perished, then, For having shackled the enquiring mind, Than those who, in their folly not less blind, Trusted the servile womb to breed free men?A(lec) D(erwent) Hope: 1965 'Advice toYoung Ladies', in Collected Poems1930-1970 (1972).
From plots and treasons Heaven preserve my years, But save me most from my petitioners. Unsatiate as the barren womb or grave; God cannot grant so much as they can crave.john dryden: 1681Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.985-8.
Pange, lingua, gloriosi Corporis mysterium, Sanguinisque pretiosi, Quem in mundi pretium Fructus ventris generosi Rex effudit gentium. Now, my tongue, the mystery telling Of the glorious Body sing, And the Blood, all price excelling, Which the Gentiles' Lord and King, In aVirgin's womb once dwelling, Shed for this world's ransoming.StThomas Aquinas: 1263 Pange Lingua Gloriosi, known as the Corpus Christi hymn (translated by J M Neale et al).
To be no more; sad cure; for who would lose, Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through eternity, To perish rather, swallowed up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated night, Devoid of sense and motion?john milton: 1665 Belial. Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.2, l.146-51.
They call her a young country, but they lie: She is the last of lands, the emptiest, A woman beyond her change of life, a breast Still tender but within the womb is dry.A(lec) D(erwent) Hope: 'Australia', in Collected Poems1930-1970 (1972).
Forget not bees in winter, though they sleep, For winter's big with summer in her womb.Vita (Victoria Mary) Sackville-West: 1926 The Land,'Spring'.
Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.hans arp: Jean Arp (1931), as quoted in: Rosalind E. Krauss, Passages in Modern Sculpture (1981), p. 138
A painting or sculpture not modelled on any real object is every bit as concrete and sensuous as a leaf or a stone.. ..(but) it is an incomplete art which privileges the intellect to the detriment of the senses... (art must be like..) fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant or a child in it’s mother’s womb. (circa 1930)hans arp: Anna Moszynska, Abstract Art, Thames and Hudson, London, 1990, p. 113
A seed is small in size. But it carries in its womb leaves, flowers, fruits, nay even the whole tree. The human brain is very much like a seed. It may not have a great shape and size. But it traps within itself endless possibilities. It is a fountainhead of thoughts and promises that can be fulfilled.amitabh bachchan: Soul Curry for You and Me: An Empowering Philosophy that Can Enrich Your Life (with R. D. Tailang, 2002), p. 113.
There are as many Scottish roads to Socialism as there are predictions of Britain's economic doom - but most of them demand three things: a coherent plan for an extension of democracy and control in society and industry which sees every reform as a means to creating a socialist society; a harnessing of the forces for industrial and community self-management within a political movement; and a massive programme of education by the Labour Movement as a whole.Gramsci's relevance to Scotland today is in his emphasis that in a society which is both mature and complex, where the total social and economic processes are geared to maintaining the production of goods and services (and the reproduction of the conditions of production), then the transition to socialism must be made by the majority of the people themselves and a socialist society must be created within the womb of existing society and prefigured in the movements for democracy at the grass roots. Socialists must neither place their faith in an Armageddon or of capitalist collapse nor in nationalisation alone. For the Jacobin notion of a vanguard making revolution on behalf of working people relates to a backward society (and prefigures an authoritarian and bureaucratic state), then the complexity of modern society requires a far reaching movement of people and existing conditions and as a co-ordinator for the assertion of social priorities by people at a community level and control by producers at an industrial level. In such a way political power will become a synthesis of – not a substitute for – community and industrial life.This requires from the Labour Movement in Scotland today a postive commitment to creating a socialist society, a coherant strategy with rhythm and modality to each reform to cancel the logic of capitalism and a programme of immediate aims which leads out of one social order into another. Such a social reorganisation - a phased extension of public control under workers' sustained and enlarged, would in EP Thompson's words lead to "a crisis not of despair and disintegration but a crisis in which the necessity for a peaceful revolutionary transition to an alternative socialist logic became daily more evident."gordon brown: Introduction to "The Red Paper On Scotland", 1975.
A Dialogue between two Infants in the womb concerning the state of this world, might handsomely illustrate our ignorance of the next, whereof methinks we yet discourse in Plato's Den, and are but Embryon Philosophers.sir thomas browne: Chapter IV.
All things being at God’s disposal, and the decision of salvation or death belonging to him, he orders all things by his counsel and decree in such a manner, that some men are born devoted from the womb to certain death, that his name may be glorified in their destruction.john calvin: In John Allen, ed., Institutes of the Christian Religion. Ioannis Calvini Institutio Christianae religionis (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1841), p. 169
We take nothing from the womb but pure filth [meras sordes]. The seething spring of sin is so deep and abundant that vices are always bubbling up form it to bespatter and stain what is otherwise pure.... We should remember that we are not guilty of one offense only but are buried in innumerable impurities.... all human works, if judged according to their own worth, are nothing but filth and defilement.... they are always spattered and befouled with many stains.... it is certain that there is no one who is not covered with infinite filth.john calvin: In John Calvin: A Sixteenth-Century portrait, 1989, William J. Bouwsma, Oxford University Press, USA, ISBN 0195059514 ISBN 9780195059519, p. 36. 
I heard Nick Cave for the first time on an independent radio station in Australia, and the way he uses words is breathtaking. And it’s very melodic at the same time, very anthem-like. He also wrote a book called And the Ass Saw the Angel, from the perspective of a fetus in a womb. He’s really arrogant, but he can afford to be.nick cave: Portia de Rossi, commenting on Nick Cave in a list of her 10 favourite albums (Henry's Dream at #2)
They [the theologians] will explain to you how Christ was formed in the Virgin's womb; how accident subsists in synaxis without domicile in place. The most ordinary of them can do this. Those more fully initiated explain further whether there is an instans in Divine generation; whether in Christ there is more than a single filiation; whether 'the Father hates the Son' is a possible proposition; whether God can become the substance of a woman, of an ass, of a pumpkin, or of the devil, and whether, if so, a pumpkin could preach a sermon, or work miracles, or be crucified. And they can discover a thousand other things to you besides these. They will make you understand notions, and instants, formalities, and quiddities, things which no eyes ever saw, unless they were eyes which could see in the dark what had no existence.desiderius erasmus: The Praise of Folly (1511) as quoted by Froude ibid., (1899)
I think my parents had visions of me being found in the Thames with six illicit foetuses in my womb and needle marks up my arm.fenella fielding: Why her parents did not want her to be an actress.