Having a baby is a funny thing. On one hand, it’s vastly mysterious and momentously important — after all, you created brand-new life! On the other hand, parts of caring for a baby are just so undignified, and so … gross. It’s hard to encapsulate the whole experience in just a few words — especially with such little sleep, still-raging hormones and an infant wailing in the background. Better outsource the thinking to someone else: These cute and inspiring baby quotes do the best job of distilling it all down, from the swell of emotions you feel when you see your baby for the first time, to the amount of general stickiness you encounter as a new parent. If you’re looking for what to write in a birth announcement, a quote for that all-important first Instagram post or just something that might capture what you’re feeling when you bring a new baby home, you’re likely to find it below. Then, once you get your parental sea legs under you, you can move on to the quotes about raising kids. (And did we miss any of your favorite baby quotes below? Let us know in the comments!)
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A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.
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Having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything’s broken and there’s a lot of throwing up.
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Vincent Van Gogh
I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.
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I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.
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Children make your life important.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.
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A happy baby has shining eyes. It walks open-hearted into the world and spreads magic.
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Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.
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Babies are always more trouble than you thought and more wonderful.
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Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.
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A baby boy has a special way of bringing out the man in his father and the little boy in his grandfather.
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Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God.
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George Bernard Shaw
Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.
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Barbara Christine Seifert
A baby is a blank check made payable to the human race.
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A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die.
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Babies are such a nice way to start people.
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Henry David Thoreau
Every child begins the world again.
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There are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.
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Your first breath took ours away.
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Just as there is no warning for childbirth, there is no preparation for the sight of a first child. There should be a song for women to sing at this moment or a prayer to recite. But perhaps there is none because there are no words strong enough to name that moment.
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Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
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There is nothing like a newborn baby to renew your spirit and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place.
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With every newborn baby, a little sun rises.
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Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.
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Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give the more you get and the more you get the more you feel like giving.
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The worst feature of a new baby is its mother’s singing.
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Having kids feels like that first seventh-grade crush that overwhelms every molecule in your body, but it’s permanent.
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