"Researchers say the likelihood of regret is one of the most commonly discussed issues in counseling couples about these permanent contraceptive methods. But their study found that only about 7% of women experienced regret within five years after their own sterilization, called tubal ligation. And only about 6% of women regretted their husband's vasectomy...About 4 million men and 10 million women in the U.S. have been sterilized."
--Web MD Health/ Few Regrets After Sterilization
Inspiring Childfree Quotations
- "People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children."
--Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
- "The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children."
- "If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either."
- "It is no wonder that people are so horrible when they start their life as children."
- "People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one."
--Leo J. Burke
- "Men and women are like other living creatures: they bring children into the world with little or no thought about the matter and then they suffer and toil as best as they can to rear them. Men and women think that it is necessary to have children. It is not. It is their animal nature and social custom, rather than reason, which makes them believe that this is a necessity.
Don't have children; they bring much trouble, toil, and sorrow. What few advantages there are to having children rarely outweigh the disadvantages."
- "And it came about while He said these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice, and said to Him, 'Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed.' But He said, 'On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it."
--Jesus (Luke 11:27-28)
- "Rabbi Yehudah the Levite said: When a person leaves this world without children, he feels bad and cries. God says to him, 'Why are you crying? Is it because you did not bear fruit in this world? You have fruit that's better than children!' He asks, 'Master of the Universe, what fruit did I bear?' God replies, 'The Torah...'"
--The Midrash Tanchuma
- "Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation."
--Lois McMaster Bujold
- "Having a first child is like throwing a hand grenade into a marriage."
- "Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist."
- "The world might, perhaps, be considerably poorer if the great writers had exchanged their books for children of flesh and blood."
- "Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children."
--George Bernard Shaw
- "...I may be fortunate that my mother isn't here. It isn't Mother's Day, so I can be honest. I loved her dearly, but she could be a challenge. For example, when she learned I had been nominated to be chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, she phoned and said, 'Don't think I'm impressed.'"
--Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Commencement Address June 17, 2007
- "The perpetuity by generation is common to beasts; but memory, merit, and noble works are proper to men. And surely a man shall see the noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men, which have sought to express the images of their minds, where those of their bodies have failed. So the care of posterity is most in them who have no posterity."
- "Setting an example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age."
--William Feather, Sr.
- "The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent."
- "If motherhood doesn't interest you, don't do it. It didn't interest me, so I didn't do it. Anyway, I would have made a terrible parent. The first time my child didn't do what I wanted, I'd kill him."
- "Some men just aren't cut out for paternity. Better they should realize it before and not after they become responsible for a son."
--Lois McMaster Bujold
- "What, what was that you were saying about me? I thought I heard you say it was a pity...a pity I never had children? But you're wrong...I have thousands of them...thousands of them...and all boys!"
--Charles "Mr. Chips" Chipping (Spoken by Actor Robert Donat in Good-bye Mr. Chips, 1939)
- "Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs."
- "When I consider how little of a rarity children are, — that every street and blind alley swarms with them, —that the poorest people commonly have them in most abundance, — that there are few marriages that are not blest with at least one of these bargains, — how often they turn out ill, and defeat the fond hopes of their parents, taking to vicious courses, which end in poverty, disgrace, the gallows, etc. — I cannot for my life tell what cause for pride there can possibly be in having them. If they were young phoenixes, indeed, that were born but one in a year, there might be a pretext. But when they are so common."
- "Except for under the most adverse circumstances -- such as homelessness, unsafe living conditions or lack of spouse and child care -- child raising was not meant to be a full-time activity. No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America had ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child raising is not good for women or children."
- "I love children, especially when they cry, because then somebody takes them away."
- "There is nothing more destructive in childhood than a boy’s sense that his father doesn’t like him."
- "Choosing to have children is like choosing to play the bagpipes: you must do it well or not at all. Anything in between and you'll really annoy your neighbors."
- "You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering
- "When you rescue a dog in bad straits and feed him, take care of him, and give him a home, the dog is grateful. This is the chief difference between a dog and a human being."
-- Mark Twain
- "Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life."
- "A child who believes in Santa Claus, who really and literally believes, because his daddy told him so, that Santa comes down all the chimneys in the world on the same night has had his thinking ability permanently impaired if not destroyed."
--G. Brock Chisholm, Former Director General of the World Health Organization/ WHO
- "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!
--William Shakespeare/ "King Lear", Act 1 Scene 4
- "Too much indulgence has ruined thousands of children; too much love not one."
- "My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives."
- "You should treat your children as strangers whom you happen to like - if, that is, you happen to like them."
--Richard J. Needham, Canadian columnist
- "Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head."
-- Carol Burnett
- "When will you people learn? In America we stopped using corporal punishment and things have never been better. The streets are safe, old people strut confidently through the darkest alleys and the weak and nerdy are admired for their computer programming abilities. So, like us, let your children run wild and free, for as the old saying goes, "Let your children run wild and free."
--Homer Simpson, Character on The Simpsons
- He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
- "Leaving behind books is even more beautiful -- there are far too many children."
- "Been around the world and found that only stupid people are breeding."
--Harvey Danger, Song: Flagpole Sitta