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  • The mountain gorilla is an endangered species and doesn’t procreate well in captivity.
  • Their population has been shrinking, so now the country has passed laws to encourage procreation.
  • The Catholic Church tells people to procreate, no matter what their economic situation may be
  • She seemed receptive, so I launched into my Don’t Procreate with Losers speech. . . .
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked

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  • It had to do with a grander scheme of procreation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Apparently I’d inherited it from him and, who knew, maybe Grandpa Decker as well, this violent procreative disgust buzzing loudly in my bloodstream; it felt inborn, wired-in, genetic.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Baphomet’s head was represented as that of a ram or goat, a common symbol of procreation and fecundity.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • And did I want the Celestial Kingdom, anyway, where women are relegated to polygamy and procreation, gestating new souls to fill earthbound bodies?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Instead of being the A/V dweeb about to ask the head cheerleader to the prom, I was the finished-second-place werewolf about to ask the vampire’s wife to shack up and procreate.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • "In order to support and aid those men poorly equipped for procreation," Pilar said, "if there is nothing to see I am going."
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls

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  • Some families grow on and on through the centuries, hardy and visible and procreative.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Or she stays in the sitting room, knitting away at her endless Angel scarves, turning out more and more yards of intricate and useless wool people: her form of procreation, it must be.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • And if it really was the end of the world, Lilly would be dead, so she’d never know her brother and I were procreating!
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • This guest of summer, The temple-haunting martlet, does approve By his lov’d mansionry, that the heaven’s breath Smells wooingly here: no jutty, frieze, buttress, Nor coigne of vantage, but this bird hath made His pendant bed and procreant cradle: Where they most breed and haunt, I have observ’d The air is delicate.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • He believed that mankind’s ability to procreate is so great that there are always more children born than can survive.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It is clear that each of the three stages of procreation represents an epoch in the development of the world.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The act of procreation would be undergone unseen, prudently veiled in white cotton — she, dutiful but properly averse, he within his rights — but need never be mentioned.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • But chiefly, the injury is symbolic of the destruction of possibilities, spiritual as well as procreative, accomplished by the war.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And 50, at an age when it would appear—since one seeks in love before everything else a subjective pleasure—that the taste for feminine beauty must play the larger part in its procreation, love may come into being, love of the most physical order, without any foundation in desire.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Neither her outside formed so fair, nor aught In procreation common to all kinds, (Though higher of the genial bed by far, And with mysterious reverence I deem,) So much delights me, as those graceful acts, Those thousand decencies, that daily flow From all her words and actions mixed with love And sweet compliance, which declare unfeigned Union of mind, or in us both one soul; Harmony to behold in wedded pair More grateful than harmonious sound to the ear.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • From maturity to senility he would increasingly resemble his paternal procreator.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The Bureau is obsessed with procreation—with passing on genes.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • That once seemingly eternal window of procreative opportunity was slowly lowering.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • He also stands against procreation regulation, gender adjustment, chemical balancing, and the gun ban.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The ancients decorated their sarcophagi with symbols of life and procreation, some of them even obscene.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He must have known what an oddity it was for a human and a vampire to procreate, so of course he would have wondered if Vlad was the Pravus.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • George built his blacksmith shop hard by the stone-and-log house in which Ida Rebecca ruled, and there he pursued a life of piety, toil, and procreation.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • "Well, but," said I, "the man of the nineteenth century would say there is a natural desire towards the procreation of children, and a natural desire not to work."
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • For seeing Adam, and Eve, if they had not sinned, had lived on Earth Eternally, in their individuall persons; it is manifest, they should not continually have procreated their kind.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "Thou who didst from the beginning create male and female," the priest read after the exchange of rings, "from Thee woman was given to man to be a helpmeet to him, and for the procreation of children.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • If he ne may not live chaste his life, Take him a wife with great devotion, Because of lawful procreation Of children, to th’ honour of God above, And not only for paramour or love; And for they shoulde lechery eschew, And yield their debte when that it is due: Or for that each of them should help the other In mischief,* as a sister shall the brother, *trouble And live in chastity full holily.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Urge and urge and urge, Always the procreant urge of the world.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • He was as vigorous at procreation as he was at churchgoing.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Amongst the Infirmities therefore of a Common-wealth, I will reckon in the first place, those that arise from an Imperfect Institution, and resemble the diseases of a naturall body, which proceed from a Defectuous Procreation.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Desire like this was too overwhelming, sprang from sources too demandingly procreative to be satisfied by some handy makeshift.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The procreating power is everywhere.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • CHAPTER XXIV OF THE NUTRITION, AND PROCREATION OF A COMMON-WEALTH The Nourishment Of A Common-wealth Consisteth In The Commodities Of Sea And Land; The NUTRITION of a Common-wealth consisteth, in the Plenty, and Distribution of Materials conducing to Life: In Concoction, or Preparation; and (when concocted) in the Conveyance of it, by convenient conduits, to the Publique use.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Similarly, the tribes supporting themselves on plant-food became cathected to the plant; the life-rituals of planting and reaping were identified with those of human procreation, birth, and progress to maturity.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The Children Of A Common-wealth Colonies The Procreation, or Children of a Common-wealth, are those we call Plantations, or Colonies; which are numbers of men sent out from the Common-wealth, under a Conductor, or Governour, to inhabit a Forraign Country, either formerly voyd of Inhabitants, or made voyd then, by warre.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Nature here exhibited an intermediate state between the free individual existence of simple units and the highly social organization of countless elemental individuals such as tissues and organs within a dominant self—the multicelled organism being only one possible form life might take as it passed through the cyclical process leading from procreation to procreation.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …birds, animals, The consequent meanness of me should I skulk or find myself indecent, while birds and animals never once skulk or find themselves indecent, The great chastity of paternity, to match the great chastity of maternity, The oath of procreation I have sworn, my Adamic and fresh daughters, The greed that eats me day and night with hungry gnaw, till I saturate what shall produce boys to fill my place when I am through, The wholesome relief, repose, content, And this bunch…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Nature here exhibited an intermediate state between the free individual existence of simple units and the highly social organization of countless elemental individuals such as tissues and organs within a dominant self—the multicelled organism being only one possible form life might take as it passed through the cyclical process leading from procreation to procreation.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • There was a theory afoot at that time, left over from the Puritanism of the previous two centuries and promulgated most forcefully by the British social thinker Thomas Malthus, that in helping the poor or in increasing food production to feed more people we would in fact encourage an increase in the number of the impoverished, who would, among other things, simply procreate faster to take advantage of all that surplus gruel.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • A complex living entity, born from the merged nuclei of two parental cells, was in fact a cooperative venture of many generations of individual cells produced asexually; it grew as they multiplied, and the circle of procreation was closed only when sexual cells, individual units specialized for procreation, had been produced within it and now found their way to a new fusion that would propel life onward.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • A complex living entity, born from the merged nuclei of two parental cells, was in fact a cooperative venture of many generations of individual cells produced asexually; it grew as they multiplied, and the circle of procreation was closed only when sexual cells, individual units specialized for procreation, had been produced within it and now found their way to a new fusion that would propel life onward.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …habit shall have gradually traduced the honourable by ancestors transmitted customs to that thither of profundity that that one was audacious excessively who would have the hardihood to rise affirming that no more odious offence can for anyone be than to oblivious neglect to consign that evangel simultaneously command and promise which on all mortals with prophecy of abundance or with diminution’s menace that exalted of reiteratedly procreating function ever irrevocably enjoined?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …and loving them, observing characters and absorbing them, My soul vibrated back to me from them, from sight, hearing, touch, reason, articulation, comparison, memory, and the like, The real life of my senses and flesh transcending my senses and flesh, My body done with materials, my sight done with my material eyes, Proved to me this day beyond cavil that it is not my material eyes which finally see, Nor my material body which finally loves, walks, laughs, shouts, embraces, procreates.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • …entities, which in the course of organic integration and specialization had forfeited their existence as selves to become anatomical elements, but with such a total loss of freedom and direct connection to life that some functioned only in response to stimuli like light, sound, touch, or warmth, whereas others could only cluster in new shapes or secrete digestive juices, and still others had been trained to function solely for defense, support, transport of fluids, or procreation.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • A Hindu myth displays him in yogic meditation, with the forms of his inner vision breaking forth from him (to his own astonishment) and standing then around him as a pantheon of brilliant gods.3’ And in another account from India the all-father is represented as first splitting into male and female, then procreating all the creatures according to kind: In the beginning, this universe was only the Self, in human form.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
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