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I am looking for the source for the following quote

The day you were born was the day Gd decided the universe could no longer exist without you

The greeting card I saw it on said the quote was from the Talmud.

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Apparently, it's attributed to Rabbi Nahman of Breslov:

http://ancienthebrewpoetry.typepad.com/ancient_hebrew_poetry/2009/11/rabbi-nachman-of-breslov-on-election-and-responsibility.html

The Hebrew, from there, is: היום בו נולדת הוא היום בו החליט הקב''ה שהעולם אינו יכול להתקיים בלעדיך.

But unfortunately even with the original Hebrew I can't find an actual source for it in his writings.

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It is Rebbe Nachman of Breslev zy'a, from an oral tradition. I'll try to find if it's written somewhere. It is most likely in connection with Likutey Moharan I 5, which is based on the Mishnah @AvrohomYitzchok brings below. –  yoel Mar 31 '13 at 21:13
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I think the source is, expressed slightly differently towards the end of Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5 where it says,

לפיכך לכל אחד ואחד לומר, בשבילי נברא העולם

“Therefore everyone must say, ‘For my sake, the world was created.’ ”

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