Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children;
Best Quotes about Death
When I pass, speak freely of my shortcomings and my flaws. Learn from them, for I'll have no ego to injure.
Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.
To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.
Man has the possibility of existence after death. But possibility is one thing and the realization of the possibility is quite a different thing.
Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
Either he's dead or my watch has stopped.
Personally I have no bone to pick with graveyards, I take the air there willingly, perhaps more willingly than elsewhere, when take the air I must.
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
A human act once set in motion flows on forever to the great account. Our deathlessness is in what we do, not in what we are.
There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
Death has but one terror, that it has no tomorrow.
Along with the lazy man... the dying man is the immoral man: the former, a subject that does not work; the latter, an object that no longer even makes itself available to be worked on by others.
Certeau, Michel De
Now, a corpse, poor thing, is an untouchable and the process of decay is, of all pieces of bad manners, the vulgarest imaginable. For a corpse is, by definition, a person absolutely devoid of savoir vivre.
But learn that to die is a debt we must all pay.
The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.
Man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He comet up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.
Book Of Common Prayer
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
When one by one our ties are torn, and friend from friend is snatched forlorn; When man is left alone to mourn, oh! then how sweet it is to die!
Barbauld, Anna Letitia
Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.
Maugham, W. Somerset
You haven't lost anything when you know were it is. Death can hide but not divide.
Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend; The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.
Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
I'm afraid I'm being an awful nuisance.
The pride of dying rich raises the loudest laugh in hell.
Foster, John W.
If life must not be taken too seriously -- then so neither must death.
Death is the only inescapable, unavoidable, sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day we're born.
Gilmore, Gary Mark
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent, a day's march nearer home.
He has gone over to the majority.
Death always waits. The door of the hearse is never closed.
'Tis all a Checker-board of Nights and days where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays: Hither and thither moves, and mates and slays, and one by one back in the Closet lays.
If only I could understand the reason for my crying. If only I could stop this fear of dreaming that I'm dying.
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
Death cancels everything but truth; and strips a man of everything but genius and virtue. It is a sort of natural canonization. It makes the meanest of us sacred --it installs the poet in his immortality, and lifts him to the skies. Death is the greatest assayer of the sterling ore of talent. At his touch the dropsy particles fall off, the irritable, the personal, the gross, and mingle with the dust --the finer and more ethereal part mounts with winged spirit to watch over our latest memory, and protect our bones from insult. We consign the least worthy qualities to oblivion, and cherish the nobler and imperishable nature with double pride and fondness.
But there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green.
Chesterton, Gilbert K.
I'd rather get my brains blown out in the wild than wait in terror at the slaughterhouse.
It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it.
The fear of death is worse than death.
The Father is the Giver of Life; but the Mother is the Giver of Death, because her womb is the gate of ingress to matter, and through her life is ensouled to form, and no form can be either infinite or eternal. Death is implicit in birth.
Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living.
As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.
Your body must become familiar with its death -- in all its possible forms and degrees -- as a self-evident, imminent, and emotionally neutral step on the way towards the goal you have found worthy of your life.
But life is sweet, though all that makes it sweet. Lessen like sound of friends departing feet; And death is beautiful as feet of friend. Coming with welcome at our journey's end.
Lowell, James Russell
There was something awesome in the thought of the solitary mortal standing by the open window and summoning in from the gloom outside the spirits of the nether world.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.
The death of what's dead is the birth of what's living.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. [1 Timothy 6:7]
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