Life is a series of diminishments. Each cessation of an activity either from choice or some other variety of infirmity is a death, a putting to final rest. Each loss, of friend or precious enemy, can be equated with the closing off of a room containing blocks of nerves and soon after the closing off the nerves atrophy and that part of oneself, in essence, drops away. The self is lightened, is held on earth by a gram less of mass and will.
Best Quotes about Death
I'm not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away.
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
Maugham, W. Somerset
If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
All that tread, the globe are but a handful to the tribes, that slumber in its bosom.
Bryant, William C.
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.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
I hate funerals and would not attend my own if it could be avoided, but it is well for every man to stop once in a while to think of what sort of a collection of mourners he is training for his final event.
Morris, Robert T.
When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
I'd rather get my brains blown out in the wild than wait in terror at the slaughterhouse.
The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are made of the same water. It flows down, clean and cool, from the heights of Herman and the roots of the cedars of Lebanon. the Sea of Galilee makes beauty of it, the Sea of Galilee has an outlet. It gets to give. It gathers in its riches that it may pour them out again to fertilize the Jordan plain. But the Dead Sea with the same water makes horror. For the Dead Sea has no outlet. It gets to keep.
Fosdick, Harry Emerson
Pale death with an impartial foot knocks at the hovels of the poor and the palaces of king.
'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.
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent, a day's march nearer home.
There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.
The essential part of our being can only survive if the transient part dissolves. Death is a condition of survival. That which has been gained must be eternalized, and can only be eternalized by being transmuted, by passing through death they must return
Khan, Pir Vilayat
The difficulty about all this dying, is that you can't tell a fellow anything about it, so where does the fun come in?
Let no man fear to die, we love to sleep all, and death is but the sounder sleep.
Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearances.
Death is not the worst; rather, in vain To wish for death, and not to compass it.
Death is delightful. Death is dawn, the waking from a weary night of fevers unto truth and light.
I will be conquered; I will not capitulate.
Most of us die with much of our beautiful music still in us, un-sung, un-played.
Bright, Grant M.
I'm afraid I'm being an awful nuisance.
I am not dying, not anymore than any of us are at any moment. We run, hopefully as fast as we can, and then everyone must stop. We can only choose how we handle the race.
I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return.
So that he seemed not to relinquish life, but to leave one home for another.
Teach me to live that I may dread, the grave as little as my bed.
Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.
Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.
Dying is a wild night and a new road.
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
Death has but one terror, that it has no tomorrow.
It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men all live in a city without walls.
When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.
Donleavy, J. P.
I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.
Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.
I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.
On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down.
Madam, Life's a piece in bloom death goes dogging everywhere: She's the tenant of the room he's the ruffian on the stair.
Henley, William Ernest
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
To leave is to die a little... one leaves behind a little of oneself at any hour, at any place.
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.
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
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