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.
Best Quotes about Death
To be born free is an accident; To live free a responsibility; To die free is an obligation.
Davis, Mrs Hubbard
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.
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.
Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.
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
Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other.
Cervantes, Miguel De
I want death to find me planting my cabbage
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.
I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
Death is delightful. Death is dawn, the waking from a weary night of fevers unto truth and light.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death. [New Testament]
To leave is to die a little... one leaves behind a little of oneself at any hour, at any place.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
Da Vinci, Leonardo
That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Death is feared as birth is forgotten.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.
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
I'd rather get my brains blown out in the wild than wait in terror at the slaughterhouse.
To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies.
The last suit that you wear, you don't need any pockets.
In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life, for the two are inextricably related. Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.
I would not that death should take me asleep. I would not have him merely seize me, and only declare me to be dead, but win me, and overcome me. When I must shipwreck, I would do it in a sea, where mine impotency might have some excuse; not in a sullen weedy lake, where I could not have so much as exercise for my swimming.
On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily as lying down.
Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet
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
Oh you who have been removed from God in his solitude by the abyss of time, how can you expect to reach him without dying?
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
King Jr. Martin Luther
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.
Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
When I have fears that I may cease to be, Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain.
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
It is simply untrue that all our institutions are evil that all politicians are mere opportunists, that all aspects of university life are corrupt. Having discovered an illness, it's not terribly useful to prescribe death as a cure.
Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
Maugham, W. Somerset
To you who have never died, may I say: Welcome to the world!
Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life, not death -- of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and glory of Spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil, our trumpets, sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Don't strew me with roses after I'm dead. When Death claims the light of my brow No flowers of life will cheer me: instead You may give me my roses now!
Healey, Thomas F.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. [1 Corinthians 15:26]
For 'Tis not in mere death that men die most.
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
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.
Woe, woe, woe... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.
Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.
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.
For days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.
It is not death, but dying, which is terrible.
Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.
He has gone over to the majority.
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