Anyhow, it’s not so bad…. I mean, when you’re dead, you just have to be yourself. ~Tim O’Brien, The Things They CarriedTPV
A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist. ~Stewart Alsop
The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive – perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. ~Albert Einstein, in a letter of condolence to the family of his friend Michele Besso, 21 March 1955, SS
On a large enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
The goal of all life is death. ~Sigmund Freud
But in a story, which is a kind of dreaming, the dead sometimes smile and sit up and return to the world. ~Tim O’Brien, The Things They CarriedTPV
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. ~Henry Van Dyke
Name me no names for my disease,
With uninforming breath;
I tell you I am none of these,
But homesick unto death.
~Witter Bynner, "The Patient to the Doctors", stanza 1; BMC
We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love. ~Madame de StaelCUL
You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. ~The Epic of GilgameshLO
Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in. ~George Bernard Shawcul
Death is a release from the impressions of sense, and from impulses that make us their puppets, from the vagaries of the mind, and the hard service of the flesh. ~Marcus Aurelius, MeditationsDCMOO
Thou art not dead! Thou art the whole
Of life that quickens in the sod.
~Charles Hanson Towne
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men. ~HerodotusDCMOO
You can be a king or a street sweeper,
but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.
~Robert Alton Harris
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
Embalm, v.: To cheat vegetation by locking up the gases upon which it feeds. By embalming their dead and thereby deranging the natural balance between animal and vegetable life, the Egyptians made their once fertile and populous country barren and incapable of supporting more than a meagre crew. The modern metallic burial casket is a step in the same direction, and many a dead man who ought now to be ornamenting his neighbor’s lawn as a tree, or enriching his table as a bunch of radishes, is doomed to a long inutility. We shall get him after awhile if we are spared, but in the meantime the violet and the rose are languishing for a nibble at his glutaeus maximus. ~Ambrose Bierce
Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time. ~Attributed to George Carlin
Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life. ~Albert Einsteinletter to Heike Kamerlingh-Omnes’ widow, 25 February 1926, SS
Death, the sable smoke where vanishes the flame. ~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, canto IV, stanza 124; BMC
A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man. ~Percival Arland Ussher
I intend to live forever. So far, so good. ~Steven Wright
Immortality?dazzling idea! who first imagined thee! Was it some jolly burgher of Nuremburg, who with night-cap on his head, and white clay pipe in mouth, sat on some pleasant summer evening before his door, and reflected in all his comfort, that it would be right pleasant, if, with unextinguishable pipe, and endless breath, he could thus vegetate onwards for a blessed eternity? Or was it a lover, who in the arms of his loved one, thought the immortality-thought, and that because he could think and feel naught beside!?Love! Immortality! ~Heinrich Heine, “The Hartz Journey” (1824), Pictures of Travel, translated from German by Charles Godfrey Leland, 1855TPVgb
In any man who dies there dies with him
his first snow and kiss and fight….
Not people die but worlds die in them.
~Yevgeny Yevtushenko, "People"
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing. ~Maurice Maeterlinck
Old persons are sometimes as unwilling to die as tired-out children are to say good night and go to bed. ~Joseph Sheridan Le FanuDCMOO
Suicide is… the sincerest form of criticism life gets. ~Wilfred Sheed, The Good Word, 1978WLBUQ
I knew a man who once said, “death smiles at us all; all a man can do is smile back.” ~Gladiator, written by David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson, 2000Maximus
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. ~Alice Walker
Well, right now… I’m not dead. But when I am, it’s like… I don’t know, I guess it’s like being inside a book that nobody’s reading…. An old one. It’s up on a library shelf, so you’re safe and everything, but the book hasn’t been checked out for a long, long time. All you can do is wait. Just hope somebody’ll pick it up and start reading. ~Tim O’Brien, The Things They CarriedTPV
Boy, when you’re dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody. ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1945
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die" – a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live. ~Mark TwainHHQ
Every word affords me pain. Yet how sweet it would be if I could hear what the flowers have to say about death! ~E.M. Cioran
People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad. ~Marcel ProustCD
Someday I’ll be a weather-beaten skull resting on a grass pillow,
Serenaded by a stray bird or two.
Kings and commoners end up the same,
No more enduring than last night’s dream.
There’s nothing certain in a man’s life except this: That he must lose it. ~Aeschylus, AgamemnonLO
They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice… that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person. ~Arthur Schopenhauer
People living deeply have no fear of death. ~Anai?s Nin, Diary, 1967lcd
Life is life, and death is life, and everything in between. ~Terri Guillemets
‘Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it. ~Lord Byron
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? ~Kahlil Gibran, from "The Prophet" (Thanks, Roxalanne)
Death is the surest calculation that can be made. ~Ludwig B?chner, Force and Matter, Immutability of Natural Laws, p77HM
Death a friend that alone can bring the peace his treasures cannot purchase, and remove the pain his physicians cannot cure. ~Mortimer CollinsDCMOO
My soul is full of whispered song;
My blindness is my sight;
The shadows that I feared so long
Are all alive with light.
~Alice Cary, Dying HymnDCMOO
I want a priest, a rabbi, and a Protestant clergyman. I want to hedge my bets. ~Wilson Miznercul
Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death. ~Erik H. Erikson
Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. ~Francis Bacon, EssaysDCMOO
There are so many little dyings that it doesn’t matter which of them is death. ~Kenneth PatchenSD
Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Oh, may I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again.
~George Eliot, The Choir InvisibleMCTO
The graveyards are full of people the world could not do without. ~Quoted in Elbert Hubbard, “The Philistine: A Periodical of Protest,” 1907; often modernized as “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.” (Thanks, Garson O’Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)
When I die I shall be content to vanish into nothingness…. No show, however good, could conceivably be good forever…. I do not believe in immortality, and have no desire for it. ~H.L. Mencken
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. ~Seneca
Death is a distant rumor to the young. ~Andrew A. RooneyPMB