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83 Death Quotes

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

Matthew Arnold Quotes , Source: Requiescat

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What then remains, but that we still should cry Not to be born, or being born to die.

Matthew Arnold Quotes , Source: Requiescat

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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 Quotes , Source: Essays--Of Death

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Death is the universal salt of states; Blood is the base of all things--law and war.

Philip James Bailey Quotes , Source: Festus (sc. A Country Town)

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The death-change comes. Death is another life. We bow our heads At going out, we think, and enter straight Another golden chamber of the king's Larger than this we leave, and lovelier. And then in shadowy glimpses, disconnect, The story, flower-like, closes thus its leaves. The will of God is all in all. He makes, Destroys, remakes, for His own pleasure, all.

Philip James Bailey Quotes , Source: Festus (sc. Home)

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It is only the dead who do not return.

Bertrand Barere Quotes , Source: Speech

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To die will be an awfully big adventure.

Sir James Matthew Barrie Quotes , Source: Peter Pan

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Death hath so many doors to let out life.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Quotes , Source: The Custom of the Country (act II, sc. 2)

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There are so many little dyings that it doesn't matter which of them is death.

Kenneth Patchen Quotes

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We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.

Marcel Proust Quotes

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God is becoming bitter, he envies man his mortality.

Jacques Rigaut Quotes

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The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Mark Twain Quotes

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Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.

Alice Walker Quotes

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Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.

Tennessee Williams Quotes

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There are three kinds of death in this world. There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network. •Guy Almes 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. •Steward Alsop I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death. •Francis Bacon 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! •Anna Letitia Barbauld 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. •Henry Ward Beecher Loss and possession, Death and life are one. There falls no shadow where There shines no sun. •Hilaire Belloc Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable. •Bhagavad Gita How long after you are gone will ripples remain as evidence that you were cast into the pool of life? •Grant M. Bright No one's death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness. •Hermann Broch Though it be in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death. •Sir Thomas Browne Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely. •Albert Camus Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other. •Miguel De Cervantes Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console. •Charles Caleb Colton 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. •Joseph Conrad While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. •Leonardo Da Vinci 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. •John Donne A dead atheist is someone who is all dressed up with no place to go. •James Duffecy 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 •George Eliot Death is the last enemy: once we've got past that I think everything will be alright. •Alice Thomas Ellis The pride of dying rich raises the loudest laugh in hell. •John W. Foster Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life. •Charles Frohman Plan for this world as if you expect to live forever; but plan for the hereafter as if you expect to die tomorrow. •Ibn Gabirol Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling. •Andre Gide Death is the only inescapable, unavoidable, sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day we're born. •Gary Mark Gilmore Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time. •Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Man has the possibility of existence after death. But possibility is one thing and the realization of the possibility is quite a different thing. •George Gurdjieff 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? •Hallaj Death is like an arrow that is already in flight, and your life lasts only until it reaches you. •Georg Hermes The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation. •Hermann Hesse Death is feared as birth is forgotten. •Doug Horton Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can't be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh? •Aldous Huxley In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. •John J. Ingalls We are but tenants and shortly the great landlord will give us notice that our lease has expired. •Joseph Jefferson It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time. •Samuel Johnson It is hard to have patience with people who say "There is no death" or "Death doesn't matter." There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter. •C. S. Lewis 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. •James Russell Lowell Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying. •Martin Luther There is no such thing as death. In nature nothing dies. From each sad remnant of decay, some forms of life arise so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it. •Charles Mackay We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning. •Marcus Manilius There is no death. the stars go down to rise upon some other shore. And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown, they shine for ever more. •John Luckey McCreery At birth man is offered only one choice -- the choice of his death. But if this choice is governed by distaste for his own existence, his life will never have been more than meaningless. •Jean-Pierre Melville Death is delightful. Death is dawn, the waking from a weary night of fevers unto truth and light. •Joaquin Miller Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good. •William Mitford We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death. •Charles De Montesquieu 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. •Robert T. Morris One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. •Friedrich Nietzsche Life is a dream walking; death is a going home. •Chinese Proverb Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away. •Persian Proverb Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality. •Jean Paul Richter Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives. •A. Sachs When the body sinks into death, the essence of man is revealed. Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter. The body is an old crock that nobody will miss. I have never known a man to think of himself when dying. Never. •Antoine De Saint-Exupery Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening. •Sir Walter Scott For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied. •Susan Sontag God's finger touched him and he slept. •Lord Alfred Tennyson Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art. •Paul Theroux Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy and wealthy and dead. •James Thurber Death is not a period, but a comma in the story of life. •Amos Traver Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. •Henry Van Dyke Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details. •Andy Warhol Death is nature's way of saying, Your table's ready. •Robin Williams I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death. •William Butler Yeats 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 No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil.

Guy Almes Quotes

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Death is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down. The difference between sex and death is that with death you can do it alone and no one is going to make fun of you. •Woody Allen At the end of the game the king and the pawn go back in the same box. •Italian Proverb Life is a great surprise. I don't see why death should not be an even greater one. •Vladimir Nabokov Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck. •George Sanders, his suicide note There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. •Santayana Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. •George Bernard Shaw Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. •Dylan Thomas To live is to dream and to die is to awaken. •Anonymous We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so at the moment after death. •Nathaniel Hawthorne All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. •Anatole France We are bound to our bodies like an oyster is to its shell. •Plato Dying is like getting out of a car. You leave a shell behind, but you're the same person as ever. •President Klein The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy . What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. •Richard Bach If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. •Albert Camus We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we yearn for another that will be eternal. •Anatole France I'm the one who has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to. •Jimi Hendrix The real malady is fear of life, not of death.

Woody Allen Quotes

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I never think he is quite ready for another world who is altogether weary of this.

Hugh Hamilton Quotes

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To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

Bertrand Russell Quotes

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We are not the worst moments of our lives. Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.

Sister Helen Prejean Quotes

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In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.

John James Ingalls Quotes

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Death--the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

Walter Scott Quotes

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To stop sinning suddenly.

Elbert Hubbard Quotes

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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 Twain Quotes

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Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.

Henry Van Dyke Quotes

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He that lives to forever, never fears dying.

William Penn Quotes

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