I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.
~T S Eliot
...my friends will lie in their lonely grave, and I alone will remain like a solitary stalk forgotten
by the reaper,
A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.
When some men die it is as if you had lost your pen-
knife, and were subject to perpetual inconvenience
until you could get another. Other men's going is
like the vanishing of a great mountain from the
landscape, and the outlook of life is changed
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
~Edna St Vincent Millay
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
~Harriet Beecher Stowe
Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.
There isn't much sudden death — there's usually time to square yourself.
~Martin H Fischer
If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
He first deceas'd;
She for a little tri'd
To live without him:
lik'd it not, and di'd.
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart.
Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.
Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.
Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death life is insipid.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go.
~Jean de La Fontaine
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.
Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.
If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
~Martin Luther King, Jr
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Death is a distant rumor to the young.
~Andrew A Rooney
Young men may die, but old men must die.
Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.
Old persons are sometimes as unwilling to die as tired-out children are to say good night and go to bed.
~Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
To the psychotherapist an old man who cannot bid farewell to life appears as feeble and sickly as a young man who is unable to embrace it.
~C G Jung
Death is never a clean break — some stardust always remains.
After all, what is every man?... a horde of ghosts — like a Chinese nest of boxes — oaks that were acorns that were oaks. Death lies behind us, not in front — in our ancestors...
~Walter de la Mare
Let life be as beautiful as summer flowers
And death as beautiful as autumn leaves.
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
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 see flowers
from the cottage where I lie.
~Yaitsu's death poem
Don't be feared of them pearly gates...
Go straight on to de Big House,
An' speak to yo' God...
~Sterling A Brown
And there came a day, I its reckoning keep,
When mother, worn out, just dropped asleep,—
Her voice melting into an angel's song:
"I shall wait at the Gate, so don't stay too long."
~Adelbert Farrington Caldwell
Your white hair
on the thin rack
of your shoulders
it is hard to
look into the eyes
of the dying
who carry away
a part of oneself —
a shared world
We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.
~Madame de Stael
I think when loved ones die, we absorb something from them that makes us who we are so we can continue on.
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive — perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.
Grief is not a disorder, a disease or sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.
~Earl A Grollman
There is no right way to grieve; there is only your way to grieve and that is different for everyone.
We never bury the dead, son. We take them with us. It's the price of living.
~Mark Goffman/Jose Molina
Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
We need more courage to die alone. Everybody wants to die with the regiment.
~Martin H Fischer
I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.
He who is not busy being born is busy dying.
Once you're dead, you're made for life.
One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.
God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.
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.
And they die an equal death — the idler and the man of mighty deeds.
You can be a king or a street sweeper,
but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.
~Robert Alton Harris
Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
~George S Patton
The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.
Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
Death pays all debts.
A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.
~James Russell Lowell
Death hath ten thousand several doors
For men to take their exits.
If this is death, it is easier than life.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
Death must be distinguished from dying, with which it is often confused.
Death is not the monarch for the dead, but of the dying. The moment he obtains a conquest he loses a subject.
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilization does. In place of this we have death.
~Charles Sanders Peirce
Thank Heaven! the crisis --The danger, is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last --, and the fever called ''Living'' is conquered at last.
~Edgar Allan Poe
Death is not warden of life, not thief, nor enemy — but Life's most equal partner.
God made death so we'd know when to stop.
Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly.
Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
The meaning of life is that it stops.
Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.
It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace.
Death is not poison but merely life's final remedy.
Death is life's way of telling you you're fired.
Suicide is man's way of telling God, "You can't fire me — I quit."
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.
If I cannot give consent to my own death, whose body is this? Who owns my life?
Suicide is... the sincerest form of criticism life gets.
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.Death of one's own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.
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 Shaw
Dying ain't pretty. Death is beautiful.
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.
Some people say Death's heart is as dead and black as a piece of coal, but that is not true. Beneath his inky cloak, Death's heart is as red as the most beautiful sunset and beats with a great love of life.
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
Oh, for the time when I shall sleep
Death will be a great relief. No more interviews.
Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep,—
He hath awaken'd from the dream of life.
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?
There is nothing frightening about an eternal dreamless sleep. Surely it is better than eternal torment in Hell and eternal boredom in Heaven.
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
Death is patiently making my mask as I sleep. Each morning I awake to discover in the corners of my eyes the small tears of his wax.
Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.
~Edgar Allan Poe
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.
And then as when we rise from Sleep we put on our Clothes, so when we rise from Death we shall be cloath'd with Immortality. Thus you see that Death and Sleep are Brothers. How is it then that we love the one, and dread the other? How can we go to Bed and not remember we must go to our Graves?
I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.
Death takes no bribes.
I knew a man who once said, "death smiles at us all; all a man can do is smile back."
~David Franzoni/John Logan/William Nicholson
Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
We do not remember days, we remember moments.
If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character… Would you slow down? Or speed up?
The living are just the dead on holiday
The idea is to die young as late as possible.
God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality.
As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For death is but a passing phase of Life;
A change of dress, a disrobing;
A birth into the unborn again;
A commencing where we ended;
A starting where we stopped to rest;
A crossroad of Eternity;
A giving up of something, to possess all things.
The end of the unreal, the beginning of the real.
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.
[I]s there anyone so foolish, even though he is young, as to feel absolutely sure that he will be alive when evening comes?
No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time.
~Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~Rossiter Worthington Raymond
Emanuel looked down calm as an eternal sun on the autumn of his bodily life; nay, the more the sand fell from his life's hourglass, so much the more clearly did he look through the empty glass.
~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
~Laurie Halse Anderson
You know what the true definition of hell is? It's when you die, you get to meet the person you could have been.
It's better to burn out, than to fade away.
Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
Every day in the mirror I watch death at work.
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
~Pope Paul VI
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.
Life and death are balanced on the edge of a razor.
Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear to be we know not what, we know not where.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Don't you realize that the sea is the home of water? All water is off on a journey unless it's in the sea, and it's homesick, and bound to make its way home someday.
~Zora Neale Hurston
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead.
I'm always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I'm listening to it.
They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days.
When you've told someone that you've left them a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once.
We who think we are about to die will laugh at anything.
Life does not cease to be funny when
people die any more than it ceases
to be serious when people laugh.
~George Bernard Shaw
What happens if you get scared
half to death twice?
What happens after you die?
Lot's of things happen after you die -
they just don't involve you
~Louis C K
I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
I want a priest, a rabbi, and a Protestant clergyman. I want to hedge my bets.
I wouldn't mind dying — it's the business of having to stay dead that scares the [$h¡t] out of me.
I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours.
I intend to live forever, or die trying.
I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
Hollywood is where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors.
Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.
~E W Howe
I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
Death is what takes place within us when we look upon others not as gift, blessing, or stimulus but as threat, danger, competition.
May God have mercy on my soul for the deaths on my name and for the treachery I committed. Betrayal of God and country, what a sad and horrible thing it is.
~E Howard Hunt
Ah, still, at least, whate'er the proud world saith,
Even one debased as I may reach the dignity of death!
I think the meanest life can somehow save
A trace of hidden grandeur for its grave...
I, if I went like that, might thrill to see
Eternity between my shame and me!—
If the truth shall kill them, let them die.
Death is a law, not a punishment.
To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists.
Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
~J R R Tolkien
Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life.
Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders.
If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well.
As if one crime of such nature, done by a single man, acting individually, can be expiated by a similar crime done by all men, acting collectively.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
The mode of death is sadder than death itself.
Capital punishment would be more effective
as a preventive measure if it were administered
prior to the crime.
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.
No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.
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.
Dying is like coming to the end of a long novel — you only regret it if the ride was enjoyable and left you wanting more.
~Jerome P Crabb
All stories, if continued far enough, end in death.
Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.
I'm trying to die correctly, but it's very difficult, you know.
People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
If you want to know what love is, have a child. If you want to know what pain is, bury him.
An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth. Then whispered as she closed the book 'too beautiful for earth'.
We weep over the graves of infants and the little ones taken from us by death; but an early grave may be the shortest way to heaven.
Young, loving, and beloved! oh cruel Death!
Couldst thou not spare the treasure for a while?
~Mary Ann H Dodd Shutts
Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
~Henry Van Dyke
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
I don't believe it's possible to live the lives we came here to live while being perpetually braced to die.
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 shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
~Leonardo Da Vinci
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
When we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.
The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel.
The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.
Wake up! Time to die!
There's nothing certain in a man's life except this: That he must lose it.
Death a friend that alone can bring the peace his treasures cannot purchase, and remove the pain his physicians cannot cure.
Death has its own treasure map with different riches than Life.
We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
~Sir Thomas Browne
Dying is a wild night and a new road.
When he died, Daddy went to the Wildlands for sure... He rode a tornado to get there.
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another
A firm belief in immortality is the surest anæsthetic for the pains of death.
~James Lendall Basford
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
Oh, so this is what it's like to be dead… Everything was metaphor, everything lyrical, flowing together, an exquisite enchantment.
~A A Attanasio
If Solomon counts the day of one's death better than the day of one's birth, there can be no objection why that also may not be reckoned amongst one's remarkable and happy days.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
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.
If Allah created you for this world, He would have created you without death.
~Habib Umar bin Hafiz
This is what I would like. To play in those fields for a little longer. To spend a little more time being me before I become someone else. This is what I would like.
Death is the last enemy: once we've got past that I think everything will be alright.
~Alice Thomas Ellis
I take a few steps into the field, and it feels so good, so nice to be in the cool air, to smell the smells all around me. To feel the sun on my coat. I feel like I am here... I gather my strength and I start off and it feels good, like I have no age at all, like I am timeless. I pick up speed. I run... Off into the field, into the vastness of the universe ahead, I run.