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,  
~Heinrich Heine

A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.
~Gustave Flaubert

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
~Phillips Brooks

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.  
~Leo Buscaglia

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?
~Stephen Levine

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.
~Og Mandino


He first deceas'd; 
She for a little tri'd
To live without him: 
lik'd it not, and di'd.
~Henry Worton

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.
~Louise Erdrich

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.
~Arthur Schopenhauer


Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.  
~Vladimir Nabokov

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.
~Muriel Spark

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.
George Santayana


I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.  
~Corazon Aquino

Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.
~Dag Hammarskjold

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.
~Oscar Wilde


Death is a distant rumor to the young. 
~Andrew A Rooney

Young men may die, but old men must die.
~Anonymous (1645)

Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.
~Benjamin Franklin


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. 
~Terri Guillemets

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.
~Rabindranath Tagore

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.
~Abraham Lincoln

Paradise -
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
~John Montague

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. 
~Reginald VelJohnson

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. 
~Mignon McLaughlin

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.  
~Nathalie Himmelrich

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.  
~Martin Luther


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.
~Jimi Hendrix


He who is not busy being born is busy dying.  
~Bob Dylan


Once you're dead, you're made for life.
~Jimi Hendrix


One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.
~Gerard Way


God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled. 
~Author Unknown


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. 
~Homer (Iliad)

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?
~Louis XIV


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.
~Thornton Wilder

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
~Elbert Hubbard


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

Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
~Oscar Wilde

Death pays all debts.  
~William Shakespeare

A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own. 
~Thomas Mann


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.
~John Webster

If this is death, it is easier than life.
~Robert Louis Stevenson


Death must be distinguished from dying, with which it is often confused.  
~Sydney Smith

Death is not the monarch for the dead, but of the dying. The moment he obtains a conquest he loses a subject.
~Thomas Paine

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.  
~Isaac Asimov


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. 
~Terri Guillemets


God made death so we'd know when to stop. 
~Steven Stiles

Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly. 
~Elbert Hubbard

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality....
~Emily Dickinson

The meaning of life is that it stops.
~Franz Kafka


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.
~Oscar Wilde

It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace.
~Anna Akhmatova

Death is not poison but merely life's final remedy. 
~Terri Guillemets


Death is life's way of telling you you're fired. 
~Author unknown

Suicide is man's way of telling God, "You can't fire me — I quit." 
~Bill Maher

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

If I cannot give consent to my own death, whose body is this? Who owns my life?
~Sue Rodriguez

Suicide is... the sincerest form of criticism life gets. 
~Wilfred Sheed

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. 
~Friedrich Nietzsche

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. 
~Terri Guillemets

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. 
~Glenn Ringtved


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
Without identity.
~Emily Bronte

Death will be a great relief. No more interviews.
~Katharine Hepburn


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.  
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?
~James Thurber

There is nothing frightening about an eternal dreamless sleep. Surely it is better than eternal torment in Hell and eternal boredom in Heaven.
~Isaac Asimov

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


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. 
~Philip Dow

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. 
~Stewart Alsop

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? 
~John Thomas


I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life. 
~Jean Giraudoux


Death takes no bribes.  
~Benjamin Franklin


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. 
~Susan Ertz


We do not remember days, we remember moments.
~Cesare Pavese


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?  
~Chuck Palahniuk


The living are just the dead on holiday
~Maurice Maeterlinck


The idea is to die young as late as possible. 
~Ashley Montagu


God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality. 
~Jacques Rigaut

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.  
~Edwin Leibfreed


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

[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. 
~William Penn

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.
~Frank Mir

It's better to burn out, than to fade away.
~Neil Young


Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
~Jean Cocteau

Our birth is nothing but our death begun. 
~Edward Young

Every day in the mirror I watch death at work.
~Jean Cocteau

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.
~Mahatma Gandhi

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
~Mae West

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.  
~Emily Dickinson


Life and death are balanced on the edge of a razor. 
~Homer (Iliad)

Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear to be we know not what, we know not where.  
~John Dryden

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
~Arthur Schopenhauer


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.  
~Kahlil Gibran


I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.
~Clarence Darrow

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
~Woody Allen

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.
~George Carlin

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.
~Garrison Keillor

When you've told someone that you've left them a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once.
~Samuel Butler

We who think we are about to die will laugh at anything.
~Terry Pratchett

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?
~Steven Wright

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.  
~Woody Allen

I want a priest, a rabbi, and a Protestant clergyman. I want to hedge my bets. 
~Wilson Mizner

I wouldn't mind dying — it's the business of having to stay dead that scares the [$h¡t] out of me. 
~R Geis

I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.  
~Will Shriner

You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours.
~Yogi Berra

I intend to live forever, or die trying.  
~Groucho Marx

I intend to live forever. So far, so good. 
~Steven Wright

Hollywood is where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors.
~Walter Winchell

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.
~Mark Twain


A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.  
~Joseph Stalin

Death is what takes place within us when we look upon others not as gift, blessing, or stimulus but as threat, danger, competition.
~Dorothee Solle

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!—
~Edgar Fawcett

If the truth shall kill them, let them die.
~Ayn Rand


Death is a law, not a punishment.  
~Jean Dubos

To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.  
~Desmond Tutu

For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists.  
~Albert Camus

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.  
~Orrin Hatch

Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders.  
~Albert Camus

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.  
~Helen Prejean

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.  
~Lewis Lawes

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.  
~Mohandas Gandhi

The mode of death is sadder than death itself.  
~Latin Proverb

Capital punishment would be more effective 
as a preventive measure if it were administered 
prior to the crime.  
~Woody Allen


We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.  
~Chuck Palahniuk

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.
~Quintus Ennius

No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.  
~Terry Pratchett


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

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.
~Ernest Hemingway

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.
~Richard Bach

I'm trying to die correctly, but it's very difficult, you know.
~Lawrence Durrell

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.
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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.
~William Shakespeare


If you want to know what love is, have a child. If you want to know what pain is, bury him.  
~Giannina Braschi

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.  
~Tryon Edwards

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.  
~Amy Sedaris

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.  
~Anatole France

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.  
~Erica Jong

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.  
~Will Rogers

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.  
~Pam Brown


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. 
~Norman Cousins

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

I don't believe it's possible to live the lives we came here to live while being perpetually braced to die. 
~Sylvia Browne


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. 
~Willa Cather

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.
~Mahatma Gandhi


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.  
~Sogyal Rinpoche

The closer you are to death, the more alive you feel.
~Chris Hemsworth

The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.  

Wake up! Time to die!
~Brion James


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. 
~Mortimer Collins

Death has its own treasure map with different riches than Life. 
~Terri Guillemets

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.
~Emily Dickinson

When he died, Daddy went to the Wildlands for sure... He rode a tornado to get there. 
~Abby Geni


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.
~Robert Fulghum

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
~Rabindranath Tagore


I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another
~John Lennon

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.
~Helen Keller

When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
~John Donne


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.
~John Aubrey

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.  
~Steve Jobs

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.  
~Jonathan Swift

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. 
~Garth Stein

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. 
~Garth Stein

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Quotes on Death

Quotes on Death
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