Quotes on Death And Dying

You don't die in the United States, you underachieve. Jerzy Kosinski

Life and death appear more certainly ours than whatsoever else; and yet hardly can that be called ours, which comes without our knowledge, and goes without it. Walter Savage Landor

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. Samuel Johnson

Die happily and look forward to taking up a new and better form. Like the sun, only when you set in the west can you rise in the east. Rumi

I think of death as some delightful journey that I shall take when all my tasks are done. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We are ignorant of the Beyond because this ignorance is the condition of our own life. Just as ice cannot know fire except by melting and vanishing. Jules Renard

Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back. Marcus Aurelius

As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence . . . Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

To 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

Where I am death is not, where death is I am not. Epicurus

Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity. Mother Teresa

We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love Madame De Stael

I do disapprove of the modern attitude that you can't do the simplest thing, like dying or being born, in your own house. Ann Bridge

I touch you knowing we weren't born tomorrow, and somehow, each of us will help the other live, and somewhere, each of us must help the other die. Adrienne Rich

Life is stressful,dear. That's why they say "rest in peace. David Mazzucchelli

That's part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence John Green

Death is unbearable unless you can get beyond the I. Susan Sontag

It takes so many years to learn that one is dead. T S Eliot

Only death rescues us from dying. Mason Cooley

These have not the hope to die. Dante Alighieri

So that he seemed not to relinquish life, but to leave one home for another. Cornelius Nepos

Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Death is close enough at hand so we do not need to be afraid of life. Friedrich Nietzsche

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. Steve Jobs

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

We run after values that, at death, become zero. At the end of your life, nobody asks you how many degrees you have, or how many mansions you built, or how many Rolls Royces you could afford. That's what dying patients teach you. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Our attitudes toward retirement, marriage, recreation, even our feelings about death and dying may make much more of an impression than we realize. Eda LeShan

[On the ancient Venus figurines:] If the central religious figure was a woman giving birth and not, as in our time, a man dying on a cross, it would not be unreasonable to infer that life and the love of life - rather than death and the fear of death - were dominant in society as well as art. Riane Eisler

There is only one things in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you're sixteen, and that's having a kid who bites it from cancer. John Green

The art of dying graciously is nowhere advertised, in spite of the fact that its market potential is great. Milton Mayer

I don't want to be immortal through my works. I want to be immortal by not dying. Woody Allen

Death, the most dreaded of evils, is therefore of no concern to us; for while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist. Epicurus

Pain lays not its touch upon a corpse. Aeschylus

The descent into Hades is much the same from whatever place we start. Anaxagoras

Death holds no horrors. It is simply the ultimate horror of life. Jean Giraudoux

The worst evil of all is to leave the ranks of the living before one dies. Seneca the Younger

One must take all one's life to learn how to leave, and what will perhaps make you wonder more, one must take all one's life to learn how to die. Seneca the Younger

Men, who achieve much, die as do those who achieve nothing. Clarence H. Burns

Death is but an instant, life a long torment. Bernard Joseph Saurin

Dying is the most hellishly boresome experience in the world! Particularly when it entails dying of 'natural causes'. W Somerset Maugham

A love that dies has never lived. Franz Grillparzer

Fear of death is worse than dying. Friedrich Schiller

Dying seems less sad than having lived too little. Gloria Steinem

If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. James O'Barr

The most rational cure after all for the inordinate fear of death is to set a just value on life. William Hazlitt

Never but the one matter. The dead and gone. The dying and going. From the word go. Samuel Beckett

You have to learn to do everything, even to die. Gertrude Stein

Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. William Penn

Birth, and copulation, and death; that's all the facts when you come to brass tacks. T S Eliot

Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain. William Hazlitt

A life of action and danger moderates the dread of death. William Hazlitt

Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination. George Bernard Shaw

It is depressing to hear the unfortunate or dying man jest. Anton Chekhov

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not "get over" the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heath of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one. For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? Khalil Gibran

Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thou madest man, he knows not why, he thinks he was not made to die. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Death eats up all things, both the young lamb and the old sheep. Miguel De Cervantes

You never know what life means till you die; even throughout life, tis death that makes life live. Robert Browning

A man, when he burns, leaves only a handful of ashes. No woman can hold him. The wind must blow him away. Tennessee Williams

Mortality has its compensations; one is that all evils are transitory, another that better times may come. George Santayana

In one sense there is no death. The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond departure. You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you. He/She lives on in your life and in the lives of all others that knew him/her. Angelo Patri

I met my fathers in prison, they too a part of a scene; digging death. Reginald Dwayne Betts

Suicide is a very permanent solution to what is usually a temporary problem. Richard Winters

We should turn our death into a celebration, even if only out of a malice towards life: towards the woman who wants to leave-us! Friedrich Nietzsche

Before a man dies, hold back and call him not happy but lucky. Herodotus

For a courageous man cannot die dishonorably, a man who has attained the consulship cannot die before his time, a philosopher cannot die wretchedly. Marcus Tullius Cicero

How sweet to die after one's enemies. Pierre Corneille

The name of a successor is like the tolling of my own death-bell! Elizabeth I

It is written in the Book of Usable Minutes That all things have their center in their dying.... John Ashbery

Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow. Steve Jobs

Because there is no glory in illness. There is no meaning to it. There is no honor in dying of. John Green

If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse. Woody Allen

Fight death all your days, and die knowing you know nothing. Ardel Wray

... in order to be a true revolutionary, you must understand love. Love, sacrifice, and death. Sonia Sanchez

The world is dying for want, not of good preaching, but of good hearing. George Dana Boardman Pepper

We are dying, we are dying, we are all of us dying and nothing will stay the death-flood rising within us and soon it will rise on the world, on the outside world. D H Lawrence

Why, do you not know, then, that the origin of all human evils, and of baseness, and cowardice, is not death, but rather the fear of death? Epictetus

Fungi are the interface organisms between life and death. Paul Stamets

One should be ever booted and spurred and ready to depart. Michel De Montaigne



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