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60,000 QUOTES SPIDER
 


QUOTES AND APHORISMS ON DEATH 1

 

 

See in what peace a Christian can die.

 

Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)

 

The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.

 

Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)

 

I don't believe in an after life, although I am bringing a change of underwear.

 

Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)

 

I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.

 

Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)

 

On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily as lying down.

 

Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)

 

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 (American chief engineer for Internet2; a leader and a pioneer in the development of the Internet)

 

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 (American columnist on technology for Fortune Magazine)

 

Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.

 

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)

 

Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod.

 

Aristophanes (BC 448-380, Greek comic poet, satirist)

 

Nothing that is really good and God-like dies.

 

Ernest Moritz Arndt (1769-1860, Swedish-born German poet, patriot)

 

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.

 

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)

 

Unquiet souls. In the dark fermentation of earth, in the never idle workshop of nature, in the eternal movement, ye shall find yourselves again.

 

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)

 

The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.

 

W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)

 

To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies.

 

Red Auerbach (1917-, American basketball coach)

 

Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.

 

Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)

 

Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.

 

Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)

 

I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.

 

Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)

 

It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.

 

Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)

 

It is natural to die as to be born.

 

Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)

 

It is natural to die as to be born.

 

Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)

 

Death always waits. The door of the hearse is never closed.

 

Joseph Bayly (American author and speaker on the subject of death.)

 

Loss and possession, Death and life are one. There falls no shadow where There shines no sun.

 

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953, British author)

 

As for death one gets used to it, even if it's only other people's death you get used to.

 

Enid Bagnold (1889-1981, British novelist, playwright)

 

Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.

 

James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)

 

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 (1743-1825, British author)

 

I really wanted to die at certain periods in my life. Death was like love, a romantic escape. I took pills because I didn't want to throw myself off my balcony and know people would photograph me lying dead below.

 

Brigitte Bardot (1934-, French actress)

 

To you who have never died, may I say: Welcome to the world!

 

Clive Barker (American author)

 

The best place a person can die, is where they die for others.

 

James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)

 

To die will be an awfully big adventure.

 

James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)

 

Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.

 

John Barrymore (1882-1942, American actor)

 

Let no man fear to die, we love to sleep all, and death is but the sounder sleep.

 

Francis Beaumont (1584-1616, British dramatist)

 

There's a thing that keeps surprising you about stormy old friends after they die; their silence.

 

Ben Becht

 

Personally I have no bone to pick with graveyards, I take the air there willingly, perhaps more willingly than elsewhere, when take the air I must.

 

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)

 

Death is the dropping of the flower that the fruit may swell.

 

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)

 

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 (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)

 

A man's death makes everything certain about him. Of course, secrets may die with him. And of course, a hundred years later somebody looking through some papers may discover a fact which throws a totally different light on his life and of which all the people who attended his funeral were ignorant. Death changes the facts qualitatively but not quantitatively. One does not know more facts about a man because he is dead. But what one already knows hardens and becomes definite. We cannot hope for ambiguities to be clarified, we cannot hope for further change, we cannot hope for more. We are now the protagonists and we have to make up our minds.

 

John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)

 

Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.

 

Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)

 

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 (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)

 

You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.

 

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)

 

How long after you are gone will ripples remain as evidence that you were cast into the pool of life?

 

Grant M. Bright (British-born American engineer)

 

Most of us die with much of our beautiful music still in us, un-sung, un-played.

 

Grant M. Bright (British-born American engineer)

 

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 (1886-1951, Austrian novelist)

 

Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living.

 

Emily Bronte (1818-1848, British novelist, poet)

 

Death is the cure for all diseases.

 

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)

 

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.

 

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)

 

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 (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)

 

We all labor against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.

 

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)

 

For 'Tis not in mere death that men die most.

 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)

 

All that tread, the globe are but a handful to the tribes, that slumber in its bosom.

 

William C. Bryant (1794-1878, American poet, newspaper editor)

 

All that tread, the globe are but a handful to the tribes, that slumber in its bosom.

 

William C. Bryant (1794-1878, American poet, newspaper editor)

 

I'd rather die while I'm living then live while I'm dead.

 

Jimmy Buffet (1946-, American songwriter, singer)

 

If life must not be taken too seriously -- then so neither must death.

 

Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)

 

The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.

 

Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)

 

There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.

 

Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)

 

To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.

 

Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)

 

Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, and yet a third of life is passed in sleep.

 

Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)

 

For the sword outwears its sheath, and the soul wears out the breast. And the heart must pause to breathe, and love itself have rest.

 

Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)

 

I have seen a thousand graves opened, and always perceived that whatever was gone, the teeth and hair remained of those who had died with them. Is not this odd? They go the very first things in youth and yet last the longest in the dust.

 

Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)

 

Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.

 

Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)

 

Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.

 

Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)

 

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.

 

Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)

 

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.

 

Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)

 

He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.

 

Elias Canetti (1905-1994, Austrian novelist, philosopher)

 

I would like to die a poor man.

 

Chester F. Carlson

 

For days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.

 

Johnny Carson (1925-, American TV personality, businessman)

 

I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.

 

Joyce Cary (1888-1957, British author)

 

'Tis the maddest trick a man can ever play in his whole life, to let his breath sneak out of his body without any more ado, and without so much as a rap o'er the pate, or a kick of the guts; to go out like the snuff of a farthing candle, and die merely of the mulligrubs, or the sullens.

 

Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)

 

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 (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)

 

What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you.

 

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)

 

Woe, woe, woe... in a little while we shall all be dead. Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.

 

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)

 

He had been, he said, an unconscionable time dying; but he hoped that they would excuse it.

 

Charles II (1630-1685, King of England and Ireland)

 

You cannot live without lawyers, and certainly you cannot die without them.

 

Joseph H. Choate

 

We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of the scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.

 

Deepak Chopra (1946-, East-Indian-American doctor, author, lecturer)

Author's website: www.deepakchopra.com

 

I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

 

Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)

 

That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place.

 

Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)

 

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

 

Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)

 

I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.

 

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)

 

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

 

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)

 

An orphan's curse would drag to hell, a spirit from on high; but oh! more horrible than that, is a curse in a dead man's eye!

 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)

 

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 (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)

 

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 (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)

 

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

 

Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)

 

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.

 

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)

 

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

 

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)

 

These have not the hope to die.

 

Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)

 

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

 

Clarence Darrow (1857-1938, American lawyer)

 

I am not the least afraid to die.

 

Charles Darwin (1809-1882, British naturalist)

 

To be born free is an accident; To live free a responsibility; To die free is an obligation.

 

Mrs Hubbard Davis

 

Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death.

 

Dhammapada (BC 300-, Buddhist collection of moral aphorism)

 

The traveler has reached the end of the journey! In the freedom of the infinite he is free from all sorrows, the fetters that bound him are thrown away, and the burning fever of life is no more.

 

Dhammapada (BC 300-, Buddhist collection of moral aphorism)

 

He would make a lovely corpse.

 

Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)

 

Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.

 

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)

 

Death is a dialogue between the spirit and the dust.

 

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)

 

Dying is a wild night and a new road.

 

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)

 

Let us go in; the fog is rising.

 

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)

 

The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.

 

Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)

 

As grand and griefless as a rich man's funeral.

 

Sidney Thompson Dobell

 

When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.

 

J. P. Donleavy (1926-, American writer)

 

As virtuous men pass mildly away, and whisper to their souls to go, whilst some of their sad friends do say, the breath goes now, and some say no.

 

John Donne (1572-1632, British metaphysical poet)

 

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 (1572-1632, British metaphysical poet)

 

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