An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


I detest life-insurance agents; they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.


Stephen B. Leacock (1869-1944, Canadian humorist, economist)


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 (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


We need not fear life, because God is the Ruler of all and we need not fear death, because He shares immortality with us.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


I warmed both hands before the fire of life; It sinks, and I am ready to depart.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


The pomp of death is far more terrible than death itself.


Nathaniel Lee (c.1649-1692, British playwright)


Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.


Douglas Macarthur (1880-1964, American army general during WW II)


Death is someone you see very clearly with eyes in the center of your heart.  Eyes that see not by reacting to light, but by reacting to a kind of a chill from within the marrow of your own life.


Thomas Merton (1915-1968, American religious writer, poet)


The world is the mirror of myself dying.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Every man dies. Not every man really lives.


Brave Heart (William Wallace) Movie (American movie starring Mel Gibson as William Wallace)

Source: In the movie Braveheart, played by Mel Gibson


As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791, Austrian composer)


We are all dead men on leave.


Eugene Levine (Russian Jew, friend of Luxembourg's Lover)


If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival?


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


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 (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


I stay a little longer, as one stays, to cover up the embers that still burn.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


The course of my long life hath reached at last in fragile bark over a tempestuous sea the common harbor, where must rendered be account for all the actions of the past.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life.


F. L. Lucan (39-65, Roman epic poet)


By protracting life, we do not deduct one jot from the duration of death.


Lucretius (c.95-55 BC, Roman poet and philosopher)


Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


At death we cross from one territory to another, but we'll have no trouble with visas. Our representative is already there, preparing for our arrival. As citizens of heaven, our entrance is incontestable.


Erwin W. Lutzer (American minister)


How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


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 (1814-1889, Scottish poet, song writer)


Death is but a passage. It is not a house, it is only a vestibule. The grave has a door on its inner side.


Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910, British preacher)


Death is but a passage. It is not a house, it is only a vestibule. The grave has a door on its inner side.


Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910, British preacher)


Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.


Paul De Man (1919-1983, Belgian-born American literary critic)


The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life.


Thomas Mann (1875-1955, German author, critic)


A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928-, Colombian writer)


The grave's a fine and private place, but none, I think, do there embrace.


Andrew Marvell (1621-1678, British metaphysical poet)


Either he's dead or my watch has stopped.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


There is no death. The stars go down to rise upon some other shore. And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown, they shine forevermore.


John Luckey McCreery (1835-1906, American journalist)


Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


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 (1917-1973, French film director)


A human act once set in motion flows on forever to the great account. Our deathlessness is in what we do, not in what we are.


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life, for the two are inextricably related. Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Death is delightful. Death is dawn, the waking from a weary night of fevers unto truth and light.


Joaquin Miller (1839-1913, American poet)


Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


How gladly would I meet mortality, my sentence, and be earth in sensible! how glad would lay me down, as in my mother's lap! There I should rest, and sleep secure.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.


William Mitford (1744-1827, British historian, writer)


Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. My advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


I want death to find me planting my cabbage


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


It is not death that alarms me, but dying.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


Yet nightly pitch my moving tent, a day's march nearer home.


James Montgomery (1771-1854, British poet)


Death may be the King of terrors... but Jesus is the King of kings!


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


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


He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


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


Cornelius Nepos (c.100 BC–c.25 BC, Roman historian, biographer.)


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


Cornelius Nepos (c.100 BC–c.25 BC, Roman historian, biographer.)


One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


There is a remedy for everything; it is called death.


Portuguese Proverb (Sayings of Portuguese origin)


We all of us waited for him to die. The family sent him a check every month, and hoped he'd get on with it quietly, without too much vulgar fuss.


John Osborne (1929-, British playwright)


An evil life is a kind of death.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


If only I could understand the reason for my crying. If only I could stop this fear of dreaming that I'm dying.


Laura Palmer


Die, my dear doctor! That's the last thing I shall do!


Lord Palmerston (1784-1865, British politician, Prime Minister)


He that lives forever, never fears dying.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


He has gone over to the majority.


Petronius (27-66, Roman writer)


He has gone over to the majority.


Petronius (27-66, Roman writer)


O how small a portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living.


Philip II (BC 382-336, Macedonian King, father of Alexander)


Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I've a call.


Sylvia Plath (1932-1963, American poet)


Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


No one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


He whom the Gods love dies young, while he is in health, has his senses and his judgments sound.


Titus Maccius Plautus (BC 254-184, Roman comic poet)


Not by lamentations and mournful chants ought we to celebrate the funeral of a good man, but by hymns, for in ceasing to be numbered with mortals he enters upon the heritage of a diviner life.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


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 (1809-1845, American poet, critic, short-story writer)


Good God! how often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


There are few things more difficult than to appraise the work of a man suddenly dead in his youth; to disentangle "promise" from achievement; to save him from that sentimentalizing which confuses the tragedy of the interruption with the merit of the work actually performed.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Death doesn't frighten me.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


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 (1871-1922, French novelist)


If your time ain't come not even a doctor can kill you.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Life is a dream walking, death is going home.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Death always comes too early or too late.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Death is a shadow that always follows the body.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Our last garment is made without pockets.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.


Persian Proverb (Sayings of Persian origin)


Death is a black camel that lies down at every door. Sooner or later you must ride the camel.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


It's astonishing how important a man becomes when he dies.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


I am going to seek a great purpose, draw the curtain, the farce is played.


Francois Rabelais (1495-1553, French satirist, physician, and humanist)


O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hath cast out of the world and despised. Thou hast drawn together all the far-stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty, and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hic jacet!


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life.


Ernest Renan (1823-1892, French writer, critic, scholar)


So little done, so much to do.


Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902, British imperialist, business magnate)


Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


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


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Death is a distant rumor to the young.


Andy Rooney (1920-, American television news personality)


And all the winds go sighing, for sweet things dying.


Christina Rossetti (1830-1894, British poet, lyricist)


Be the green grass above me, with showers and dewdrops wet; and if thou wilt, remember, and if thou wilt, forget.


Christina Rossetti (1830-1894, British poet, lyricist)


Just like those who are incurably ill, the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when.


Philip Roth (1933-, American novelist)


You just can't complain about being alive. It's self-indulgent to be unhappy. [When asked how she has coped since husband's death.]


Gena Rowland (American actress)


I died a mineral and became a plant. I died a plant and rose an animal. I died an animal, and I was man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?


Jalal-Uddin Rumi (1207-1273, Persian sufi, mystic poet)


One who does not know when to die, does not know how to live.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Most people would rather die than think: many do.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


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


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.


A. Sachs


If Nature denies eternity to beings, it follows that their destruction is one of her laws. Now, once we observe that destruction is so useful to her that she absolutely cannot dispense with it from this moment onward the idea of annihilation which we attach to death ceases to be real what we call the end of the living animal is no longer a true finish, but a simple transformation, a transmutation of matter. According to these irrefutable principles, death is hence no more than a change of form, an imperceptible passage from one existence into another.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


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