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60,000 QUOTES SPIDER
 


QUOTES AND APHORISMS ON DEATH 4

 

 

When the body sinks into death, the essence of man is revealed. Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter. The body is an old crock that nobody will miss. I have never known a man to think of himself when dying. Never.

 

Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)

 

One approaches the journey's end. But the end is a goal, not a catastrophe.

 

George Sand (1804-1876, French novelist)

 

There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval.

 

George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)

 

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.

 

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)

 

Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little dearth.

 

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)

 

Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.

 

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)

 

For the dead there are no more toils.

 

Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)

 

That which is so universal as death must be a benefit.

 

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)

 

What shall he fear that does not fear death.

 

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)

 

Come he slow or come he fast. It is but death who comes at last.

 

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)

 

Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening.

 

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)

 

The white man's dead forget the country of their birth when they go to walk among the stars. Our dead never forget this beautiful earth, for it is the mother of the red man.

 

Chief Seattle (1786-1866, American Indian chief of the Squeamish)

 

I have a rendezvous with Death at some disputed barricade.

 

Alan Seeger (1888-1916, American poet, soldier)

 

A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.

 

Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)

 

Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.

 

Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)

 

The final hour when we cease to exist does not itself bring death; it merely of itself completes the death-process. We reach death at that moment, but we have been a long time on the way.

 

Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)

 

After life's fitful fever he sleeps well. Treason has done his worst. Nor steel nor poison, malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing can touch him further.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

But I will be a bridegroom in my death, and run into a lover's bed.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

I care not, a man can die but once; we owe God and death.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

Men must endure, their going hence even as their coming hither. Ripeness is all.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to heaven.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

The undiscovered country form whose born no traveler returns.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Hamlet

 

The weariest and most loathed worldly life, that age, ache, penury and imprisonment can lay on nature is a paradise, to what we fear of death.

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

 

Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one's heart; but death is a splendid thing -- a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.

 

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)

 

I want to be all used up when I die.

 

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)

 

Death is the veil which those who live call life.  They sleep, and it is lifted.

 

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)

 

He has outsoared the shadow of our night; envy and calumny and hate and pain, and that unrest which men miscall delight, can touch him not and torture not again; from the contagion of the world's slow stain, he is secure.

 

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)

 

How wonderful is death! Death and his brother sleep.

 

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)

 

If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you'll die a lot of times.

 

Dean Smith (1931-, American college basketball coach)

 

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

 

Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)

 

The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.

 

Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)

 

The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.

 

Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)

 

To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?

 

Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)

 

For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.

 

Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)

 

If I had my life over again I should form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. I would practice, as it were, the remembrance of death. There is no other practice which so intensifies life. 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. You might as well live on the whites of eggs.

 

Muriel Spark (1918-, British novelist)

 

I am ready to meet God face to face tonight and look into those eyes of infinite holiness, for all my sins are covered by the atoning blood.

 

R. A. Torrey

 

We all end up in a single bed sooner or later.

 

Author Unknown

 

We come and cry and that is life, we cry and go and that is death.

 

Author Unknown

 

We fear not death. That gloomy night, that pale-faced moon, and the affrighted stars that hurried through the sky, can witness that we fear not death.

 

Author Unknown

 

When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down, I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue, and whatever be my destiny afterward, I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor. It is human at least, if not divine.

 

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)

 

In my end is my beginning.

 

Mary Stuart (1916-, British novelist)

 

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 (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)

 

The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself.

 

Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)

 

Authority forgets a dying king.

 

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)

 

God's finger touched him and he slept.

 

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)

 

Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.

 

William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)

 

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 10:28

 

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death.

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

 

As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: so man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Job 14:11-12

 

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 39:4

 

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: 1 Corinthians 15:55

 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 116:15

 

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: 1 Corinthians 15:26

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

 

The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 23:4

 

Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.

 

Paul Theroux (1941-, American novelist, travel writer)

 

Do not go gentle into the good night. Old age should burn and rage at close of day.

 

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953, Welsh poet)

 

Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.

 

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953, Welsh poet)

 

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.

 

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)

 

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

 

James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)

 

At the moment of death there will appear to you, swifter than lightning, the luminous splendor of the colorless light of emptiness, and that will surround you on all sides. Terrified, you will flee from the radiance. Try to submerge it is an obstacle blocking the path of liberation. yourself in that light, giving up all belief in a separate self, all attachment to your illusory ego. Recognize that the boundless light of this true reality is your own true self, and you shall be saved!

 

Tibetan (c. 780 AD, Tibetan Buddhist esoteric doctrine)

 

But the peasants -- how do the peasants die?

 

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)

 

Death is not a period but a comma in the story of life.

 

Amos Traver

 

Having seen and felt the end, you have willed the means to the realization of the end.

 

Thomas Troward

 

All say, How hard it is that we have to die -- a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

Annihilation has no terrors for me, because I have already tried it before I was born -- a hundred million years -- and I have suffered more in an hour, in this life, than I remember to have suffered in the whole hundred million years put together. There was a peace, a serenity, an absence of all sense of responsibility, an absence of worry, an absence of care, grief, perplexity; and the presence of a deep content and unbroken satisfaction in that hundred million years of holiday which I look back upon with a tender longing and with a grateful desire to resume, when the opportunity comes.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

We never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead -- and not then until we have been dead years and years. People ought to start dead and then they would be honest so much earlier.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.

 

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)

 

A good man dies when a boy goes wrong.

 

Author Unknown

 

A good man dies when a boy goes wrong.

 

Author Unknown

 

God's retirement plan is out of this world

 

Author Unknown

 

Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.

 

Author Unknown

 

It was once said that if you took all of the people who fell asleep in church and laid them end to end they would be more comfortable.

 

Author Unknown

 

Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.

 

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933, American poet, author)

 

Those to whom we say farewell, are welcomed by others.

 

Author Unknown

 

Those who have lived a good life do not fear death, but meet it calmly, and even long for it in the face of great suffering. But those who do not have a peaceful conscience, dread death as though life means nothing but physical torment. The challenge is to live our life so that we will be prepared for death when it comes.

 

Author Unknown

 

To fear death is to misunderstand life.

 

Author Unknown

 

When death overtakes us; all that we have is left to others; all that we are we take with us.

 

Author Unknown

 

When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did -- in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

 

Author Unknown

 

Who is mightier than death? Those who can smile when death threatens.

 

Author Unknown

 

What is here is also there; what is there, is also here. Who sees multiplicity but not the one indivisible Self must wander on and on from death to death.

 

Katha Upanishad (Ancient Hindu scripture)

 

A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.

 

Percival Arland Ussher (1899-1980, Irish author, critic)

 

Dear me! I must be turning into a god.

 

Vespasian (9-79, Roman emperor from 69-79)

 

Death twitches my ear. "Live," he says, "I am coming."

 

Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)

 

I have lived, and I have run the course which fortune allotted me; and now my shade shall descend illustrious to the grave.

 

Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)

 

To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.

 

Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)

 

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 (1930-, American artist, filmmaker)

 

God buries His workmen but carries on His work.

 

Charles Wesley

 

Take care of your of your life and the Lord will take of your death.

 

George Whitefield (1714-1970, British Methodist evangelist)

 

Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.

 

Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)

 

To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.

 

Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)

 

For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.

 

Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)

 

One can survive everything nowadays, except death.

 

Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)

 

Death is nature's way of saying, "Your table's ready."

 

Robin Williams (1952-, American actor, comedian)

 

Death the last voyage, the longest, and the best.

 

Thomas Wolfe (1931-, American author, journalist)

 

Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!

 

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)

 

No motion has she now, no force; she neither hears nor sees; rolled around in earth's diurnal course, with rocks, and stones, and trees.

 

William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)

 

I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death.

 

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)

 

In any man who dies there dies with him, his first snow and kiss and fight. Not people die but worlds die in them.

 

Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-, Russian poet)

 

All men think that all men are mortal but themselves.

 

Edward Young (1683-1765, British poet, dramatist)

 

Virtue alone has majesty in death.

 

Edward Young (1683-1765, British poet, dramatist)

 

No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil.

 

Citium Zeno (335-264 BC, Greek philosopher)

 

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