Death Quotes

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The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Mark Twain
No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.
Euripides
Although the constant shadow of certain death looms everyday, the pleasures and joys of life can be so fine and affecting that the heart is nearly stilled in astonishment.
Dean Koontz
Death a friend that alone can bring the peace his treasures cannot purchase, and remove the pain his physicians cannot cure.
Mortimer Collins
Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man’s cottage door and at the palaces of kings.
Horace
Death is a release from the impressions of sense, and from impulses that make us their puppets, from the vagaries of the mind, and the hard service of the flesh.
Marcus Aurelius
As men we are all equal in the presence of death.
Publilius Syrus
We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.
Madame de Stael
Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.
John Donne
People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive.  It is as though they were traveling abroad.
Marcel Proust
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.
Herodotus
Years, following years, steal something every day;
At last they steal us from ourselves away.
Horace
Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.
Marcus Aurelius
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
Henry Van Dyke
Take death for example. A great deal of our effort goes into avoiding it. We make extraordinary efforts to delay it, and often consider its intrusion a tragic event. Yet we’d find it hard to live without it. Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were to much of it.
Ray Kurzweil
There is nothing certain in a man's life but that he must lose it.
Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
Buddha


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
The goal of all life is death.
Sigmund Freud
I'm not afraid of dying. To me dying is like getting out of one car and into another
John Lennon
Die when I may, 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
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
W. Somerset Maugham
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
Khalil Gibran
Forget not death, O man! For you may be certain of one thing, he forgets not thee.
Persian Proverb
Death is softer by far than tyranny.
Aeschylus
You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.
Robert Alton Harris (Reference to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey)
No one knows whether death is really the greatest blessing a man can have, but they fear it is the greatest curse, as if they knew well.
Plato
Death tugs at my ear and says: “Live, I am coming.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
There is only one ultimate and effectual preventive for the maladies to which flesh is heir, and that is death.
Harvey Cushing
God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality.
Jacques Rigaut
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A Seeker's Thoughts on Death


What could the undying possible be?

Could it be what you essentially are?

Then I'm obviously not talking about the physical body, but of something much more original and yet subtle than the gross body.

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On Fear and Pain

The immediacy of fear and pain compels one to be present in the moment, one cannot so easily be distracted by everyday thoughts that one typically walks around with when something pressing seizes your attention.

Understood from a deeper perspective, the reason why fear and pain compels the subjective experience to direct experience is mainly because the felt imminence of death.

From a philosophical and/or spiritual standpoint, death is a powerful idea to contemplate. Death means the end of the physical organism and perhaps also the psychological sense of I. I say perhaps because I can certainly see the possibility of an “ecology of souls” before and after a sentient physical being dies. Most people aren’t completely unfamiliar with this concept, though it may have been expressed in different ways, such as reincarnation or the transmigration of souls.

Nonetheless the felt imminence of death has a peculiar tendency of making us appreciate each moment more carefully and thoroughly. Perhaps it is precisely because of this refocusing into direct experience, where death becomes so powerful in making us humble and grateful.

(excerpt from Immersed: 12 Paths to Direct Experience)


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