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My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral which will be followed not by mourning coaches but by oxen sheep flocks of poultry and a small traveling aquarium of live fish all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures.
George Bernard Shaw Category: Death
Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you because someones got to take care of all your details.
Andy Warhol Category: Death
When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain.
John Keats Category: Death
Everything is drive-through. In California they even have a burial service called Jump-In-The-Box.
Wil Shriner Category: Death
Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep and it is lifted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley Category: Death
A little work a little sleep a little love and it is All over.
Mary Rinehart Category: Death
Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein Category: Death
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. Its the transition thats troublesome.
Isaac Asimov Category: Death
Life is a process of becoming a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
Anaïs Nin Category: Death
After Im dead Id rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
Cato the Elder Category: Death
And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat and snicker And in short I was afraid.
Thomas Stearns Eliot Category: Death
Men are never convinced of your reasons of your sincerity of the seriousness of your sufferings except by your death. So long as you are alive your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.
Albert Camus Category: Death
Am I lightheaded because Im not dead or because Im still alive?
Heidi Sandige Category: Death
The wages of sin are death but by the time taxes are taken out it's just sort of a tired feeling.
Paula Poundstone Category: Death
Die my dear Doctor thats the last thing I shall do!
Viscount Henry John Temple Palmerston Category: Death
Is death the last step? No it is the final awakening.
Sir Walter Scott Category: Death
What is the worst of woes that wait on age? What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow? To view each loved one blotted from lifes page And be alone on earth as I am now.
Lord George Gordon Byron Category: Death
There are so many little dyings that it doesnt matter which of them is death.
Kenneth Patchen Category: Death
What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Albert Pine Category: Death
Strange - is it not? - that of the myriads who Before us passed the door of Darkness through Not one returns to tell us of the road Which to discover we must travel too.
Omar Khayyam Category: Death
The conquest of the fear of death is the recovery of lifes joy. One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death not as contrary to life but as an aspect of life. Life in its becoming is always shedding death and on the point of death. The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure fearlessness and achievement.
Joseph Campbell Category: Death
Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth that must inherit the tribulation the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.
Herbert Clark Hoover Category: Death
I don't have a warm personal enemy left. Theyve all died off. I miss them terribly because they helped define me.
Claire Booth Luce Category: Death
The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early and the bad die late.
Daniel Defoe Category: Death
Men fear death as if unquestionably the greatest evil And yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.
William Mitford Category: Death
Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time ... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.
Leo F. Buscaglia Category: Death
To die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.
Anatole France Category: Death
When youre dead youre dead. Thats it.
Marlene Dietrich Category: Death
Im fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
George McGovern Category: Death
I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious moodsex and the dead.
William Butler Yeats Category: Death
Being an old maid is like death by drowning a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.
Edna Ferber Category: Death
If even dying is to be made a social function then grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.
Dag Hammarskjöld Category: Death
Death is a very dull dreary affair and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
William Somerset Maugham Category: Death
No more wars no more bloodshed. Peace unto you. Shalom salaam forever.
Menachem Begin Category: Death
All mankind is of one author and is one volume; when one man dies one chapter is not torn out of the book but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God emploies several translators; some pieces are translated by age some by sickness some by war some by justice; but Gods hand is in every translation; and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.
John Donne Category: Death
You cannot be buried in obscurity: you are exposed upon a grand theater to the view of the world. If your actions are upright and benevolent be assured they will augment your power and happiness.
Cyrus the Great Category: Death
We cannot banish dangers but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
David Sarnoff Category: Death
God is becoming bitter he envies man his mortality.
Jacques Rigaut Category: Death
Waldo is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
Hector Hugh Munro Saki Category: Death
The monuments of the nations are all protests against nothingness after death; so are statues and inscriptions; so is history.
Lew Wallace Category: Death
For what is it to die But to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?
Kahlil Gibran Category: Death
The man who has accomplished all that he thinks worth while has begun to die.
E. T. Trigg Category: Death
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 Category: Death
Death and taxes and childbirth! Theres never a convenient time for any of them.
Margaret Mitchell Category: Death
He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
H. H. (Saki) Munro Category: Death
Very often when I haven't faith in my faith I have to have faith in His faith. He makes me believe in myself and my possibilities when I simply can't. I have to rise to His faith in me. A woman who was inwardly collapsed said to me Well I have no fai
Eli Stanley Jones Category: Death
From too much love of living From hope and fear set free We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no man lives forever That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea.
Algernon Charles Swinburne Category: Death
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
George Santayana Category: Death
Cover her face; mine eyes dazzle; she died young.
John Webster Category: Death
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach ... and not when I came to die discover that I had not lived....
Henry David Thoreau Category: Death
I don't feel good.
Luther Burbank Category: Death
Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide and she hides it well.
Alexander Smith Category: Death
One murder makes a villain millions a hero.
Beilby Portus Category: Death
This goin ware glory waits ye haint one agreeable feetur.
James Russell Lowell Category: Death
The only thing you take with you when youre gone is what you leave behind.
John Allston Category: Death
Dying Is an art like everything else. I do it exceptionally well.
Sylvia Plath Category: Death
So be my passing! My task accomplished and the long day done My wages taken and in my heart Some late lark singing Let me be gathered in the quiet west The sundown splendid and serene Death.
William Ernest Henley Category: Death
Death: A punishment to some to some a gift and to many a favor.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Category: Death
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so at the moment after death.
Nathaniel Hawthorne Category: Death
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But theres a difference for me you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
Helen Keller Category: Death
If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent him.
Francois Voltaire Category: Death
There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?
Woody Allen Category: Death
You don't get to choose how youre going to die or when. You can only decide how youre going to live. Now.
Joan Baez Category: Death
I cannot say and I will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand He has wandered into an unknown land. And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be since he lingers there. And you you who the wildest yearn For the old-time step and the glad return Think of him faring on as dear In the love of there as the love of here; Think of him still as the same I say; He is not deadhe is just away.
James Whitcomb Riley Category: Death
Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.
Matthew Arnold Category: Death
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact they do so.
Bertrand Russell Category: Death
He who dies a thousand deaths meets the final hour with the calmness of one who approaches a well remembered door.
Heywood Brown Category: Death
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
Steven Wright Category: Death
I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
Willa Cather Category: Death
Boy when you are dead they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a god dam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you are dead? Nobody.
J. D. Salinger Category: Death
I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe whether it call itself my home my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use silence exile and cunning.
James Joyce Category: Death
A mans dying is more the survivors affair than his own.
Thomas Mann Category: Death
Life is a malady in which sleep soothes us every sixteen hours; it is a palliation; death is the remedy.
Nicholas Chamfort Category: Death
It costs me never a stab nor squirm To tread by chance upon a worm. Aha my little dear I say Your clan will pay me back one day.
Dorothy Parker Category: Death
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld Category: Death
Living is death; dying is life On this side of the grave we are exiles on that citizens; on this side orphans; on that children; on this side captives; on that freemen; on this side disguised unknown; on that disclosed and proclaimed as the sons of God.
Henry Ward Beecher Category: Death
Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
Bertolt Brecht Category: Death
The killer looked up as the bullet hit him. He looked as if he were puzzled by some strange occurence being too freshly dead to be aware of it.
Robert Anson Heinlein Category: Death
Once you accept your own death all of a sudden you are free to live.
Saul David Alinsky Category: Death
I shall ask leave to desist when I am interrupted by so great an experiment as dying.
Sir William Davenant Category: Death
REQUIEM n. A mass for the dead which the minor poets assure us the winds sing oer the graves of their favorites. Sometimes by way of providing a varied entertainment they sing a dirge.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: Death
Let our object be our country our whole country and nothing but our country.
Daniel Webster Category: Death
You can kill a man but you cant kill an idea.
Medgar Evers Category: Death
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
James Dean Category: Death
For if he like a madman lived At least he like a wise one died.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Category: Death
I have become death shatterer of worlds.
Robert J. Oppenheimer Category: Death
I have never killed a man but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
Clarence Seward Darrow Category: Death
Death is a low chemical trick played on everybody except sequoia trees.
J. J. Furnas Category: Death
He who doesnt fear death dies only once.
Giovanni Falcone Category: Death
One murder made a villain Millions a hero. Princes were privileged To kill and numbers sanctified the crime.
Beilby Porteus Category: Death
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.
Maurice Maeterlinck Category: Death
In the long run we are all dead.
John Maynard Keynes Category: Death
If I don't need the money I don't work.
James Spader Category: Death
He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Category: Death
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.
Stewart Alsop Category: Death
Catch then oh catch the transient hour; Improve each moment as it flies! Life s a short summer man a flower; He diesalas! how soon he dies!
Dr. Samuel Johnson Category: Death
An unused life is an early death.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Death
And since the stench of death will always attract flies and vermin the arrival of Geraldo was perhaps inevitable.
Garry Trudeau Category: Death
Our very hopes belied our fears Our fears our hopes belied; We thought her dying when she slept And sleeping when she died.
Thomas Hood Category: Death
Death is always and under all circumtances a tragedy for if it is not then it means that life itself has become one.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Death
Do not go gentle into that good night Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas Category: Death
Sleep is good death is better; but of course the best thing would to have never been born at all.
Heinrich Heine Category: Death
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 Category: Death
Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there I do not sleep I am a thousand winds that blow I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripen grain I am the gentle autumns rain When you awaken in the morning hush I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight I am the soft star that shines at night Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there; I did not die.
Joan L Dawson Evans Category: Death
The gods conceal from men the happiness of death that they may endure life.
Lucan Category: Death
Its the heart afraid of dying that never learns to dance; Its the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance; Its the one who wont be taken who cannot seem to give; And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.
Bette Midler Category: Death
I am afraid of death. You are young so presumably youre more afraid of it than I am. Obviously we shall put if off as long as we can. But it makes very little difference. So long as human beings stay human death and life are the same thing.
George Orwell Category: Death
Warm summer sun shine kindly here; Warm southern wind blow softly here; Green sod above lie light lie light Good night dear heart good night good night.
Mark Twain Category: Death
A man who wont die for something is not fit to live.
Martin Luther King Jr. Category: Death
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales so is the other.
Francis Bacon Category: Death
The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.
Sir Thomas Browne Category: Death
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
The Bible Category: Death
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle wise people are diligent.
Guatama Buddha Category: Death
Death is patiently making my mask as I sleep. Each morning I awake to discover in the corners of my eyes the small tears of his wax.
Philip Dow Category: Death
So softly death succeeded life in her She did but dream of heaven and she was there.
John Dryden Category: Death
He that lives to live forever never fears dying.
William Penn Category: Death
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle Category: Death
A noble heart is a changeless heart.
Proverb Category: Death
Live each day as if it were your last and garden as though you will live forever.
Unknown Category: Death
We must love one another or die.
Jack Lemmon Category: Death
Death is nothing to us since when we are death has not come and when death has come we are not.
Epicurus Category: Death
When death the great reconciler has come it is never our tenderness that we repent of but our severity.
George Eliot Category: Death
While I thought that I was learning how to live I have been learning how to die.
Leonardo da Vinci Category: Death
Keep not your roses for my dead cold brow The way is lonely let me feel them now.
Arabella Smith Category: Death
To die will be an awfully big adventure.
Sir James Matthew Barrie Category: Death
Its a funny old world - a mans lucky if he gets out of it alive.
W. C. Fields Category: Death
Don't hate life and death or love life and death. Keep your every thought free of delusion and in life you'll witness the beginning of nirvana and in death you'll experience the assurance of no rebirth.
Bodhidharma Category: Death
Death is the only inescapable unavoidable sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day were born.
Gary Mark Gilmore Category: Death
Most people think life sucks and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ. I think life sucks then you get cancer then your dog dies your wife leaves you the cancer goes into remission you get a new dog you get remarried you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty five years and you pay it back and then one day you have a massive stroke your whole right side is paralyzed you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then one day you step off a curb at Sixty-seventh Street and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.
Denis Leary Category: Death
The Graves a fine and private place But none I think do there embrace.
Andrew Marvell Category: Death
O joy of suffering! To struggle against great odds! to meet enemies undaunted! To be entirely alone with them! to find how much one can stand! To look strife torture prison popular odium death face to face! To mount the scaffold! to advance to the muzzles of guns with perfect nonchalance! To be indeed a God!
Walt Whitman Category: Death
When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life most of which never happened.
Sir Winston Churchill Category: Death
Our friend and we were invited aboard on a party of pleasure which is to last forever. His chair was ready first and he has gone before us. We could not all conveniently start together; and why should you and I be grieved at this since we are soon to follow and know where to find him.
Benjamin Franklin Category: Death
I go to seek a great perhaps.
Francois Rabelais Category: Death
I do not hope for what I cannot have! I do not cling to things I cannot keep!
Stephen Joshua Sondheim Category: Death
What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.
Lewis L. Dunnington Category: Death
The goal of all life is death.
Sigmund Freud Category: Death
Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.
A. Sachs Category: Death
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways I go to die and you to live. Which is the better God only knows.
Socrates Category: Death
It is nothing to die; it is dreadful not to live.
Victor Hugo Category: Death
To his wife a week before his death in 1861 But O Sarah! if the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved I shall always be near you; In the gladdest days and in the darkest nights ... always always and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek it shall be my breath as the cool air fans your throbbing temple it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee for we shall meet again.
Major Sullivan Ballou Category: Death
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 Category: Death
Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.
David Searls Category: Death
As I would not be a slave so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this to the extent of the difference is no democracy.
Abraham Lincoln Category: Death
Muhammad said three days before his death Not one of you must die but with resignation to the will of God and with hope for his beneficence and pardon.
Prophet Muhammad Category: Death
This is death To die and know it. This is the Black Widow death.
Robert Lowell Category: Death
For certain is death for the born And certain is birth for the dead; Therefore over the inevitableBhagavad-gïtä Thou shouldst not grieve.
Bhagavad-Gita Category: Death
The idea is to die young as late as possible.
Ashley Montagu Category: Death
Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid the further the date of redemption is postponed.
Arthur Schopenhauer Category: Death
Parting is all we know of heaven And all we need of hell.
Emily Dickinson Category: Death
Pale death knocks with impartial foot at poor mens hovels and kings palaces. Pallida Mors Pale Death
Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace Category: Death
Leaves have their time to fall And flowers to wither at the north-winds breath And stars to set; but all Thou hast all seasons for thine own O Death!
John Milton Category: Death
But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.
John Maynard Baron Keynes of Tilton Category: Death
So wise so young they say do never live long.
William Shakespeare Category: Death
A single death is a tragedy a million deaths is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin Category: Death
Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.
Wilson Mizner Category: Death
We believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.
Albert Einstein Category: Death
It is in the plan that man should die. The rich the poor; the bond the free; the great the lowlyall must die. Death comes to everyone. Death * a necessary step to our eterrzal progression. But death is not the end it is only a transitional state whereby we move from one stage of action to another. The spirit continues to live move think learn and to engage in all those activities associated with existence in our next estate. The physical body is placed in the grave there to remain until the time of our resurrection. The change called death is ordained of God awl is a blessing to man. It would be tragic if men could never be released from mortality that they might put on immortality. Death releases man from his mortal existence and makes possible his onward progress toward eterrzal life and exaltation.
Alma P. Burton Category: Death
Either hes dead or my watch has stopped.
Groucho Marx Category: Death
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come.
Rabindranath Tagore Category: Death
While theres life theres hope.
Publius Terentius Terence Category: Death
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
Henry van Dyke Category: Death
The good die first And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust Burn to the socket.
William Wordsworth Category: Death
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 Category: Death
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
Friedrich Nietzsche Category: Death
Our quaint metaphysical opinions in an hour of anguish are like playthings by the bedside of a child deathly sick.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Category: Death
When I am dead my dearest Sing no sad songs for me: Plant thou no roses at my head Nor shady cypress tree. Be the green grass above me With showers and dewdrops wet: And if thou wilt remember And if thou wilt forget.
Christina Georgina Rossetti Category: Death
The ever-present expectancy of death is never far removed from any of us whether we realize it or not. None of us can avoid it. It comes alike to the great and to the unknown; to the righteous and to the unrighteous. Wherein we differ is not in our ability to avert it but in the preparedness with which we meet it. At such times some question the judgments of God. Some find bitterness because of the circumstances and because of the seeming untimeliness of death.
Richard L. Evans Category: Death
Im not afraid of death; but dying scares the hell out of me.
Jack Cleary Category: Death
God's finger touched him and he slept.
Lord Alfred Tennyson Category: Death
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Oscar Wilde Category: Death
However much we talk of the inexorable laws governing the life of individuals and of societies we remain at the bottom convinced that in human affairs everything in more or less fortuitous. We do not even believe in the inevitability of our own death. Hence the difficulty of deciphering the present of detecting the seeds of things to come as they germinate before our eyes. We are not attuned to seeing the inevitable.
Eric Hoffer Category: Death
I have lost friends some by death others through sheer inability to cross the street.
Virginia Woolf Category: Death
Like bubbles on the sea of matter borne They rise they break and to that sea return.
Alexander Pope Category: Death
They give birth astride a grave the light gleams an instant then it's night once more.
Samuel Beckett Category: Death
You can be a king or a street sweeper but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.
Robert Alton Harris Category: Death
If life was fair Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.
Johnny Carson Category: Death