Death Quotes

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I don't really like the autumn. For me it is the beginning of winter and I hate the winter. White, the colour of death.
Simon Schama

There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness or death.
Fran Lebowitz

On the last morning of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea. - Cause of Death
Patricia Cornwell

In the end we are all sacked and it's always awful. It is as inevitable as death following life. If you are elevated there comes a day when you are demoted. Even Prime Ministers.
Alan Clark

Just like Eric Morecambe, you feel like you've lost a dear friend [on the death of Ronnie Barker]
Peter Kay

Inactivity is death
Benito Mussolini

Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing - but none of them serious.
Alan Minter

It's the end of an era for a kind of comedy, a convention of comedy that seems to have moved on to an alternative form of comedy, and I would be much more of his generation. [on the death of Dave Allen]
Frank Kelly

[woman] 'You're an incredible lover' [Allen] 'I know - I practise a lot when I'm alone' from Love and Death
Woody Allen

If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by my friends the murderers.
Alphonse Karr

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

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
Isaac Singer

Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's always good beating the Australians - and it's even better to beat them out there. But the Ashes is just one thing. Ask me for the biggest highlight when I'm lying on my deathbed - then I'll tell you
Ian Botham

Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.
Stephen Butler Leacock

Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death.
Edna Ferber

I think it is true what they say that retirement is the death of some people, so more and more people are choosing to do work of some sort when they have retired.
Anna Harrison

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.
Sam Snead

To understand the mysteries of life you must look around and within. You will see patterns everywhere; patterns that seem to manifest themselves over and over again. These patterns exist intertwined within nature and man bridging the gap between the enigma of self and universe. You see them in spiraling galaxies and the Mandelbrot fractal of fossilized Ammonoidea; growing from the unknown to atoms to molecules to solar systems to galaxies to the paradoxical expanses of the universe with origins and destinations unknown; just like us in birth and death. The similarities of tree branches, rivers and blood veins. The power of cellular division and nuclear fission, the patterns of finger prints like endoplasmic reticulum, or a black opal's play of fire like the nebula of supernova. Moon shots are like protoplasmic lurches, while simple thoughts and observations of the nature around us take us beyond the unknown. The clues to the great mystery are all around us and deep within us.
Bryant H McGill

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity; they seem more afraid of life then of death.
James F Byrnes

Fourteen heart attacks and he had to die in my week. In MY week.
( on the death of President Eisenhower preventing her photo appearing on the cover of 'Newsweek' )
Janis Joplin

Men, I'm getting out of Rome. Anyone who wants to carry on the war against the outsiders, come with me. I can offer you neither honours nor wages; I offer you hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Anyone who loves his country, follow me
Giuseppe Garibaldi

This existence of ours is as transient as Autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.
Buddha

The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire.
Herman Hesse

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

The Nemesis of excess in athletics is professionalism, which is the death of all true sport.
E N Gardiner

In our rampantly secular world, biography is now the only form of life after death
David Cannadine

When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It's like death.
Dennis Quaid

We have lost a very important religious figure who dedicated his life to peace and justice for all. [on the death of Pope John Paul II]
Mahmoud Abbas

How wonderful is death! Death and his brother sleep.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Itís a very sad day and the end of an era. [on the death of Robert Sangster]
Lester Piggott

When death gives us a long lease of life, it takes as hostages all those whom we have loved
Suzanne Curchod Necker

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
Bhagavadgita

Our people receive the news of his death with a deep sense of grief and loss.

He was a holy champion of the Filipino family and of profound Christian values that make everyone of us contemplate... what is just, moral and sacred in life.
[on Pope John Paul II]
Gloria Arroyo

This mourning deeply marks France as well as every French person who identifies with the message of the Catholic Church. [on the death of Pope John Paul II]
Jacques Chirac

Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one (Pale Fire)
Vladimir Nabokov

A humane and generous concern for every individual, his health and his fulfillment, will do more to soothe the savage heart than the fear of state-inflicted death, which chiefly serves to remind us how close we remain to the jungle.
Ramsey Clark

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
Aristotle

If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction.
Jean De La Bruyere

Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin.
Mary Baker Eddy

Death is not the worst than can happen to men.
Plato

The angel of death has been abroad throughout the land; you may almost hear the beating of his wings.
John Bright

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
Charles Brower

Birth was the death of him.
Samuel Beckett

I had led a private life and wanted to die a private death.
Jean Harris

In the last couple of days before the deadline was extended I would have said it was in the death throes and time for the last rites. Now it is on life support with a bit of blinking going on [On Channel 4 racing]
John McCririck

Rouse yourself! Sit up!
Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.
Do not let the king of death, seeing you are careless,
lead you astray and dominate you.
Buddha

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

For life is nearer every day to death
Phaedrus

Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.
Carl Sagan



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