Death Quotes

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

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

But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
Iris Murdoch

The mother is not dying exactly, but has reached a point in life where death is a familiar on the staircase.
Clive Barnes

Alexander sees everything as just a struggle against the inevitable, which is death.
Thomas H Church

No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of they friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. (Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions)
John Donne

Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.
Yoda

Put me back on my bike [moments before his death]
Tommy Simpson

Rome is the one great spiritual organisation which is able to resist and must, as a matter of life and death, the progress of science and modern civilization
Thomas Huxley

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

All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.
Thomas Mann

Journalist: 'Have you received any death threats?' Harry Redknapp: 'Only from the wife when I didn't do the washing up!'
Harry Redknapp

Dear beauteous death, the jewel of the just.
Henry Vaughan

We have 62 counties in New York State and each has its own system of death investigation.
Michael Baden

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

He would like to be remembered as a family man and we were all so proud of him. We are all devastated by what has happened [his wife Eileen after his sad and sudden death at a Scottish Premier League game]
Phil O'Donnell

It's about death as much as it is about life [on gardening]
Germaine Greer

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

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

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Marcus Aurelius

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than the animals that know nothing
Maurice Maeterlinck

When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
George Eliot

Mild disarray [on Labours election plans, following the death of the Pope]
Andrew Marr

I think about death every day - what it would be like, why it would happen to me. It would be humiliating to be afraid.
Ruth Rendell

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

Inactivity is death
Benito Mussolini

Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love.
Dean Koontz

Only in Washington would death be considered a taxable event. [a cynical but perhaps fair assessment]
Mike Ferguson

Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem.
Joseph Stalin

The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself. - Maxims
Publilius Syrus

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

Death is the cure for all diseases.
Sir Thomas Browne

I am absolutely delighted to give my full support to Gordon as the next leader of the Labour Party and as prime minister and to endorse him fully [is that the kiss of death?]
Tony Blair

Well, that kind of puts the damper on even a Yankee win! [after announcing the death of Pope Paul VI, 1978]
Phil Rizzuto

Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
Edward Young

I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death. (Leviathan)
Thomas Hobbes

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

Everybody has accepted by now that change is unavoidable. But that still implies that change is like death and taxes it should be postponed as long as possible and no change would be vastly preferable. But in a period of upheaval, such as the one we are living in, change is the norm.
Peter F Drucker

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
Lao Tzu

Every one has before his eyes an end which he pursues till death; but for many that end is a feather which they blow before them in the air.
Robert Nicoll

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

In taking out an insurance policy one pays for it in dollars and cents, always at liberty to discontinue payments. If, however, woman's premium is a husband, she pays for it with her name, her privacy, her self-respect, her very life, 'until death doth part.'
Emma Goldman

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
Kahlil Gibran

I was scared to death of him the first time I met him. I still am actually [on Alex Ferguson]
Paul Scholes

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.
Alfred North Whitehead

I'm not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away.
Derek Jarman

It's like being on Death Row in an American jail. You are waiting for the door handle to turn, not knowing whether it's a reprieve or just your final breakfast before being executed. [enjoying life at Notts County!]
Howard Wilkinson

Autumn is the harvest of greedy death
Juvenal

Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state. There is as little reason to deplore the one as there is to be pleased over the other.
Mahatma Gandhi

Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
Alfred Lord Tennyson



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