Death Quotes

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Life is the desert, life the solitude, death joins us to the great majority.
Edward Young

The militia were clamouring for the death of all guerrillas, and people were afraid to come near me...
Jesse James

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

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

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.
Anais Nin

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
Alice Walker

We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. In the faith that looks through death, in years that bring the philosophic mind.
John Bacon

Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order
Katherine Mansfield

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

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

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

How do they know? - (On being told of the death of Calvin Coolidge)
Dorothy Parker

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

Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored...
Herman Melville

Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death.
Betty Bender

Oh death, rock me asleep, Bring me to quiet rest, Let pass my weary guiltless ghost Out of my careful breast.
Anne Boleyn

I got well by talking. Death could not get a word in edgewise, grew discouraged, and travelled on.
Louise Erdrich

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

Golf is a game to be played between cricket and death.
Colin Ingleby-McKenzie

A citizen, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen. ( Funeral oration on the death of George Washington.)
Henry Lee

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

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

Death is the cure for all diseases.
Sir Thomas Browne

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
Omar N Bradley

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

This is David expressing a personal view that many people will agree with but it isn't party policy [on David Davis' pro death-penalty stance]
John Major

My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
Horatio Nelson

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

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
George Carlin

It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.
Simone De Beauvoir

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

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

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

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

It is an immense loss of a great comedian but more importantly a good friend [on the death of Dave Allen]
Jimmy Tarbuck

So little done, so much to do (on the day of his death)
Cecil Rhodes

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

The atmosphere is very strange for all of us. Germans and Italians feel very connected to the Pope, as many other countries do. [on the death of Pope John Paul II]
Michael Schumacher

Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.
Michel Aoun

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

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

A sonnet is a moment's monument,- Memorial from the Soul's eternity To one dead deathless hour. (The House of Life)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Death is the starlit strip between the companionship of yesterday and the reunion of tomorrow
Mark Twain

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

Grief that is dazed and speechless is out of fashion: the modern woman mourns her husband loudly and tells you the whole story of his death, which distresses her so much that she forgets not the slightest detail about it.
Jean De La Bruyere

Death is the privilege of human nature, And life without it were not worth our taking.
Nicholas Rowe

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

As I suffer in the defence of my Country, I must consider this hour as the most glorious of my life -Remember that I die as becomes a British Officer, while the manner of my death must reflect disgrace on your Commander.
John Andre

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

The creative person, the person who moves from an irrational source of power, has to face the fact that this power antagonizes. Under all the superficial praise of the 'creative' is the desire to kill. It is the old war between the mystic and the nonmystic, a war to the death.
Mary Sarton



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