Death Quotes

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The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.
Mary Bateson

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

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

Death's but a path that must be trod,
If man would ever pass to God
Thomas Parnell

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

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

When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honour scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.
Robert G Ingersoll

Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.
William Goldman

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

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

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

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

What are you gonna do, talk the alien to death? (on Sigourney Weaver's concern about the use of guns in Aliens)
James Cameron

It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the right of intellectuals and political thinkers, to pronounce the brain death of socialism.
Norman Tebbit

Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.
Hannah Arendt

Fear was absolutely necessary. Without it, I would have been scared to death.
Floyd Patterson

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

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

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

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

It is, I think, good evidence of life after death (on the quality of debate in the House of Lords)
Donald Soper

There was silence deep as death;
And the boldest held his breath,
For a time.
Thomas Campbell

'I guess that's why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet.'
- After a 'new and improved' Windows 98-running PC crashed leaving a 'Blue Screen Of Death' during a demonstration in front of about a thousand reporters and live on CNN
Bill Gates

No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.
Eugene Ionesco

I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade
Alan Seeger

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

No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. (Leviathan)
Thomas Hobbes

There are certain people that are marked for death. I have my little list of those that treated me unfairly.
Jennifer Lopez

The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy - invincible determination - a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.
Sir Thomas Bowell Buxton

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

'Make America what we want it to be — a literate country and a hopefuller country.' —Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001

'Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.'
Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000

'I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race.'
Describing a phone call to Sen. John Breaux. Crawford, Texas, Dec. 2, 2000

'The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.'
Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

'They misunderestimated me.'
Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

'They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.'
St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000

'The only things that I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've looked at. I do not believe we've put a guilty... I mean innocent person to death in the state of Texas.'
-All Things Considered, NPR, June 16, 2000

BUSH: 'First of all, Cinco de Mayo is not the independence day. That's dieciseis de Septiembre, and ...'
MATTHEWS: 'What's that in English?' BUSH: 'Fifteenth of September.' (Dieciseis de Septiembre = Sept. 16) -Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000

'It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.'
-Reuters, May 5, 2000

'Will the highways on the Internet become more few?'
-Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000

'This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.'

-Speaking during 'PERSEVERENCE Month' at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. As quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000

'What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position.'
-The San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2000

'Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?' -Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

'Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure.' -ibid

'I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.'
-U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000
George W Bush

Heaven deprives me of a wife who never caused me any other grief than that of her death
Louis XIV Of France

Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.
Erik Erikson

It is only to those who have never lived that death ever can seems beautiful.
Ouida

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.
Robert G Ingersoll

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin

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

Who can take
Death's portrait? The tyrant never sat
Edward Young

Inactivity is death
Benito Mussolini

Death tugs at my ear and says: 'Live, I am coming'.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

When you start fooling around with drugs, you're hurting your creativity, you're hurting your health. Drugs are death, in one form or another. If they don't kill you, they kill your soul. And if your soul's dead, you've got nothing to offer, anyway.
Paul Stanley

Madam, Life's a piece in bloom death goes dogging everywhere: She's the tenant of the room he's the ruffian on the stair.
William Henley

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

Sort of desolate, decayed, the smell of - I don't want to dramatise it - death, you know.

That is what it feels like no mans land, and it is not a nice place to be [after losing to France in rugby world cup]
Anton Oliver

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

We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death, yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind.
Thornton Wilder

For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
Albert Camus

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.
John Donne

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



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