Death Quotes

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A Gustave Courbet portrait of a trout has more death in it than Rubens could get in a whole Crucifixion.
Robert Hughes

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

Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

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

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

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

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.
Francis Bacon

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

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

Thirst of wealth no quiet knows,
But near the death-bed fierce grows.
Anne Finch

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

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

So dear I love him that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.
John Milton

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

'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

Death's sting has a new meaning now that the Times of London is including candid descriptions of human peccadilloes in its obituaries.
Francis X Clines

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

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

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

Death is the cure for all diseases.
Sir Thomas Browne

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

I answer the heroic question 'Death, where is thy sting?' with 'It is here in my heart and mind and memories.'
Maya Angelou

Death cannot come
To him untimely who is fit to die;
The less of this cold world, the more of heaven;
The briefer life, the earlier immortality
H H Milman

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

Death is the mother of beauty.
Wallace Stevens

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

Death and love are the two wings which bear man from earth to heaven
Michelangelo

Death rides on every passing breeze,
He lurks in every flower
Reginald Heber

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

I will listen to Mr Bush but my position is very clear and very firm. The occupation is a fiasco. There have been almost more deaths after the war than during the [Iraq] war.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

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

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

Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.
Wilson Mizner

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

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
Isaac Asimov

We do not celebrate the death of our enemies.
Yitzhak Rabin

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

Death comes as a heavy blow when, known too well to others, you die unknown to yourself.
Francis Bacon

Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out and death's the other.
Tennessee Williams

Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.
Larry Wall

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

Autumn is the harvest of greedy death
Juvenal

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Of his own death) - so here it is at last, the distinguished thing
Henry James



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