106 Quotes About Death

Quotes About Death

1. A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent. – Buddha

3. The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead. – Albert Einstein

4. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. – Mark Twain

5. Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see. – Helen Keller

6. What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. – Albert Pike

7. I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. – Mark Twain

8. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. – Steve Jobs

9. Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. – George Eliot

10. While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. – Leonardo da Vinci

11. Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order. – David Gerrold

12. Suicide is man’s way of telling God, ‘You can’t fire me – I quit.’ – Bill Maher

13. I saw few die of hunger of eating, a hundred thousand. – Benjamin Franklin

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

15. Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men. – Quintus Ennius

16. The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

17. The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

18. Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly. – Elbert Hubbard

19. A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies. – Gustave Flaubert

20. No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. – Euripides

21. They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice… that suicide is wrong when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person. – Arthur Schopenhauer

22. I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. – Clarence Darrow

23. For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. – William Penn

24. A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist. – Stewart Alsop

25. Dying is easy, it’s living that scares me to death. – Annie Lennox

26. Death will be a great relief. No more interviews. – Katharine Hepburn

27. I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. and anyone who does not remember betrays them again. – Elie Wiesel

28. I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. – J. Robert Oppenheimer

29. I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

30. Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

31. Man always dies before he is fully born. – Erich Fromm

32. From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity. – Edvard Munch

33. When you’re dead, you’re dead. That’s it. – Marlene Dietrich

34. I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different. – T. S. Eliot

35. Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it. – W. Somerset Maugham

36. Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies. – Elie Wiesel

37. Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. – Susan Ertz

38. Call no man happy till he is dead. – Aeschylus

39. Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life. – Bertolt Brecht

40. Cursed is the man who dies, but the evil done by him survives. – Abu Bakr

41. A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age he dies of being a man. – Miguel de Unamuno

42. Birth and death we all move between these two unknowns. – Bryant H. McGill

43. Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live. – Henry Van Dyke

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

45. To himself everyone is immortal he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead. – Samuel Butler

46. Pale Death beats equally at the poor man’s gate and at the palaces of kings. – Horace

47. 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

48. Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying. – Jean Cocteau

49. It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls. – Epicurus

50. The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them. – Lois McMaster Bujold

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

52. Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts. – Aeschylus

53. ‘Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it. – Lord Byron

54. Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation. – Tennessee Williams

55. Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn. – B. R. Hayden

56. Everything that gets born dies. – Morrie Schwartz

57. Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them. – E. W. Howe

58. The idea is to die young as late as possible. – Ashley Montagu

59. Death is the last enemy: once we’ve got past that I think everything will be alright. – Alice Thomas Ellis

60. I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived. – Willa Cather

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

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

63. Nothing that is really good and God-like dies. – Ernst Moritz Arndt

64. Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave. – Joseph Hall

65. Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure. – Errol Flynn

66. The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living. – W. H. Auden

67. Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help. – Carter Burwell

68. Man dies of cold, not of darkness. – Miguel de Unamuno

69. All architects want to live beyond their deaths. – Philip Johnson

70. He who doesn’t fear death dies only once. – Giovanni Falcone

71. It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace. – Anna Akhmatova

72. If you don’t have any fight in you, you might as well be dead. – Scott Caan

73. Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh. – Robert Bolt

74. Death’s in the good-bye. – Anne Sexton

75. For me, habit is just a synonym for death. – Juliette Binoche

76. He who is completely sanctified, or cleansed from all sin, and dies in this state, is fit for glory. – Adam Clarke

77. We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death. – David Sarnoff

78. When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead. – John Greenleaf Whittier

79. John Candy knew he was going to die. He told me on his 40th birthday. He said, well, Maureen, I’m on borrowed time. – Maureen O’Hara

80. Hell, madam, is to love no longer. – Georges Bernanos

81. Death is the tyrant of the imagination. – Barry Cornwall

82. The death of what’s dead is the birth of what’s living. – Arlo Guthrie

83. Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead. – Daniel Barenboim

84. Fling but a stone, the giant dies. – Matthew Green

85. I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. – Voltaire

86. A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

87. I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. – Leonardo da Vinci

88. People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend. – Jim Morrison

89. If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

90. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. – Albert Einstein

91. Without health life is not life it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death. – Buddha

92. The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. – Mark Twain

93. Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. – Buddha

94. Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway. – John Wayne

95. Cowards die many times before their deaths the valiant never taste of death but once. – William Shakespeare

96. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. – Steve Jobs

97. Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. – Mark Twain

98. I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. – Woody Allen

99. If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got. – Kurt Cobain

100. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. – Thomas Paine

101. There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

102. You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue. – Joel Osteen

103. 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

104. I don’t have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated. – Tupac Shakur

105. There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires. – Nelson Mandela

106. Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws. – Jim Morrison

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