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Death twitches my ear. "Live," he says, "I am coming".
To die is a debt we must all of us discharge.
Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
For death begins with life's first breath And life begins at touch of death.
As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
At last God caught his eye.
Death - the last voyage, the longest, the best.
Death is a delightful hiding-place for weary men.
Death is just a distant rumour to the young.
For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.
He mourns the dead who lives as they desire.
He that dies pays all debts.
Honest listening is one of the best medicines we can offer the dying and the bereaved.
I believe that the struggle against death, the unconditional and self-willed determination to live, is the mode of power behind the lives and activities of all outstanding men.
I care not; a man can die but once; we owe God a death.
I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
In Heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than anything I have ever done; it is a far, far, better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
Man comes and tills the field and lies beneath, And after many a summer dieth the swan.
It may be that we have all lived before and died, and this is Hell.
If there is another world, he lives in bliss. If there is none, he made the best of this.
Most persons have died before they expired - died to all earthly longings, so that the last breath is only, as it were, the locking of the door of the already deserted mansion.
One short sleep past will wake eternally And death shall be no more; Death thou shalt die.
Rather suffer than die is man's motto.
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten.
The question is whether suicide is the way out, or the way in.
When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is to die at once.
I will be dead in a few months. But it hasn't given me the slightest anxiety or worry. I always knew I was going to die.
Do not go gentle into that good night Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, Which hurts and is desired.
Nothing in his life Became him like the leaving it.
Things have a terrible permanence when people die.
A solemn funeral is inconceivable to the Chinese mind.
At its most basic root, the death or disintegration of one's parents is a harsh reminder of one's own mortality.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Mausoleum, n: the final and funniest folly of the rich.
No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve: ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered, I warrant, for this world.
Epitaph, n: an inscription on a tomb showing that virtues acquired by death have a retroactive effect.
Human life consists in mutual service. No grief, pain, misfortune, or 'broken heart' is excuse for cutting off one's life while any power of service remains. But when all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.
Poisons pain you; Rivers are damp; Acid stains you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live.
Dying is a wild night and a new road.
The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.
And I looked, and behold, a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death.
There is no man so blessed that some who stand by his deathbed won't hail the occasion with delight.
There may be little or much beyond the grave, But the strong are saying nothing until they see.
All human things are subject to decay And when fate summons, monarchs must obey.
When Andrew Jackson died someone asked a friend if he thought Old Hickory would go to heaven. 'He will if he wants to,' was the reply. On his death bed Disraeli declined a visit from Queen Victoria. 'No, it is better not', he said, 'she would only ask me to take a message to Albert.' I am a broken machine. I am ready to go.
Let the tent be struck.
You can lose a man like that by your own death, but not by his.
Because I could not stop for Death He kindly stopped for me - The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality.
When a man dies, he does not just die of the disease he has: he dies of his whole life.
The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.
Most people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do.
One should be ever booted and spurred and ready to depart.
Who never caused others to die Seldom rates a statue.
Nothing you can lose by dying is half so precious as the readiness to die, which is man's charter of nobility.
After sixty years the stern sentence of the burial service seems to have a meaning that one did not notice in former years. There begins to be something personal about it.
Death be not proud, though some have called Thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.
Toward the person who has died we adopt a special attitude: something like admiration for someone who has accomplished a very difficult task.
You have to learn to do everything, even to die.
I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Oh death, you can wait; keep your distance.
Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together.
The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns.
A thousand goodbyes come after death - the first six months of bereavement.
You don't die in the United States, you underachieve.
Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.
If life must not be taken too seriously - then so neither must death.
Death is terrible to Cicero, desirable to Cato, and indifferent to Socrates.
In nature, there is less death and destruction than death and transmutation.
A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
I hate funerals, and would not attend my Own if it could be avoided, but it is well for every man to stop once in a while to think of what sort of a collection of mourners he is training for his final event.
If this is dying, I don't think much of it.
Men use one another to assure their personal victory over death.
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.
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumour, and survival a thing not beyond the bounds of possibility.
I cannot forgive my friends for dying: I do not find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
Make sure to send a lazy man for the Angel of Death.
It cost me never a stab nor squirm To tread by chance upon a worm. 'Aha, my little dear' I say, 'Your clan will pay me back one day.'
Around, around the sun we go: The moon goes round the earth. We do not die of death: We die of vertigo.
There is no such thing as death, In nature, nothing dies: From each sad moment of decay Some forms of life arise.
I am going to seek a great Perhaps.


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