There’s nothing certain in a man’s life except this: That he must lose it.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
Embalm, v.:To cheat vegetation by locking up the gases upon which it feeds. By embalming their dead and thereby deranging the natural balance between animal and vegetable life, the Egyptians made their once fertile and populous country barren and incapable of supporting more than a meagre crew. The modern metallic burial casket is a step in the same direction, and many a dead man who ought now to be ornamenting his neighbor’s lawn as a tree, or enriching his table as a bunch of radishes, is doomed to a long inutility. We shall get him after awhile if we are spared, but in the meantime the violet and the rose are languishing for a nibble at his glutaeus maximus.
People living deeply have no fear of death.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery~
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
~Andrew A. Rooney~
Death is a distant rumor to the young.
Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
~Alice Cary, Dying Hymn~
My soul is full of whispered song;
My blindness is my sight;
The shadows that I feared so long
Are all alive with light.
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.
The idea is to die young as late as possible.
God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.
There is always death and taxes; however, death doesn’t get worse every year.
Death is life’s way of telling you you’re fired.
~Bill Maher, on Politically Incorrect, 1995~
Suicide is man’s way of telling God, “You can’t fire me – I quit.”
To the psychotherapist an old man who cannot bid farewell to life appears as feeble and sickly as a young man who is unable to embrace it.
~Charlotte Perkins Gilman~
It is told that Buddha, going out to look on life, was greatly daunted by death. “They all eat one another!” he cried, and called it evil. This process I examined, changed the verb, said, “They all feed one another,” and called it good.
~Charles Sanders Peirce~
If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilization does. In place of this we have death.
~Charles Hanson Towne~
Thou art not dead! Thou art the whole
Of life that quickens in the sod.
~Charlotte Perkins Gilman~
Death? Why this fuss about death. Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! … Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.
~Charles de Gaulle~
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club~
On a large enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero.
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