To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
The goal of all life is death.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
~Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky~
Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
God made death so we’d know when to stop.
I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
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.
~Tennessee Williams, “The Rose Tattoo”~
Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
~Thomas Browne, An Essay on Death~
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
Birth, life, and death — each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.
~Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain~
A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own.
~The Epic of Gilgamesh~
You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping.
~W. Somerset Maugham~
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
I want a priest, a rabbi, and a Protestant clergyman. I want to hedge my bets.
I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
~Wilfred Sheed, The Good Word, 1978~
Suicide is… the sincerest form of criticism life gets.
~Witter Bynner, “The Patient to the Doctors”~
Name me no names for my disease,
With uninforming breath;
I tell you I am none of these,
But homesick unto death.
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
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