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DEATH QUOTES III

Shun death, is my advice.

ROBERT BROWNING, "Arcades Ambo"

I don't know what's waiting for us when we die--something better, something worse. I only know I'm not ready to find out yet.

CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl

I don't mean to imply that I'm afraid of Death. I'm just not ready to go out on a date with him.

DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Thomas

Remember the coffin where men
All must to dust be returning.

HENRI CAZALIS, "Always"

Death is real. Death changes things. Everything else is filler, merely a message from our sponsor.

MICHAEL MARSHALL, The Upright Man

Death lies dormant in each of us and will bloom in time.

DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Thomas

No man knows where the Castle of King Death is. All men and women, boys and girls, and even little wee children should so live that when they have to enter the Castle and see the grim King, they may not fear to behold his face.

BRAM STOKER, "Under the Sunset"

Death stands above me, whispering low
I know not what into my ear:
Of his strange language all I know
Is, there is not a word of fear.

WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Death Stands above Me, Whispering Low

One day the ordinariness will be terminally punctuated by the extraordinary full stop of death.

GLEN DUNCAN, I, Lucifer

No life that breathes with human breath
Has ever truly long'd for death.

ALFRED TENNYSON, The Two Voices

Nowadays, we have technology that's improved so that we can bring people back to life. In fact, there are drugs being developed right now — who knows if they'll ever make it to the market — that may actually slow down the process of brain-cell injury and death. Imagine, you fast-forward to ten years down the line and you've given a patient whose heart has just stopped this amazing drug, and actually what it does is it slows everything down so that the things that would've happened over an hour, now happen over two days. As medicine progresses, we will end up with lots and lots of ethical questions.

SAM PARNIA, Time interview, Sep. 18, 2008

Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret to life is to "die before you die"--and find that there is no death.

ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now

O, the one happiness, when, out of breath,
Our feet slip, and we stumble upon death!

ARTHUR SYMONS, "The Beggars"

Death is part of who we are. It guides us. It shapes us. It drives us to madness. Can you still be human if you have no mortal end?

CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Brisingr

Any guy afraid to die was a guy who was afraid to live.

JOANN ROSS, No Safe Place

In his bleak mercy, Death forever strips
The soul of light and memory, rendering blind
Our vision, lest surmounted deeps appal,
As when on mountain-heights a glance behind
Betrays with knowledge, and the climber slips
Down gulfs of fear to some enormous fall.

CLARK ASHTON SMITH, "The Unremembered"

The living is a passing traveler;
The dead, a man come home.

LI BAI, "The Old Dust"

Of all the Gods, Death only craves not gifts:
Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured
Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed
By hymns of praise. From him alone of all
The powers of Heaven Persuasion holds aloof.

AESCHYLUS, Fragment

O Death the Healer, scorn thou not, I pray,
To come to me; of cureless ills thou art
The one physician. Pain lays not its touch
Upon a corpse.

AESCHYLUS, Fragment

To those who view the voyage of life from the port of departure the bark that has accomplished any considerable distance appears already in close approach to the farther shore.

AMBROSE BIERCE, "The Death of Halpin Frayser"

Death is the last intimate thing we ever do.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Obsidian Butterfly

When you look at a corpse you can always sense your own breath better.

ZONA GALE, "Miggy"

Day by day Time rolls the scroll of Life,
Yet man heeds not in worldly strife
The vanished years, till Death demands his claim--
The mound-lines of the clay that mark his name.

HARRIET MAXWELL CONVERSE, "Day by Day"

Death strips all men of dignity.

TOBSHA LEARNER, The Witch of Cologne

The reaction to death is sometimes as violent as death itself. Shock throws a cautious coolness over your senses, but your stomach still has knots, your skin stings as if the Reaper is glaring at you as well.

TIM LEBBON, Fears Unnamed

Weep strong men must,
Since all before us now is lifeless dust;
Majestic clay
Is all, good friends, death leaves to us today.

ELIZA ALLEN STARR, "Col. James A. Mulligan"

Most of us were not afraid of death, only of the act of dying; and there were times when we overcame even this fear. At such moments we were free--men without shadows, dismissed from the ranks of the mortal; it was the most complete experience of freedom that can be granted a man.

ARTHUR KOESTLER, Dialogue with Death

In each thing there is an insinuation of death. Stillness, silence, serenity are all apprenticeships.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, attributed, Only Mystery: Federico García Lorca's Poetry in Word and Image

Death--a stopping of impressions through the senses, and of the pulling of the cords of motion, and of the ways of thought, and of service to the flesh.

MARCUS AURELIUS, Meditations

Back to Death Quotes

Read William Hazlitt's essay: On The Fear of Death

Read William McEwen's essay: On Death

Read Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram's essay: The Silence of the Grave


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