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Death quotes and quotations

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

We do not die because we have to die; we die because one day, and not so long ago, our consciousness was forced to deem it necessary.
Antonin Artaud

Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

I am not dying, not anymore than any of us are at any moment. We run, hopefully as fast as we can, and then everyone must stop. We can only choose how we handle the race.
Hugh Elliott

I'd rather get my brains blown out in the wild than wait in terror at the slaughterhouse.
Craig Volk

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
W. Somerset Maugham

Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.
William Goldman

If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age.
George Burns

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
Isaac Asimov

If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.
Samuel Goldwyn

For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.
Johnny Carson

Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.
Wilson Mizner

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
George Santayana

It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.
Jonathan Swift

There was something awesome in the thought of the solitary mortal standing by the open window and summoning in from the gloom outside the spirits of the nether world.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
Leonardo da Vinci

When I pass, speak freely of my shortcomings and my flaws. Learn from them, for I'll have no ego to injure.
Aaron McGruder

The report of my death was an exaggeration.
Mark Twain

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.
A. Sachs

Never knock on Death's door: ring the bell and run away! Death really hates that!
Matt Frewer

Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon.
David Assael

I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.
Oscar Wilde

It's no accident that the church and the graveyard stand side by side. The city of the dead sleeps encircled by the city of the living.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

It's sad when our daddies die. Makes us one less person inside.
Pamela Ribon

A man should not leave this earth with unfinished business. He should live each day as if it was a pre-flight check. He should ask each morning, am I prepared to lift-off?
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
Plato

The killing was the best part. It was the dying I couldn't take.
Craig Volk

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
Publilius Syrus

He not busy being born is busy dying.
Bob Dylan

The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself.
Publilius Syrus

For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore over the inevitable
Thou shouldst not grieve.
Bhagavad Gita

I guess that's how death works. It doesn't matter if we're ready or not. It just happens.
Randy K. Milholland

Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.
Aeschylus

The fact that when we die we are nothing more than worm meat---I just don't think about it.
Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess

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

As we look deeply within, we understand our perfect balance. There is no fear of the cycle of birth, life and death. For when you stand in the present moment, you are timeless.
Rodney Yee

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying.
Woody Allen

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw

It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune.
Woody Allen

Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.
Epicurus

On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down.
Woody Allen

I'm afraid I'm being an awful nuisance.
Edith Sitwell

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?
Woody Allen

I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return.
Frida Kahlo

Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings.
Horace