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Immortality quotes and quotations

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
Anatole France

Man is the only animal that contemplates death, and also the only animal that shows any sign of doubt of its finality.
William Ernest Hocking

We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.
Anatole France

If there is a God, man's immortality is certain. If not, Immortality would not be worth having.
Edgar Sheffield Brightman

The belief in immortality has always seemed cowardly to me. When very young I learned that all things die, and all that we wish of good must be won on this earth or not at all.
Anne Smedley

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

A book is the only immortality.
Rufus Choate Edward Young

The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.
Herb Caen

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
John Kenneth Galbraith

Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach.
Pindar

No, no, I'm sure, My restless spirit never could endure To brood so long upon one luxury, Unless it did, though fearfully, espy A hope beyond the shadow of a dream.
John Keats

I don't want to achieve immortality by being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I want to achieve immortality by not dying.
William de Morgan

He ne'er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.
John Keats

We feel and know that we are eternal.
Benedict de Spinoza

Immortality is the genius to move others long after you yourself have stopped moving.
Frank Rooney

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Susan Ertz

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
Socrates

Immortal mortals, mortal immortals, one living the others death and dying the others life.
Heraclitus

The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
Plato

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend.
Emily Dickinson

All men think all men mortal, but themselves. If there is a God, man's immortality is certain. If not, Immortality would not be worth having.
Edgar Sheffield Brightman

Cheese -- milk's leap forward to immortality.
Clifton Fadiman

For them that think death's honesty won't fall upon them naturally life sometimes must get lonely.
Bob Dylan

All men think all men mortal, but themselves.
Edward Young

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
John Kenneth Galbraith

The first condition of immortality is death.
Stanislaw J. Lec

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Susan Ertz

I have Immortal longings in me.
William Shakespeare

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

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.
Joseph Addison

Do you believe in immortality? No, and one life is enough for me.
William de Morgan

Thus God's children are immorall whiles their Father hath anything for them to do on earth.
Thomas Fuller

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Joseph Addison

On the cold cheek of Death smiles and roses are blending, And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb.
James Beattie

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Bible

Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond; But is there anything Beyond?
Rupert Brooke

There is nothing strictly immortal, but immortality. Whatever hath no beginning may be confident of no end.
Sir Thomas Browne

If I stoop Into a dark tremendous sea of cloud, It is but for a time; I press God's lamp Close to my breast; its splendor soon or late Will pierce the gloom; I shall emerge one day.
Robert Browning

I have been dying for twenty years, now I am going to live.
James Drummond Burns

A good man never dies.
Callimachus

Yet spirit immortal, the tomb cannot bind thee, But like thine own eagle that soars to the sun Thou springest from bondage and leavest behind thee A name which before thee no mortal hath won.
Thomas Fuller

'Tis true; 'tis certain; man though dead retains Part of himself; the immortal mind remains.
Homer
Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity.
William Ellery Channing

'Tis immortality to die aspiring, As if a man were taken quick to heaven.
George Chapman

No one could ever meet death for his country without the hope of immortality. [Lat., Nemo unquam sine magna spe immortalitatatis se pro patria offerret ad mortem.]
Cicero
For I never have seen, and never shall see, that the cessation of the evidence of existence is necessarily evidence of the cessation of existence.
William de Morgan

The muse does not allow the praise-de-serving here to die: she enthrones him in the heavens.
Horace

But all lost things are in the angels' keeping, Love; No past is dead for us, but only sleeping, Love; The years of Heaven with all earth's little pain Make Good Together there we can begin again In babyhood.
Helen Hunt Jackson

I long to believe in immortality. . . . If I am destined to be happy with you here--how short is the longest life. I wish to believe in immortality--I wish to live with you forever.
John Keats