Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
‘Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
Cursed is the man who dies, but the evil done by him survives.
Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.
The idea is to die young as late as possible.
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.
W. H. Auden
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.
Suicide is man’s way of telling God, “You can’t fire me – I quit.”
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.
Lois McMaster Bujold
The death of what’s dead is the birth of what’s living.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help.
Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
Pale Death beats equally at the poor man’s gate and at the palaces of kings.
John Candy knew he was going to die. He told me on his 40th birthday. He said, well, Maureen, I’m on borrowed time.
I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.
Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
W. Somerset Maugham