Death is for many of us the gate of hell

  • To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.  Death of one’s own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses:  so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.  – Friedrich Nietzsche, Expeditions of an Untimely Man
  • Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in.  –George Bernard Shaw
  • I knew a man who once said, “death smiles at us all; all a man can do is smile back.”  –From the movie Gladiator
  • Our birth is nothing but our death begun.  –Edward Young, Night Thoughts
  • I want a priest, a rabbi, and a Protestant clergyman.  I want to hedge my bets.  –Wilson Mizner