Death Quotes

  • Perhaps the fact of life most conducive to living fully as a person is an honest awareness and acceptance of death. Death tells us that we must live life now, in the moment – that tomorrow is illusion and never comes. It tells us that it is not the quantity of our days, or hours, or years that matter, but rather the quality of the time spent. Unknown
  • Death is shrouded in its own mystery. One can never know beforehand precisely how or when it will come. No matter how prepared we are, it always seems to take us by surprise. Even forewarned we seem unable to contend with the shock or accept it without experiencing deep feelings of fear, superstition, anxiety and isolation. – Unknown
  • Do not grudge your brother his rest. He has at last become free, safe and immortal, and ranges joyous through the boundless heavens; he has left this low-lying region and has soared upwards to that place which receives in its happy bosom the souls set free from the chains of matter. Your brother has not lost the light of day, but has obtained a more enduring light. He has not left us, but has gone on before. Seneca
  • Since every man who lives is born to die, And none can boast sincere felicity, With equal mind, what happens, let us bear, Nor joy nor grieve too much for things beyond our care. Like pilgrims to the’ appointed place we tend; The world’s an inn, and death the journey’s end. John Dryden
  • Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. Michael Landon
  • Many a life has been injured by the constant expectation of death. It is life we have to do with, not death. The best preparation for the night is to work diligently while the day lasts. The best preparation for death is life. George Macdonald
  • Death doesn’t affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn’t concern the dead because they have ceased to exist. William Somerset Maugham
  • The single most important thing I’ve ever learned was that I’m going to die. For once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you are free to live. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically – to promote a cause you believe in. Unknown
  • Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh. Marcus Aurelius
  • Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console. Charles Colton
  • Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • The fear of death keeps us from living, not from dying. Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall ever have a beginning. Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live. Unknown
  • All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, and to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier. Unknown
  • Death is neither a threat nor a horror. Rather, it serves as life’s greatest ally. Unknown
  • If you understand and accept death, you will not fear it. If you do not fear death, what else do you need to fear? Unknown
  • Pale death knocks with impartial foot at poor men’s hovels and king’s palaces. Horatius
  • Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins
  • Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives. A. Sachs
  • Living with the immediacy of death helps you sort out your priorities in life. It helps you to live a less trivial life. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well. Alexander Smith
  • For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep. George Santayana
  • Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare
  • Just where death is expecting you is something we cannot know; so, for your part, expect him everywhere. Seneca
  • Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come. Rabindranath Tagor
  • There is no cause to fear death; it is but an incident in life. It is as natural as birth. David McKay
  • I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. Anais Nin
  • Death is the only inescapable, unavoidable, sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day we’re born. Gary Mark Gilmore
  • Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist. Epicurus
  • It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls. Epicurus
  • To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable. Erich Fromm
  • As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death. Leonardo Davinci
  • It is a myth to think death is just for the old. Death is there from the very beginning. Herman Feifel
  • Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five. Benjamin Franklin
  • Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. Seneca