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Quotations about death and dying


"You better enjoy livin' baby, 'cause dying is a pain in the ass" 
   -- Frank Sinatra (1915-1998).

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Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural 
fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
-Francis Bacon

Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.
-Bishop Hall

Sleep is a death; oh, make me try 
     By sleeping what it is to die, 
     And as gently lay my head 
     On my grave as now my bed! 
-Sir Thomas Browne

It's not that I'm afraid to die.  I just don't want to be there when it
happens.
 -- Woody Allen

Bad grammar is the leading cause
of slow, painful death in North America
-Dave Barry

Q:      Do you know what the death rate around here is?
A:      One per person.
-Anonymous

Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.
-A.E. Newman

If you can survive death, you can probably survive anything.
-Maxwell Smart

He that is not guilty of his own death shortens not his own life.
-Shakespeare

Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death?
-Shakespeare

And death makes equal the high and low.
-John Heywood

O eloquent, just, and mightie Death! whom none could advise, thou hast 
persuaded; what none hath dared,
-Sir Walter Raleigh

In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither 
rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. 
     --John James Ingalls

Tis after death that we measure men. 
     --James Barron Hope

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

I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the 
great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. 
     --Winston Churchill

Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man 
knows that it may not be the greatest good. 
     --William Mitford

Death--the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening. 
     --Walter Scott

To stop sinning suddenly. 
     --Elbert Hubbard

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"--a strange complaint to 
come from the mouths of people who have had to live. 
     --Mark Twain

Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. 
     --Henry Van Dyke

Now comes the mystery. 
     --Henry Ward Beecher

A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor. 
     --Seneca

I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that 
the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain. 
     --Joyce Cary

The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure 
life. 
     --Lucan

We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of 
the human race: he brought death into the world. 
     --Mark Twain

Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names. 
     --Proverb

Don't strew me with roses after I'm dead.
When Death claims the light of my brow
No flowers of life will cheer me: instead
You may give me my roses now! 
     --Thomas F. Healey

I never think he is quite ready for another world who is altogether weary 
of this. 
     --Hugh Hamilton

God's finger touched him, and he slept. 
     --Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

He that lives to forever, never fears dying. 
     --William Penn

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three 
parts dead. 
     --Bertrand Russell

How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our 
appetite and make the world seem empty. 
     --Eric Hoffer

Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it. 
     --William Shakespeare

Most people would rather die than think: many do. 
     --Bertrand Russell

 












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