Death Quotes

Light for every darkness, life in death, the promise of our Lord's return, and the assurance of everlasting glory.
– Dwight L. Moody
Both freight and passenger charges, however, were still maintained at an unprofitable rate, and, after the death of John W. Garrett, the credit of the Baltimore and Ohio continued to decline.
– John Moody
In the earlier days of railroading, and especially in the long period which came to an end with the death of Harriman, the typical railroad president was usually a man of great wealth who had secured his position by owning a large financial interest in the property.
– John Moody
While for many years after the death of the Commodore the Vanderbilt family remained in direct financial and operating control of the New York Central... yet the brains and resources of the Vanderbilt's were not alone responsible for the brilliant career of the system down to recent times.
– John Moody
I wouldn't mind dying in a plane crash. It'd be a good way to go. I don't want to die in my sleep, or of old age, or OD... I want to feel what it's like. I want to taste it, hear it, smell it. Death is only going to happen to you once; I don't want to miss it.
– Jim Morrison
People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.
– Jim Morrison
The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.
– Jim Morrison
Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.
– John Muir
Without fullness of experience, length of days is nothing. When fullness of life has been achieved, shortness of days is nothing. That is perhaps why the young have usually so little fear of death; they live by intensities that the elderly have forgotten.
– Lewis Mumford
But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
– Iris Murdoch
It is not a choice of life, it is a choice of death. If this is life, I'd rather die.
– Ferdinand E. Marcos
It's very discouraging to know that in the criminal justice system the people in control don't have time - many times they don't have any information, many times they're overwhelmed by the politics of something, like the death penalty, to seriously want to reform a criminal justice system that they have some control over.
– Burke Marshall
The death penalty, I think, is a terrible scar on American justice, especially the concept of equal justice under law, but also of due process. And it goes state by state, and it's different in different states.
– Burke Marshall
For 200 years we've been conquering nature. Now we're beating it to death.
– Tom McMillan
No pomade or bear grease, not even baptism, can grow back the foreskin of which we were robbed on the eighth day of life; those who, on the ninth day, do not bleed to death from this operation shall continue to bleed an entire lifetime, even after death.
– Giacomo Meyerbeer
St John, on Christ's bosom, pray for me in the days of my discipleship, in the house of my faith, in the hour of my death.
– Eric Milner-White
Life is act, and not to do is death.
– Lewis Morris
Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror, starvation and death characterize the process of war and form a principal part of the product.
– Lewis Mumford
My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.
– Horatio Nelson
How would you like to bite that in the ass, develop lock jaw and be dragged to death?
– Willie Nelson
The first moments of sleep are an image of death; a hazy torpor grips our thoughts and it becomes impossible for us to determine the exact instant when the I, under another form, continues the task of existence.
– Gerard De Nerval
You think, eventually, that nothing can disturb you and that your nerves are impregnable. Yet, looking down at that familiar face, I realized that death is something to which we never become calloused.
– Eliot Ness
Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
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
People living deeply have no fear of death.
– Anais Nin
The question eventually must be raised: Is it a criminal offense to take the name of the Lord in vain? When people curse their parents, it unquestionably is a capital crime (Ex. 21:17). The son or daughter is under the lawful jurisdiction of the family. The integrity of the family must be maintained by the threat of death. Clearly, cursing God (blasphemy) is a comparable crime, and is therefore a capital crime (Lev. 24:16).
– Gary North
First of all, there are aspects of culture which are really reprehensible, and we should [all] fight against it. We shouldn't accept them. Second of all, women in Iran and in Saudi Arabia don't like to be stoned to death.
– Azar Nafisi
The purpose of medicine is to prevent significant disease, to decrease pain and to postpone death... Technology has to support these goals-if not, it may even be counterproductive.
– Joel J. Nobel
We hold that the reckless disregard for human life implicit in knowingly engaging in criminal activity known to carry a grave risk of death represents a highly culpable mental state that may be taken into account in making a capital sentencing judgment not inevitable, lethal result.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.
– P. J. O'Rourke
Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it.
– Claes Oldenburg
We knew the world could not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita: I am became Death, the destroyers of worlds. I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
– J. Robert Oppenheimer
For death begins with life's first breath And life begins at touch of death.
– John Oxenham
Personally I am very much against the death penalty for several reasons.
– Alan Parker
The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
– Blaise Pascal
Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.
– Pope John Paul II
I'm actually really opposed to the death penalty.
– Bill Paxton
If we mourn for the death of any person departed, and the waters appear upon the face of man, yet after the seventh day, when the Olive leaf is pluckt, when we have considered the peace, and rest, and joyes of the souls departed in the fear of God, 'tis time for the waters to abate, for mourning to cease.
– John Pearson
Secondly, the death of the righteous is to be desired rather then lamented: and it were a dishonour put upon Religion to think a pious man less happy dead, then when he liv'd.
– John Pearson
Thirdly, Death is nothing else but a change of a short and temporary for an unalterable and eternal condition.
– John Pearson
Those which live in impiety, and depart in their iniquity, they which have here provoked the wrath of God, and goe hence with that wrath abiding on them, as they could create nothing to their relations but sorrow in their life, so must they necessarily increase it at their death.
– John Pearson
Vulgar and common persons, as they carry nothing out of this world, so they leave nothing in it: they receive no eminency in their birth, they acquire none in their life, they have none when they die, they leave none at their death.
– John Pearson
What reason then can we produce, that the life of a man whom we esteem, should be sorrow to himself, and his death be grief to us?
– John Pearson
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
– William Penn
Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death.
– Francis Picabia
Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!
– Luigi Pirandello
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
– Plato
A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this - that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made - not to understand - but to feel - as crime.
– Edgar Allan Poe
I never can hear a crowd of people singing and gesticulating, all together, at an Italian opera, without fancying myself at Athens, listening to that particular tragedy, by Sophocles, in which he introduces a full chorus of turkeys, who set about bewailing the death of Meleager.
– Edgar Allan Poe
After my father died, I stayed relatively sane for two years, although I did lose my noodle at summer camp right after my dad's death. But when I hit 12, 13, that was it. I hated my mom's boyfriend, and there was a lot of control on me. I didn't like that, so I rebelled.
– Lisa Marie Presley
If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death.
– Pythagoras
It is peoples' fantasies of what is true that is so extraordinary. That that we were born and that we face eternal extinction after death is an extraordinary fantasy.
– Brian Perkins
But that means that the Eucharist is far more than just a meal; it has cost a death to provide it, and the majesty of death is present in it. Whenever we hold it, we should be filled with reverence in the face of this mystery, with awe in the face of this mysterious death the becomes a present reality in our midst.
– Joseph Ratzinger
Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not... with regard to abortion and euthanasia.
– Joseph Ratzinger
The Christian feast, the Eucharist, plumbs the very depths of death. It is not just a matter of pious discourse and entertainment, of some kind of religious beautification, spreading a pious gloss on the world; it plumbs the very depths of existence, which it call death... what the tradition sums up in the sentence: The Eucharist is a sacrifice, the presentation of Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the Cross.
– Joseph Ratzinger
The Cross is the approbation of our existence, not in words, but in an act so completely radical that it caused God to become flesh and pierced this flesh to the quick; that, to God, it was worth the death of his incarnate Son.
– Joseph Ratzinger
Slasher movies are fun. You watch yourself get chopped to pieces, yet you're still alive. You see the blood on the ax and think, Holy **it, this is sick, but you kind of get over your fear of death.
– Tara Reid
The greatest men of a nation are those it puts to death.
– Joseph Ernest Renan
What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!
– Agnes Repplier
The Death of Advertising? I think that's in the book of Revelation. It's the day when people everywhere become satisfied with their weight, their hair, their skin, their wardrobe, and their aroma.
– Jef I. Richards
'Father' meant to me provider... and I was working myself to death... but I wasn't physically home; I wasn't there every day.
– Lionel Richie
A nation is truly corrupt, when, after having, by degrees lost its character and liberty, it slides from democracy into aristocracy or monarchy; this is the death of the political body by decrepitude.
– Maximilien Robespierre
To the philosopher, death is but the next great adventure.
– J. K. Rowling
Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.
– Donald H. Rumsfeld
Whether for life or death, do your own work well.
– John Ruskin
Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan.
– Marie Louise De La Ramee
A nuclear power plant is infinently safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year.
– Dixy Lee Ray
Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you.
– Edward Payson Rod
Yea, though I walk through the valley of death I will fear no evil, for I am the meanest son of a bitch in the valley.
– Joel Rosenberg
Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive - the risk to be alive and express what we really are.
– Don Miguel Ruiz
The single moment when I knew that I had to get busy and do more was around the death of my son.
– Bobby L. Rush
If the court sentences Saddam Hussein to death, the verdict will be carried out. But I would have no other legal choice but to make myself absent so my two deputies would take the decision they wish.
– Jalal Talabani
My two partners in the presidency, the government, the House, all of them are for sentencing Saddam Hussein to death before the court will decide.
– Jalal Talabani
Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
– Tecumseh
When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
– Tecumseh
Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.
– James Thurber
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
– Mark Twain
Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.
– Mark Twain
Fads are the kiss of death. When the fad goes away, you go with it.
– Conway Twitty
In nature, there is less death and destruction than death and transmutation.
– Edwin Way Teale
It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the right of intellectuals and political thinkers, to pronounce the brain death of socialism.
– Norman Tebbit
Sirs, I have tested your machine [a gramophone]. It adds a new terror to life and makes death a long-felt want.
– Herbert Beerbohm Tree
When life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Peace.
– Morihei Ueshiba
Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.
– Miguel de Unamuno
Some of us can be examples about going ahead and growing, and some of us, unfortunately, don't make it there, and end up being examples because they had to die. I hit rock bottom, but thank God my bottom wasn't death.
– Stevie Ray Vaughan
I was elated by my success in my work, but shattered over my mother's death, and miserable about the way my marriage seemed to be foundering. And one day when my wife was away, I walked out of the house, and out of her life, trying to escape from something I could put no name to.
– Conrad Veidt
The death of my daughter is a subject I talk about briefly because there is nothing more tragic.
– Ben Vereen
Death gives life its fullest reality.
– Anthony Dalla Villa
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
– Leonardo da Vinci
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Their own death accompanies the wound they inflict.
– Virgil
The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
– Voltaire
If we have been brought up with the idea that life is for suffering and sacrifice, then of course we would seek death to escape this 'vale of tears'.
– Claude Vorilhon
Let us embrace Science and the new technologies unfettered, for it is these which will liberate mankind from the myth of god, and free us from our age old fears, from disease, death and the sweat of labor.
– Claude Vorilhon
Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.
– Larry Wall
The monuments of the nations are all protests against nothingness after death; so are statues and inscriptions; so is history.
– Lew Wallace
I had at one point this rather depressing image of some alien culture seeing the death of this planet - coming down in their spaceships and sniffing around; finding all our skeletons sitting around our TV sets and trying to work out why our end came before its time and they come to the conclusion that we amused ourselves to death.
– Roger Waters
Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.
– Edith Wharton
The risk of racial prejudice infecting a capital sentencing proceeding is especially serious in light of the complete finality of the death sentence.
– Byron R. White
To exclude all jurors who would be in the slightest way affected by the prospect of the death penalty would be to deprive the defendant of the impartial jury to which he or she is entitled under the law.
– Byron R. White