Death Quotes

I think that the core doctrines of Christianity-the incarnation, the resurrection, life after death-these are as strong as ever. In fact, the belief in life after death has increased in this century.
– Andrew Greeley
To cure the mind's wrong bias, Spleen, Some recommend the bowling-green; Some, hilly walks; all, exercise; Fling but a stone, the giant dies. Laugh and be well.
– Matthew Green
We are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to.
– Graham Greene
Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms.
– Che Guevara
For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death - the only certainty that life holds for us - must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.
– Stanislav Grof
Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Your body must become familiar with its death - in all its possible forms and degrees - as a self-evident, imminent, and emotionally neutral step on the way towards the goal you have found worthy of your life.
– Dag Hammarskjold
I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
– Thomas Hardy
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery, without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse.
– William Hazlitt
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
– Ernest Hemingway
The disembodied spirit is immortal; there is nothing of it that can grow old or die. But the embodied spirit sees death on the horizon as soon as its day dawns.
– Thomas Hobbes
A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Death is with you all the time; you get deeper in it as you move towards it, but it's not unfamiliar to you. It's always been there, so what becomes unfamiliar to you when you pass away from the moment is really life.
– Bell Hooks
Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death.
– Horace
He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.
– Horace
Death is the final wake-up call.
– Doug Horton
Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly.
– Elbert Hubbard
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
– Robert M. Hutchins
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
– Evelyn Beatrice Hall
I love this pedal to death. The only way you could keep me from playing one is by chopping off my legs!
– Kirk Hammett
I'm death obsessed. You know, I have death all over my house. I have a stuffed two headed sheep!
– Kirk Hammett
Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn.
– B. R. Hayden
I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
Beauty is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and that it takes away from us. A manifestation of eternity, and a sign of death as well.
– Eugene Ionesco
I'm not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away.
– Derek Jarman
In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.
– Abdul Kalam
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
– Helen Keller
If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.
– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.
– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.
– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.
– Paul Kurtz
Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror.
– David Herbert Lawrence
Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.
– David Herbert Lawrence
The human consciousness is really homogeneous. There is no complete forgetting, even in death.
– David Herbert Lawrence
I've looked that old scoundrel death in the eye many times but this time I think he has me on the ropes.
– General Douglas MacArthur
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
– Thomas Mann
The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life.
– Thomas Mann
Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death.
– Rollo May
Birth and death; we all move between these two unknowns.
– Bryant H. McGill
Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.
– Herman Melville
Death is someone you see very clearly with eyes in the center of your heart: eyes that see not by reacting to light, but by reacting to a kind of a chill from within the marrow of your own life.
– Thomas Merton
The death penalty is becoming a way of life in this country.
– Dennis Miller
Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. But I'd like to add a third certainty: trash. And while some in this room might want to discuss reducing taxes, I want to talk about reducing trash.
– Ruth Ann Minner
The idea is to die young as late as possible.
– Ashley Montagu
Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
– Michel de Montaigne
It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.
– Michel de Montaigne
The ceaseless labour of your life is to build the house of death.
– Michel de Montaigne
Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
– Charles de Montesquieu
From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
– Thomas Moore
From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
– Edvard Munch
Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.
– Miyamoto Musashi
Rock and menopause do not mix. It is not good, it sucks and every day I fight it to the death, or, at the very least, not let it take me over.
– Stevie Nicks
The kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart - not something that comes upon the earth or after death.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
– Anais Nin
Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child. This will make threatening him with it much more effective.
– P. J. O'Rourke
I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
– J. Robert Oppenheimer
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
– Ovid
An evil life is a kind of death.
– Ovid
Art has two constant, two unending concerns: It always meditates on death and thus always creates life. All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St John.
– Boris Pasternak
Property is unstable, and youth perishes in a moment. Life itself is held in the grinning fangs of Death, Yet men delay to obtain release from the world. Alas, the conduct of mankind is surprising.
– Titus Maccius Plautus
What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
– Mario Puzo
When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It's like death.
– Dennis Quaid
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
– Ayn Rand
They can rule the world while they can persuade us our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide, than a life of famine and suicide...?
– Adrienne Rich
Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.
– Jean Paul Richter
The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.
– Jean Paul Richter
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We march and fight, to death or on to victory. Our might is right, no traitors shall prevail. Our hearts are steeled against the fiery gates of hell. No shot or shell, can still our mighty song.
– George Lincoln Rockwell
Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
– Jean Jacques Rousseau
Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.
– Rosalind Russell
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
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
– Tecumseh
Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.
– Paul Theroux
All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.
– Leo Tolstoy
Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.
– Leo Tolstoy
Death is inevitable, but Life - that's the tricky bit where things happen.
– Simon Travaglia
I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
– Mark Twain
The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
– Mark Twain
Man dies of cold, not of darkness.
– Miguel de Unamuno
Some people are so afraid do die that they never begin to live.
– Henry Van Dyke
Our life is made by the death of others.
– Leonardo da Vinci
It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
– Voltaire
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
– Alice Walker
Not the torturer will scare me, nor the body's final fall, nor the barrels of death's rifles, nor the shadows on the wall, nor the night when to the ground the last dim star of pain, is hurled but the blind indifference of a merciless, unfeeling world.
– Roger Waters
Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway.
– John Wayne
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
– Walt Whitman
Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
– Elie Wiesel
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.
– Elie Wiesel
It has ever been since time began, and ever will be, till time lose breath, that love is a mood - no more - to man, and love to a woman is life or death.
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox
We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death, yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind.
– Thornton Wilder
Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
– Tennessee Williams
Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
– Tennessee Williams
In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.
– Thomas Wolfe
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it.
– Thomas Walker
Nothing in life is promised except death.
– Kanye West