Death Quotes

'Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
– Lord Byron
If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.
– Michelangelo
The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.
– Mary Catherine Bateson
Which death is preferably to every other? The unexpected.
– Julius Caesar
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
– Albert Camus
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.
– Albert Camus
He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.
– Elias Canetti
There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
– Elias Canetti
At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.
– George Carlin
I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
– George Carlin
For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.
– Johnny Carson
My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father.
– Johnny Cash
I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
– Willa Cather
Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.
– Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort
Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.
– Coco Chanel
We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.
– Deepak Chopra
Life inspires more dread than death-it is life which is the great unknown.
– Emile M. Cioran
The desire to die was my one and only concern; to it I have sacrificed everything, even death.
– Emile M. Cioran
After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
– Jean Cocteau
Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death.
– Jean Cocteau