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Mortality is the condition of being mortal, susceptible to death.


  • To smell to a turf of fresh earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.
    • Thomas Fuller, The Holy State and the Profane State (1642), Book IV. The Court Lady.
  • At thirty, man suspects himself a fool,
    Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan;
    At fifty, chides his infamous delay,
    Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve,
    In all the magnanimity of thought;
    Resolves, and re-resolves, then dies the same.
    And why? because he thinks himself immortal,
    All men think all men mortal but themselves.
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night I, line 417.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 530.
  • "O Charidas, what of the underworld?"
    "Great darkness."
    "And what of the resurrection?"
    "A lie."
    "And Pluto?"
    "A fable; we perish utterly."
    • Callimachus, translation by Macnail in Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology. See also Callimachus, Epigrams, XIV, line 3. Anthologia Palatina, VII. 524.
  • That flesh is but the glasse, which holds the dust
    That measures all our time; which also shall
    Be crumbled into dust.
  • Consider
    The lilies of the field whose bloom is brief:—
    We are as they;
    Like them we fade away
    As doth a leaf.
  • Hier ist die Stelle wo ich sterblich bin.
  • The immortal could we cease to contemplate,
    The mortal part suggests its every trait.
    God laid His fingers on the ivories
    Of her pure members as on smoothèd keys,
    And there out-breathed her spirit's harmonies.

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