I've just done two passes of massive cleanup on this theme article. It still needs proper resorting of quotes into "Sourced" and "Unsourced", the former meaning specific published sources provided, including article titles and issue dates; book titles and editions with page numbers or at least chapters; unambiguous audiovisual-work titles and relevant specificity (e.g., song titles, very terse scene descripions, TV-show episode titles & scenes, news-program dates) — basically anything that would provide readers and editors some fighting chance of being able to verify the quote without having to read an entire book or magazine (or year of magazines!), watch an entire TV series or even a whole film, etc.
Some of the quotes currently in the article have this specific sourcing, but I haven't yet moved them into place. For one thing, separating the quotes into subtopics in both "Sourced" and "Unsourced" sections leads to confusion. For another, I'm just tired right now. I invite everyone to help finish this article cleanup. Thank you. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 14:18, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Living with death - quotes and anecdotes
- Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.
- People aren't afraid of being dead, they're afraid of getting dead.
- It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
- Every blade in the field,
Every leaf in the forest,
Lays down its life in its season,
As beautifully as it was taken up.
Coming to terms with death
- Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.
- Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuge are for all - the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.
- Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.
- When we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.
- On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down.
- I like the dead – they're so uncritical.
- Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- To die would be an awfully big adventure.
- Death, then, being the way and condition of life, we cannot love to live if we cannot bear to die.
- Having a child changes every aspect of your life - for the better, of course. The sacrifices are large, but what you get in return is even bigger than the sacrifices you make. I feel, in a sense, ready to die because you are living on in your child. Not literally, not ready to die - but you know, that sort of feeling in a profound way.
- I have no terror of Death. It is the coming of Death that terrifies me.
- A long illness seems to be placed between life and death, in order to make death a comfort both to those who die and to those who remain.
- Jean de La Bruyere (1645–1696).
- The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.
- Here. Astride the top of nothingness, I suddenly receive the call of death. Who, in passing, tells me that it's nothing. Nothing more than the absence of nothingness. Nothing more than the absence of the word itself. Nothing more, and simply nothingness.
- [Death is] nature's way of telling you to slow down.
- American life insurance proverb, unidentified article, Newsweek, unidentified 1960 issue
- Death, the most dreaded of evils, is therefore of no concern to us; for while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist.
- Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings.
- The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.
- Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
- We look at death from the selfish side, like, "That guy died. Oh, it's so sad." Why is it sad? He's away from all of this bad stuff that's here on Earth. I mean, at the worst, he's just somewhere quiet, no nothing. At best, he's an angel... or he's a spirit somewhere. What is so bad about that?
- When a tiger dies, it leaves its skin behind. When a person dies, he leaves his name behind.
- When I die, I would like to go peacefully, in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming in terror like his passengers.
- When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
- It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
- Nelson Mandela , statement at the Rivonia trial (20 April 1964).
Death and the meaning of life
- Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?' The second was, 'Did you find joy?'
- Death and death alone gives meaning to life and this meaning is entirely negative.
- When one considers just what a man is,
Happy it be that short his span is.
- I said to Life, I would hear Death speak. And Life raised her voice a little higher and said, You hear him now.
- If man were immortal, do you realise what his meat bills would be?
- There'll be plenty of time to rest in the grave.
- The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
- Everyone will come to my funeral to make sure that I stay dead.
- The dead, if not separated from the living, bring madness upon them.
- Nyakyusa proverb
- Men only think of their past right before their death, as if they were searching frantically for proof that they were alive.
- Jet Black, Cowboy Bebop.
- Faith in eternal life ceases — but death goes on.
- Nothing will be left of me. I die utterly as unknown as if I had never been born. Nothingness receive your prey.
- * I intend to live forever. So far, so good!
- I don't believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear.
- It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune.
- Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.
- To me, funerals are like bad movies. They last too long, they're overacted, and the ending is predictable.
- If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive!