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- Being born is not a crime, so why must it carry a sentence of death?
- Since thou hast no benefactor in this world, thy having one in the next world will be all the more pleasant.
- I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don't want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment.
- The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.
- I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it.
- We do not believe in immortality because we can prove it, but we try to prove it because we cannot help believing it.
- Immortality: a fate worse than death.
- Give me immortality or death.
- If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once dry up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral, everything would be lawful, even cannibalism.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1879-1880).
- Other world! There is no other world! Here or nowhere is the whole fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Natural Religion.
- The first requisite for immortality is death.
- We are made to be immortal, and yet we die. It's horrible, it can't be taken seriously.
- Strive not, my soul, for an immortal life, but make the most of what is possible.
- Pindar, Pythian Odes.
- Let us be persuaded ... to consider that the soul is immortal and capable of enduring all evil and good, and so we shall always hold to the upward way and pursue justice with wisdom.
- Plato, Republic.
- Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an afterlife.
- Arianna Huffington, The Female Woman (1973).
- When asked about his opinion on the hereafter. "One world at a time."
- When all desires that dwell within the human heart are cast away, then a mortal becomes immortal and here he attaineth to Brahman.
- Upanishads, Katha Upanishad.
- Spring—an experience in immortality.
- Immortality goes on for too long to be taken seriously, and so doesn't last long enough to be fully appreciated.
- Posterity is just around the corner.
- Infinity converts that which is possible into the inevitable.