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A good death is also some opportunity.

After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure (J. K. Rowling).

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?" (Leo Buscaglia).

Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead (Erma Bombeck).

As far as I'm concerned, there won't be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead (George Harrison).

Canada was built on dead beavers (Margaret Atwood).

Custer had dead heroes. Crazy Horse had only live ones (Stephen Ambrose).

Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead (Tennessee Williams).

Everyone dies but not everyone lives (A. Sachs).

Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honour of the dead (Francois de La Rochefoucauld).

Gaily I lived as ease and nature taught,

And spent my little life without a thought,

And am amazed that Death, to some so grim,

Should think of me, who never thought of him.

(With René Francois Regnier).

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying (Woody Allen).

I intend to live forever. So far, so good (Steven Wright).

If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; if God talks to you, you are a schizophrenic (Thomas Szasz).

In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world (Federico Garcia Lorca).

India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples (Sri Aurobindo).

Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species (Friedrich Nietzsche).

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh ( George Bernard Shaw ).

Live as you would have wished to live when you are dying (Christian Furchtegott Gellert).

One day your life may flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.

The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive - perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine (Mignon McLaughlin).

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead (Aristotle).

The graveyards are full of indispensable men (Charles de Gaulle).

The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead (Bette Davis).

The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it (Doris Day).

The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels (Simone de Beauvoir).

Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead (Benjamin Franklin).

To die will be an awfully big adventure (J. M. Barrie).

To the psychotherapist an old man who cannot bid farewell to life appears as feeble and sickly as a young man who is unable to embrace it (C. G. Jung).

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death (James F. Bymes).

When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick (George Burns).

Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future (Sophocles).


Death quotations, citations on dying and dead, death quotes, Literature  

Cassell, Dana K., Robert C. Salinas, Peter A. S. Winn. The Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. New York: Facts On File, 2005.

Varghese, Roy Abraham. There Is Life After Death: Compelling Reports From Those Who Have Glimpsed the After-Life. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2010.

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