Thursday, 27 July 2017


It is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realise the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life. - Herman Melville

Life is the jailer, Death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free. - James Russell Lowell

Man dies. Come from darkness, into darkness he returns, and is reabsorbed, without a trace left, into the illimitable void of time. - Leonid Andreyev

Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death? - Plato

No matter how much you've been warned, Death always comes without knocking. Why now? is the cry. Why so soon? It's the cry of a child being called home at dusk. - Margaret Atwood

No matter who you are, you will be put abed at last with a shovel. - Austin O’Malley

Nothing is born which Death makes not subject of his state. - Bhartrhari

O, the one happiness, when, out of breath, our feet slip, and we stumble upon death! - Arthur Symons

One day the ordinariness will be terminally punctuated by the extraordinary full stop of death. - Glen Duncan

Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them. - George Eliot

Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings. - Horace

People living deeply have no fear of death. - Anais Nin

Spending your life concentrating on death is like watching a whole movie and thinking only about the credits that are going to roll at the end. It’s a mistake of emphasis. -Nicholson Baker

Taunting Death ... means pitting oneself against a wily enemy who cannot lose. - J.K Rowling

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? - Edgar Allan Poe

The cure for death is not being born. - K. J. Parker

The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying. - Jean Cocteau

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. - Seneca

The dead's dead ... get 'em in the ground and look to the live ones. - Ken Kesey

The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself. - Publilius Syrus

The gate of death is never at rest. - Edward Counsel

The living is a passing traveler; the dead, a man come home. - Li Bai

The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing. - Marcus Aurelius

The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life; to regard it, with the understanding and the emotions, as the the inviolable condition of life. - Thomas Mann

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