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15 famous quotes about death and dying

by | Aug 19, 2016 | For Families

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Chances are, your Facebook feed is constantly filled with quotes — motivational quotes, funny quotes, you name it.

But throughout history, there also have been a few quotes that were a bit… darker. Below are some of our favorites.

“To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.”  — Socrates

“Of all the ways to lose a person, death is the kindest.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.” — Mark Twain

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” — Steve Jobs

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” — Mark Twain

“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

“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” — Winston Churchill

“Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.” — Virginia Woolf

“There’s something about death that is comforting. The thought that you could die tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now.” — Angelina Jolie

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” — Buddha

“I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.” — Julius Caesar

“It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Whether you like it or not, you’re forced to come to the realisation that death is out there. But I don’t fear death, I’m a fatalist. I believe when it’s your time, that’s it. It’s the hand you’re dealt.” — Clint Eastwood

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.” — John Steinbeck

What are some of your favorite quotes about death and dying? Let us know in the comments below.


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