Death quotes and sayings

You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be.
Chuck Palahniuk

Death Valley is neither dead nor a valley.
Jerry Bunin

The dead don’t die. They look on and help.
D. H. Lawrence

I die because I do not die.
St John of the Cross

If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do.
Angelina Jolie

Death is the veil which those who live call life: They sleep, and it is lifted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

If you spend too long trying to avoid death, you will be dead in at least one way.
Robert Harris

There are places in the heart that do not yet exist; suffering has to enter in for them to come to be.
Leon Bloy

On a large enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
Chuck Palahniuk

Some die too young, some die too old; the precept sounds strange, but die at the right age.
Friedrich Nietzsche

We all labour against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
Thomas Browne

It is neccessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.
Alexandre Dumas Pere

But thoughts, the slaves of life, and life, time’s fool, And time, that takes survey of all the world, Must have a stop.
William Shakespeare

Death opens unknown doors. It is most grand to die.
John Masefield

Dead! and…never called me mother.
Mrs Henry Wood

It is the duty of a doctor to prolong life. It is not his duty to prolong the act of dying.
Lord Thomas Horder

When I pass, speak freely of my shortcomings and my flaws. Learn from them, for I’ll have no ego to injure.
Aaron McGruder

The physician cutteth off a long disease; and he that is today a king tomorrow shall die.
Bible: Ecclesiasticus

I learned early to keep death in my line of sight, keep it under surveillance, keep it on cleared ground and away from any brush where it might coil unnoticed.
Joan Didion

If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.
George Burns

He that dies pays all debts.
William Shakespeare

The rest is silence.
William Shakespeare

The surgeon is quiet, he does not speak. He has seen too much death, his hands are full of it.
Sylvia Plath

I will be A bridegroom in my death, and run into ‘t As to a lover’s bed.
William Shakespeare

Make sure to send a lazy man the angel of death.
Jewish Proverb

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Bible: Revelations

If I must die, I will encounter darkness as a bride, And hug it in mine arms.
William Shakespeare

The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.
Lois McMaster Bujold

Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
Bishop Hall

Alack he’s gone the way of all flesh. William Congreve For I say, this is death, and the sole death, When a man’s loss comes to him from his gain, Darkness from light, from knowledge ignorance, And lack of love from love made manifest.
Robert Browning

God grants an easy death only to the just. Svetlana Alliluyeva He had been, he said, a most unconscionable time dying; but he hoped that they would excuse it.
Charles II

Grieve not that I die young. Is it not well To pass away ere life hath lost its brightness?
Lady Flora Hastings

I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending that haunts our sleep so much as the fear… that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived.
Harold Kushner

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

Death has got something to be said for it: There’s no need to get out of bed for it; Wherever you may be, They bring it to you, free.
Kingsley Amis

Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat we say we have had our day.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A single death is a tragedy, are million deaths is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin

There is nothing certain in a man’s life but that he must lose it.
Owen Meredith

There is only one ultimate and effectual preventive for the maladies to which flesh is heir, and that is death.
Harvey Cushing

Death is the greatest kick of all, that’s why they save it for last.
Robert Raisner

I am not so much afraid of death, as ashamed thereof, ’tis the very disgrace and ignominy of our natures.
Thomas Browne

Be of good cheer about death and know this as a truth–that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Socrates

I am not dying, not anymore than any of us are at any moment. We run, hopefully as fast as we can, and then everyone must stop. We can only choose how we handle the race.
Hugh Elliott

Teach me to live, that I may dread The grave as little as my bed.
Thomas Ken

Even so, in death the same unknown will appear as ever known to me. And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well. The child cries out when from the right breast the mother takes it away, in the very next moment to find in the left one its consolation.
Rabindranath Tagore

Poor soul, very sad; her late husband, you know, a very sad death – eaten by missionaries – poor soul!
William Archibald Spooner

Since every death diminishes us a little, we grieve – not so much for the death as for ourselves.
Lynn Caine

Days and moments quickly flying, Blend the living with the dead; Soon will you and I be lying Each within our narrow bed.
Edward Caswall

Dead men tell no tales.
Proverb

For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.
Johnny Carson

The whole of his life had prepared Podduyev for living, not for dying.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

For life in the present there is no death. Death is not an event in life. It is not a fact in the world.
Wittgenstein

I care not; a man can die but once; we owe God a death.
William Shakespeare

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

Birth, life, and death — each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.
Toni Morrison

Death is still working like a mole, and digs my grave at each remove.
George Herbert

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
Pope Paul VI

Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
W. Somerset

The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.
Joan Borysenko

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.
Rabindranath Tagore