Quotes About Death And Dying

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John Green
“That’s part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

William Shakespeare
“To die, to sleep -
To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Isaac Asimov
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.”
Isaac Asimov

Dylan Thomas
“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Sylvia Townsend Warner
“It is best as one grows older to strip oneself of possessions, to shed oneself downward like a tree, to be almost wholly earth before one dies.”
Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes

Banksy
“I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”
Banksy

Virginia Woolf
“Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. V.”
Virginia Woolf

Gerard Way
“Oh how wrong we were to think immortality meant never dying”
Gerard Way

Shannon L. Alder
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
Shannon L. Alder

Nicholas Sparks
“Jamie: You know what I figured out today?
Landon: What?
Jamie: Maybe God has a bigger plan for me than I had for myself. Like this journey never ends. Like you were sent to me because I'm sick. To help me through all this. You're my angel.”
Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

Joseph Heller
“It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Walt Whitman
“If you want me again look for me under your boot soles.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

John Green
“There is only one things in this world shittier than biting it from cancer when you're sixteen, and that's having a kid who bites it from cancer.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Gabriel García Márquez
“Be calm. God awaits you at the door.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Carol Rifka Brunt
“That's the secret. If you always make sure you're exactly the person you hoped to be, if you always make sure you know only the very best people, then you won't care if you die tomorrow.”
Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Christopher Pike
“Death never comes at the right time, despite what mortals believe. Death always comes like a thief.”
Christopher Pike, The Last Vampire

Henry Scott Holland
“Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”
Henry Scott Holland, Death Is Nothing at All

John Steinbeck
“Death was a friend, and sleep was Death's brother.”
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Mitch Albom
“I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.”
Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Socrates
“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

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

Virgil
“Death twitches my ear;
'Live,' he says...
'I'm coming.”
Virgil

Adrienne Rich
“I touch you knowing we weren't born tomorrow,
and somehow, each of us will help the other live,
and somewhere, each of us must help the other die.”
Adrienne Rich, Twenty One Love Poems

Benjamin Franklin
“Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75.”
Benjamin Franklin

Willa Cather
“The old man smiled. 'I shall not die of a cold, my son. I shall die of having lived.”
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

Jhonen Vásquez
“Nothing quite brings out the zest for life in a person like the thought of their impending death”
Jhonen Vásquez, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut

Robert Jordan
“Life is a dream from which we all must wake before we can dream again.”
Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven

Terence McKenna
“I’ll try to be around and about. But if I’m not, then you know that I’m behind your eyelids, and I’ll meet you there”
Terence McKenna

Umberto Eco
“It is necessary to meditate early, and often, on the art of dying to succeed later in doing it properly just once.”
Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before

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