Corpse Quotes

Quotes tagged as "corpse" (showing 1-30 of 61)
Marcus Aurelius
“You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Gaston Leroux
“Know that it is a corpse who loves you and adores you and will never, never leave you!...Look, I am not laughing now, crying, crying for you, Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!...Oh, mad Christine, who wanted to see me!”
Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera

Koushun Takami
“Nice jewelry and a boys corpse. Oh you're so pretty.”
Koushun Takami, Battle Royale

“The mask of art is the means through which corruption is spread. The mask makes vice seem beautiful, turns squalor and nastiness into glamorous thrill, seduces the onlooker into the game – and leaves him or her with the corpse on his hands.”
Jennifer Birkett

Ellen Hopkins
“God wasn't love, couldn't be love. Because for me, love was a corpse.”
Ellen Hopkins, Burned

“জীবিতদের কেউ মানুষ, আবার কেউ অমানুষ! আর মৃতরা শুধুই লাশ! সেখানে কোনো মনুষ্যত্ব নেই!”
এজি মাহমুদ

Emily Brontë
“I got the sexton, who was digging Linton’s grave, to remove the earth off her coffin lid, and I opened it. I thought, once, I would have stayed there, when I saw her face again—it is hers yet—he had hard work to stir me; but he said it would change, if the air blew on it...”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Ray Bradbury
“How talented was death. How many expressions and manipulations of hand, face, body, no two alike.”
Ray Bradbury, The October Country

Bertolt Brecht
“Corpses sour you. They are bad for objectivity.”
Bertolt Brecht

Rémy de Gourmont
“She lit the candelabras which stood on the mantelpiece. Placed at the head of the bead, on a side-table, they looked like two burning bushes, their flames solemn and inextinguishable. But beneath that avalanche of light the dead man became hideous: the pale head displayed a whiteness more livid than the bedsheet, ghastly against the cambric of the pillow; pits of shadow were hollowed out under the eyes and his nose was villainously elongated, and even the mouth seemed wicked – his mouth, which was so very gentle!

Rémy de Gourmont, The Angels of Perversity

Jan Neruda
“The face of the dead man was concealed, of course, our customs not being those of the south, where corpses are carried to the grave in open coffins, that they might – one last time before slipping into the pit – be warmed by the light of the sun.”
Jan Neruda, Prague Tales

Tahir Shah
“In some warped way, having an embalmed body with us made perfect sense.”
Tahir Shah, House of the Tiger King: The Quest for a Lost City

Ambrose Bierce
“The exhilaration of battle was agreeable to him, but the sight of the dead, with their clay faces, blank eyes, and stiff bodies, which, when not unnaturally shrunken, were unnaturally swollen, had always intolerably affected him. He felt toward them a kind of reasonless antipathy which was something more than the physical and spiritual repugnance common to us all. Doubtless this feeling was due to his unusually acute sensibilities - his keen sense of the beautiful, which these hideous things outraged. Whatever may have been the cause, he could not look upon a dead body without a loathing which had in it an element of reselltment. What others have respected as the dignity of death had to him no existence - was altogether unthinkable. Death was a thing to be hated. It was not picturesque, it had no tender and solemn side - a dismal thing, hideous in all its manifestations and suggestions. Lieutenant Byring was a braver man than anybody knew, for nobody knew his horror of that which he was ever ready to encounter. ("A Tough Tussle")”
Ambrose Bierce, Ghost Stories

“The New or Future Eve is emptied of all inner life and turned into a shell. The bitter irony in this is that her perfection recalls nothing so much as a corpse.”
Asti Hustvedt, The Decadent Reader: Fiction, Fantasy, and Perversion from Fin-de-Siècle France

Akshay Vasu
“In the graveyard built on a garden. The death of Every flower added a little life to the heart of the corpses buried deep inside.”
Akshay Vasu

Akshay Vasu
“I crawled over the mountain of death, Watching the corpses roll down like the stones. Searching for the light which everyone always spoke of. I fought the wolves and also the death, and knocked the door, which already had a thousand handprints, soaked with blood. The door opened finally and I saw the light, which hit me in the heart and pushed me down the steep. I fell into the never ending pit, watching others crawl up the mountain in the search of light.”
Akshay Vasu

Keigo Higashino
“It seems to me that you have two options: hide the fact that anything happened, or hide the fact that you had anything to do with it.”
Keigo Higashino, The Devotion of Suspect X

Sadegh Chubak
“گرچه صاحب پیراهن زرشکی مرده بود اما لباس‌های او هنوز زنده بودند و می‌بایست مدت‌ها پس از خود او روشنایی آفتاب و سیاهی شب روی آنها بلغزد و لباس‌های او باز هم تحریک شهوت کنند و نگاه مردان از درز تار و پودش بگذرد. لباس‌های تن او پس از صاحب خود، برای این زنده بودند که قابلیت آنها برای زندگی به مراتب بیشتر از مشتی گوشت و خون گندیده صاحبش بود. گوشت و خونی که دوام و ارزش آن در این دنیا از پر کاهی کمتر است.”
Sadegh Chubak, پیراهن زرشکی

Hanns Heinz Ewers
“Get out of here, all of you," I continued. "This grave has been paid for by me and it belongs to nobody else. I died and am allowed to organize my funeral as I
see fit. So, begone! My home is my castle and I will not tolerate any trespassers."

"It's a scandal!" cried the decorated one. "A scandal without precedent!"

A Public Prosecutor turned to me. "These inanities should be called to a halt," he hissed. "I arrest you in the name of the law, and I command the policemen to do their duty!"

The policemen descended into the hole and placed their broad paws on my shoulder. But I looked at them sharply and said: "Have you no respect for the dead?"

"But he is not dead! This is a complete sham!" a particularly brave Judge's apprentice cried out.

"Ah, I beg your pardon!" I laughed, handing over my death certificate to the policemen. "Here, see for yourself. And in case the coroner's report is not sufficient you can always have a whiff, old donkey that you are."

The decorated one leaned towards me. "The devil!" he exclaimed, hastily drawing back.

"Please keep your distance, Sir," I admonished him. "Do I have to remind you of your whereabouts? It is a red-hot day in July, close to noon and you are in the presence of a corpse. I have every right to stink!"

"My Burial”
Hanns Heinz Ewers, Nachtmahr: Strange Tales

Rachel Caine
“What about the entrance to the cave?" she asked. He snapped his fingers as if he'd forgotten all about it.
"Excellent point."
Myrnin dragged the largest, heaviest table over, top down, and covered up with it the hole he'd made in the floor. Then he took handfuls of broken glass and mounded it up on all sides.
Myrnin artistically sprinkled some more broken glass. "There," Myrnin said, and backed off to the stairs again. "What do you think?"
"Fabulous." She sighed. "Brilliant job of camouflage."
"Normally, I'd add a corpse," he said, "just to keep people at bay. But that might be good enough.”
Rachel Caine, Carpe Corpus

Munia Khan
“Some memories should be dead as they are like living corpse in mortal's bed”
Munia Khan

Eoin Colfer
“Today he became a killer, or else a corpse.”
Eoin Colfer, Airman

David Burr Gerrard
“Once you’ve gotten used to a certain kind of smell from a certain kind of flesh, whether it’s a lover or a rotting corpse, you long for it when it’s not around. Or maybe it’s just me.”
David Burr Gerrard, Short Century: A Novel

“The corpse is too gentle,
With a touch, so parental,
I dare not refuse,
With a lot to lose,
I miss the ruse,
The songs, the blues,”
Rahim Haider

“Don't burn the corpse!
Zombies don't like fire!”
Anthony T. Hincks

Jason Medina
“He was glad not to see a half-eaten corpse. Of course, it probably meant she became one of them.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel

Harlan Ellison
“If one is unable to buy Courvoisier, one should forcibly restrain oneself from serving strawberries Romanoff for dessert.”
Harlan Ellison, Deathbird Stories
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Dan Wells
“Los muertos le daban mala espina o al menos eso decía ella, pero yo no comprendía que eso fuese posible. Los cadáveres están tranquilos y en silencio: totalmente quietos, totalmente inofensivos. Un cuerpo nunca se va a mover, no se reirá de ti y no te juzgará. Un muerto no te va a chillar, a pegar ni a abandonar.”
Dan Wells, I Don't Want to Kill You

Caitlin Doughty
“Women’s bodies are so often under the purview of men, whether it’s our reproductive organs, our sexuality, our weight, our manner of dress. There is a freedom found in decomposition, a body rendered messy, chaotic, and wild. I relish this image when visualizing what will become of my future corpse.”
Caitlin Doughty, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

“A corpse wouldn't be seen dead in anything other than the latest fashion.”
Anthony T. Hincks

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