225 Death Quotes To Make You Live Without Fearing It

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Last updated on June 2nd, 2024


Sad Quotes About Death To Make You Realize That It’s Part of Human Life


“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.”

– Tecumseh

Sad Quotes About Death

Life And Death Quotes To Stir Your Soul: Death! The word that no one wants to hear and even if a person hears it, waves of fear start arising in his mind due to which his whole being trembles. Despite knowing that this is a reality that cannot be avoided in any way and which has to be experienced by every living creature in this world.

But is death really as bad as it is made out to be or is the fear of it so deeply ingrained in the human mind that it can hardly ever be justified? The truth is that life and death are two sides of the same coin. If we didn’t have a fear of dying, we would not be very good at surviving.

But the way we enjoy life, the more we fear the name of death. But what causes a fear of Death? Because we think that with death we cease to exist forever. The possibility of death usually makes people more anxious if they feel that they have not and cannot accomplish any positive task in the life that they are living.

To solve this complex knot, we are presenting the precious thoughts of those great people, who had contemplated the importance and inevitability of death for a long time. These quotes are very simple but a deep wisdom is hidden in these short and simple words.

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Every life is framed by two mysteries. Only one of them, birth, is considered a miracle… The other mystery that occurs, usually decades later, death, is very different. It brings to an end all the things birth struggled so hard to achieve. A thready heartbeat crosses an invisible line and becomes still. The bellows of the lungs, which have pumped some 700 million times, refuse to pump even once more. A hundred billion neurons cease to fire; a trillion billion cells throughout the body receive the news that their mission is over.

Yet this abrupt finale is as much a mystery as birth, for at the moment life ends, 99% of our cells are typically still functional… Some cells don’t even get the news for some time. If the dead person is revived within ten minutes or so, before the brain gets permanently damaged by hypoxia, the body’s machinery will go back to work as if nothing had happened.

– Deepak Chopra

To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For no one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings to a man, but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?

– Socrates

I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire for victory, without the great fear of defeat.

– Joseph Conrad

Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one’s heart; but death is a splendid thing –a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.

– George Bernard Shaw

Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.

– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.

– Robert Bolt

Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehoods, or betrays its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold and dishonors the baser metal.

– Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.

– Epicurus

A warrior thinks of death when things become unclear. The idea of death is the only thing that tempers our spirit.

– Carlos Castaneda

Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

– Susan Ertz

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

– Mark Twain

It’s much easier to talk about the weather, sports, and celebrities than your fear of mortality.

– Anonymous

Death of every human being is certain on this earth, but only a few of them live truly.

– William Wallace

If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.

– Tryon Edwards

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.

– Danish Proverb

Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.

– Morrie Schwartz

There are remedies for all things but death.

– Thomas Carlyle

Because I could not stop for death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And immortality.

– Emily Dickinson

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Life And Death Quotes That Can Change Your Life Now

Here was a man who now for the first time found himself looking into the eyes of death–who was passing through one of those rare moments of experience when we feel the truth of a commonplace, which is as different from what we call knowing it, as the vision of waters upon the earth is different from the delirious vision of the water which cannot be had to cool the burning tongue.

When the commonplace ‘We must all die’ transforms itself suddenly into the acute consciousness ‘I must die–and soon,’ then death grapples us, and his fingers are cruel; afterward, he may come to fold us in his arms as our mother did, and our last moment of dim earthly discerning may be like the first.

– George Eliot

Death can come at any moment. You could die this afternoon; you could die tomorrow morning; you could die on your way to work; you could die in your sleep. Most of us try to avoid the sense that death can come at any time, but its timing is unknown to us. Can we live each day as if it were our last? Can we relate to one another as if there were no tomorrow?

– Joan Halifax

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.

– Robert Fulghum

We never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead — and not then until we have been dead for years and years. People ought to start dead and then they would be honest so much earlier.

– Mark Twain

Death is a release from the impressions of sense, and from impulses that make us their puppets, from the vagaries of the mind, and the hard service of the flesh.

– Marcus Aurelius

Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.

– Nelson Mandela

Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.

– Miguel Angel Ruiz

It’s no accident that the church and the graveyard stand side by side. The city of the dead sleeps encircled by the city of the living.

– Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterward return again.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.

– David Sarnoff

There is one who remembers the way to your door: Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.

– Thomas Stearns Eliot

Pale Death beats equally at the poor man’s cottage door and at the palaces of kings.

– Horace

Death is an ending. Death is a closing. Death is idle words in the ebb and flow of life.

– Elizabeth Edwards

What is Death… A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.

– Lucius A. Seneca

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.

– William Penn

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

– Horace Mann

We are all created by desire and we all die because of desire.

– Santosh Kalwar

When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead.

– John Greenleaf Whittier

Death is the cure for all diseases.

– Thomas Browne

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Famous Quotes on Death That Will Leave You Speechless

Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honor. Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king? Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling? For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

– Khalil Gibran

Those who have lived a good life do not fear death, but meet it calmly, and even long for it in the face of great suffering. But those who do not have a peaceful conscience, dread death as though life means nothing but physical torment. The challenge is to live our life so that we will be prepared for death when it comes.

– Anonymous

We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all.

– Joan Didion

Thinking and talking about death need not be morbid; they may be quite the opposite. Ignorance and fear of death overshadow life while knowing and accepting death erases this shadow.

– Lily Pincus

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.

– George Santayana

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

– Mark Twain

The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better? Only God knows.

– Socrates

Choose to see death as simply removing a garment or moving from one room to another… it’s merely a transition.

– Wayne Dyer

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.

– George Eliot

If you constantly remember that you are mortal, you will walk gently and sensibly upon this planet.

– Jaggi Vasudeva

Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.

– Vladimir Nabokov

Because life is fragile and death inevitable, we must make the most of each day.

– Thomas S. Monson

Once the chess game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.

– John Boys, Misattributed to Thomas Adams, John Spencer, Italian Proverb

Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits.

– Gabriel García Márquez

Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

– Joe Louis

Death is unstoppable. One must face it as a fact of life.

– D. Aswini

He who doesn’t fear death dies only once.

– Giovanni Falcone

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Death Quotes That Will Remind You of How Mysterious It Is

When one fears that somehow he will not be able to maintain an understanding grasp of something complex and extensive, he tries to find or to make for himself a brief summary of the whole–for the sake of a comprehensive view. Thus death is the briefest summary of life or life reduced to its briefest form.

Therefore to those who in truth meditate on human life, it has always been very important again and again to test with this brief summary what they have understood about life. For no thinker has power over life as does death, this mighty thinker who is able not only to think through every illusion but can think it analytically and as a whole, think it down to the bottom.

– Soren Kierkegaard

But a day must come when the fire of youth will be quenched in my veins, when winter will dwell in my heart, when his snowflakes will whiten my locks, and his mists will dim my eyes. Then my friends will lie in their lonely graves and I alone will remain like a solitary stalk forgotten by the reaper.

– Heinrich Heine

I am going to concentrate on what’s important in life. I’m going to strive every day to be a kind and generous and loving person. I’m going to keep death right here so that anytime I even think about getting angry at you or anybody else, I’ll see death and I’ll remember.

– Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

I am not dying, not any more 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

You may be the owner of countless invaluable things; nevertheless, on your death, you will be surely disunited from them and they will surely pass out of your hands.

– Holy Puranas

I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life but that great consciousness of life.

– Jack Kerouac

We do not die because we have to die; we die because one day, and not so long ago, our consciousness was forced to deem it necessary.

– Antonin Artaud

It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it.

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.

– Samuel Johnson

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.

– Alice Walker

I’ve looked that old scoundrel death in the eye many times but this time I think he has me on the ropes.

– Douglas MacArthur

The only reason why people have such a fear of death is they know nothing beyond the body.

– Jaggi Vasudeva

Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear, to be we know not what, we know not where.

– John Dryden

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.

– Edvard Munch

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

– Chuck Palahniuk

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.

– Euripides

You have to die a few times before you can really live.

– Charles Bukowski

Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.

– Marcus Aurelius

We live as we die, and die as we live.

– Edward Counsel

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Death Quotes That Will Change The Way You Think About It

Those who think about death, carrying with them their existing ideas and emotions, usually assume that they will have, during their last hours, ideas and emotions of like vividness … but they do not fully recognize the implication that the feeling faculty, too, is almost gone. They imagine the state to be one in which they can have emotions such as they now have on contemplating the cessation of life.

But at last, all the mental powers simultaneously ebb, as do the bodily powers, and with them goes the capacity for emotion in general. It is, indeed, possible that in its last stages consciousness is occupied by a not displeasurable sense of rest.

– Herbert Spencer

It’s true, I am afraid of dying. I am afraid of the world moving forward without me, of my absence going unnoticed, or worse, being some natural force propelling life on. Is it selfish? Am I such a bad person for dreaming of a world that ends when I do? I don’t mean the world ending with respect to me, but every set of eyes closing with mine.

– Jonathan Safran Foer

No man knows where the Castle of King Death is. All men and women, boys and girls, and even little wee children should so live that when they have to enter the Castle and see the grim King, they may not fear to behold his face.

– Bram Stoker

Look closely and you will see almost everyone carrying bags of cement on their shoulders. That’s why it takes courage to get out of bed in the morning and climb into the day.

– Edward Hirsch

You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping.

– The Epic of Gilgamesh

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.

– Stewart Alsop

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.

– Kahlil Gibran

Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon.

– David Assael

There is only one god and his name is Death, and there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today’.

– Syrio Forel

When someone we love dies, we get so busy mourning what died that we ignore what didn’t.

– Ram Dass

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

– Leonardo da Vinci

Death helps us to see what is worth trusting and loving and what is a waste of time.

– J. Neville Ward

Death belongs to God alone; by what right do men touch that unknown thing?

– Victor Hugo

Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.

– Edgar Watson Howe

Believe me, when you die, it’s everybody else’s but your problem.

– Cecelia Ahern

Death…the abyss from where no traveler is permitted to return.

– George Washington

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

– Joan Borysenko

Nothing in life is promised except death.

– Kanye West

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Popular Quotes on Death That Will Comfort And Inspire You

How dreadful is the prospect of death, at the remotest distance! how the smallest apprehensions of it can pall the most gay, airy, and brisk spirits! even I, who thought I could have been merry in sight of my coffin, and drink a health with the sexton in my own grave, now tremble at the least envoy of the king of terrors. To see but the shaking of my glass makes me turn pale … all the jollity of my humor and conversation is turned on a sudden into chagrin and melancholy, black as despair, and gloomy as the grave.

– Wilfrid Sheed, Misattributed to Wellins Calcott

The death anxiety of many people is fueled … by disappointment at never having fulfilled their potential. Many people are in despair because their dreams didn’t come true, and they despair even more that they did not make them come true. A focus on this deep dissatisfaction is often the starting point in overcoming death anxiety.

– Irvin D. Yalom

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!’

– Hunter S. Thompson

Death is the fate no one can escape. The question, then, is, How does one die? A person can die like a hero or like a coward. The difference is that the hero can face death without fear, whereas the coward can’t.

– Alexander Lowen

The reason we think of death in celestial terms is that the visible firmament, especially at night … is the most adequate and ever-present symbol of that vast silent explosion.

– Vladimir Nabokov

With every breath you take, you are getting closer to the grave. But with every breath you take, you can also get closer to your liberation.

– Jaggi Vasudeva

You mustn’t be afraid of death. You’re a deathless soul you can’t be kept in a dark grave. You’re filled with God’s glow.

– Jalal-ad-Din Rumi

It seems to be remarkable that death increases our veneration for the good and extenuates our hatred for the bad.

– Samuel Johnson

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.

– Albert Einstein

Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come the fulfillment of our dreams and our desires.

– Wallace Stevens

Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.

– Jean Cocteau

Life is a spark between two identical voids, the darkness before birth and the one after death.

– Irvin D. Yalom

Those only can thoroughly feel the meaning of death who knows what is perfect love.

– George Eliot

Death never takes a wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go.

– Jean de la Fontaine

Life is like a very short visit to a toy shop between birth and death.

– Desmond Morris

All men think that all men are mortal but themselves.

– Edward Young

No more let life divide what death can join together.

– Percy Bysshe Shelley

Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.

– Langston Hughes

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Inspirational Quotes About Death To Make You Strong

The fear of death has been raised too much and set up on high, especially by preachers, like the brazen serpent in the wilderness over the heads of the Israelites; but not with so good excuse as that symbol had, for this fear has not been curative, I think, nor made into pleasant or graceful shape, but rather a horrid spectacle, to affright people. For that men can be frightened into piety has been one of the legacies of religion which barbarous ages have bequeathed us plentifully.

– James Vila Blake

We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.

– Marcel Proust

I know death is the fascinating snake under the leaves, sliding and sliding; I know the heart loves him too, can’t turn away, can’t break the spell. Everything wants to enter the slow thickness, aches to be peaceful finally and at any cost. Wants to be stone.

– Mary Oliver

Many that live on this earth deserve death and some that die deserve life. But the control of life and death is not in our hands. Everyone should try his best to make life glorious as no one knows when death will halt the journey of life.

– Pawan Pratap Singh

No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life’s slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone.

– Martha Beck

The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative and if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.

– Hermann Hesse

There’s a strange sort of quiet when you’re dying. It’s as if you’re in a glass room, and the walls keep getting thicker and thicker.

– Gabrielle Zevin

Death is a great revealer of what is in a man, and in its solemn shadow appear the naked lineaments of the soul.

– Edwin Hubbell Chapin

By becoming deeply aware of our mortality, we intensify our experience of every aspect of life.

– Robert Greene

Loss and possession, death and life are one. There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.

– Hilaire Belloc

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.

– Robert Green Ingersoll

It’s all God’s will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle.

– Leo Tolstoy

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.

– Andrew Sachs

When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!

– Jim Elliot

Birth and death; we all move between these two unknowns.

– Bryant H. McGill

Life is too short when you think of the length of death.

– Sean Mangan

Our life is made by the death of others.

– Leonardo da Vinci

Death takes no bribes.

– Benjamin Franklin

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Eye-opening Death Quotes To Take Away Your Fears

What happens when the thought of death occurs, this very simple and basic thought about death, that I will most certainly die, and that you will most certainly die, is that all these other questions are stripped down to basic, that the very basis for knowledge and existence is shivering, whether one is trembling in tears for another or oneself shivering in anxiety and awe. Hence, at the end we return to the place where we began, at the graveside.

– Marius Timmann Mjaaland

If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilization does. In place of this, we have death.

– Charles Sanders Peirce

Whatever it is that occurs at death, I believe it deserves to be called a miracle. The miracle, ironically, is that we don’t die. The cessation of the body is an illusion, and like a magician sweeping aside a curtain, the soul reveals what lies beyond.

– Deepak Chopra

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.

– Oscar Wilde

Death is not a self-evident phenomenon. The margins between life and death are socially and culturally constructed, mobile, multiple, and open to dispute and reformulation.

– Margaret Lock

None of us knows the day of our death. However, if we knew that death is actually our acquisition, we would remove the fear of death from our lives.

– Sunday Adelaja

Death is part of who we are. It guides us. It shapes us. It drives us to madness. Can you still be human if you have no mortal end?

– Christopher Paolini

Everybody knows death is inevitably coming, but it never fails to catch everybody by surprise every time one is going.

– Hlovate

Death, so-called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.

– George Gordon Byron

Death is beautiful when seen to be a law and not an accident — It is as common as life.

– Henry David Thoreau

Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

– Mark Twain

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.

– Martin Luther

Death walks faster than the wind and never returns what he has taken.

– Hans Christian Andersen

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.

– Albert Camus

Everything that happens before death is what counts.

– Ray Bradbury

Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.

– Herodotus

Less base the fear of death than the fear of life.

– Edward Young

Death must exist for life to have meaning.

– Neal Shusterman

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Thought-Provoking Death Quotes That Will Make You Think

What is Death? Death is the end of life. When people die, their bodies stop working. The heart stops beating and the brain stops functioning. People have always wanted to learn the secret of living forever. In ancient times, explorers and scientists searched for the secret of eternal life. The truth is, nothing can live forever. Everyone and everything will die in time. Plants, animals, and people all die. Death is a natural part of life.

– Joanne Mattern

Death cannot touch the higher consciousness of man … it can only separate those who love each other so far as their lower vehicles are concerned; the man living on earth, blinded by matter, feels separated from those who have passed onwards, but … there is no such thing as Death at all.

– Annie Wood Besant

Death … the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not. It is nothing, then, either to the living or to the dead, for with the living it is not and the dead exist no longer.

– Epicurus

How surely are the dead beyond death. Death is what the living carry with them. A state of dread, like some uncanny foretaste of a bitter memory. But the dead do not remember and nothingness is not a curse. Far from it.

– Cormac McCarthy

There is no birth, there is no death; there is no coming, there is no going; there is no same, there is no different; there is no permanent self, there is no annihilation. We only think there is.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

None of us, in our culture of comfort, know how to prepare ourselves for dying, but that’s what we should do every day. Every single day, we die a thousand deaths.

– Joni Eareckson Tada

Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.

– Mitch Albom

For the sword outwears its sheath, and the soul wears out the breast. And the heart must pause to breathe and love itself have rest.

– Lord Byron

It is often said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.

– Terry Pratchett

Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in.

– George Bernard Shaw

It’s not contagious, you know. Death is as natural as life. It’s part of the deal we made.

– Mitch Albom

Even death, faced with the option of death or life, she would choose life.

– José Saramago

Life is the desert, life the solitude, death joins us to the great majority.

– Edward Young

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

– J. K. Rowling

Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.

– Joseph Hall

Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.

– Bertolt Brecht

Death is the ultimate boundary of human matters.

– Horace

Everything that gets born dies.

– Morrie Schwartz

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Best Quotes About Death That Will Change Your Mind

Are not the thoughts of the dying often turned towards the practical, painful, obscure, visceral aspect, towards the “seamy side” of death which is, as it happens, the side that death actually presents to them and forces them to feel, and which far more closely resembles a crushing burden, a difficulty in breathing, a destroying thirst, than the abstract idea to which we are accustomed to give the name of Death?

– Marcel Proust

To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one’s own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Death can sneak up on you like a silent kitten, surprising you with its touch and you have a right to act surprised. Other times death stomps in the front door, unwanted and unannounced, and makes its noisy way to your seat on the sofa.

– Hugh Elliott

It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest as if it was the only one we had.

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The reaction to death is sometimes as violent as death itself. Shock throws a cautious coolness over your senses, but your stomach still has knots, and your skin stings as if the Reaper is glaring at you as well.

– Tim Lebbon

I want to go on living after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and express all that’s inside me!

– Anne Frank

Birth and death are the most singular events we experience – and the contemplation of death, as of birth, should be a thing of beauty, not ignobility.

– Jacob K. Javits

Death, like birth, is one of nature’s mysteries, the combining of primal elements and dissolving of the same into the same.

– Marcus Aurelius

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

– W. Somerset Maugham

Death can come at any age, but the pride of life fools a person into thinking that day is far away.

– John Buttrick

Once you are constantly aware of your mortality, your spiritual search will be unwavering.

– Jaggi Vasudeva

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.

– Isaac Asimov

When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.

– Laurie Halse Anderson

You do not understand even life, how can you understand death?

– Confucius

All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.

– William Shakespeare

Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

– Julius Caesar

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

– J.K. Rowling

The only certainty life contains is death.

– Patricia Briggs

For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore over the inevitable
Thou shouldst not grieve.

– Bhagavad Gita

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Short Most Powerful Death & Dying Quotes Ever Written

You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.

– Khalil Gibran

Accepting death doesn’t mean you won’t be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, “Why do people die?” and “Why is this happening to me?” Death isn’t happening to you. Death is happening to us all.

– Caitlin Doughty

When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down, I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue, and whatever be my destiny afterward, I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor. It is human at least, if not divine.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, and would not know himself.

– Leo Tolstoy

It was mad, but I just couldn’t shake it. I was Death, Destroyer of Life, and all I wanted was a cottage by a stream, a pot of hot soup on the stove, and someone to love me.

– George Pendle

We look at death through the cheap-glazed windows of the flesh and believe him the monster which the flawed and cracked glass represents him.

– James Russell Lowell

A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.

– Francis Bacon

Death happens but once, yet we feel it every moment of our lives; it is worse to dread it than to suffer it.

– Jean de la Bruyere

One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

I’m not afraid of death. It’s the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.

– Jean Giraudoux

Death is not the end of life; it is the beginning of an eternal journey.

– Debasish Mridha

I know, too, that death is the only god who comes when you call.

– Roger Zelazny

Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.

– Henry Van Dyke

It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace.

– Anna Akhmatova

Death is the penalty we all pay for the privilege of life.

– Robert Half

There are some dead who are more alive than the living.

– Romain Rolland

Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.

– Aeschylus

Man does not die, for death’s not true;
We’ll just pass on to joys anew…

– Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

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Most Famous Death Quotes That Will Positively Inspire You

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. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

– Steve Jobs

Most of us were not afraid of death, only of the act of dying; and there were times when we overcame even this fear. At such moments we were free–men without shadows, dismissed from the ranks of the mortal; it was the most complete experience of freedom that can be granted a man.

– Arthur Koestler

He has outsoared the shadow of our night; envy and calumny and hate and pain, and that unrest which men miscall delight, can touch him not and torture not again; from the contagion of the world’s slow stain, he is secure.

– Percy Bysshe Shelley

Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuge are for all — the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.

– Mark Twain

We will all, someday, experience death, and become obsolete as a dead leaf falling from a tree, crushed by passers-by to ashes underlying the earth.

– Kim Elizabeth

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

Death is a friend that alone can bring the peace his treasures cannot purchase, and remove the pain his physicians cannot cure.

– Mortimer Collins

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

– Steve Jobs

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.

– George Bernard Shaw

The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.

– Jean Paul

If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.

– Stephen King

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

– Marcus Aurelius

The connections we make in the course of a life – maybe that’s what heaven is.

– Fred Rogers

Fear not Death for the sooner we die, the longer shall we be immortal.

– Benjamin Franklin

After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.

– Elie Wiesel

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.

– Emily Dickinson

Death stops the body’s work, the soul’s a journeyman.

– Natasha Trethewey

People living deeply have no fear of death.

– Anais Nin

Life and death go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. We hope that these 225 Quotes About Death and 20 Short Poems About Death will help you to overcome the fear of death in your mind.

Which of these death quotes inspired you today, please tell us in the comment section below. To read more quotes on death, please have a look at our Quote section.

“Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.”

– Charles Caleb Colton

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