101 Death Quotes

Almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Steve Jobs

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Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

Norman Cousins

If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character... Would you slow down? Or speed up?

Chuck Palahniuk

You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she's left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back. Or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

David Harkins

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.


A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Oscar Wilde

Every man dies - Not every man really lives.

William Ross Wallace

One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation.

Oscar Wilde

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.

Eskimo Proverb quotes

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Winston Churchill

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

Author Unknown

If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.

The Crow (1994)

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

Arthur Schopenhauer quotes

We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.


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

Chuck Palahniuk quotes

Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.

Voltaire quotes

A person starts dying when they stop dreaming.

Brian Williams

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

Napoleon Bonaparte quotes

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

I've met God across his long walnut desk with his diplomas hanging on the wall behind him, and God asks me, 'Why?' Why did I cause so much pain? Didnt I realize that each of us is a sacred, unique snowflake of special unique specialness? Can't I see how we're all manifestations of love? I look at God behind his desk, taking notes on a pad, but God's got this all wrong. We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens. And God says, 'No, that's not right.' Yeah. Well. Whatever. You can't teach God anything.

Chuck Palahniuk quotes

The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.

Ernest Hemingway quotes

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

Chuck Palahniuk quotes

The first step to eternal life, is you have to die.

Chuck Palahniuk quotes

There is no greater love than this. There is no greater gift that can ever be given. To be willing to die, so another might live -- there is no greater lover than this.

Steven Curtis Chapman quotes

Only in death will we have our own names since only in death are we no longer part of the effort. In death we become heroes.

Chuck Palahniuk quotes

If people thought you were dying, they gave you their full attention.

Chuck Palahniuk quotes

Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.

William Shakespeare quotes

Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked. They went there to put the fire out, and got killed. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.

Chief Edward F. Croker quotes

Dying is not romantic, and death is not a game which will soon be over... Death is not anything... death is not... It's the absence of presence, nothing more... the endless time of never coming back... a gap you can't see, and when the wind blows through it, it makes not sound...

Tom Stoppard quotes

It's better to burn out than fade away.

Kurt Cobain quotes

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

Leon Bloy quotes

When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

Italian Proverb quotes

Cause I swear that I'm dying, slowly but its happening.

Conor Oberst quotes

Life? Life? It's Death that makes life worth living for.

Aaron Howard quotes

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

Joseph Stalin quotes

Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.

King Solomon quotes

Marla tells me how in the wild you don't see old animals because as soon as they age, animals die. If they get sick or slow down, something stronger kills them. Animals aren't meant to get old. Marla lies down on her bed and undoes the tie on her bathrobe, and says our culture has made death something wrong. Old animals should be an unnatural exception. Freaks.

Chuck Palahniuk quotes

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

Owen Meredith quotes

Maybe this is why so many serial killers work in pairs. It's nice not to feel alone in a world full of victims or enemies. It's no wonder Waltraud Wagner, the Austrian Angel of Death, convinced her friends to kill with her. It just seems natural. You and me against the world...

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God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.

Author Unknown

All say, 'How hard it is that we have to die' - a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.

Mark Twain

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

Jean Giraudoux

There is always death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year.

Author Unknown

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.

Maurice Maeterlinck

To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.

Samuel Butler

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 Kubler-Ross

Gaily I lived as ease and nature taught, And spent my little life without a thought, And am amazed that Death, that tyrant grim, Should think of me, who never thought of him.

Rene Francois Regnier

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

Mark Twain

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

David Sarnoff

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, Essays

If you spend all your time worrying about dying, living isn't going to be much fun.

From the television show Roseanne

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

Henry Van Dyke

He who doesn't fear death dies only once.

Giovanni Falcone

People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.

Marcel Proust

Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me. The Carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality

Emily Dickinson

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

A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.

Gustave Flaubert

A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.

Miguel de Unamuno

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

All architects want to live beyond their deaths.

Philip Johnson

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.

Maurice Maeterlinck

Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure.

Errol Flynn

Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.

Elie Wiesel

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

Bryant H. McGill

Call no man happy till he is dead.


Cursed is the man who dies, but the evil done by him survives.

Abu Bakr

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

Joseph Hall

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 is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help.

Carter Burwell

Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.

Helen Keller

Death is the last enemy: once we've got past that I think everything will be alright.

Alice Thomas Ellis

Death is the tyrant of the imagination.

Barry Cornwall

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

Khalil Gibran

Death will be a great relief. No more interviews.

Katharine Hepburn

The idea is to die young as late as possible.

Ashley Montagu

Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.

Lord Byron

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


Boy, when you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead?

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1945

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

Leonardo Da Vinci

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 shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.

Willa Cather

Death is a distant rumor to the young.

Andrew A. Rooney

A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.

Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

There are so many little dyings that it doesn't matter which of them is death.

Kenneth Patchen

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

Death, the sable smoke where vanishes the flame.

George Gordon

God himself took a day to rest in, and a good man's grave is his Sabbath.

John Donne

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.


Years, following years, steal something every day; At last they steal us from ourselves away.


Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.

Albert Einstein

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.


In any man who dies there dies with him his first snow and kiss and fight... Not people die but worlds die in them.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go.

Jean de La Fontaine

Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.

Attributed to George Carlin

Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.

Erik H. Erikson

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

Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky

Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.


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

Thou art not dead! Thou art the whole of life that quickens in the sod.

Charles Hanson Towne

Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.

Tennessee Williams

We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.

Madame de Stael

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