One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation.
- Oscar Wilde
Death is always, under all circumstances, a tragedy, for if it is not then it means that life has become one.
- Theodore Roosevelt
Destroying is a necessary function in life. Everything has its season, and all things eventually lose their effectiveness and die.
- Margaret J. Wheatley
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.
- Jonathan Swift
Death is the mother of beauty; hence from her alone shall come fulfillment to our dreams.
- Wallace Stevens
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
- Winston Churchill
The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity - designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny of man.
- Ernest Becker
Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose peace and whose refuge are for us all. The soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.
- Mark Twain
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes
Man lives freely only by his readiness to die.
- M. K. Gandhi
Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
- Leonardo da Vinci
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream: it may be so the moment after death.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Death's stamp gives value to the coin of life, making it possible to buy with life what is truly precious.
- Rabindranath Tagore
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 all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.
- Chuck Palahniuk
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
- George Bernard Shaw
A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
- Thomas Mann
I know for sure that at the end, the playful stranger who appears is not death but love.
- Kathleen Norris
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
A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nobody knows what death is, nor whether to man it is perchance the greatest of blessings, yet people fear it as if they surely knew it to be the worse of evils.