Quotations about Death

[Olive, 2012-05-17] quotations

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. ~Socrates.
Illustration : The Death of Socrates (David, 1787)


  • Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
    • Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.


  • Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
    • Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life. (The Mother, 1932)


  • Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
    • 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.


  • Giovanni Falcone (1939-1992)
    • He who doesn't fear death dies only once.


  • Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)
    • Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings. (Odes)
  • Homer (8th century BC)
    • Life and death are balanced on the edge of a razor. (Iliad)
    • And they die an equal death - the idler and the man of mighty deeds. (Iliad)


  • Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695)
    • Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go.


  • Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)
    • Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.


  • Andrew A. Rooney (1919-2011)
    • Death is a distant rumor to the young.


  • Mark Twain (1835-1910)
    • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.


  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
    • He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
  • Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC)
    • Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

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