Life and Death Thoughts
“To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.”
“God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.”
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.
“I’m not afraid of death. It’s the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.”
~Jean Giraudoux, Amphitryon, 1929
“The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.”
“All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.”
“Live as you would have wished to live when you are dying.”
Christian Furchtegott Gellert, German poet (1715 – 1769).
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”
~Dame Cicely Saunders, nurse, physician and writer, and founder of hospice movement (1918 – 2005).
“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”
“Suicide is man’s way of telling God, ‘You can’t fire me – I quit.'”
“The nearer she came to death, the more, by some perversity of nature, did she enjoy living.”
~Ellen Glasgow, American novelist (1873-1945).
“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.”
~Henry Van Dyke, American short-story writer, poet and essayist (1852 – 1933).
“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.”
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
~Isaac Asimov, American science fiction novelist & scholar (1920 – 1992).
“Death helps us to see what is worth trusting and loving and what is a waste of time.”
~J. Neville Ward, Methodist minister (1915 – 1992).
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.”
“Too weird to live, too rare to die!”
~Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
“Because I can count on my fingers the number of sunsets I have left, and I don’t want to miss any of them.”
~Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire
“Life is but a dream for the dead.”
“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.”