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Quotes, Aphorisms, Laws, and Thoughts
A fate worse than death is better than dying.
A philosophical contempt of life is no guarantee of courage in the face of death.
Gustave Vapereau (1819-1906)
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Biography lends to death a new terror.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
Death is nature's way of saying, 'You can let go of your ankles now'.
Death is nature's way of telling you to slow down.
Death must be distinguished from dying, with which it is often confused.
Sydney Smith (1771-1845)
Elvis rocks in his box.
Even the best of friends cannot attend each other's funeral.
Fish die belly-upward and rise to the surface; it is their way of falling.
André Gide (1869-1951)
Halitosis is better than no breath at all.
Hatless, I take off
My bicycle clips in awkward reverence.
He had decided to live on forever or die in the attempt.
Joseph Heller (1923-1999)
I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood: sex and the dead.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
I believe there would be people alive today if there were a death penalty.
Nancy Reagan (1921-2016)
I detest life-insurance agents; they argue that some day I shall die, which is not so.
Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)
I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise.
Chauncey Depew (1834-1928)
I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure.
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)
If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead?
In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
It's not a thing to do while one is not in one's best mind. Never kill yourself while you are suicidal.
Edwin S. Shneidman (1918-2009)
It's not the fall that kills you but the sudden stop at the end.
Men live as if they were never going to die, and die as if they had never lived.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (1935- )
No hero is mortal until he dies.
W.H. Auden (1907-1973)
No one owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.
William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Razors pain you
Rivers are damp
Acids stain you
Drugs cause cramp
Guns aren't lawful
Gas smells awful
You may as well live
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Suicide is belated acquiescence in the opinion of one's wife's relatives.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
The best way to get praise is to die.
The difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
The first condition of immortality is death.
Stanisław Jerzy Lec (1909-1966)
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
There is no need for signposts in the journey of life since the destination is always the same.
There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating.
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)
Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.
Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)
Where are you dying tonight?
Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)
Where there's a will, there's a law suit.
Addison Mizner (1872-1933)
While other people's deaths are deeply sad, one's own is surely a bit of a joke.
James Cameron (1911-1985)