A collection of quotes on death.


"Ask yourself if there is any explanation of the mystery of your own life and death."

Wilkie Collins


"Truth sits upon the lips of dying men."

Matthew Arnold


"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them."

George Eliot


"Death, only, renders hope futile."

Edgar Rice Burroughs


“Life a dream in Death's eternal sleep.”

James Thomson


“There a painless death awaits him who can no longer bear the sorrows of this life.”

Robert W. Chambers


"Man has the possibility of existence after death. But possibility is one thing and the realization of the possibility is quite a different thing."

Bret Harte


“Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.”

Lord Byron


“Why, even Death stands still and waits an hour for such a will.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”



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

Mark Twain


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

Oscar Wilde


“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

William Shakespeare


“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

Mark Twain


“It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.”

Victor Hugo


“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”

Edgar Allan Poe


“People living deeply have no fear of death.”

Anais Nin


“Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”

Ernest Hemingway


“For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

Kahlil Gibran


“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.”

Edgar Allan Poe


“That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.”

H.P. Lovecraft


“Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.”

Hans Christian Andersen


“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”

Edgar Allan Poe


“Death should take me while I am in the mood.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne


“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” 

J.M. Barrie



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