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30 quotes about death and dying to remind you of what is important in life

30 quotes about death and dying to remind you of what is important in life
  1. 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.-Steve Jobs
  1. What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.-Albert Pike
  1. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.-Mark Twain
  1. I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.-Corazon Aquino
  1. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.-Tecumseh
  1. 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.-Buddha
  1. It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  1. While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.-Leonardo da Vinci
  1. Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order.-David Gerrold
  1. The idea is to die young as late as possible.-Ashley Montagu
  1. If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.-Martin Luther King, Jr.
  1. Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.-Napoleon Bonaparte
  1. And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?-Thomas Babington Macaulay
  1. The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.-Mary Catherine Bateson
  1. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.-William Shakespeare
  1. Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.-Benjamin Franklin
  1. From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.-Edvard Munch
  1. Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.-Horace Mann
  1. The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.-Albert Einstein
  1. Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.-Virginia Woolf
  1. There’s something about death that is comforting. The thought that you could die tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now.-Angelina Jolie
  1. If you don’t have any fight in you, you might as well be dead.-Scott Caan
  1. Pale Death beats equally at the poor man’s gate and at the palaces of kings.-Horace
  1. Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.-Susan Ertz
  1. When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.-George Eliot
  1. Nothing that is really good and God-like dies.-Ernst Moritz Arndt
  1. None of us, in our culture of comfort, know how to prepare ourselves for dying, but that’s what we should do every day. Every single day, we die a thousand deaths.-Joni Eareckson Tada
  1. I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.-Leonardo da Vinci
  1. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.-Steve Jobs

30. Love has no age, no limit; and no death.-John Galsworthy

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