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Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.

We are all dead men on leave.
The pomp of death is far more terrible than death itself.
I warmed both hands before the fire of life; It sinks, and I am ready to depart.
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye
Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearances.
In the long run we are all dead.
The essential part of our being can only survive if the transient part dissolves. Death is a condition of survival. That which has been gained must be eternalized, and can only be eternalized by being transmuted, by passing through death they must return
Teach me to live that I may dread, the grave as little as my bed.
Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever.
When I have fears that I may cease to be, Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain.
I will be conquered; I will not capitulate.
We are but tenants and shortly the great landlord will give us notice that our lease has expired.
I'm not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away.
The difficulty about all this dying, is that you can't tell a fellow anything about it, so where does the fun come in?
In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
Now, a corpse, poor thing, is an untouchable and the process of decay is, of all pieces of bad manners, the vulgarest imaginable. For a corpse is, by definition, a person absolutely devoid of savoir vivre.
My idea of walking into the jaws of death is marrying some woman who has lost three husbands.
To awake from death is to die in peace.
Death is feared as birth is forgotten.
Death is the final wake-up call.
Fear of death has been the greatest ally of tyranny past and present.
It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living.
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.
Death is like an arrow that is already in flight, and your life lasts only until it reaches you.
Madam, Life's a piece in bloom death goes dogging everywhere: She's the tenant of the room he's the ruffian on the stair.
Don't strew me with roses after I'm dead. When Death claims the light of my brow No flowers of life will cheer me: instead You may give me my roses now!
You haven't lost anything when you know were it is. Death can hide but not divide.
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the darkness at Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.
Your body must become familiar with its death -- in all its possible forms and degrees -- as a self-evident, imminent, and emotionally neutral step on the way towards the goal you have found worthy of your life.
In the last analysis it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions life puts to us.
I never think he is quite ready for another world who is altogether weary of this.
Oh you who have been removed from God in his solitude by the abyss of time, how can you expect to reach him without dying?
Man has the possibility of existence after death. But possibility is one thing and the realization of the possibility is quite a different thing.
We are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to.
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.
The pride of dying rich raises the loudest laugh in hell.

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