Death Quotes

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Death comes at the end of life. We understand death but what comes afterwards remains a mystery to the living. Here is a collection of quotes about death from authors, poets and notables.

"A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man" - Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller

"Be loving to him. Because he’s only a little boat looking for a harbor." - Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller

"The only thing you've got in this world is what you can sell." - Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller

"Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You'll never get out of the jungle that way." - Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller

"There is a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us out flat some time or other." - Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

"Death was a friend, and sleep was Death's brother." - The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

"And I will die, and you will die, and we all will die, and even the stars will fade out one after another in time." - Desolation Angels - Jack Kerouac

"It's necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live." - The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas

"Life isn't fair, it's just fairer than death, that's all." - The Princess Bride - William Goldman

"If we lose love and self respect for each other,this is how we finally die." - Maya Angelou

"Get busy living or get busy dying." - Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King

"When it most closely allies itself to Beauty: the death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world — and equally is it beyond doubt that the lips best suited for such topic are those of a bereaved lover." - "The Philosophy of Composition" - Edgar Allan Poe

"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." - Julius Ceaser. Act 2. Scene 2. - Shakespeare

"'Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes." - The Cobbler of Prestons - Christopher Bullock

"It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more" - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling

"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can." - Life of Pi - Yann Martel

"Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." - source - Benjamin Franklin

"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

"While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die." - Leonardo da Vinci

"Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace." - The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde

"End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it." - Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

"The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them." - Diplomatic Immunity - Lois McMaster Bujoild

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