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All say, How hard it is that we have to die -- a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live. Mark Twain

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I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. William Shakespeare

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Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. Henry van Dyke

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I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen

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Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. -- Psalm 23:4

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To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth. Voltaire

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It is natural to die as to be born. Francis Bacon

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Death twitches my ear. Live, he says, I am coming. Virgil

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It's astonishing how important a man becomes when he dies.

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To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. Bertrand Russell

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Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. Mark Twain

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For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. -- 1 Timothy 6:7

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When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did -- in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

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Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved. Mark Twain

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Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.

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And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death. -- New Testament

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I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death. Francis Bacon

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I am dying beyond my means. Oscar Wilde

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All men think that all men are mortal but themselves. Edward Young

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For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die. Oscar Wilde

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Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. Seneca the Younger

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Those who have lived a good life do not fear death, but meet it calmly, and even long for it in the face of great suffering. But those who do not have a peaceful conscience, dread death as though life means nothing but physical torment. The challenge is to live our life so that we will be prepared for death when it comes.

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To die will be an awfully big adventure. J. M. Barrie

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The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. -- 1 Corinthians 15:26

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Most people would rather die than think: many do. Bertrand Russell

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It was once said that if you took all of the people who fell asleep in church and laid them end to end they would be more comfortable.

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Annihilation has no terrors for me, because I have already tried it before I was born --a hundred million years --and I have suffered more in an hour, in this life, than I remember to have suffered in the whole hundred million years put together. There was a peace, a serenity, an absence of all sense of responsibility, an absence of worry, an absence of care, grief, perplexity; and the presence of a deep content and unbroken satisfaction in that hundred million years of holiday which I look back upon with a tender longing and with a grateful desire to resume, when the opportunity comes. Mark Twain

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Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.

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I have lived, and I have run the course which fortune allotted me; and now my shade shall descend illustrious to the grave. Virgil

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Once can survive everything nowadays, except death. Oscar Wilde

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To fear death is to misunderstand life.

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A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin.

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Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion.

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After your death you will be what you were before your birth. Arthur Schopenhauer

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It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time. Samuel Johnson

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When death overtakes us; all that we have is left to others; all that we are we take with us.

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To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier. Walt Whitman

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Death the last voyage, the longest, and the best. Thomas Wolfe

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Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh. Marcus Aurelius

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I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life. Ernest Renan

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Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else. Marcus Aurelius

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Though it be in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death. Thomas Browne

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One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men. Herodotus

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The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows. Socrates

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Loss and possession, Death and life are one. There falls no shadow where There shines no sun. Hilaire Belloc

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In the long run we are all dead. John Maynard Keynes

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Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it. William Shakespeare

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Death always comes too early or too late.