Quotations The Best Quotes About Death  

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A list of the best death quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous death quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic death quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational death quotes from that same writer.

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This was what men fought for, ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
This was what men fought for, what men died for: a chance at life, and to fight on other days -- the battle of your choice, of the body, or the heart, or the soul. Janet Morris

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Wars don’t bring lasting peace... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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"Death is a doorway, Niko, that leads to an adventure greater than any you have ever known." Janet Morris

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Men live, and then they die. I... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Men live, and then they die. It is the quality of the process of living which matters, that and that alone. Janet Morris

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You count up your dead, every ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
You count up your dead, every one. Always. Recall them, each and all – every face, every heart. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Tempus would be protected, bet... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Tempus would be protected, better shielded from whatever the Stepson thought threatening, if love could heal and save. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Wars don’t bring lasting peace... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Wars don’t bring lasting peace, only lasting death. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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The battle had shaken all thre... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
The battle had shaken all three of them. Life seemed so fragile, each Sacred Band fighter so vulnerable. Chris Morris

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Wisdom, Niko thought as he lea... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Wisdom, Niko thought as he leaned his cheek against his long-handled rake, cannot be had without price. And that price is blood. The sound of it in your veins. The pound of it in your head. The volume of it in a human body; the sickness when you’ve spilled it. Janet Morris

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For the gift of life, the only... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
For the gift of life, the only true thanks was in living fully, and facing death with honor. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Niko knew death like a sister ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Niko knew death like a sister – she was his true partner in the phenomenal world. Janet Morris

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Nothing he knew of, enunciated... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Nothing he knew of, enunciated life like death. Janet Morris

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I don't want to be any closer ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
I don't want to be any closer to the gods than death will bring me. Janet Morris

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‎"Gather the shards of your courage. Patch together what resolve you can. We'll find this thing -- and kill it." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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"It's all the same -- no good without evil, no balance...no maat. If we lose one, we lose the other. It's just life, that's all." Janet Morris

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"When you give death, you give of your own life -- every time." Janet Morris

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"Die never for a god, Nikodemos who should know better -- not your soldiers' god, nor any other." Janet Morris

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These warriors of the Sacred B... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
These warriors of the Sacred Band were inscrutable; they loved their war and death and picking through the bones of time to sort out right from wrong, good from bad, holy from profane, honor from dishonor. Janet Morris

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“Commander, you and your Steps... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
“Commander, you and your Stepsons are always welcome here. This fuss is not our doing. I saw the body. There’s no sign of…murder on her, but sometimes girls just…die.” Chris Morris

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"But we're dying here." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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"The two stallions, the silver and the black, represent the equine god (whomsoever horses pray to) in this ritual so ancient that no one knows what god to thank." Janet Morris

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"Strife brings all things into being on her battlefield. This I know. I have been there many times,” says Vashanka, lord of sack and pillage. “I have died before.” Janet Morris

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Stop grieving. Start giving t... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Stop grieving. Start giving thanks to me. You live to fight on other days. Janet Morris

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“We fouled up. I did. He got... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
“We fouled up. I did. He got hurt. Badly, maybe. And the god…is not helping him today.” Janet Morris

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"And as for death -- we get what we expect." Janet Morris

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‎"Then what difference does human striving make: mortal struggle, valor, pain? If you live, then live for the test of spirit, for the celebration of the heart. Live to fight on other days. Lose your beloveds one by one. And remember. Exalt the kiss of friend and horse and wind and sun, which venality cannot cheapen nor stupidity belittle." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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And what do the Theban hoplite... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning? The future, but not theirs: paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limning weapons tailored to the task; men spoiling for a fight if the gods allowed -- the Sacred Band of Stepsons, out from shadows and the dark. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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War seared its specter into yo... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
War seared its specter into your memory. Doubled the beat of your heart. Humbled you because it would take you if it could. Living had become very important, the only thing that mattered. Chris Morris

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"Honorable battle sustains a Sacred Band." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Tempus wanders eternally, brin... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Tempus wanders eternally, bringing death to whomever loves him and being spurned by whomsoever he shall love. Janet Morris

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‎"Old enough to kill means old enough to die," Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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So well do I love you, I go to... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
So well do I love you, I go to my god singing your praises. When I meet my father, I will tell him I fought beside you. Janet Morris

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Reasons never matter, once Dea... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
Reasons never matter, once Death comes cold and bold and takes the living by the hand. You count up your dead, every one.. Janet Morris

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‎"Dreamers and dreaming dead, lots of them from neither here nor there with no chance of getting home again, lost in place and time..." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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I've seen things you people wo... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quotes About Death
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 dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.