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To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

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.

Unknown Source

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 (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

For the sword outwears its sheath, and the soul wears out the breast. And the heart must pause to breathe, and love itself have rest.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.

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

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.