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

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

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 (1709-1784) British author.

Not by lamentations and mournful chants ought we to celebrate the funeral of a good man, but by hymns, for in ceasing to be numbered with mortals he enters upon the heritage of a diviner life.

Plutarch (46-120) Greek essayist, and biographer.

I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.

Clarence S. Darrow (1857-1938) American lawyer


Dying is a wild night and a new road.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one's heart; but death is a splendid thing --a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

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

When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.

John Donne (1572-1632) English poet.

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italian painter, sculptor and architect.