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We never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead -- and not then until we have been dead years and years. People ought to start dead and then they would be honest so much earlier.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.

Andy Warhol (1930-1987) American artist and filmmaker.

Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) French poet.

How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.


One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

But learn that to die is a debt we must all pay.

Euripides (BC 480-BC 406) Greek tragic poet.

Death is a Dialogue between, the Spirit and the Dust.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist.