— Robert Jordan, The Dragon Reborn
(15 October 1991), Aviendha
— Robert Jordan, The Dragon Reborn
„To feed on Death is to become food for Death. To live by others' pain is to become a prey for pain. So has decreed the Omniwill. Know that and choose your course, Micayon.“
— Mikha'il Na'ima, kniha The Book of Mirdad
The Book of Mirdad (1948)
„If we live a life full of regret, full of things we haven't done, if we've lived an unfulfilled life, when death comes along, it's a lot worse. I think it's true for all of us.“
— Irvin D. Yalom American psychotherapist and writer 1931
How to Die, The Atlantic, October 2017 Issue https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/how-to-die/537906/
„Let us learn from the lips of death the lessons of life. Let us live truly while we live, live for what is true and good and lasting.“
— Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933
Founding Address (1876), Life and Destiny (1913), Context: Let us learn from the lips of death the lessons of life. Let us live truly while we live, live for what is true and good and lasting. And let the memory of our dead help us to do this. For they are not wholly separated from us, if we remain loyal to them. In spirit they are with us. And we may think of them as silent, invisible, but real presences in our households.
„The time comes in the life of each of us when we realize that death awaits us as it awaits others, that we will receive at the end neither preference nor exemption. It is then, in that disturbed moment, that we know life is an adventure with an ending, not a succession of bright days that go on forever. Sometimes the knowledge come with the repudiation and quick revolt that such injustice awaits us, sometimes with fear that dries the mouth and closes the eyes for an instant, sometimes with servile weariness, an acquiescence more dreadful than fear. The knowledge that my own end was near came with pain, and afterwards astonishment, with the conventional heart attack, from which, I've been told, I've made an excellent recovery.“
— William March United States Marine, novelist, short story writer 1893 - 1954
Entitled "Poor Pilgrim, Poor Stranger", Found in the typewriter the morning of his death.
— Norman Cousins American journalist 1915 - 1990
Quoted in History of Sikh Struggles (1989) by Gurmit Singh, p. 189.
— Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963
„Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.“
— Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus
τὸ φρικωδέστατον οὖν τῶν κακῶν ὁ θάνατος οὐθὲν πρὸς ἡμᾶς͵ ἐπειδήπερ ὅταν μὲν ἡμεῖς ὦμεν͵ ὁ θάνατος οὐ πάρεστιν͵ ὅταν δὲ ὁ θάνατος παρῇ͵ τόθ΄ ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἐσμέν. "Letter to Menoeceus" http://www.epicurus.net/en/menoeceus.html, as translated in Stoic and Epicurean (1910) by Robert Drew Hicks, p. 169
„The death of a fighter is not a reason to mourn, if we believe, as we have always believed, as our people have believed and as revolutionaries of every era have believed, that no true man, no true revolutionary dies in vain.“
— Fidel Castro former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President of Cuba 1926 - 2016
Speech (12 January 1968) http://www.cuba.cu/gobierno/discursos/1968/esp/f120168e.html
„Life is a mystery as deep as ever death can be;
Yet oh, how dear it is to us, this life we live and see!“
— Mary Mapes Dodge Children's writer, novelist, poet, editor 1831 - 1905
The Two Mysteries (1904).
„The most common of all follies,' wrote H. L. Mencken, 'is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.' In culture after culture, people believe that the soul lives on after death, that rituals can change the physical world and divine the truth, and that illness and misfortune are caused and alleviated by spirits, ghosts, saints… and gods.“
— Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works
How the Mind Works (1997), p. 554
„We don't admit it to ourselves, not until the very moment of death, but in that moment, we see all life before us and we understand how we chose, every day of our lives, the manner of our death.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
The Tales of Alvin Maker, Red Prophet (1988), Chapter 17.
„I personally have always voted for the death penalty because I believe that people who go out prepared to take the lives of other people forfeit their own right to live. I believe that that death penalty should be used only very rarely, but I believe that no-one should go out certain that no matter how cruel, how vicious, how hideous their murder, they themselves will not suffer the death penalty.“
— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
Second term as Prime Minister, TV Interview for Channel 4 A plus 4 (15 October 1984) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=105764