„“Death is in the nature of the universe, Barker. Death is only the operation of a mechanism. All the universe has been running down from the moment of its creation. Did you expect a machine to care what it acted upon? Death is like sunlight or a falling star; they don’t care where they fall. Death cannot see the pennants on a lance, or the wreath of glory in a dying man’s hand. Flags and flowers are the inventions of life. When a man dies, he falls into enemy hands—an ignorant enemy, who doesn’t merely spit on banners but who doesn’t even know what banners are. No ordinary man could stand to find that out. You found it out today. You sat in the laboratory and were speechless at the injustice of it. You’d never thought that justice was only another human invention.”“
„Some deaths a man can enjoy, the death of an enemy, and Sharpe was paid to have enemies. Yet he did not wish death on the French. There was more satisfaction in seeing a surrendered enemy, a defeated enemy, than in seeing a slaughtered enemy.“
— Bernard Cornwell British writer 1944
Captain Richard Sharpe, p. 304
„Who's gonna love you when it all falls down?
Who's gonna love you when your bankroll runs out?
Who's gonna care when the novelty's over?
When the star of the show isn't you anymore.
Nobody cares when the tears of a clown fall down
(I guess your mama never told you what goes around comes back around).“
— Mariah Carey American singer-songwriter 1970
"Clown", Charmbracelet, 2002. Supposedly written about Carey’s brief relationship with Eminem
„For a while longer you may be able to carry on with your plundering and murderous crimes, but you will not escape your ultimate fate. We shall exhaust and then destroy you in a difficult and prolonged battle. When one of us falls, there are tens of others who will rise. Our death is no ordinary death and our life no ordinary life.“
— Ashraf Dehghani amongst the most well known Iranian female Communist revolutionary and member of the Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas 1948
Torture and Resistance in Iran, 1971
„Fortune, which had never forsaken him in his lifetime, favored the King of Sweden even in his death, with the rare privilege of falling in the fullness of his glory and an untarnished fame. By a timely death, his protecting genius rescued him from the inevitable fate of man - that of forgetting moderation in the intoxication of success, and justice in the plenitude of power.“
— Friedrich Schiller German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright 1759 - 1805
History of the Thirty YEars War 178
„For joys fall not to the rich alone, nor has he lived ill, who from birth to death has passed unknown.“
— Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 př. n. l.
Book I, epistle xvii, line 9
„An army's bravest men are its cowards. The death which they would not meet at the hands of the enemy they will meet at the hands of their officers, with never a flinching.“
— Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1913
„He had been to touch the great death, and found that, after all, it was but the great death. He was a man.“
— Stephen Crane American novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist 1871 - 1900
— Homér Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey 750
XV. 496–497 (tr. Lord Derby); spoken by Hector.
„Knowledge of inner processes in body and mind is as helpful for one’s own preparation for death as it is for people who care for others who are dying. If one knows what to expect while dying, the conditions can be used and fears specifically removed.“
— Lama Ole Nydahl Danish lama 1941
„The boys and men don’t get excited any more when they see a United States flag or hear “The Star-Spangled Banner.” They don’t care no more for firecrackers on the Fourth of July. And why should they? What is there in it for them?“
— George Washington Plunkitt New York State Senator 1842 - 1924