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quotations about death and dying

 

 

I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't luckily have to bother about that.
- - - - Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977

Better to die a thousand deaths than wound my honor.
- - - - Joseph Addison

Death should not be seen as the end but as a very effective way to cut down expenses.
- - - - Woody Allen

I answer the heroic question "Death, where is they sting?" with "It is here in my heart and mind and memories."
- - - - Maya Angelou

We do not want to destroy any people. It is precisely because we have been advocating coexistence that we have shed so much blood.
- - - - Yasser Arafat

Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.
- - - - Elizabeth Arden "The Life of the Mind"

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
- - - - Richard Bach

Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
- - - - Francis Bacon

If it's natural to kill why do men have to go into training to learn how?
- - - - Joan Baez

But, O Sarah! if the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; In the gladdest days and in the darkest nights . . . always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again.
- - - - Major Sullivan Ballou, to his wife, a week before his death in 1861

Every time a child says "I don't believe in fairies," there is a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
- - - - James Matthew Barrie

To die will be an awfully big adventure.
- - - - James Matthew Barrie

Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children.
- - - - Henry Ward Beecher

Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.
- - - - Bhagavad Gita

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
- - - - Bible - 1 Corinthians 55

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
- - - - Bible - Genesis 3:19

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck that which is planted.
- - - - Bible - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
- - - - Bible - Psalms 23:4

Epitaph: An inscription on a tomb showing that virtues acquired by death have a retroactive effect.
- - - - Ambrose Bierce "The Devil's Dictionary"

Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.
- - - - Bion

Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.
- - - - Robert Bolt

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
- - - - Erma Bombeck

It cost about 75 cents to kill a man in Ceasar's time. The price rose to about $3,000 per man during the Napoleonic wars; to $5,000 in the American Civil War; and then to $21,000 per man in World War I. Estimates for the future wars indicate that it may cost the warring countries not less than $50,000 for each man killed.
- - - - Senator Homer T. Bone

In the midst of life we are in death.
Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection into eternal life . . . .
- - - - Book of Common Prayer "The Burial of the Dead" (1662)

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
- - - - Dion Boucicault

We all want to be happy, and we're all going to die. … You might say those are the only two unchallengeably true facts that apply to every human being on this planet.
- - - - William Boyd

You can't get out of life alive.
- - - - Les Brown

The human animal dances wildest on the edge of the grave.
- - - - Rita Mae Brown

I'd rather die while I'm living then live while I'm dead.
- - - - Jimmy Buffet

Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile.
- - - - Julie Burchill

There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.
- - - - Samuel Butler

Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life.
- - - - Albert Camus

Rest is for the dead.
- - - - Thomas Carlyle

Every time I think that I'm getting old, and gradually going to the grave, something else happens.
- - - - Lillian Carter

In the stars is written the death of every man.
- - - - Geoffrey Chaucer

Death and sorrow will be the companions of our journey; hardship our garment; constancy and valor our only shield. We must be united, we must be undaunted, we must be inflexible.
- - - - Winston Churchill

Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
- - - - Winston Churchill

When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.
- - - - Winston Churchill

Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
- - - - Jean Cocteau

Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live.
- - - - Charles Caleb Colton "The Lacon" (1829)

Our life is made by the death of others.
- - - - Leonardo da Vinci

If you don't go to other men's funerals, they won't go to yours.
- - - - Clarence Day

It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.
- - - - Simone de Beauvoir "The Second Sex"

Man's destructive hand spares nothing that lives; he kills to feed himself, he kills to clothe himself, he kills to adorn himself, he kills to attack, he kills to defend himself, he kills to instruct himself, he kills to amuse himself, he kills for the sake of killing.
- - - - Josef de Maistre

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.
- - - - Thomas De Quincey

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
- - - - Antoine de Saint Éxupéry

Self-destruction is the effect of cowardice, in the highest extreme.
- - - - Daniel Defoe

Unable are the Loved to die
For Love is Immortality.
- - - - Emily Dickinson

No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
- - - - John Donne "Devotions XVII"

Men create war to compete with women, who create life.
- - - - Sharon Doubiago

The slanderer and the assassin differ only in the weapon they use; with the one it is the dagger, with the other the tongue. The former is worse that the latter, for the last only kills the body, while the other murders the reputation.
- - - - Tyron Edwards

We weep over the graves of infants and the little ones taken from us by death; but an early grave may be the shortest way to heaven.
- - - - Tryon Edwards

Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.
- - - - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Death, the most dreaded of evils, is therefore of no concern to us; for while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist.
- - - - Epicurus

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
- - - - Susan Ertz "Anger in the Sky" (1943)

What greater pain could mortals have than this:
To see their children dead before their eyes?
- - - - Euripedes

He who doesn't fear death dies only once.
- - - - Giovanni Falcone

Death is an eternal sleep.
- - - - Joseph Fouché

No neurotic harbors thoughts of suicide which are not murderous impulses against others redirected upon himself.
- - - - Sigmund Freud "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" (1920)

Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying.
- - - - Christian Furchtegott Gellert

We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?
- - - - Wilfred Wilson Gibson

Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.
- - - - Charlotte Perkins Gilman "The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman"

When we can't dream any longer we die.
- - - - Emma Goldman

Often in winter the end of the day is like the final metaphor in a poem celebrating death: there is no way out.
- - - - Agustin Gomez-Arcos "A Bird Burned Alive"

Success has killed more men than bullets.
- - - - Texas Guinan

Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the grave.
- - - - Bishop Hall

Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.
- - - - Dag Hammarskjold

Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human right.
- - - - Orrin Hatch

On the subject of wild mushrooms, it is easy to tell who is an expert and who is not: The expert is the one who is still alive.
- - - - Donal Henahan

It's funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life.
- - - - Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stone, December 2, 1976

War is death's feast.
- - - - George Herbert "Outlandish Proverbs"

Only the young die good.
- - - - Oliver Herford

If I can send the flower of the German nation into the hell of war without the smallest pity for the shedding of precious German blood, then surely I have the right to remove millions of an inferior race that breeds like vermin.
- - - - Adolf Hitler

The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.
- - - - Hermann Hesse

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
- - - - Herbert Hoover

Tis after death that we measure men.
- - - - James Barron Hope

Life death all does end and each day dies with sleep.
- - - - Gerard Manley Hopkins "No Worst, There is None"

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs.
- - - - Elbert Hubbard

Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can't be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh?
- - - - Aldous Huxley

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
- - - - Delores Ibarruri

In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.
- - - - John James Ingalls

Death is psychologically as important as birth . . . Shrinking away from it is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
- - - - Carl Gustav Jung, January 16, 1961

Suicide is not abominable because God prohibits it; God prohibits it because it is abominable.
- - - - Immanuel Kant

So passes away the glory of this world. ('Sic transit gloria mundi.')
- - - - Thomas A. Kempis

In the long run, we are all dead.
- - - - John Maynard Keynes

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule beings.
- - - - Soren Kierkegaard

If man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
- - - - Martin Luther King, June 23, 1963

Every soul must taste of death.
- - - - Koran

Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.
- - - - Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross, "On Death and Dying," 1969

I often say a great doctor kills more people than a great general.
- - - - G. W. Leibniz

Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.
- - - - Rush Limbaugh

He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.
- - - - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is no such thing as death. In nature nothing dies. From each sad remnant of decay, some forms of life arise so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it.
- - - - Charles Mackay

A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
- - - - Thomas Mann

Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
- - - - William Somerset Maugham

If a child shows himself incorrigible, he should be decently and quietly beheaded at the age of twelve, lest he grow to maturity, marry, and perpetuate his kind.
- - - - Don Marquis "The Almost Perfect State"

...it is only death which is hopeless.
- - - - Maria McIntosh

No matter how much a woman loved a man, it would still give her a glow to see him commit suicide for her.
- - - - H. L. Mencken

A suicide kills two people . . . that's what it's for.
- - - - Arthur Miller "After the Fall"

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.
- - - - John Milton "Paradise Lost"

Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.
- - - - William Mitford

We die only once, and for such a long time!
- - - - Moliere

The dead have nothing except the memory they've left.
- - - - Ferenc Molnár

The idea is to die young as late as possible.
- - - - Ashley Montagu

A beautiful death is for people who have lived like animals to die like angels.
- - - - Mother Teresa

I desire to go to Hell, not to Heaven. In Hell I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes, but in Heaven are only beggars, monks, hermits and apostles.
- - - - Niccolo Machiavelli

Abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you, and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
- - - - Mother Theresa

As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.
- - - - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
- - - - Edvard Munch

Defeat is worse than death because you live with defeat.
- - - - Bill Musselman

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.
- - - - Vladimir Nabokov

Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?
- - - - Holly Near

To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one's own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.
- - - - Friedrich Nietzsche "Expeditions of an Untimely Man"

Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.
- - - - Anais Nin

During the mid-1980s dairy farmers decided there was too much cheap milk at the supermarket. So the government bought and slaughtered 1.6 million dairy cows. How come the government never does anything like this with lawyers?
- - - - P. J. O'Rourke

Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child. This will make threatening him with it much more effective.
- - - - P. J. O'Rourke

The purpose of a funeral service is to comfort the living. It is important at a funeral to display excessive grief. This will show others how kind-hearted and loving you are and their improved opinion of you will be very comforting.
- - - - P. J. O'Rourke "Modern Manners"

Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.
- - - - William Penn "Some Fruits of Solitude"

The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.
- - - - Pope John Paul II, London, 9 June 1991

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling--my darling--my life and my bride,
In her sepulcher there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.
- - - - Edgar Allan Poe "Annabell Lee"

I've been thinking of death a lot, and I am amazed by its inevitability, frightened, as we all are, of the totally unknown, and yet feel a long sleep is somehow earned by those of us who live on the edge.
- - - - Jack Pollock "Dear M: Letters from a Gentleman of Excess" (1989)

We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.
- - - - Marcel Proust

As all things eternal and primordial reappear, so all things mortal return to the earth. Honor, old age, probity, justice, constance, virtue, and gentleness are all gathered into the cold tomb.
- - - - Francis Quarles

Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
- - - - Ronald Reagan

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god.
- - - - Jean Rostand

When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.
- - - - Eleanor Roosevelt

My grandmother was a very tough woman. She buried three husbands. Two of them were just napping.
- - - - Rita Rudner

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.
- - - - A. Sachs

On a day of burial there is no perspective--for space itself is annihilated. Your dead friend is still a fragmentary being. The day you bury him is a day of chores and crowds, of hands false or true to be shaken, of the immediate cares of mourning. The dead friend will not really die until tomorrow, when silence is round you again. Then he will show himself complete, as he was--to tear himself away, as he was, from the substantial you. Only then will you cry out because of him who is leaving and whom you cannot detain.
- - - - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
- - - - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Boy, when you are dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you are dead? Nobody.
- - - - J. D. Salinger

Love makes us poets and the approach of death should make us philosophers.
- - - - George Santayana

Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness, of a belief.
- - - - Arthur Schnitzler

Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little dearth.
- - - - Arthur Schopenhauer

They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice; . . . that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
- - - - Arthur Schopenhauer

Death--the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
- - - - Walter Scott

Men have died from time to time, and the worms have eaten 'em, but not for love.
- - - - William Shakespeare "As You Like It"

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste death but once. Of all the wonders that I have yet heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear, Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it come.
- - - - William Shakespeare "Julius Caesar"

Let 's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs.
- - - - William Shakespeare "King Richard II"

Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break.
- - - - William Shakespeare "Macbeth"

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
- - - - William Shakespeare "Macbeth"

... To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there 's the rub: For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there 's the respect That makes calamity of so long life ...
- - - - William Shakespeare "Hamlet"

Ay, but to die and go we know not where; To lie in cold obstrution and to rot; This sensible warm motion to become A kneaded clod; and the delighted spirit To bathe in fiery floods or to reside In thrilling regions of thick-ribbed ice; To be imprison'd in the viewless winds, And blown with restless violence round about The pendant world.
- - - - William Shakespeare "Measure for Measure"

O comfort-killing night, image of hell, Dim register and notary of shame, Black stage for tragedies and murders fell, Vast sin-concealing chaos, nurse of blame!
- - - - William Shakespeare "The Rape of Lucrece"

When he shall die Take him and cut him in little stars And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.
- - - - William Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet"

And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace, until the gods are tired of blood and create a race that can understand.
- - - - George Bernard Shaw "Caesar and Cleopatra"

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
- - - - George Bernard Shaw

Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
- - - - George Bernard Shaw

Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind. It is the deed that teaches not the name we give it.
- - - - George Bernard Shaw

Suicide is about life, being in fact the sincerest form of criticism life gets.
- - - - Wilfrid Sheed

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- - - - Percy Bysshe Shelley "A Declaration of Rights" (Dublin, 1812)

There's something dreadfully decisive about a beheading.
- - - - Agnes Smedley

Death is one of two things. Either it is annihilation, and the dead have no consciousness of anything; or, as we are told, it is really a change: a migration of the soul from one place to another.
- - - - Socrates

Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed.
- - - - Bruce Springsteen

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.
- - - - Robert Louis Stevenson

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
- - - - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Hell and Heaven are near man, yes, in him; and every man after death goes to that Hell or heaven in which he was, or to his spirit, during his abode in the world.
- - - - Emauel Swedenborg "Heaven and Hell" (1758)

It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death should have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.
- - - - Jonathan Swift (1706)

Old elephants limp off to the hills to die; old Americans go out to the highway and drive themselves to death with huge cars.
- - - - Hunter S. Thompson

But what is all this fear of and opposition to oblivion? What is the matter with the soft darkness, the dreamless sleep?
- - - - James Thurber

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
- - - - James Thurber

The possibility of killing one's self is a safety valve. Having it, man has no right to say life is unbearable.
- - - - Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1898)

If the antiabortion movement took a tenth of the energy they put into noisy theatrics and devoted it to improving the lives of children who have been born into lives of poverty, violence, and neglect, they could make a world shine.
- - - - Michael Jay Tucker

I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
- - - - Mark Twain

Man dies of cold, not of darkness.
- - - - Miguel de Unamuno

A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.
- - - - Percival Arland Ussher

To bring into the world an unwanted human being is as antisocial an act as murder.
- - - - Gore Vidal (1968)

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
- - - - Leonardo da Vinci

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
- - - - Voltaire "War"

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
- - - - Alice Walker

The dead carry with them to the grave in their clutched hands only that which they have given away.
- - - - DeWitt Wallace

Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.
- - - - Oscar Wilde

Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
- - - - Tennessee Williams "The Rose Tattoo"

Funerals are pretty compared with death.
- - - - Tennessee Williams "A Streetcar Named Desire"

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
- - - - Oscar Wilde

Never murder a man who is committing suicide.
- - - - Woodrow Wilson

Death observes no ceremony.
- - - - John Wise

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.
- - - - P. G. Wodehouse

Biography is to give a man some kind of shape after his death.
- - - - Virginia Woolf

All men think all men mortal, but themselves.
- - - - Edward Young

An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave; legions of angels can't confine me there.
- - - - Edward Young

Our birth is nothing but our death begun, as tapers waste the moment they take fire.
- - - - Edward Young

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