Quotations About / On: DEATH

  • 11.
    Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death.
    (Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt (1968). The Storyteller, sct. 11 (1936).)
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  • 12.
    We term sleep a death ... by which we may be literally said to die daily; in fine, so like death, I dare not trust it without my prayers.
    (Thomas Browne (1605-1682), British physician, author. Religio Medici, pt. 2, sct. 12 (1643).)
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  • 13.
    Death's at the bottom of everything, Martins. Leave death to the professionals.
    (Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist, and Carol Reed. Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), in The Third Man (film) (1950).)
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  • 14.
    Death is not natural for a state as it is for a human being, for whom death is not only necessary, but frequently even desirable.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De republica, III, 34.)
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  • 15.
    Celibacy and suicide are a similar levels of understanding, suicide and a martyr's death not so by any means, perhaps marriage and a martyr's death.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 24, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
  • 16.
    Modern thought has transferred the spectral character of Death to the notion of time itself. Time has become Death triumphant over all.
    (John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. repr. In Keeping a Rendezvous (1992). "That Which Is Held," Village Voice (New York, Apr. 13, 1982).)
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  • 17.
    Life folded Death; Death trellised Life; the grim god wived with youthful Life, and begat him curly-headed glories.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 102, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).)
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  • 18.
    There's only one reality, Rachel, and that is death. I bring you death. A living death. Are you afraid?... I bring you the darkness of centuries past and centuries to come. Eternal life and eternal death. Now do you fear?
    (Pat Fielder. Paul Landres. Dracula (Francis Lederer), The Return of Dracula, in the bedroom of his "cousin," (1958).)
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  • 19.
    The cruelty of death lies in the fact that it brings the real sorrow of the end, but not the end. The greatest cruelty of death: an apparent end causes a real sorrow. Our salvation is death, but not this one.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Fourth Notebook, February 25, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 20.
    For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obsene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. Illness As Metaphor, ch. 7 (1978).)
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