Quotations About / On: DEATH

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    The final hour when we cease to exist does not itself bring death; it merely of itself completes the death-process. We reach death at that moment, but we have been a long time on the way.
    (Seneca (4 B.C.-A.D. 65), Roman writer, philosopher, statesman. Epistulae ad Lucilium, epistle 24. Full name: Lucius Annaeus Seneca.)
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  • 43.
    To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Horace, in Horace, act 2, sc. 3 (1641).)
  • 44.
    Death is an incident producing clay. Use it, mold it, learn from it.
    (John Gilling, British screenwriter. Dr. Knox (Peter Cushing), The Flesh and the Fiends, lecturing to a class of medical students (1960). Film is also known as Mania.)
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  • 45.
    I think it beats the heck out of life after death, that's for sure.
    (Martina Navratilova (b. 1956), U.S. tennis player; born and raised in Czechoslovakia. As quoted in People magazine, p. 116 (September 13, 1993). On how she envisioned life after tennis. A competitive player for twenty-one years, she was planning to retire.)
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  • 46.
    Old age is a tyrant that forbids us upon pain of death all the pleasures of youth.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 461 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 47.
    There dwell the children of the dark Night, the dread gods Sleep and Death.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 603.)
  • 48.
    He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.
    (Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1973," The Secret Heart of the Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).)
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  • 49.
    What pornography is really about, ultimately, isn't sex but death.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. Originally published in Partisan Review (New Brunswick, NJ, Spring 1967). The Pornographic Imagination, sct. 4, Styles of Radical Will (1969).)
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  • 50.
    Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 26, sct. 310 (1851), trans. by E.F.J. Payne.)
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