Quotations About / On: DEATH
At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.
(Ivan Illich (b. 1926), Austrian-born U.S. theologian, author. Quoted in Sunday Times (London, November 20, 1988).
In reply to a question on his beliefs about the afterlife.)
Oh, you cold-blooded English. You'll be the death of me.
(Norman Reilly Raine (1895-1971), U.S. screenwriter, Heinz Herald, and Geza Herczeg. Zola (Paul Muni), The Life of Emile Zola, to the innkeeper's daughter (Marcia Mae Jones) (1937).)
The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 3 (1927).)
Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Maxims for Revolutionists: Fame," Man and Superman (1903).)
Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony.
(Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 17 (1514).)
On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 26 (1678).)
But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
(Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Alfred Ludens, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 1 (1989).)
For children preserve the fame of a man after his death.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Libation Bearers, l. 505.)
I have no more cheap morals to draw from all this death.
(Judith Rascoe, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Stone (b. 1939), and Karel Reisz. Converse (Michael Moriarty), Who'll Stop the Rain? Writing his wife from Vietnam (1978).)
I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
(Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Irish playwright. Pat, in The Hostage, act 1 (1958).
On his experiences in the I.R.A....)