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.)
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).)
Striving toward a goal puts a more pleasing construction on our advance toward death.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.
(Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Thomas à Becket, in Becket, act 1.)