Quotations About / On:
I have heard a good many pretend that they are going to die; or that they have died, for aught that I know. Nonsense! I'll defy them to do it. They have n't got life enough in them.... Only half a dozen or so have died since the world began.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1859), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 435, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
This event advertises me that there is such a fact as death,the possibility of a man's dying. It seems as if no man had ever died in America before; for in order to die you must first have lived.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1859), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 434, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
He had decided to live for ever or die in the attempt.
(Joseph Heller (b. 1923), U.S. author. Catch-22, ch. 3 (1961).
Referring to Yossarian.)
On mourra seul. We shall die alone.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, mathematician. Pensées, iii. 211, ed. L. Brunschvieg, 5th edition (1909).)
A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.
(Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian author. Quote taken from Picador edition (1978). Colonel Aureliano Buendia, in 100 Years of Solitude, p. 199 (1967, trans. 1970).)
To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
(E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Rumanian-born-French philosopher. "Strangled Thoughts," sct. 1, The New Gods (1969, trans. 1974).)
In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
(Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (May 14, 1991).)
Live fast, die young and have a good-looking corpse.
(Daniel Taradash, U.S. screenwriter, and John Monks, Jr., screenwriter. Nicholas Ray. Nick Romano (John Derek), in Knock On Any Door (film) (1949).)
Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died.
(Andrew Young (b. 1932), U.S. politician, diplomat. Playboy (Chicago, July 1977).)
A king should die on his feet.
(Louis XVIII (1755-1824), French king. Alleged remark on his deathbed.)