Quotations About / On: DYING

  • 31.
    At ev'ry word a reputation dies.
    (Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. The Rape of the Lock, cto. 3, l. 16 (1714).)
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  • 32.
    We die, because we live.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 178, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)
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  • 33.
    Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Oedipus Colonus, l. 611.)
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  • 34.
    We die of too much life.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 180, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)
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  • 35.
    When a man dies he kicks the dust.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 75, Houghton Mifflin (1906). Thoreau refers here to the futility of accumulating possessions.)
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  • 36.
    Man dies of cold, not of darkness.
    (Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936), Spanish philosophical writer. The Tragic Sense of Life, ch. 4 (1913).)
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  • 37.
    "The king died and then the queen died" is a story. "The king died, and then queen died of grief" is a plot.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Aspects of the Novel, ch. 5 (1927).)
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  • 38.
    Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!
    (Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The Father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1 (1921).)
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  • 39.
    Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.
    (Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. repr. In A View from the Diner's Club (1991). "Gods and Greens," Observer (London, August 27, 1989).)
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  • 40.
    We can't do anything.... They just die and die and die, and they keep coming and coming and coming.
    (Florence Parent, U.S. physician. New York Times, p. 1A (July 22, 1994). On the cholera epidemic among the Rwandan refugees.)
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