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Fave quotes about death and dying
A colleague of mine described Día de los Muertos as ‘the only time during the year when the veil that separates our world from the next is lifted.’
– Joshua Berman, Día de los Muertos: What I’ve learned about Day of the Dead (so far)
Haere! Matenga ke moku. = Go! Your death and mine will be in different places.
– Māori proverb
Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order. This is what life has taught me.
– Katherine Mansfield
Now it’s over I’m dead and I haven’t done anything that I want (now it’s over) / Or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do.
– They might be giants
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste the afterlife?
– Modest Mouse, ocean breathes salty
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.
Don’t mean to dwell on this dying thing.
– Dave Matthews
Se petatio. S/he died.
– Mexico expression
Haven’t seen you in quite a while. I was down the hold, just passing time. Last time we met was a low-lit room. We were as close together as bride and groom. We ate the food, we drank the wine. Everybody having a good time. Except you … You were talking about the end of the world
They’ve had a good innings. (He had a good life.)
– Popular expression adapted from cricket.
We run after values that, at death, become zero. At the end of your life, nobody asks you how many degrees you have, or how many mansions you built, or how many Rolls Royces you could afford. That’s what dying patients teach you.
– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
Society is indeed a contract . . . between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.
– Edmund Burke
There is no life without death.
What are you going to so that you can arrive on your deathbed 50 years from now with a big grin on your face that says ‘lord sakes that was a ripper. that was a good life well lived.’ For me that means engaging meaningfully with what I think I am here on the planet to do.
– Petrea King, Bush Telegraph
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
– Martin Luther King
Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes, you’ll know you are dead.
– Tennessee Williams
If I should die in a car wreck, may I have Van Morrison on my tape deck.
– U-Li La Lu, Poi Dog Pondering