I often think about death, the dead, and dying – not every single day but several times a week. It cannot be helped. In the midst of life, we are in death. Sometimes, I think about those who used to be alive and it makes me sad that they’re gone as I can’t state that they are in a ‘better place’. I do not believe in a heaven nor a hell, so I’m not able to declare with any certainty that my loved ones died in sin and are now being punished for their wickedness. It is simply not in me to swallow those myths. I know that death = unknown and anything unknown = fear. Well, what follows are some of the most thoughtful quotes I have ever read about death, and I hope some of them are able to reassure you.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Steve Jobs

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain

When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home. Tecumseh

 

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity. Edvard Munch

He who doesn’t fear death dies only once. Giovanni Falcone

It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we’re alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? Edgar Allan Poe

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh. Robert Bolt

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people. Khalil Gibran

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist. Stewart Alsop

I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life. Jack Kerouac

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead. Albert Einstein

Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death. Erik Eriksonl

Pale Death beats equally at the poor man’s gate and at the palaces of kings. Horace

None of us, in our culture of comfort, know how to prepare ourselves for dying, but that’s what we should do every day. Every single day, we die a thousand deaths. Joni Eareckson Tada

Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. Henry Van Dyke

No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life’s slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone. Martha Beck

There’s something about death that is comforting. The thought that you could die tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now. Angelina Jolie

Death is the cure for all diseases. Thomas Browne

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