Quotations About / On: DEATH

  • 31.
    Death is the most blessed dream.
    (Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act II (1838).)
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  • 32.
    Wisdom knows when to return death's embrace.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 33.
    Birth was the death of him.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Speaker, in "A Piece of Monologue," one of the dramatic pieces in The Collected Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett, p. 265, Grove Press (1984).)
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  • 34.
    Death promises nothing—not even oblivion.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 35.
    Our detachments move us toward freedom and death.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 36.
    The report of my death was an exaggeration.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Originally a response to a newspaper reporter's inquiry about a rumor that Twain was either dead or on his deathbed in London, 1896. Mark Twain's Notebook (1935). This line has been quoted in various ways, more powerfully, I think, as "The report of my death has been greatly exaggerated." Since it was quoted by the newspapers, it is difficult to know what Twain's exact phrasing was when he invented the line.)
  • 37.
    Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
    (Edward Young (1683-1765), British poet, playwright. repr. In Complete Works, ed. J. Doran (1968). Night 5, l. 718, The Complaint, or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality (1742-1746).)
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  • 38.
    One of the new terrors of death.
    (John Arbuthnot (1667-1735), Scottish writer, physician. Quoted in Robert Carruthers, The Poetical Works of Pope, vol. 1, ch. 3 (1853). Arbuthnot referred to Edmund Curll, publisher of brief biographies of eminent people following their deaths.)
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  • 39.
    Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Rambler, no. 48 (London, Sept. 1, 1750).)
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  • 40.
    There's only one reality, Rachel, and that is death. I bring you death. A living death. Are you afraid?... I bring you the darkness of centuries past and centuries to come. Eternal life and eternal death. Now do you fear?
    (Pat Fielder. Paul Landres. Dracula (Francis Lederer), The Return of Dracula, in the bedroom of his "cousin," (1958).)
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