We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most profound quotes about death. Here are some of their replies:
2. "Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?"
Suggested by Matthew Hall, Facebook
3. "If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death"
Suggested by Tawny Mangiaracina, Facebook
4. "Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace."
—Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost
Suggested by Sara Ranus., Facebook
6. "Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another."
Suggested by Andrew Deek, Facebook
7. "Life asked death, 'Why do people love me but hate you?' Death responded, 'Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth."
Suggested by katielb31
8. "It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: Second Series
Suggested by Sarah Stokes, Facebook
10. "End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it."
—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
Suggested by Maggie Jane, Facebook
11."It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more."
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Suggested by jodyr45e63aced
12. "Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out."
—Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper
Suggested by Ashley Pudding
14. "They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time."
Suggested by sivanspb
15. "Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you"
—Welcome to Night Vale
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16. "I have come to know that it [death] is an important thing to keep in mind — not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die I can ever truly begin to live."
—R.A. Salvatore, The Halfling's Gem
Suggested by majesticblue24
18. "Death is but a door, time is but a window. I'll be back!"
Suggested by Matt Kiebus
19. "You needn't die happy when your time comes, but you must die satisfied, for you have lived your life from the beginning to the end . . ."
—Stephen King, The Dark Tower
Suggested by sdkghas
20. "Neither the sun, nor death can be looked at steadily."
—François de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
Suggested by tristane2
22. "The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?"
—Edgar Allan Poe, "The Premature Burial"
Suggested by roses4356026d6
23. "Dying / Is an art, like everything else."
—Sylvia Plath, "Lady Lazarus"
Suggested by dreemscheme
24. "I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it."
Suggested by beatrixthekidd
26. "You'll drift apart, it's true, but you'll be out in the open, part of everything alive again."
—Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
Suggested by theatercab
27. "Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is just a passing shadow of a cloud."
—Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Suggested by Rachel Harbin, Facebook
28. "How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?"
—Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Suggested by deniser403a43c95