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DEATH
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Death, whether it regards ourselves or others, appears less terrible in war than at home. The cries of women and children, friends in anguish, a dark room, dim tapers, priests and physicians, are what affect us the most on the death-bed. Behold us already more than half dead and buried.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

And they die
  An equal death,--the idler and the man
    Of mighty deeds.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. IX, l. 396), (Bryant's translation)

He slept an iron sleep,--
  Slain fighting for his country.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XI, l. 285), (Bryant's translation)

Death has left on her,
  Only the beautiful.
      - Thomas Hood

We thought her dying while she slept, and sleeping when she died.
      - Thomas Hood

One more unfortunate
  Weary of breath,
    Rashly importunate,
      Gone to her death!
      - Thomas Hood, Bridge of Sighs

We watch'd her breathing thro' the night,
  Her breathing soft and low,
    As in her breast the wave of life
      Kept heaving to and fro.
        . . . .
          Our very hopes belied our fears,
            Our fears our hopes belied;
              We though her dying when she slept,
                And sleeping when she died.
      - Thomas Hood, The Death-bed

Death is as the foreshadowing of life. We die that we may die no more.
      - Richard Hooker

Believe that each day is the last to shine upon thee.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Death alone of the gods loves not gifts, nor do you need to offer incense or libations; he cares not for altar nor hymn; the goddess of Persuasion alone of the gods has no Power over him.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Death is the last limit of all things.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Death is the ultimate boundary of human matters.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

He that cuts off twenty years of life
  Cuts off so many years of fearing death.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Pale death enters with impartial step the cottages of the poor and the palaces of the rich.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Swift death rushes upon us.
  [Lat., Cita mors ruit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        adapted from Sat. I, 8

One night is awaiting us all, and the way of death must be trodden once.
  [Lat., Omnes una manet nox,
    Et calcanda semel via leti.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 28, 15)

Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.
  [Lat., Pallida mors aequo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas
    Regumque turres.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 4, 13)

We are all compelled to take the same road; from the urn of death, shaken for all, sooner or later the lot must come forth.
  [Lat., Omnes eodem cogimur; omnium
    Versatur urna serius, ocius
      Sors exitura.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (II, 3, 25)

In the capacious urn of death, every name is shaken.
  [Lat., Omne capax movet urna nomen.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 1, 16)

Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
  To live and shame the land From which we sprung.
    Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
      But young men think it is, And we were young.
      - Alfred Edward Housman

A few feet under the ground reigns so profound a silence, and yet so much tumult on the surface!
      - Victor Hugo

It seems as though, at the approach of a certain dark hour, the light of heaven infills those who are leaving the light of earth.
      - Victor Hugo

Death is but a word to us. One's own experience alone can teach us the real meaning of the word. The sight of the dying does little. What one sees of them is merely what precedes death: dull unconsciousness is all we see. Whether this be so,--how and when the spirit wakes to life again,--this is what all wish to know, and what never can be known until it is experienced.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

What is death
  To him who meets it with an upright heart?
    A quiet haven, where his shatter'd bark
      Harbours secure, till the rough storm is past,
        Perhaps a passage overhung with clouds,
          But at its entrance, a few leagues beyond
            Opening to kinder skies and milder suns,
              And seas pacific as the soul that seeks them.
      - Rev. James Hurdis

Let us cross over the River, and rest under the shade of the Trees.
      - Thomas Jonathan Jackson ("Stonewall Jackson")


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