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IMMORTALITY
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'Tis true; 'tis certain; man though dead retains
  Part of himself; the immortal mind remains.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXIII, l. 122), (Pope's translation)

The muse does not allow the praise-de-serving here to die: she enthrones him in the heavens.
  [Lat., Dignum laude virum Musa vetat mori;
    Coelo Musa beat.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (IV, 8, 28)

The nearer I approach the end, the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies which invite me.
      - Victor Hugo

Doth this soul within me, this spirit of thought, and love, and infinite desire, dissolve as well as the body? Has nature, who quenches our bodily thirst, who rests our weariness, and perpetually encourages us to endeavor onwards, prepared no food for this appetite of immortality?
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Our hope of immortality does not come from any religions, but nearly all religions come from that hope.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

But all lost things are in the angels' keeping, Love;
  No past is dead for us, but only sleeping, Love;
    The years of Heaven with all earth's little pain
      Make Good
        Together there we can begin again
          In babyhood.
      - Helen Hunt Jackson (Helen Hunt), At Last
         (st. 6)

How gloomy would be the mansions of the dead to him who did not know that he should never die: that what now acts shall continue its agency, and what now thinks shall think on forever!
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

No, no, I'm sure,
  My restless spirit never could endure
    To brood so long upon one luxury,
      Unless it did, though fearfully, espy
        A hope beyond the shadow of a dream.
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. I)

He ne'er is crowned with immortality
  Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. II)

I long to believe in immortality. . . . If I am destined to be happy with you here--how short is the longest life. I wish to believe in immortality--I wish to live with you forever.
      - John Keats (1), Letter to Fanny Brawne
         (XXXVI)

Men are immortal till their work is done.
      - David Livingstone, Letter,
        describing the death of Bishop Mackenzie in Africa

Safe from temptation, safe from sin's pollution,
  She lives, whom we call dead.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Resignation
         (st. 7)

And in the wreck of noble lives
  Something immortal still survives.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Building of the Ship (l. 375)

Why do you weep? Did you think I was immortal?
      - Louis XIV ("Le Grand"), on his deathbed

The seed dies into a new life, and so does man.
      - George MacDonald

I came from God, and I'm going back to God, and I won't have any gaps of death in the middle of my life.
      - George MacDonald, Mary Marston (ch. LVII)

We do not believe immortality because we have proved it, but we forever try to prove it because we believe it.
      - James Martineau

Of such as he was, there be few on earth;
  Of such as he is, there are few in Heaven:
    And life is all the sweeter that he lived,
      And all he loved more sacred for his sake:
        And Death is all the brighter that he died,
          And Heaven is all the happier that he's there.
      - Gerald Massey,
        In Memoriam for Earl Brownlow

Death from sin no power can separate.
      - John Milton

For who would lose,
  Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
    Those thoughts that wander through eternity,
      To perish rather, swallow'd up and lost
        In the wide womb of uncreated night,
          Devoid of sense and motion?
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 146)

They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
  Quaff immortality and joy.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 637)

For spirits that live throughout
  Vital in every part, not as frail man,
    In entrails, heart or head, liver or reins,
      Cannot but by annihilating die.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VI, l. 345)

When the good man yields his breath
  (For the good man never dies).
      - James Montgomery,
        The Wanderer of Switzerland (pt. V)

It is our souls which are the everlastingness of God's purpose in this earth.
      - William Mountford (1)

Let a disciple live as Christ lived, and he will easily believe in living again as Christ does.
      - William Mountford (1)


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