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Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.
      - Dr. John Donne

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friendís or of thine own were: any manís death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
      - Dr. John Donne,
        Devotions upon Emegent Occasions
         (Meditation XVII)

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
  Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
    For those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
      Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
      - Dr. John Donne, Holy Sonnets (no. X)

One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
  And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
      - Dr. John Donne, Holy Sonnets (no. X)

Death only this mysterious truth unfolds,
  The mighty soul how small a body holds.
      - John Dryden

No king nor nation one moment can retard the appointed hour.
      - John Dryden

Then 'tis our best, since thus ordain'd to die,
  To make a virtue of necessity.
    Take what he gives, since to rebel is vain,
      The bad grows better which we well sustain,
        And could we choose the time and choose aright,
          'Tis best to die, our honor at the height.
      - John Dryden

Welcome, thou kind deceiver!
  Thou best of thieves! who, with an easy key,
    Dost open life, and, unperceived by us,
      Even steal us from ourselves.
      - John Dryden, All for Love (act V, sc. 1)

Death in itself is nothing; but we fear
  To be we know not what, we know not where.
      - John Dryden, Aurengzebe (act IV, sc. 1)

So was she soon exhaled, and vanished hence;
  As a sweet odour, of a vast expense.
    She vanished, we can scarcely say she died.
      - John Dryden,
        Elegiacs--To the Memory of Mrs. Anne Killegrew
         (l. 303)

Of no distemper, of no blast he died,
  But fell like autumn fruit that mellow'd long.
      - John Dryden, Oedipus
         (act IV, sc. 1, l. 265)

He was exhal'd; his great Creator drew
  His spirit, as the sun the morning dew.
      - John Dryden,
        On the Death of a Very Young Gentleman
         (l. 25)

Heaven gave him all at once; then snatched away,
  Ere mortals all his beauties could survey;
    Just like the flower that buds and withers in a day.
      - John Dryden, On the Death of Amyntas

Like a led victim, to my death I'll go,
  And dying, bless the hand that gave the blow.
      - John Dryden, The Spanish Friar
         (act II, sc. 1, l. 64)

In the jaws of death.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes
         (second week, first day)

How much of love lies buried in dusty graves!
      - Francis Alexander Durivage

He not busy being born is busy dying.
      - Bob Dylan (f/k/a Robert Allen Zimmerman)

He who's not busy being born is busy dying.
      - Bob Dylan (f/k/a Robert Allen Zimmerman)

We weep over the graves of infants and the little ones taken from us by death; but an early grave may be the shortest way to heaven.
      - Tryon Edwards

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

Death is the only physician, the shadow of his valley the only journeying that will cure us of age and the gathering fatigue of years.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Those only can thoroughly feel the meaning of death who know what is perfect love.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Death is the king of this world: 'tis his park
  Where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain
    Are music for his banquet.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. II)

All my possessions for a moment of time.
      - Elizabeth I, her last words

As for my own part, I care not for death; for all men are mortal, and though I be a mortal, yet I have as good a courage answerable to my place as ever my father had. I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the realm in my petticoat, I were able to live in any place in Christendom.
      - Elizabeth I,
        to a committee of Parliament, found in Chamberlain's "Sayings of Queen Elizabeth"

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