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If we could know
  Which of us, darling, would be first to go,
    Who would be first to breast the swelling tide
      And step alone upon the other side--
        If we could know!
      - Mrs. Foster Ely, If We could Know

I have heard that death takes us away from ill things, not from good. I have heard that when we pronounce the name of man we pronounce the belief of immortality.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He thought it happier to be dead,
  To die for Beauty, than live for bread.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Beauty (l. 25)

Against specious appearances we must set clear convictions, bright and ready for use. When death appears as an evil, we ought immediately to remember that evils are things to be avoided, but death is inevitable.
      - Epictetus

Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible, be daily before your eyes, but death chiefly; and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.
      - Epictetus

Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.
      - Epicurus

Thus that which is the most awful of evils, death, is nothing to us, since when we exist there is no death, and when there is death we do not exist.
      - Epicurus

You who come my grave to view,
  A moment stop and think,
    That I am in eternity,
      And you are on the brink.
      - Epitaph

Who knows that 'tis not life which we call death, and death our life on earth?
      - Euripides

But learn that to die is a debt we must all pay.
      - Euripides, Alcestis (418)

I don't want to hear about my death.
      - Oriana Fallaci

Out of the strain of the Doing,
  Into the peace of the Done;
    Out in the thirst of Pursuing,
      Into the rapture of Won,
        Out of grey mist into brightness,
          Out of pale dusk into Dawn--
            Out of all wrong into rightness,
              We from these fields shall be gone.
      - W.M.L. Fay, a poem in "Sunday at Home"

He that always waits upon God is ready wheresoever He calls. Neglect not to set your accounts even; he is a happy man who so lives as that death at all times may find him at leisure to die.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

I am not in the least surprised that your impression of death becomes more lively, in proportion as age and infirmity bring it nearer. God makes use of this rough trial to undeceive us in respect to our courage, to make us feel our weakness, and to keep us in all humility in His hands.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

There were some who said that a man at the point of death was more free than all others, because death breaks every bond, and over the dead the united world has no power.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

All death in nature is birth, and at the moment of death appears visibly the rising of life. There is no dying principle in nature, for nature throughout is unmixed life, which, concealed behind the old, begins again and develops itself. Death as well as birth is simply in itself, in order to present itself ever more brightly and more like to itself.
      - Johann Gottlieb Fichte

It hath been often said, that it is not death, but dying, which is terrible.
      - Henry Fielding

Sit the comedy out, and that done,
  When the Play's at an end, let the Curtain fall down.
      - Thomas Flatman, The Whim

Young Never-Grow-Old, with your heart of gold
  And the dear boy's face upon you;
    It is hard to tell, though we know it well,
      That the grass is growing upon you.
      - Alice McDonald Fleming, Spion Kop

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
      - Ian Fleming

Nature intends that, at fixed periods, men should succeed each other by the instrumentality of death. We shall never outwit Nature; we shall die as usual.
      - Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle

When you take the wires of the cage apart, you do not hurt the bird, but help it. You let it out of its prison. How do you know that death does not help me when it takes the wires of my cage down?--that it does not release me, and put me into solve better place, and better condition of life?
      - Randolph S. Foster

I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
      - Benjamin Franklin

A dying man can do nothing easy.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Last Words

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