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My friend, there will come one day to you a Messenger, whom you cannot treat with contempt. He will say, "Come with me;" and all your pleas of business cares and earthly loves will be of no avail. When his cold hand touches yours, the key of the counting-room will drop forever, and he will lead you away, from all your investments, your speculations, your bank-notes and real estate, and with him you will pass into eternity, up to the bar of God. You will not be too busy to die.
      - Abbott E. Kittredge

Nay, why should I fear Death,
  Who gives us life, and in exchange takes breath?
      - Frederic Lawrence Knowles, Laus Mortis

When I have folded up this tent
  And laid the soiled thing by,
    I shall go forth 'neath different stars,
      Under an unknown sky.
      - Frederic Lawrence Knowles, The Last Word

Death never happens but once, yet we feel it every moment of our lives.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

If some men died and others did not, death would indeed be a most mortifying evil.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

What is certain in death is somewhat softened by what is uncertain; it is an indefiniteness in the time, which holds a certain relation to the infinite, and what is called eternity.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Gone before
  To that unknown and silent shore.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia), Hester
         (st. 1)

Can that man be dead
  Whose spiritual influence is upon his kind?
    He lives in glory; and his speaking dust
      Has more of life than half its breathing moulds.
      - Margaret Landon

The happiest of pillows is not that which love first presses! it is that which death has frowned on and passed over.
      - Walter Savage Landor

One destin'd period men in common have,
  The great, the base, the coward, and the brave,
    All food alike for worms, companions in the grave.
      - Lord Henry P. Lansdowne, Marquis of Lansdowne,
        Meditation on Death

Few people know death, we only endure it, usually from determination, and even from stupidity and custom; and most men only die because they know not how to prevent dying.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims

Feasts and business and pleasure and enjoyments seem great things to us, whilst we think of nothing else; but as soon as we add death to them they all sink into an equal littleness.
      - William Law

The eyes of our souls only then begin to see when our bodily eyes are closing.
      - William Law

What is death, after all? We leave only mortals behind us.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.
      - G. Gordon Liddy

All was ended now, the hope and the fear and the sorrow, all the aching of heart, the restless, unsatisfied longing, all the dull, deep pain, and constant anguish of patience.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Death brings us again to our friends. They are waiting for us, and we shall not be long. They have gone before us, and are like the angels in heaven. They stand upon the borders of the grave to welcome us with the countenance of affection which they wore on earth,--yet more lovely, more radiant, more spiritual.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The air is full of farewells to the dying,
  And mournings for the dead.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended, but has one vacant chair!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

'Tis the cessation of our breath.
  Silent and motionless we lie;
    And no one knoweth more than this.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The young may die, but the old must!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend
         (pt. IV, The Cloisters)

There is no confessor like unto Death!
  Thou canst not see him, but he is near:
    Thou needest not whisper above thy breath,
      And he will hear;
        He will answer the questions,
          The vague surmises and suggestions,
            That fill thy soul with doubt and fear.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend
         (pt. V, The Inn at Genoa)

Death never takes one alone, but two!
  Whenever he enters in at a door,
    Under roof of gold or roof of thatch,
      He always leaves it upon the latch,
        And comes again ere the year is o'er,
          Never one of a household only.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend
         (pt. VI, The Farm-House in the Odenwald)

And, as she looked around, she saw how Death, the consoler,
  Laying his hand upon many a heart, had healed it forever.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline
         (pt. II, V)

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