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There is nothing certain in man's life but this, that he must lose it.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

No man who is fit to live need fear to die. Poor, timorous, faithless souls that we are! How we shall smile at our vain alarms when the worst has happened! To us here, death is the most terrible thing we know. But when we have tasted its reality, it will mean to us birth, deliverance, a new creation of ourselves. It will be what health is to the sick man. It will be what home is to the exile. It will be what the loved one given back is to the bereaved. As we draw near to it, a solemn gladness should fill our hearts. It is God's great morning lighting up the sky. Our fears are the terror of children in the night. The night with its terrors, its darkness, its feverish dreams, is passing away; and when we awake, it will be into the sunlight of God.
      - George Spring Merriam

It is by no means a fact that death is the worst of all evils; when it comes it is an alleviation to mortals who are worn out with sufferings.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

If I should die to-night,
  My friends would look upon my quiet face
    Before they laid it in its resting-place,
      And deem that death had left it almost fair.
      - Robert C.V. Meyers,
        If I should Die Tonight

Death and love are the two wings which bear man from earth to heaven.
      - Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarrotti)

If life be a pleasure, yet, since death also is sent by the hand of the same Master, neither should that displease us.
      - Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarrotti)

Today if death did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it.
  [Lat., Aujourd'hui si la mort n' existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer.]
      - Millaud,
        when voting for the death of Louis XVI

Death is delightful. Death is dawn,
  The waking from a weary night
    Of fevers unto truth and light.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
        Even So (st. 35)

Death cannot come
  To him untimely who is fit to die;
    The less of this cold world, the more of heaven;
      The briefer life, the earlier immortality.
      - Rev. Henry Hart Milman

A death-like sleep,
  A gentle wafting to immortal life.
      - John Milton

Death ready stands to interpose his dart.
      - John Milton

To live a life half-dead, a living death.
      - John Milton

Where all life dies death lives.
      - John Milton

That golden key
  That opes the palace of eternity.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 13)

O fairest flower; no sooner blown but blaster,
  Soft, silken primrose fading timelessly.
      - John Milton,
        Ode on the Death of a Fair Infant Dying of a Cough

So spake the grisly Terror.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 704)

I fled, and cried out Death;
  Hell trembled at the hideous name, and sigh'd
    From all her caves, and back resounded Death.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 787)

Before mine eyes in opposition sits
  Grim Death, my son and foe.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 803)

  Grinned horrible a ghastly smile, to hear
    His famine should be filled.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 845)

Eas'd the putting off
  These troublesome disguises which we wear.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 739)

Behind her Death
  Close following pace for pace, not mounted yet
    On his pale horse.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. X, l. 588)

How gladly would I meet
  Mortality my sentence, and be earth
    Insensible! how glad would lay me down
      As in my mother's lap!
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. X, l. 775)

And over them triumphant Death his dart
  Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invoked.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XI, l. 491)

Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.
      - Wilson Mizner

We are all mortal, and each one is for himself.
  [Fr., Nous sommes tous mortels, et chacun est pour soi.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        L'Ecole des Femmes (II, 6)

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