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Rome can give no dispensation from death.
  [Fr., On n'a point pour la mort de dispense de Rome.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        L'Etourdi (II, 4)

All our days travel toward death, and the last one reaches it.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

If I were a writer of books, I would compile a register, with the comment of the various deaths of men; and it could not but be useful, for who should teach men to die would at the same time teach them to live.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The premeditation of death is the premeditation of liberty; he who has learnt to die has forgot to serve.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

There is nothing of evil in life for him who rightly comprehends that death is no evil; to know how to die delivers us from all subjection and constraint.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

We hold death, poverty, and grief for our principal enemies; but this death, which some repute the most dreadful of all dreadful things, who does not know that others call it the only secure harbor from the storm and tempests of life, the sovereign good of nature, the sole support of liberty, and the common and sudden remedy of all evils?
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
  [Fr., La mort (dict on) nous acquitte de toutes nos obligations.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. I, ch. 7)

The dead are like the stars, by day
  Withdrawn from mortal eye,
    But not extinct, they hold their way
      In glory through the sky:
        Spirits from bondage thus set free,
          Vanish amidst immensity.
            Where human thought, like human sight,
              Fails to pursue their trackless flight.
      - James Montgomery

There's nothing terrible in death;
  'Tis but to cast our robes away,
    And sleep at night, without a breath
      To break repose till dawn of day.
      - Robert Montgomery, In Memory of E.G.

Weep not for those whom the veil of the tomb
  In life's happy morning hath hid from our eyes,
    Ere sin threw a blight o'er the spirit's young bloom
      Or earth had profaned what was born for the skies.
      - Thomas Moore, Weep not for Those, a song

But since, howe'er protracted, death will come,
  Why fondly study, with ingenious pains,
    To put it off?--To breathe a little longer
      Is to defer our fate, but not to shun it.
      - Hannah More

How short is human life! the very breath
  Which frames my words accelerates my death.
      - Hannah More, King Hezekiah

When I remember all
  The friends so link'd together,
    I've seen around me fall,
      Like leaves in wintry weather;
        I feel like one who treads alone
          Some banquet hall deserted,
            Whose lights are fled, whose garlands dead,
              And all but he departed.
      - Sir Thomas More, Oft in the Stilly Night

I know what every colored woman in this country is doing. . . . Dying. Just like me. But the difference is they dying like a stump. Me, I'm going down like one of those redwoods. I sure did live in this world.
      - Toni Morrison, Sula

Be happy while y'er leevin,
  For y'er a lang time deid.
      - Motto,
        Scotch motto for a house, found in "Notes and Queries", Dec. 7, 1901

At end of Love, at end of Life,
  At end of Hope, at end of Strife,
    At end of all we cling to so--
      The sun is setting--must we go?
        At dawn of Love, at dawn of Life
          At dawn of Peace that follows Strife,
            At dawn of all we long for so--
              The sun is rising--let us go?
      - Louise Chandler Moulton, At End

There is rust upon locks and hinges,
  And mould and blight on the walls,
    And silence faints in the chambers,
      And darkness waits in the halls.
      - Louise Chandler Moulton, House of Death

The day of our decease will be that of our coming of age; and with our last breath we shall become free of the universe. And in some region of infinity, and from among its splendors, this earth will be looked back on like a lowly home, and this life of ours be remembered like a short apprenticeship to duty.
      - William Mountford (1)

Yes, death--the hourly possibility of it--death is the sublimity of life.
      - William Mountford (1)

Two hands upon the breast,
  And labor's done;
    Two pale feet cross'd in rest,
      The race is won.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        Now and Afterwards

When death gives us a long lease of life, it takes as hostages all those whom we have loved.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

That evil can never be great which is the last.
      - Cornelius Nepos

So that he seemed to depart not from life, but from one home to another.
  [Lat., Ut non ex vita, sed ex domo in domum videretur migrare.]
      - Cornelius Nepos, Atticus

Xerxes the great did die;
  And so must you and I.
      - New England Primer

One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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