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Some die too young, some die too old; the precept sounds strange, but die at the right age.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

. . . I am become death, destroyer of worlds.
  [Often quoted as: I am become death, shatterer of worlds.]
      - J. Robert Oppenheimer,
        after 1st nuclear explosion, citing the Bhagavad Gita (...Death, the shatterer of Worlds)

And die with decency.
      - Thomas Otway, Venice Preserved
         (act V, sc. 3)

It is only to those who have never lived that death ever can seems beautiful.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Wherever I look there is nothing but the image of death.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

We are all bound thither; we are hastening to the same common goal. Black death calls all things under the sway of its laws.
  [Lat., Tendimus huc omnes; metam properamus ad unam. Omnia sub leges mors vocat atra suas.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ad Liviam

Thou fool, what is sleep but the image of death? Fate will give an eternal rest.
  [Lat., Stulte, quid est somnus, gelidae nisi mortis imago?
    Longa quiescendi tempora fata dabunt.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (II, 9, 41)

Man should ever look to his last day, and no one should be called happy before his funeral.
  [Lat., Ultima semper
    Expectanda dies homini est, dicique beatus
      Ante obitum nemo et suprema funera debet.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (III, 135)

Death is not grievous to me, for I shall lay aside my pains by death.
  [Lat., Nec mihi mors gravis est posituro morte dolores.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (III, 471)

Wherever you look there is nothing but the image of death.
  [Lat., Quocunque adspicias, nihil est nisi mortis imago.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (I, 2, 23)

Death is not the monarch of the dead, but of the dying. The moment he obtains a conquest, he loses a subject.
      - Thomas Paine

Death's but a path that must be trod,
  If man would ever pass to God.
      - Thomas Parnell, A Night-Piece on Death
         (l. 67)

Death is easier to bear without thinking of it, than the thought of death without peril.
      - Blaise Pascal

Death itself is less painful when it comes upon us unawares than the bare contemplation of it, even when danger is far distant.
      - Blaise Pascal

Is it courage in a dying man to go, in weakness and in agony, to affront an almighty and eternal God?
      - Blaise Pascal

Reflect on death as in Jesus Christ, not as without Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ it is dreadful, it is alarming, it is the terror of nature. In Jesus Christ it is fair and lovely, it is good and holy, it is the joy of saints.
      - Blaise Pascal

Death comes to all. His cold and sapless hand
  Waves o'er the world, and beckons us away.
    Who shall resist the summons?
      - Thomas Love Peacock, Time

He that lives to forever, never fears dying.
      - William Penn

O lady, he is dead and gone!
  Lady, he's dead and gone!
    And at his head a green grass turfe,
      And at his heels a stone.
      - Thomas Percy,
        Reliques--The Friar of Orders Gray

For death betimes is comfort, not dismay,
  And who can rightly die needs no delay.
      - Francesco Petrarch, To Laura in Death
         (canzone V, st. 6)

For life is nearer every day to death.
  [Lat., Nam vita morti propior est quotidie.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (bk. IV, 25, 10)

Look forward a little further to the period when all the noise and tumult and business of this world shall have closed forever.
      - John Gregory Pike

For the fear of death is indeed the pretence of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being a pretended knowledge of the unknown; and no one knows whether death, which men in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Is there not here conceit of knowledge, which is a disgraceful sort of ignorance?
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

There is a doctrine uttered in secret that man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door of his prison and run away; this is a great mystery which I do not quite understand. Yet I, too, believe that the gods are our guardians, and that we are a possession of theirs.
 * * * * *
Then there may be reason in saying that a man should wait, and not take his own life until God summons him, as he is now summoning me.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles},
        Dialogues--Phaedo (par. 42)

He whom the gods favor dies in youth.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Bacchides
         (act 4, sc. 7, l. 18)

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