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It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying.
      - Marcel Proust

If a man leaves children behind him, it is as if he did not die.
      - Proverb, (Moroccan)

If thou expect death as a friend, prepare to entertain it; if thou expect death as an enemy, prepare to overcome it; death has no advantage, but when it comes a stranger.
      - Francis Quarles

The birds of the air die to sustain thee; the beasts of the field die to nourish thee; the fishes of the sea die to feed thee. Our stomachs are their common sepulchre. Good God! with how many deaths are our poor lives patched up! how full of death is the life of momentary man!
      - Francis Quarles

To fear death is the way to live long; to lie afraid of death is to be long a dying.
      - Francis Quarles

Death aims with fouler spite
  At fairer marks.
      - Francis Quarles, Divine Poems

It is the lot of man but once to die.
      - Francis Quarles, Emblems (bk. V, em. 7)

I am going to seek a great perhaps; draw the curtain, the farce is played.
  [Fr., Je m'em vais chercher un grand peut-etre; tirez le rideau, la farce est jouee.]
      - attributed to Francois Rabelais,
        by tradition from Motteux's "Life of Rabelais"

And greedy Acheron does not relinquish its prey.
  [Fr., Et l'avare Acheron ne lache pas sa proie.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Phedre
         (act II, sc. 5)

Death, which hateth and destroyeth a man, is believed; God, which hath made him and loves him, is always deferred.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hast cast out of the world and despised: thou hast drawn together all the far stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hic jacet!
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1),
        Historie of the World
         (bk. V, pt. I, ch. VI)

Hushed in the alabaster arms of Death,
  Our young Marcellus sleeps.
      - James Ryder Randall, John Pelham

The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies.
      - John Ray (Wray)

Very Fair, She Sleeps.
  Frame Frail, What a Death!
    Rose, Close, The Breeze Her Seized.
      [Fr., Fort Belle, Elle Dort.
        Sort Frele, Quelle Mort!
          Rose Close, La Brise L'a Prise.]
      - Comte de Resseguier

But the grave is not deep; it is the shining tread of an angel that seeks us. When the unknown hand throws the fatal dart at the end of man, then boweth he his head and the dart only lifts the crown of thorns from his wounds.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Ephemera die all at sunset, and no insect of this class has ever sported in the beams of the morning sun. Happier are ye, little human ephemera! Ye played only in the ascending beams, and in the early dawn, and in the eastern light; ye drank only of the prelibations of life; hovered for a little space over the world of freshness and of blossoms; and fell asleep in innocence before yet the morning dew was exhaled.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The long sleep of death closes our scars, and the short sleep of life our wounds.
  [Ger., Der lange Schlaf des Todes schliesst unsere Narben zu, und der kutze des Lebens unsere Wunden.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Hesperus (XX)

Every day His servants are dying modestly and peacefully--not a word of victory on their lips; but Christ's deep triumph in their hearts--watching the slow progress of their own decay, and yet so far emancipated from personal anxiety that they are still able to think and plan for others, not knowing that they are doing any great thing. They die, and the world hears nothing of them; and yet theirs was the completest victory. They came to the battle field, the field to which they had been looking forward all their lives, and the enemy was not to be found. There was no foe to fight with.
      - Frederick William Robertson

However dreary we may have felt life to be here, yet when that hour comes-the winding up of all things, the last grand rush of darkness on our spirits, the hour of that awful sudden wrench from all we have ever known or loved, the long farewell to sun, moon, stars, and light--brother man, I ask you this day, and I ask myself humbly and fearfully, "What will then be finished? When it is finished, what will it be? Will it be the butterfly existence of pleasure, the mere life of science, a life of uninterrupted sin and self-gratification, or will it be 'Father, I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do?'"-
      - Frederick William Robertson

I shall have more to say when I am dead.
      - Edwin Arlington Robinson

Not dead, but gone before.
      - Samuel Rogers

Those that he loved so long and sees no more,
  Loved and still loves--not dead, but gone before,
    He gathers round him.
      - Samuel Rogers, Human Life (l. 739)

If you live right, death is a joke to you as far as fear is concerned.
      - Will Rogers

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