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Pray for the repose of His soul. He was so tired.
      - Frederick William Rolfe ("Baron Corvo"),
        Hadrian VII (ch. 24)

Sleep that no pain shall wake,
  Night that no morn shall break,
    Till joy shall overtake
      Her perfect peace.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti, Dream-Land
         (st. 4)

There is no music more for him:
  His lights are out, his feast is done;
    His bowl that sparkled to the brim
      Is drained, is broken, cannot hold.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti, Peal of Bells

When I am dead, my dearest,
  Sing no sad songs for me;
    Plant thou no roses at my head,
      No shady cypress tree.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti, Song

The biologist passes, the frog remains.
      - Jean Rostand

I go to see the sun for the last time.
  [Fr., Je m'em vais voir le soleil pour la derniere fois.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

If Socrates died like a sage, Jesus died like a God.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

O death! thou gentle end of human sorrows.
      - Nicholas Rowe

'Tis not the stoic's lesson, got by rote,
  The pomp of words, and pedant dissertation,
    That can support thee in that hour of terror.
      Books have taught cowards to talk nobly of it;
        But when the trial comes, they start and stand aghast.
      - Nicholas Rowe

Death is the privilege of human nature,
  And life without it were not worth our taking:
    Thither the poor, the pris'ner, and the mourner
      Fly for relief, and lay the burthens down.
      - Nicholas Rowe, The Fair Penitent
         (act V, sc. 1, l. 138)

Our respect for the dead, when they are just dead, is something wonderful, and the way we show it more wonderful still. We show it with black feathers and black horses; we show it with black dresses and black heraldries; we show it with costly obelisks and sculptures of sorrow, which spoil half of our beautiful cathedrals. We show it with frightful gratings and vaults, and lids of dismal stone, in the midst of the quiet grass; and last, and not least, we show it by permitting ourselves to tell any number of falsehoods we think amiable or credible in the epitaph.
      - John Ruskin

I do so hate to leave this world.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Out of the chill and the shadow,
  Into the thrill and the shine;
    Out of the dearth and the famine,
      Into the fulness divine.
      - Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Sangster,
        Going Home

Love makes us poets, and the approach of death should makes us philosophers.
      - George Santayana

Death is an evil; the gods have so judged; had it been good, they would die.
      - Sappho

Death is a mighty mediator. There all the flames of rage are extinguished, hatred is appeased, and angelic pity, like a weeping sister, bends with gentle and close embrace over the funeral urn.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

That which is so universal as death must be a benefit.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Day's lustrous eyes grow heavy in sweet death.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        The Assignation (st. 4),
        (Lord Lytton's translation)

If you do not dare to die you will never win life.
  [Ger., Und setzet ihr nicht das Leben ein,
    Nie wird euch das Leben gewonnen sein.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Lager (XI, chorus)

Good night, Gordon. I am thinking of taking a long sleep.
  [Ger., Gut' Nacht, Gordon.
    Ich denke einen langen Schlaf zu thun.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (V, 5, 85)

Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Death is dreadful, but in the first springtime of youth, to be snatched forcibly from the banquet to which the individual has but just sat down is peculiarly appalling.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last final awakening.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The soul too soft its ills to bear,
  Has left our mortal hemisphere,
    And sought in better world the meed
      To blameless life by heaven decreed.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Haste thee, haste thee, to be gone!
  Earth flits fast and time draws on:
    Gasp thy gasp, and groan thy groan!
      Day is near the breaking.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Death Chant

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