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The fear of death is indeed the pretense of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being a pretense of knowing 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. . . .
There are such things as a man shall remember with joy upon his death-bed; such as shall cheer and warm his heart even in that last and bitter agony.
- Bishop Robert South
The reconciling grave swallows distinction first, that made us foes; there all lie down in peace together.
- Thomas Southerne (Southern)
Among the poor, the approach of dissolution is usually regarded with a quiet and natural composure, which it is consolatory to contemplate, and which is as far removed from the dead palsy of unbelief as it is from the delirious raptures of fanaticism. Theirs is a true, unhesitating faith, and they are willing to lay down the burden of e weary life, in the sure and certain hope of a blessed immortality.
- Robert Southey
Death! to the happy thou art terrible;
But how the wretched love to think of thee,
O thou true comforter! the friend of all
Who have no friend beside!
- Robert Southey, Joan of Arc
(bk. I, l. 318)
Death is an equall doome
To good and bad, the common In of rest.
- Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (II, 59)
Death is the waiting-room where we robe ourselves for immortality.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.
- Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)
A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
- Joseph Stalin
No man but knows that he must die; he knows that in whatever quarter of the world he abides--whatever be his circumstances--however strong his present hold of life--however unlike the prey of death he looks--that it is his doom beyond reverse to die.
- Henry Stebbing
All that nature has prescribed must be good; and as death is natural to us, it is absurdity to fear it. Fear loses its purpose when we are sure it cannot preserve us, and we should draw resolution to meet it from the impossibility to escape it.
- Sir Richard Steele
Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.
- Gloria Steinem
Finality is death. Perfection is finality.
Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it.
- James Stephens, The Crock of Gold
(bk. 1, ch. 4)
Death opens the gate of fame, and shuts the gate of envy after it; it unlooses the chain of the captive, and puts the bondsman's task into another man's hand.
- Laurence Sterne
Whatever stress some may lay upon it, a death-bed repentance is but a weak and slender plank to trust our all on.
- Laurence Sterne
There is no death. The thing that we call death
Is but another, sadder name for life.
- Richard Henry Stoddard
Hail Caesar, we who are about to die salute you. (or, Hail Emperor, we salute you.)
[Lat., Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant (or, Ave Imperator, te salutamus.)]
- Caius Tranquillus Suetonius,
Tiberius Claudius Drusus (XXI, 13)
A man after death, is not a natural but a spiritual man; nevertheless he still appears in all respects like himself.
- Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg)
My sole defense against the natural horror which death inspires is to love beyond it.
- Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.
- Jonathan Swift
Death, if thou wilt, fain would I plead with thee:
Canst thou not spare, of all our hopes have built,
One shelter where our spirits fain would be
Death, if thou wilt?
- Algernon Charles Swinburne, A Dialogue
For thee, O now a silent soul, my brother,
Take at my hands this garland and farewell.
Thin is the leaf, and chill the wintry smell,
And chill the solemn earth, a fatal mother.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne, Ave Atque Vale
And hands that wist not though they dug a grave,
Undid the hasps of gold, and drank, and gave,
And he drank after, a deep glad kingly draught:
And all their life changed in them, for they quaffed
Death; if it be death so to drink, and fare
As men who change and are what these twain were.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne,
Tristram of Lyonesse--The Sailing of the Swallow
To die at the command of another is to die twice.
- Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
- Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims
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