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Even trees do not die without a groan.
      - Henry David Thoreau

And at the departure he will say, "Mayst thou rest soundly and quietly, and may the light turf lie easy on thy bones."
  [Lat., Et "Bene," discedens dicet, "placideque quiescas;
    Terraque securae sit super ossa levis."
      - Albius Tibullus, Carmina (II, 4, 49)

I hear a voice you cannot hear,
  Which says, I must not stay;
    I see a hand you cannot see,
      Which beckons me away.
      - Thomas Tickell, Colin and Lucy

These taught us how to live; and (oh, too high
  The price for knowledge!) taught us how to die.
      - Thomas Tickell,
        On the Death of Mr. Addison (l. 81)

There will be sex after death, we just will not be able to feel it.
      - Lily Tomlin

I believe if I should die,
  And you should kiss my eyelids where I lie
    Cold, dead, and dumb to all the world contains,
      The folded orbs would open at thy breath,
        And from its exile in the Isles of Death
          Life would come gladly back along my veins.
      - Mary Ashley Townsend, Love's Belief

O Death, what are thou? nurse of dreamless slumbers freshening the fevered flesh to a wakefulness eternal.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

O Death, what art thou? a Lawgiver that never altereth,
  Fixing the consummating seal, whereby the deeds of life become established;
    O Death, what art thou? a stern and silent usher,
      Leading to the judgment for Eternity, after the trial scene of Time;
        O Death, what art thou? an husbandman that reapeth always,
          Out of season, as in season, with the sickle in his hand.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Death is like a fisherman, who, having caught a fish in his net, leaves it in the water for a time; the fish continues to swim about, but all the while the net is round it, and the fishermen will snatch it out in his own good time.
      - Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, On the Eve
         (ch. 35), (Gilbert Gardiner translation)

The report of my death was an exaggeration.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        in the "New York Journal" on June 2, 1897

Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Pudd'nhead Wilson (ch. 3)

If you've got a nice fresh corpse, fetch him out!
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        The Innocents Abroad (ch. 27)

Dear beauteous death, the jewel of the just.
      - Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist")

It becomes an emperor to die standing (i.e., "in harness").
  [Lat., Decet imperatorem statem mori.]
      - Vespasian (Titus Flavius Vespasianus)

Is it then so sad a thing to die?
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

The supreme day has come and the inevitable hour,
  [Lat., Venit summa dies et ineluctabile tempus.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (II, 324)

I have lived, and I have run the course which fortune allotted me; and now my shade shall descend illustrious to the grave.
  [Lat., Vixi, et quem dederat cursum fortuna, peregi:
    Et nunc magna mei sub terras currit imago.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (IV, 653)

The wave from which there is no return [the river Styx].
  [Lat., Irreameabilis unda.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VI, 425)

It is then so sad a thing to die.
  [Lat., Usque adeone mori miserum est?]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (XII, 646)

It is today, my dear, that I take a perilous leap.
  [Fr., C'est demain, me belle amie, que je fais le saut perilleux.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        quoting the words of King Henry when he was about to enter the Catholic Church

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
  [Fr., Le lache fuit en vain; la mort vole a sa suite:
    C'est en la defiant que le brave l'evite.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Le Triumvirat (IV, 7)

Let us live like those who expect to die, and then we shall find that we feared death only because we were unacquainted with it.
      - William Wake

But God, who is able to prevail, wrestled with him, as the angel did with Jacob, and marked him; marked him for his own.
      - Izaak Walton, Life of Donne

Softly his fainting head he lay
  Upon his Maker's breast;
    His Maker kiss'd his soul away,
      And laid his flesh to rest.
      - Isaac Watts, Death of Moses, in Lyrics

The tall, the wise, the reverend head,
  Must lie as low as ours.
      - Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
         (bk. II, hymn 63)

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