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IMMORTALITY
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[ Also see Death Eternity Fame Future Futurity Heaven Life Monuments Mortality Paradise Religion Resurrection Soul ]

O, listen man!
  A voice within us speaks that startling word,
    "Man, thou shalt never die!" Celestial voices
      Hymn it unto our souls: according harps,
        By angel fingers touched, when the mild stars
          Of morning sang together, sound forth still
            The song of our great immortality.
      - Richard Henry Dana, Sr.

The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover; it is kept alive by hope and fear, by childish faith, and by cowardice.
      - Clarence Darrow

The three states of the caterpillar, larva, and butterfly have, since the time of the Greek poets, been applied to typify the human being,--its terrestrial form, apparent death, and ultimate celestial destination.
      - Sir Humphrey Davy

There may be beings, thinking beings, near or surrounding us, which we do not perceive, which we cannot imagine. We know very little; but, in my opinion, we know enough to hope for the immortality, the individual immortality, of the better part of man.
      - Sir Humphrey Davy

For I never have seen, and never shall see, that the cessation of the evidence of existence is necessarily evidence of the cessation of existence.
      - William de Morgan, Joseph Vance (ch. XL)

Immortality! We bow before the very term. Immortality! Before it reason staggers, calculation recline her tired head, and imagination folds her weary pinions. Immortality! It throws open the portals of the vast forever; it puts the crown of deathless destiny upon every human brow; it cries to every uncrowned king of men, "Live forever, crowned for the empire of a deathless destiny!"
      - George Wiliam Douglas

I don't want to achieve immortality by being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I want to achieve immortality by not dying.
      - Leo Durocher

Do you believe in immortality? No, and one life is enough for me.
      - Albert Einstein

Everything is prospective, and man is to live hereafter. That the world is for his education is the only sane solution of the enigma.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Immortality will come to such as are fit for it; and he who would be a great soul in the future must be a great soul now.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson's Journal
         (July, 1855)

O, what a fate is that of man! As often as I hear of some undeserved wretchedness, my thoughts rest on that world where all will be made straight, and where the labors of the sorrowful will end in joy. O that we could call up in the hearts of the afflicted such thoughts!
      - Johann Gottlieb Fichte

Earthly providence is a travesty of justice on any other theory than that it is a preliminary stage, which is to be followed by rectifications. Either there must be a future, or consummate injustice sits upon the throne of the universe. This is the verdict of humanity in all the ages.
      - Randolph S. Foster

I feel that I was made to complete things. To accomplish only a mass of beginnings and attempts would be to make a total failure of life. Perfection is the heritage with which my Creator has endowed me, and since this short life does not give completeness, I must have immortal life in, which to find it.
      - Randolph S. Foster

I believe . . . that the soul of Man is immortal and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Thus God's children are immorall whiles their
  Father hath anything for them to do on earth.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Church History
         (bk. II, century VIII, 18, On Bede's Death)

Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If your contribution has been vital there will always be somebody to pick up where you left off, and that will be your claim to immortality.
      - Walter Gropius

The hope of immortality makes heroes of cowards.
      - Thomas Guthrie (1)

After the sleep of death we are to gather up our forces again with the incalculable results of this life, a crown of shame or glory upon our heads, and begin again on a new level of progress.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

Yet spirit immortal, the tomb cannot bind thee,
  But like thine own eagle that soars to the sun
    Thou springest from bondage and leavest behind thee
      A name which before thee no mortal hath won.
      - attributed to Lyman Heath,
        The Grave of Bonaparte

Immortality--twin sister of Eternity.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Work for immortality if you will: then wait for it.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

One who contends with immortals lives a very short life.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")


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