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Without a belief in personal immortality, religion surely is like an arch resting on one pillar, like a bridge ending in an abyss.
      - (Friedrich) Max Muller

  Alone could teach this mortal how to die.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        Looking Death in the Face (l. 77)

One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Press onward through each varying hour;
  Let no weak fears thy course delay;
    Immortal being! feel thy power,
      Pursue thy bright and endless way.
      - Andrews Norton

And now have I finished a work which neither the wrath of Jove, nor fire, nor steel, nor all-consuming time can destroy. Welcome the day which can destroy only my physical man in ending my uncertain life. In my better part I shall be raised to immortality above the lofty stars, and my name shall never die.
  [Lat., Tamque opus exegi quod nec Jovis ira necignes
    Nec poterit ferrum, nec edax abolere vetustas.
      Cum volet illa dies quae nil nisi corporis hujus
        Jus habet, incerti spatium mihi siniat aevi;
          Parte tamen meliore mei super alta perennis
            Astra ferar, nomenque erit indelebile nostrum.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (XV, 871)

All men desire to be immortal.
      - Theodore Parker

I am conscious of eternal life.
      - Theodore Parker

I look through the grave into heaven.
      - Theodore Parker

There is something beyond the grave; death does not put an end to everything the dark shade escapes from the consumed pile.
  [Lat., Sund aliquid Manes; letum non omnia finit.
    Luridaque evictos effugit umbra rogos.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegioe
         (IV, 7, 1)

The reward of great men is that, long after they have died, one is not quite sure that they are dead.
      - Jules Renard

To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy death.
  'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow
    Thou must be made immortal.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Provost at IV, ii)

I hold it ever
  Virtue and cunning were endowments greater
    Than nobleness and riches. Careless heirs
      May the two latter darken and expend;
        But immortality attends the former,
          Making a man a god.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Cerimon at III, ii)

Her body sleeps in Capel's monument,
  And her immortal part with angels lives.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Man at V, i)

Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors,
        an essay, The Latest Theories

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
      - Socrates

Faith in the hereafter is as necessary for the intellectual as the moral character; and to the man of letters, as well as to the Christian, the present forms but the slightest portion of his existence.
      - Robert Southey

It is only our mortal duration that we measure by visible and measurable objects; and there is nothing mournful in the contemplation for one who knows that the Creator made him to be the image of his own eternity, and who feels that in the desire for immortality he has sure proof of his capacity for it.
      - Robert Southey

What a world were this,
  How unendurable its weight, if they
    Whom Death hath sundered did not meet again!
      - Robert Southey, Inscription XVII--Epitaph

To destroy the idea of the immortality of the soul is to add death to death.
      - Adélaïde-Emilie Filleul, Marquise de Souza-Botelho (Madame de Souza)

Thy lord shall never die, the whiles this verse
  Shall live, and surely it shall live for ever:
    For ever it shall live, and shall rehearse
      His worthy praise, and vertues dying never,
        Though death his soule do from his bodie sever:
          And thou thyselfe herein shalt also live;
            Such grace the heavens doe to my verses give.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Ruines of Time
         (l. 253)

Man is so created that as to his internal he cannot die; for he is capable of believing in God, and thus of being conjoined to God by faith and love, and to be conjoined to God is to live to eternity.
      - Emanuel Swedenborg (Swedberg)

I am restless. I am athirst for faraway things.
  My soul goes out in a longing to touch the skirt of the dim distance.
    O Great Beyond, O the keen call of thy flute!
      I forget, I ever forget, that I have no wings to fly, that I am bound in this spot evermore.
      - Rabindranath Tagore, Gardener (5)

Ah, Christ, that it were possible,
  For one short hour to see
    Te souls we loved, that they might tell us
      What and where they be.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Maud (pt. XXVI)

It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
  And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses (l. 65)

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