Dying Quotes

Roman Payne

It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: holding hands, hotel rooms, music, the physics of falling leaves, vanilla and jasmine, poppies, smiling, anthills, the color of the sky, coffee and cashmere, literature, sparks and subway trains... If only one could leave this life slowly!

Roman Payne

In life, more than in anything else, it isn’t easy to end up alive.. Roman Payne
In life, more than in anything else, it isn’t easy to end up alive.

John Green

Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the
Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.

Albert Camus

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.. Albert Camus
What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.

Benjamin J. Carey

At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Don't be decieved by your mortality, you're just a piece of debris, and the sophisticated one lies inside us which was either created or would be destroyed.

Agnostic Zetetic

One day, while life is being incredible and interesting, I’m going to die.

Orson Scott Card

He was cold and tired, but he ignored the cold. Around him stars shone. Some bright,
He was cold and tired, but he ignored the cold. Around him stars shone. Some bright, some dim, the most constant things in life. Segundo smiled up at them, happy at least to be dying among friends.

Neal Stephenson

Seven billion who need to be kept happy, and docile, until the end. How do you do that? What's the best way to calm down a scared kid, get them to go back to sleep? Tell them a story. Some shit about Jesus or whatever.

Simona Panova

My ghost is the only soul who ever comes to cry on my grave... Only the skies cried sincerely on my funeral.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Stop sleeping, Get to work! You will have much time to sleep when you die.

Michael Bassey Johnson

You can walk into your room after walking out through the door, but you cannot come out of your grave after being buried into the soil.

Dean Koontz

By doing, I learn what to do. By going, I learn where to go. One day,
By doing, I learn what to do. By going, I learn where to go. One day, by dying, I'll learn how to die, and leave the world and hope to land in light.


It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and-what will perhaps make you wonder more-it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.

P.D. James

It was reasonable to struggle, to suffer, perhaps even to die, for a more just, a more compassionate society, but not in a world with no future where, all to soon, the very words "justice," "compassion," "society," "struggle," "evil," would be unheard echoes on an empty air.

Franz Kafka

He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.

John Green

I liked being a person. I wanted to keep at it.

Jennifer Niven

People rarely bring flowers to a suicide.

Gloria Steinem

Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.

Elisabeth Elliot

When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!"

~Jim Elliot

Anthony De Mello

Any time you are with anyone or think of anyone you must say to yourself: I am dying and this person too is dying, attempting the while to experience the truth of the words you are saying. If every one of you agrees to practice this, bitterness will die out, harmony will arise.

Maitreya Rudrabhayananda

Death is known only through dying and truth is known only through diving deep within oneself.

Swami Dhyan Giten

To be able to die consciously, we need to prepare for death while we are still living.

Swami Dhyan Giten

Only a meditator is able to die consciously as life is an opportunity to prepare for death. Meditation is a death, a death of the ego.

Nenia Campbell

Nobody wants to believe that existence carries on without at least taking a stumble from their departure of this world.

Amit Kalantri

If you want you can die any way you want, but no matter how much you try you cannot live the way you want.

Sebastian Faulks

The thought of all that happiness was hard to bear. What's the point of happiness when all it does is throw the facts of dying into clear relief?

V.S. Carnes

He wanted to die. He prayed for it. Through the roar in his ears, he begged for it.

Jonathan Safran Foer

It's true, I am afraid of dying. I am afraid of the world moving forward without me, of my absence going unnoticed, or worse, being some natural force propelling life on. Is it selfish? Am I such a bad person for dreaming of a world that ends when I do? I don't mean the world ending with respect to me, but every set of eyes closing with mine.

Mitch Albom

But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.

Lauren Oliver

Things change after you die, though, I guess because dying is the loneliest thing you can do.

Nicholas Sparks

What happens if a car comes?
We die.

Lauren DeStefano

I wish I had a memory of that first violent shove, the shock of cold air, the sting of oxygen into new lungs. Everyone should remember being born. It doesn't seem fair that we only remember dying.

John Green

Right, well, he'd been sick for a while and his nurse said to him, 'You seem to be feeling better this morning,' and Isben looked at her and said, 'On the contrary,' and then he died.

John Green

You can't just make me different and then leave

Jess C. Scott

One hand was behind his back, and he held it out, presenting a bouquet of white and smoky purple lilies.

“They’re straight from the underworld, by the way. They are everlasting. They won’t die.

Rachel Klein

Girls are always saying things like, “I’m so unhappy that I’m going to overdose on aspirin,” but they’d be awfully surprised if they succeeded. They have no intention of dying. At the first sight of blood, they panic.

Sara Gruen

After sixty-one years together, she simply clutched my hand and exhaled.

Ray Bradbury

When you reach the stars, boy, yes, and live there forever, all the fears will go, and Death himself will die.

Richard Dawkins

When I am dying, I should like my life taken out under general anaesthetic, exactly as if it were a diseased appendix.

Julia Cameron

Sometimes the dying live more fiercely and wisely than the rest of us. (146)

Nenia Campbell

Once a flower is picked it immediately begins to die.

Emm Cole

Smiling at death seems like a pretty bold act. And so I smile like a damned fool.

Stephen Levine

Death is perfectly safe. (55)

T.S. Eliot

The dream crossed twilight between birth and dying.

Stephen Levine

I have seen many die, surrounded by loved ones, and their last words were ‘I love you.’ There were some who could no longer speak yet with their eyes and soft smile left behind that same healing message. I have been in rooms where those who were dying made it feel like sacred ground. (26)

Thomas Paine

Nothing, they say is more certain than death, and nothing more uncertain than the time of dying

Stephen Levine

I have seem even those who have long since abjured God die in grace. . . . Atheists don't use their drying to bargain for a better seat at the table; indeed they may not even believe supper is being served. They are not storing up 'merit.'; They just smile because their heart is ripe. They are kind for no particular reason; they just love.

Maurice Sendak

The day after Paul Newman was dead, he was twice as dead.

Doug Dillon

Dreams link us to those who have already left this life.

Mark Doty

And then we ease him out of that worn-out body with a kiss, and he's gone like a whisper, the easiest breath.

Anthony T. Kronman

The question of how to spend my life, of what my life is for, is a question posed only to me, and I can no more delegate the responsibility for answering it than I can delegate the task of dying.

John Green

Oh God, Alaska, I love you. I love you," and the Colonel whispered, "I'm so sorry, Pudge. I know you did," and I said, "No. Not past tense." She wasn't even a person anymore, just flesh rotting, but I loved her present tense.

Stevie Smith

Prate not to me of suicide, Faint heart in battle, not for pride I say Endure, but that such end denied Makes welcomer yet the death that's to be died.

Sri Chinmoy

Death is not the end death can never be the end. Death is the road. Life is the traveller. The Soul is the Guide

Richard Matheson

Because there was only one thing worse than dying. And that was knowing you were going to die. And where. And how. (“Death Ship”)

Osamu Dazai

In spite of my suffering, at the thought that I was sure to end up by killing myself, I cried aloud and burst into tears.

Dee Remy

Dark circles under my eyes sink deeper and deeper into my skull, in contrast to my pale skin there is an undeniable resemblance to a fresh corpse.

Benjamin J. Carey

Funerals aren't scheduled.

John Marsden

Dying's a fearful popular activity these days so we often double 'em up.

Thomas Nagel

I should not really object to dying were it not followed by death.

James Oswald

Neighbours complaining about someone’s dog making an awful racket. You could hardly blame the poor beast, its owner had died in her bed at least a fortnight before and there hadn’t been much left of the old girl worth eating.

John Green

Like they just wanted to enjoy The Gus Waters Show while it was still in town.

John Green

Losing you're co-remember meant losing the memory itself.

Rick Yancey

So cold your tears freeze against your cheeks.

'It's not my fault,' I told Bear. 'I don't make the weather. You got a beef, take it up with God.'

That's what I've been doing a lot lately: taking it up with God.

Like: God, WTF?

Roman Payne

May a man live well-, and long-enough, to leave many joyful widows behind him.

Veronica Roth

I breathe in. The water will wash my wounds clean. I breathe out. My mother submerged me in water when I was a baby, to give me to God. It has been a long time since I thought about God, but I think about him now. It is only natural. I am glad, suddenly, that I shot Eric in the foot instead of the head.

Horace McCoy

It's peculiar to me,' she said, 'that everybody pays so much attention to living and so little to dying. Why are these high-powered scientists always screwing around trying to prolong life instead of finding pleasant ways to end it? There must be a hell of a lot of people in the world like me-who want to die but haven't got the guts.

Lailah Gifty Akita

May you find comfort and peace in every situation.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Life is the only thing which can never be replaced when lost.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Everything is only a transition

Marcel Proust

No doubt my books too, like my mortal being, would eventually die, one day. But one has to resign oneself to dying. One accepts the thought that in ten years oneself, in a hundred years one's books, will not exist. Eternal duration is no more promised to books than it is to men.

Markus Zusak

It is early, early morning. It's that time when it's still dark but you know the day is coming. Blue is bleeding through black. Stars are dying.

Michael Paterniti

All of these people, it was as if they were all turning to gold, all marked with an invisible X on their foreheads, as of course we are, too, the place and time yet to be determined. Yes, we are burning down; time is disintegrating.

Sanhita Baruah

I knelt in front of life, folded my hands and prayed for some more time; there couldn't be any. My heart bled and so did my tearful eyes.
Time, they say, flies, but I saw it slowly passing by taking each of my tardy breaths with it as it walked out of my life...

Pema Chödrön

Making good use of our limited time - the limited time from birth to death, as well as our limited time each day - is the key to developing inner steadiness and calm.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Sex doesn't satisfy for a lifetime, the more you have it, the more you want it. And the more you have it, the more you die out.

Tonya Hurley

She was a dead girl having the worst panic attack shed ever had. Not because she was afraid of dying, but because she knew that she would never live again.

Rose Wynters

Fear and hopelessness washed over her. She was looking her own mortality in the face, and it was a horrifying thing to do.

Nenia Campbell

Death was not the scariest thing out there; no, the denial of it could be far worse.

Rachel Bach

​"If I was afraid of dying, I couldn't do half the shit I do." I told him.

Osamu Dazai

I am afraid because I can so clearly foresee my own life rotting away of itself, like a leaf that rots without falling, while I pursue my round of existence from day to day.

Emily Brontë

When I asked her what was the matter? answered, she didn't know; but she felt so afraid of dying!

Stephen Levine

[C]oncepts of dying in to a heaven or hell seem a good deal more political than spiritual. (124)

Roman Payne

A glorious death would be in my
final breath to take before I die, to hear
one final time on my belovèd's mouth
the sound of her eternal sigh.

R. E. Vance

Give me the Black Death over a Victorian prude any day. At least the dying screw like it's their last day on earth."

Paradise Lot: GoneGodsWorld - Episode 1

Nenia Campbell

Maybe that was why the French called orgasms “las petites morts”: because the things that bring us passion tend to slip past our defenses, to creep insidiously into every facet of our consciousnesses and kill us as ruthlessly, and efficiently, as any drug.

Peter Heller

Life and death lived inside each other. That's what occured to me. Death was inside all of us, waiting for warmer nights, a compromised system, a beetle, as in the now dying black timber on the mountains.

L.J. Smith

Tell Hugh," she whispered.
Tell Hugh your freaking self! He's right here! And you're not going anywhere.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Don't risk your life for those that doesn't love your life, lest you end up in regrets if not death.

Anthony Liccione

The truth is we're all dying, the lie is we're all living.

Arundhati Roy

The only dream worth having, I told her, is to dream that you will live while you're alive and die only when you're dead.

Richard Flanagan

The Line welcomed rain and sun. Seeds germinated in mass graves, between skulls and femurs and broken pick handles, tendrils rose up alongside dog spikes and clavicles, thrust around teak sleepers and tibias, scapulas, vertebrae, fibulas and femurs.

Swami Dhyan Giten

Only if we live consciously, we can die consciously.

Renae Jones

The circumstances of our lives are pieces of a larger scheme in the puzzle of life, and in His Perfect Wisdom, the pieces fit.

Kiera Cass

When we died, no one would know, and that fraction of a moment that was so important to who we were would be gone.

Emil Cioran

The desire to die was my one and only concern; to it I have sacrificed everything, even death.

Katja Millay

I hate my left hand. I hate to look at it. I hate it when it stutters and trembles and reminds me that my identity is gone. But I look at it anyway; because it also reminds me that I'm going to find the boy who took everything away from me. I'm going to kill the boy who killed me, and when I kill him, I'm going to do it with my left hand.

Jasinda Wilder

The only way past the pain is through it. Pain, grief, anger, misery...they don't go away-they just increase and compound and get worse. You have to live through them, acknowledge them. You have to give your pain its due.

Barbara Taylor Bradford

It's different when the person you love dies. There's an awful finality to death. But it is final. The end. And there's the funeral, family gatherings, grieving, all of those necessary rituals. And they help, believe me. When the object of your love just disappears, there's no way to deal with the grief and pain.

Tony Samara

The natural consequence of being connected to the depth, what I call the soul, or your essence, is the attribute of joy.

Tony Samara

Where ego comes in, loving kindness departs. So wherever there is ego, there is very little space for true bliss and true happiness because true bliss and true happiness isn't exclusive to the attachments the ego enjoys playing with, but rather a free state of mind that is part of loving kindness and its activities inside and outside of oneself.

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