440 Death Quotes and Sayings to Comfort You

Its the toughest phase of life when someone dear like a family or friend passes away. These inspirational death quotes, sayings, proverbs (with images and pictures) will give you comfort, solace and offer sympathy in your times of grieving.

With a belief in Jesus, death is not an end but a beginning of a new life with no more tears or sorrow or pain. Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it. We all die. That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. It is not length of life, but depth of life, so value every moment and live life to the fullest.

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If you know someone that is after the recent loss of a loved one and is sad and depressed, share these insightful quotes about death to help them calm down in their time of suffering.

Famous Death Quotes and Sayings

  1. “Nothing is ever certain.”- Alice Sebold

  2. “No one here gets out alive.”- Jim Morrison

  3. “To die will be an awfully big adventure.”- Peter Pan

  4. “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”- Neil Young

  5. “People living deeply have no fear of death.”- Anais Nin

  6. “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.”- Tom Stoppard

  7. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”- J.K. Rowling

  8. “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”- Mark Twain

  9. “It is not length of life, but depth of life.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  10. “Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.”- Haruki Murakami

  11. “Death is but a door, time is but a window. I’ll be back!”- Ghostbusters II

  12. “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”- Joseph Stalin

  13. “Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”- Henry David Thoreau

  14. “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”- Emily Dickinson

  15. “For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.”- Kahlil Gibran

  16. “Death is nothing, but to live defeated is to die every day.”- Napoleon Bonaparte

  17. “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”- J.K. Rowling

  18. “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”- Arthur Schopenhauer

  19. “If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.”- Maya Angelou

  20. “A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”- Lao Tzu

  21. “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.”- Terry Pratchett

  22. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”- Mahatma Gandhi

  23. “If you’re not ready to die for it, take the word “freedom” out of your vocabulary.”- Malcolm X

  24. “Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.”- Jean de La Fontaine

  25. “While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.”- Leonardo da Vinci

  26. “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”- Martin Luther King Jr

  27. “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”- Marcus Aurelius

  28. “Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.”- George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones)

  29. “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”- Chuck Palahniuk

  30. “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”- Jimi Hendrix

  31. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

  32. “A normal human being does not want the Kingdom of Heaven: he wants life on earth to continue.”- George Orwell

  33. “Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.”- Mother Teresa

  34. “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”- Mahatma Gandhi

  35. “Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs.”- Leo Tolstoy

  36. “My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for’.”- Tupac Shakur

  37. “I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.” – John Lennon

  38. “The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.”- Albert Einstein

  39. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”- William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

  40. “Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?”- Epicurus

  41. “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”- Winston Churchill

  42. “Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”  C.S. Lewis

  43. “You needn’t die happy when your time comes, but you must die satisfied, for you have lived your life from the beginning to the end.”- Stephen King

  44. “It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  45. “Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life. Bertolt Brecht Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.”- Buddha

  46. “They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”- Banksy

  47. “Everyone dies eventually, whether they have power or not. That’s why you need to think about what you’ll accomplish while you’re alive.”- Mary Macbeth

  48. “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”- Edgar Allan Poe

  49. “What would life be worth if there were no death? Who would enjoy the sun if it never rained? Who would yearn for the day if there were no night?”- Glenn Ringtved

  50. “For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”- Kahlil Gibran

  51. “Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.”- Helen Keller

  52. “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”- J.R.R. Tolkien

  53. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”- Henry David Thoreau

  54. “Death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new.”- Steve Jobs

  55. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”- Washington Irving

  56. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”- Hunter S. Thompson

  57. “I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”- Leonardo da Vinci

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Sad Quotes about Death

  1. “Death pays all debts.”- William Shakespeare

  2. “It is natural to die as to be born.” – Francis Bacon

  3. “The death of a beloved is an amputation.”- C.S. Lewis

  4. “Life is hard. After all, it kills you.”- Katharine Hepburn

  5. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II

  6. “When I shall die, let it be doing that I had designed.”- Ovid

  7. “The first breath is the beginning of death.”- Thomas Fuller

  8. “Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”- Socrates

  9. “In the long run, we are all dead.” – John Maynard Keynes

  10. “I want to be all used up when I die.”- George Bernard Shaw

  11. “For some moments in life there are no words.”- David Seltzer

  12. “Death is a distant rumor to the young.” – Andrew A. Rooney

  13. “Death aims only once, but never misses.” – Edward Counsel

  14. “No art is possible without a dance with death.”- Kurt Vonnegut

  15. “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”- Antonio Porchia

  16. “Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.”- Tecumseh

  17. “Everything is ridiculous if one thinks of death.”- Thomas Bernhard

  18. “Every man dies – not every man really lives.” – William Ross Wallace

  19. “We are born from a quiet sleep, and we die to a calm awakening.”- Zhuangzi

  20. “Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell.”- Emily Dickinson

  21. “Success is failure recycled. Life is death reborn.”- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

  22. “In the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”- Albert Camus

  23. “A good laugh and long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” – Irish proverb

  24. “All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.” – William Shakespeare

  25. “Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.”- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  26. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”

  27. “When death overtakes us, all that we have is left to others; all that we are we take with us.”

  28. “Neither the sun, nor death can be looked at steadily.”- François de La Rochefoucauld

  29. “I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” – Corazon Aquino

  30. “It is human to have your soul brought to a crisis you did not anticipate.”- The Dune Series

  31. “Death never takes a wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go.” – Jean de la Fontaine

  32. “When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.” – Laurie Halse Anderson

  33. “Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.”- Welcome to Night Vale (Podcast)

  34. “Take nothing for granted. Keep in mind that it can come at anytime. Even today.”- Maxime Lagacé

  35. “To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.” – Bertrand Russell

  36. “Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear, to be we know not what, we know not where.” – John Dryden

  37. “No one on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time in my business.’” – Paul e. Tsongas

  38. “Death, for instance, is nothing terrible, but the terrible thing is the opinion that death is terrible.”- Epictetus

  39. “Loss and possession, death and life are one. There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.” – Hilaire Belloc

  40. “Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left in our hearts.” – Dorothy Ferguson

  41. “Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.” – Mark Twain

  42. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.”

  43. “Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.”- Albert Camus

  44. “Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.”- James F. Byrnes

  45. “Death is a great revealer of what is in a man, and in its solemn shadow appear the naked lineaments of the soul.” – E.H. Chapin

  46. “Dying is like coming to the end of a long novel–you only regret it if the ride was enjoyable and left you wanting more.” – Jerome p. Crabb

  47. “Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order.” – David Gerrold

  48. “I despise wisdom and the blessings of this world. It is all worthless, fleeting, illusory, and deceptive, like a mirage.”- Anton Chekhov

  49. “Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” – and find that there is no death.”- Eckhart Tolle

  50. “Life isn’t fair, nor should you expect it to be. No matter how well you prepare, shit will happen, often when you least expect it.”- Ed Latimore

  51. “The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.”- Socrates

  52. “Death is the true inspiring genius, or the muse of philosophy… Indeed without death men would scarcely philosophize.”- Arthur Schopenhauer

  53. “We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream: it may be so the moment after death.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

  54. “If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?”- Jodi Picoult

  55. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”- Mark Twain

  56. “You want to live – but do you know how to live? You are scared of dying – and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?”- Seneca

  57. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”- Edgar Allan Poe

  58. “If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn’t be filled?”- Jodi Picoult

  59. “The idea of a good society is something you do not need a religion and eternal punishment to buttress; you need a religion if you are terrified of death.”- Gore Vidal

  60. “The world would be dramatically better if everyone had to experience a near death event growing up. Everyone will instantly value their time more, and be happier.”- ChuchuTrain

  61. “Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.” – Marcus Aurelius

  62. “This aspect of reality, this weird scary aspect of life, can just wreck everything if you don’t figure out at some point that it is what makes life so profound, meaningful, rich, complex, wild.”- Anne Lamott

  63. “It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.”- John Steinbeck

  64. “A man dies… only a few circles in the water prove that he was ever there. And even they quickly disappear. And when they’re gone, he’s forgotten, without a trace, as if he’d never even existed. And that’s all.” – Wolfgang Borchert

Inspirational Short Quotes about Death

  1. “Life is a path; Death a destination.”

  2. “Death is never an apology.”- Soul King

  3. “Everyone dies. But not everyone really lives.”

  4. “Death takes no bribes.”- Benjamin Franklin

  5. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.”- Janet Fitch

  6. “The meaning of life is that it stops.”- Franz Kafka

  7. “Give me liberty or give me death.”- Patrick Henry

  8. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”- Mitch Albom

  9. “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” —Peter Pan

  10. “In my end is my beginning.”- Mary, Queen of Scots

  11. “Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.”

  12. “Death makes equal the high and low.”- John Heywood

  13. “Everyone dies but not everyone lives.”- William Wallace

  14. “He who is not busy being born is busy dying.”- Bob Dylan

  15. “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”

  16. “I don’t want to die without any scars.”- Chuck Palahniuk

  17. “Dying is easy; it’s living that’s difficult.” – Frederick Lenz

  18. “Death is the ultimate boundary of human matters.”- Horace

  19. “Life has more meaning in the face of death.”- Robert Greene

  20. “I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.”- Charlotte Brontë

  21. “The fear of death is the beginning of slavery.”- Robert Anton Wilson

  22. “Though death be poor, it ends a mortal woe.”- William Shakespeare

  23. “Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.”- Amelia Burr

  24. “All men think that all men are mortal but themselves.”- Edward Young

  25. “Death is but a door, time is but a window. I’ll be back!” —Ghostbusters II

  26. “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”- George Eliot

  27. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”- C.S. Lewis

  28. “Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!”- Fyodor Dostoevsky

  29. “Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”- Arthur Miller

  30. “Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die.”- Forrest Church

  31. “If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death” —Samuel Butler

  32. “After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.”- Arthur Schopenhauer

  33. “I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.”- Corazon Aquino

  34. “Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.”- Michael Landon

  35. “The hardest thing you overcome are the ones that give the most meaning.”- Maxime Lagacé

  36. “Yea, all things live forever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten.”- H. Rider Haggard

  37. “I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits.”- Gabriel García Márquez

  38. “A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”- Emily Dickinson

  39. “As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.”- Leonardo da Vinci

  40. “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” – Mark Twain

  41. “You’ll drift apart, it’s true, but you’ll be out in the open, part of everything alive again.”- Philip Pullman

  42. “Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.”- Richard Bach

  43. “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”- Helen Keller

  44. “There is only one god and his name is Death, and there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today’.”- Syrio Forel

  45. “Death will never make sense to your mind. Only time and self-understanding will alleviate your suffering.”- Maxime Lagacé

  46. “Death commences too early – almost before you’re half-acquainted with life – you meet the other.”- Tennessee Williams

  47. “It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.”- Samuel Johnson

  48. “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.”- Leo Buscaglia

  49. “Life asked death, ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.”

  50. “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”– Steve Jobs

  51. “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”- Rumi

  52. “The man who lives without conflict, who lives with beauty and love, is not frightened of death because to love is to die.”- Jiddu Krishnamurti

  53. “We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.”– Nathaniel Hawthorne

  54. “Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.”- Miguel Angel Ruiz

  55. “Birth and death are the most singular events we experience – and the contemplation of death, as of birth, should be a thing of beauty, not ignobility.”- Jacob K. Javits

  56. “When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.”- William Shakespeare

  57. “Do not fear death. Death is always at our side. When we show fear, it jumps at us faster than light. But, if we do not show fear, it casts its eye upon us gently and then guides us into infinity.”- Laughing Bull

  58. “Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”- William Saroyan

Quotes about Death of a Friend

  1. “The loss of a friend is the greatest of losses.”

  2. “We loved him a lot but God loved him more.”

  3. “A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies.”

  4. “In each tear shed there is a memory with a story to tell.”

  5. “Grief is the price we pay for love.”—Queen Elizabeth II

  6. “Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone.”

  7. “The loss of a friend is the greatest of losses.”- Publilius Syrus

  8. “A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies.”- Gustave Flaubert

  9. “For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night.”- William Shakespeare

  10. “The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb.”- German Proverb

  11. “Even the best of friends cannot attend each other’s funeral.” —Kehlog Albran

  12. “A friend dies or leaves us: we feel as if a limb was cut off.”- Thomas Jefferson

  13. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.” —Anne Frank

  14. “When a close friend unexpectedly leaves us, a piece of our heart is forever broken.”

  15. “It’s crazy how someone who used to be a huge part of your life, can be gone in a second.”

  16. “The two hardest things to say in life are Hello for the first time and Goodbye for the last.”

  17. “I’m not sure which is worse, missing you or the fact that there’s nothing I can do about it.”

  18. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

  19. “The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.”- Seneca

  20. “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.”- Terri Guillemets

  21. “The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.” —Seneca

  22. “In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams… that is where you and I shall meet.” —Lewis Carrol

  23. “It hurts when you lose a friend to death, it hurts even more when you lose a friend still living.”- C. J. Tulli

  24. “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”

  25. “There’s a thing that keeps surprising you about stormy old friends after they die; their silence.”- Ben Becht

  26. “He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.”- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  27. “There are some people who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”

  28. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” —John Taylor

  29. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” —A.A. Milne

  30. “The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!” —Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  31. “This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad.”- William Shakespeare

  32. “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” —Helen Keller

  33. “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”- Harriet Beecher Stowe

  34. “Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.”- Flavia Weedn

  35. “When our friends are alive, we see the good qualities they lack; dead, we remember only those they possessed.”- J. Petit-Senn

  36. “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.” —Leo Buscaglia

  37. “You cannot stop loving your friend because he’s dead, especially if he was better than anyone alive, you know?”- Jerome Salinger

  38. “My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love.”

  39. “We go to the grave of a friend saying, “A man is dead,” but angels throng about him saying, “A man is born.”- Henry Ward Beecher

  40. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day… unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear.”

  41. “Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.”- David Hume

  42. “The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.” —Robert Southey

  43. “We need to grieve the ones we have loved and lost in this lifetime—not to sustain our connection to suffering, but to sustain our connection to love.”

  44. “Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone.” —Jiddu Krishnamurti

  45. “He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.”- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  46. “Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, / Advanced a stage or two upon that road / Which you must travel in the steps they trod.” —Aristophanes

  47. “Till the first friend dies, we think ecstasy impersonal, but then discover that he was the cup from which we drank it, itself as unknown.”- Emily Dickinson

  48. “The bond between friends cannot be broken by chance; no interval of time or space can destroy it. Not even death itself can part true friends.” —John Cassian

  49. “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” –Vicki Harrison

  50. “At some point we all have to leave this world. Death is something that we can’t avoid in no way, we never know at what time or when it will happen, but we do know it will come to us.”

  51. “Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face—I know it’s an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.” —Nicholas Sparks

  52. “True friends are the ones who never leave your heart, even if they leave your life for a while. Even after years apart, you pick up with them right where you left off, and even if they die they’re never dead in your heart.”

  53. “On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.” —Henry David Thoreau

  54. “Don’t be surprised if you grieve more for a friend than you did for a recently deceased relative. The old saying, ‘You pick your friends, relatives are thrust upon you,’ holds true here. Friends are special people in our eyes because we hold them to be. Friends fill time in our lives that will be vacant when they die.”- Helen Fitzgerald

Beautiful Death Quotes

  1. “To fear death is to misunderstand life.”

  2. “Dying / Is an art, like everything else.”—Sylvia Plath

  3. “It is as natural to die as it is to be born.” – Francis Bacon

  4. “It’s so strange that autumn is so beautiful, yet everything is dying.”

  5. “Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.”– Tecumseh

  6. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”– Thomas Campbell

  7. “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.”- Seneca

  8. “Death is but a door, time is but a window. I’ll be back!”—Ghostbusters II

  9. “Beautiful memories silently kept of one that we loved and will never forget.”

  10. “As soon as you’ll realize that it was a gift, you’ll be free.”- Maxime Lagacé

  11. “Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.”- Bertolt Brecht

  12. “You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence.”– John Green

  13. “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”- Thornton Wilder

  14. “Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.”- Charles Frohman

  15. “Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.”– Henry van Dyke

  16. “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”- J.K. Rowling

  17. “I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

  18. “If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.”- Samuel Butler

  19. “Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you”—Welcome to Night Vale

  20. “I regret not death. I am going to meet my friends in another world.”– Ludovico Ariosto

  21. “Neither the sun, nor death can be looked at steadily.”—François de La Rochefoucauld

  22. “Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.”- David Herbert Lawrence

  23. “Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” – Michael Landon

  24. “Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.”– Jean de La Fontaine

  25. “Let life be beautiful like summer flowers and death like autumn leaves.”- Rabindranath Tagore

  26. “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”—J.K. Rowling

  27. “You’ll drift apart, it’s true, but you’ll be out in the open, part of everything alive again.”—Philip Pullman

  28. “Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.”– Dag Hammarskjold

  29. “A beautiful death is for people who lived like animals to die like angels loved and wanted.”- Mother Teresa.

  30. “By becoming deeply aware of our mortality, we intensify our experience of every aspect of life.”- Robert Greene

  31. “How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?”—Carson McCullers

  32. “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”- Rabindranath Tagore

  33. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”– George S. Patton

  34. “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.”– Leo Buscaglia

  35. “Life asked death, ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.”

  36. “Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.”- Wallace Stevens

  37. “Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our mind holds the memories. Our heart keeps the love. Our faith let us know we will meet again.”

  38. “Death is never an ending, death is a change; Death is beautiful, for death is strange; Death is one dream out of another flowing.”- Conrad Aiken

  39. “It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

  40. “They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”—Banksy

  41. “You needn’t die happy when your time comes, but you must die satisfied, for you have lived your life from the beginning to the end . . .”—Stephen King

  42. “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?”—Edgar Allan Poe

  43. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”—Mark Twain

  44. “Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”—Mitch Albom

  45. “Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.”– Albert Einstein

  46. “Keep the prospect of death, exile, and all such apparent tragedies before you every day – especially death – and you will never have an abject thought, or desire anything to excess.”- Epictetus

  47. “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”—J.R.R. Tolkien

  48. “Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.”- Oscar Wilde

  49. “I have come to know that it [death] is an important thing to keep in mind — not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die I can ever truly begin to live.”—R.A. Salvatore

  50. “Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is just a passing shadow of a cloud.”—Yann Martel

Dark Quotes About Life and Death

  1. “Death is life’s high meed.”- John Keats

  2. “Death is a law, not a punishment.”- Jean Dubos

  3. “It is as natural to die as it is to be born.”- Francis Bacon

  4. “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”- George Orwell

  5. “Live how we can, yet die we must.”- William Shakespeare

  6. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”- Thomas Campbell

  7. “There is love in holding and there is love in letting go.”- Elizabeth Berg

  8. “Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.”- Marcus Aurelius

  9. “You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence.”- John Green

  10. “The only real ending is death. Everything else is a transition.”- Robert Greene

  11. “Birth and death; we all move between these two unknowns.”- Bryant H. McGill

  12. “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”- Horace Mann

  13. “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”- Marcus Tullius Cicero

  14. “To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths!”- Edgar Allan Poe

  15. “There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”- George Santayana

  16. “And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.”- William Cullen Bryant

  17. “And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.”- Walt Whitman

  18. “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.”- Albert Camus

  19. “Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.”- Andrew Sachs

  20. “When death overtakes us, all that we have is left to others; all that we are we take with us.”

  21. “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”- Isaac Asimov

  22. “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”- Terry Pratchett

  23. “Our culture’s zeal for longevity reveals our incredible collective fear of death.”- Ram Dass

  24. “One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.”- Friedrich Nietzsche

  25. “Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.”- Martin Luther

  26. “When those you love die, the best you can do is honor their spirit for as long as you live.”- Patrick Swayze

  27. “It’s a positive way to keep their spirit alive in the world, by keeping it alive in yourself.”- Patrick Swayze

  28. “Because life is fragile and death inevitable, we must make the most of each day.”- Thomas S. Monson

  29. “And so we will believe in our even a hundred times more worthy of their attention.”- Friedrich Nietzsche

  30. “It makes me happy to see that men do not want to think at all of the idea of death!”-  Friedrich Nietzsche

  31. “When someone we love dies, we get so busy mourning what died that we ignore what didn’t.”- Ram Dass

  32. “For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  33. “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”- J.K. Rowling

  34. “These births and deaths are changes in nature which we are mistaking for changes in us.”- Swami Vivekananda

  35. “And as long as you’re subject to birth and death, you’ll never attain enlightenment.”- Bodhidharma

  36. “We must constantly remind ourselves that we are eternity, infinite, beyond birth and death.”- Frederick Lenz

  37. “It will stay in your head first, and then in your heart. Those places will always be reserved.”- Maxime Lagacé

  38. “How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?”- Carson McCullers

  39. “The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”- Stephanie Perkins

  40. “Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.”- W. Somerset Maugham

  41. “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”- Michael J. Fox

  42. “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”- George Bernard Shaw

  43. “Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do. Thinking about death clarifies your life.”- Candy Chang

  44. “I would fain do something to make the idea of life to us to be more than friends in the sense of that sublime possibility.”- Friedrich Nietzsche

  45. “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”- Shannon L. Alder

  46. “When a person is born we rejoice, and when they’re married we jubilate, but when they die we try to pretend nothing has happened.”- Margaret Mead

  47. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”- Ernest Hemingway

  48. “To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches.”- Yann Martel (Life of Pi)

  49. “Our life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact we have no fear of death anymore, and we have no actual difficulty in our life.”- Shunryu Suzuki

  50. “Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love…”- Rainer Maria Rilke

  51. “Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing, mummified.”- Alan Watts

  52. “Everyone wants to be foremost in this future-and yet death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future!”- Friedrich Nietzsche

  53. “Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.”- Albert Einstein

  54. “You make a commitment that you’re going to take whatever lesson that person or animal was trying to teach you, and you make it true in your own life.”- Patrick Swayze

  55. “There is no birth, there is no death; there is no coming, there is no going; there is no same, there is no different; there is no permanent self, there is no annihilation. We only think there is.”- Thich Nhat Hahn

  56. “How strange that this sole thing that is certain and common to all, exercises almost no influence on men, and that they are the furthest from regarding themselves as the brotherhood of death!”- Friedrich Nietzsche

  57. “Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you’re free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in.”- Saul Alinsky

  58. “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”- Elie Wiesel

  59. “To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law and nieces and nephews, creatures who people the tree of your life and give it new branches.”- Yann Martel (Life of Pi)

  60. “People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.”- Marcel Proust

Deep Bible Quotes about Death

  1. “Every man dies – Not every man really lives.”

  2. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

  3. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”- Psalm 147:3

  4. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”- Matthew 5:4

  5. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

  6. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

  7. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”- John 14:1

  8. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18

  9. “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”- Psalm 46:1 (Verses For The Loss Of A Father)

  10. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”- 1 Corinthians 15:55 (Verses For The Loss Of A Father)

  11. “I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.”- Philippians 2:20  (Verses For The Loss Of A Child)

  12. “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”

  13. “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.”- Psalm 48:14  (Verses For The Loss Of A Mother)

  14. “The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble.”- Psalm 9:9  (Verses For The Loss Of A Father)

  15. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”- Romans 8:28

  16. “So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” – Matthew 18:14 (Verses For The Loss Of A Child)

  17. “For they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”- Luke 20:36  (Verses For The Loss Of A Friend)

  18. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”- Joshua 1:9

  19. “But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”- Matthew 19:14 (Verses For The Loss Of A Child)

  20. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”- Romans 8:18 (Verses For The Loss Of A Friend)

  21. “Revelation 21:4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”- Revelation 21:4

  22. “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.”- John 16:22 (Verses For The Loss Of A Father)

  23. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”- John 14:27 (Verses For The Loss Of A Child)

  24. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”- Isaiah 41:10  (Verses For The Loss Of A Mother)

  25. “For the Lord will not reject forever, For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant loving kindness.”- Lamentations 3:31-32 (Verses For The Loss Of A Mother)

  26. “Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.”- Genesis 24:67  (Verses For The Loss Of A Mother)

  27. “Who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4  (Verses For The Loss Of A Mother)

  28. “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”- 1 John 3:2 2  (Verses For The Loss Of A Friend)

  29. “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”- 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18

  30. “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”- Revelation 14:13 (Verses For The Loss Of A Friend)

  31. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”- John 14:1-2 (Verses For The Loss Of A Friend)

  32. “The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness.”- Isaiah 57:1-2 (Verses For The Loss Of A Father)

  33. “The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.”- Isaiah 57:1-2 (Verses For The Loss Of A Mother)

  34. “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Christian Quotes About Death

  1. “Christ never preached any funeral sermons.” – Dwight L. Moody

  2. “If today were your last, would you do what you’re doing?” – Max Lucado

  3. “Christians never say “good-bye”; just “until we meet again.” – Woodrow Kroll

  4. “How awful to die out of Christ! How blessed to die in Christ!” – William Tiptaft

  5. “You’re born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, there’s a loophole.” – Billy Graham

  6. “Take care of your life and the Lord will take care of your death.” – George Whitefield

  7. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” – William Penn

  8.  “He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.” – Matthew Henry

  9. “I don’t so much pray that my death will be without pain, but that it will be without doubt.” – John Piper

  10. “Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath.”- Jandy Nelson

  11. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” – Williams Penn

  12. “Where sin has been removed death can only interrupt the earthly life and usher in the heavenly.” – John MacArthur

  13. “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.” – 1 Corinthians 15:21

  14. “We see his smile of love even when others see nothing but the black hand of Death smiting our best beloved.” – Charles Spurgeon

  15. “I am not tired of my work, neither am I tired of the world; yet, when Christ calls me home, I shall go with gladness.”- Adoniram Judson

  16. “When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

  17. “They, then, who are destined to die, need not be careful to inquire what death they are to die, but into what place death will usher them.” – Augustine

  18. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4

  19. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” – Romans 5:10

  20. “Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” – Helen Keller

  21. “When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.’” – C.S. Lewis

  22. “As I go into a cemetery I like to think of the time when the dead shall rise from their graves. … Thank God, our friends are not buried; they are only sown!” – Dwight L. Moody

  23. “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.” – Psalm 33:18-20

  24. “Never fear dying, beloved. Dying is the last, but the least matter that a Christian has to be anxious about. Fear living – that is a hard battle to fight, a stern discipline to endure, a rough voyage to undergo.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

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