Skip to Content

40 Death Quotes and Death Sayings

List Of 40 Death Quotes and Death Sayings:

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

#2 ”I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” – Corazon Aquin

#3 ”We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk

#4 ”Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.” – Andrew Sachs

#5 ”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

#6 ”Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation.” – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

#7 ”Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” – William Shakespeare

#8 ”Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” – Benjamin Franklin

#9 ”Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live” – Norman Cousins

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

#11 ”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

#12 “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

#13 ”People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn’t. It continues and is ever-changing.” – Jandy Nelson

#14 ”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

#15 ”Dying is like getting audited by the IRS–something that only happens to other people … until it happens to you.” – Jerome P. Crab

#16 ”Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” – Mahatma Gandhi

#17 ”When we fear death, we are letting him wrap his bony hands around our necks during the best times of our lives, choking us with imaginary threats and preventing us from breathing from pure air of now.” – Terri Guillemets

#18 ”Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.” – Erik H. Erikson

#19 ”Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” – Langston Hughes

#20 ”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

#21 ”Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.” – Margaret Mitchell

#22 “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

#23 ”It is the greatest wisdom, in time of health and strength, to prepare for sickness and death: he that really doth so, his business of dying is half done.” – Richard Illidge

#24 ”All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

#25 ”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

#26 ”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

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

#28 ”Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one’s heart; but death is a splendid thing – a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.” – George Bernard Shaw

#29 ”A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.” – Stewart Alsop

#30 “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

#31 ”Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” – Rossiter Worthington Raymond

#32 ”A girl calls and asks, “Does it hurt very much to die?”

“Well, sweetheart,” I tell her, “yes, but it hurts a lot more to keep living.” – Chuck Palahniuk

#33 “You only live twice:

Once when you are born

And once when you look death in the face” – Ian Fleming

#34 “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

#35 ”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

#36 “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

#37 ”Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” – Isaac Asimov

#38 ”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

#39 ”Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” – Nelson Mandela

#40 “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 tomorrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.” – Oscar Wilde

Image credit – Shutterstock

READ THIS NEXT: Long Distance Relationship Quotes


Sunday 19th of April 2020

Sleep is the sister of death.