A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be
oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward
Be the first to say something obvious and achieve
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Death is the beginning of immortality.
He ne'er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy
How else can one threaten, other than with death? The interesting,
the original thing, would be to threaten someone with
-Jorge Luis Borges
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to
achieve immortality through not dying.
I neither deny nor affirm the immortality of man. I see no reason
for believing in it, but, on the other hand, I have no means of
-Thomas Henry Huxley
I notice that as soon as writers broach this question )immortality(
they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If all else fails immortality can always be assured by adequate
-John Kenneth Galbraith
If I gave it all up immediately, I'd lose my immortality. I've put
in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy
for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of
insuring one's immortality.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have
made an approach to immortality.
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
Immorality, I know. Immortality, I cannot judge.
Immortality is like trying to carve your initials in a block of ice
in the middle of July.
Immortality is the best recollection one leaves.
Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with
themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
One of the most pathetic aspects of human history is that every
civilization expresses itself most pretentiously, compounds its
partial and universal values most convincingly, and claims immortality
for its finite existence at the very moment when the decay which leads
to death has already begun.
Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our
continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no
longer believe in an after-life.
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory;
children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
- George Santayana
The first condition of immortality is death.
-Stanislaw J. Lec
The good die young. That is why immortality is reserved for the
greatest of evils.
The last thing any sensible human being should want is immortality.
As it is, life lasts too long for most of us.
The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on
The skeptic has no illusions about life, nor a vain belief in the
promise of immortality. Since this life here and now is all we can
know, our most reasonable option is to live it fully.
What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him