A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the
oneself that there is no self left to die.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
A man doesn't say I will starve myself to death to keep from starving,
or that he'd spend all of his money to save money. Why should he be
willing to die for the privilege of living?
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in
common is that they are all going to die.
And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned
youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out
and old and illusions shattered.
And sure, I know if you eat this way you'll die. So? If you don't eat
this way you're still going to die. Why not die happy?
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
Better to suffer than to die: that is mankind's motto.
Jean de la Fontaine
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to
live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Death is not the ultimate tragedy in life. The ultimate tragedy is to
die without discovering the possibilities of full growth.
Don't tell me to get ready to die. I know not what shall be. The only
preparation I can make is by fulfilling my present duties. This is the
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would
be made in my case. Now what?
Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule
they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead
Good God! how often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In
every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part.
Good health is simply the slowest way to die.
Government, today, is growing too strong to be safe. There are no longer
any citizens in the world; there are only subjects. They work day in and
day out for their masters; they are bound to die for their masters at
call. Out of this working and dying they tend to get less and less.
Hello. My name is Oedipus. You are my father. Prepare to die.
How do you ask a man to be last man to die for a mistake?
John F. Kerry
I do not believe that civilizations have to die because civilization is
not an organism. It is a product of wills.
Arnold J. Toynbee
I don't know what more to say. I mean, we're all going to die in a world
that is worse than when we entered it.
I guess I have a kind of war thing in me, but is better to die fighting
for yar freedom than to be a prisoner all the days of your life.
I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die
at 110, shot by a jealous husband.
I hold that it is permissible for each one of us to die for his faith,
but not to kill for his faith.
I may not agree with what you say, but I'll fight to the death for your
right to die in a fire of suspicious origin.
I quit flying years ago. I don't want to die with tourists.
Billy Bob Thornton
I think God designed our mouths to die first to help us slowly
transition to the grave.
I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming
in terror like his passengers.
I was lying in bed with my girlfriend and she asked, 'If you could know
how and when you were going to die, would you want to know?' I said no.
She said 'Forget it, then.'
I was no longer, if I had ever been, afraid to die: I was now afraid not
I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring.
Richard P. Feynman
I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
I'm the one who has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.
I've always been prepared to stand up and fight for my beliefs. I'm
prepared to die for them. Of course, the risk always is that someone
will come along and kill you.
If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is
about learning how to die.
If it's not growing, it's going to die.
In any country there must be people who have to die. They are the
sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order.
Idi Amin Dada
It has become, in my view, a bit too trendy to regard the acceptance of
death as something tantamount to intrinsic dignity. Of course I agree
with the preacher of Ecclesiastes that there is a time to love and a
time to die- and when my skein runs out I hope to face the end calmly
and in my own way. For most situations, however, I prefer the more
martial view that death is the ultimate enemy- and I find nothing
reproachable in those who rage mightily against the dying of the light.
Stephen Jay Gould
It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea
that will die.
It is better to live rich than to die rich.
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those
who are willing to endure pain with patience.
It is more difficult, and it calls for higher energies of soul, to live
a martyr than to die one.
It is my wish to die of unique causes, perhaps in a high-speed tricycle
crash, a bizarre stapling incident, or as a result of inadvertently
sucking my brains out through my ear while trying to untwist the vacuum
It's a proven fact that married men live longer than single guys. It's
also a proven fact that married men are more willing to die.
It's a strange myth that atheists have nothing to live for. It's the
opposite. We have nothing to die for. We have everything to live for.
It's better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.
It's easier to die if others around you are dying.
It's redundant to die in Los Angeles.
It's terrible to realize that you don't learn how to live until you're
ready to die; and, then it's too late.
Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker
will be sorry.
Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear
Married men live longer than single men. But married men are a lot more
willing to die.
Memory and forgetfulness are as life and death to one another. To live
is to remember and to remember is to live. To die is to forget and to
forget is to die.
Samuel Butler (Novelist, 1835-1902)
Men are always ready to die for us, but not to make our lives worth
having. Cheap sentiment and bad logic.
Louisa May Alcott
Miami Beach is where neon goes to die.
No despot ever flung forth his legions to die in foreign conquest, no
privilege-ruled nation ever erupted across its borders, to lock in death
embrace with another, but behind them loomed the driving power of a
population too large for its boundaries and its natural resources.
No one wants to die. Even people who wanna go to heaven don't wanna die
to get there.
Old elephants limp off to the hills to die; old Americans go out to the
highway and drive themselves to death with huge cars.
Hunter S. Thompson
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left
Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.
People are always dying in the Times who don't seem to die in other
papers, and they die at greater length and maybe even with a little more
Pioneering basically amounts to finding new and more horrible ways to
John W. Campbell
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid
the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.
Since we're all going to die, it's obvious that when and how don't
Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire.
Tell me how you want to die, and I'll tell you who you are.
The crimes of violence committed for selfish, personal motives are
historically insignificant compared to those committed ad majorem
gloriam Dei, out of a self-sacrificing devotion to a flag, a leader, a
religious faith or a political conviction. Man has always been prepared
not only to kill but also to die for good, bad or completely futile
causes. And what can be a more valid proof of the reality of the
self-transcending urge than this readiness to die for an ideal?
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully
is prepared to die at any time.
The French have a phrase for it. The bastards have a phrase for
everything and they are always right. To say goodbye is to die a little.
The idea is to die young as late as possible.
The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause,
while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
The obligation to die must carry with it the right to live. If every
citizen owes it to society that he must fight for it in case of need,
then society owes to every citizen the opportunity of a livelihood.
'Unemployment,' in the case of the willing and able becomes henceforth a
social crime. Every democratic Government must henceforth take as the
starting point of its industrial policy, that there shall be no such
thing as able bodied men and women 'out of work,' looking for occupation
and unable to find it.
The Senate seems like the place where smart people go to die.
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of
They don't want to live; they want you to die. (re: terrorists)
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's
country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your
dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Those who deserve to die, die the death they deserve.
Those who lived by the sword were forced to die by it.
To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to
Marquis de Vauvenargues
To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is
To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
Jorge Luis Borges
To die will be an awfully big adventure.
To die with a witticism on one's lips, that is a proud victory, that is
paganism's triumph; and it is also the ultimate in human relationships.
To retire is to begin to die.
We all, in the end, have the freedom to die in a ditch. It's the only
inalienable right we have.
Brian J. Goggin
We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing
to die for it.
We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make
us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by
trivialities; we are eaten up by nothing.
When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning
how to die.
Leonardo da Vinci
You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only
decide how you're going to live. Now.
You have to die a few times before you can really live.
You should never be in the company of anyone with whom you would not
want to die.