To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
Death is one of those topics that we try to push as further away as possible from our daily conversations, yet life is never as gentle with us as we would prefer, that is why we cannot really ignore death. Eventually, death becomes reality, either for us or for someone we know or love.
Check out these death quotes that will convince you that we must look at the end of life serenely. Instead of fearing death, we must focus all our energy on living a rich, happy and meaningful life.
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. – Henry van Dyke
Death scares us because it is the ultimate separation. There is no turning back and very often, there is no time goodbyes. However, living in fear of death is a form of self-harm because it stops us from actually enjoying the time we have for living.
I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. – Woody Allen
It takes a lot of introspection and struggle to reach that stage when we no longer fear death. People who are not afraid to die have simply found understood that nature’s ways cannot be changed. That does not stop them from regretting that the same nature’s laws are painful for us.
It is as natural to die as it is to be born. – Francis Bacon
Death is as natural as birth, yet it is difficult for us to look at these two laws of life as essential to one other. They are both terrifying, mysterious, and sacred, but mostly, they both make us understand that we are part of nature and we should accept the conditions that nature imposes on our existence.
All men think that all men are mortal but themselves. – Edward Young
It is best to think of death from time to time, just to keep ourselves in check whenever life drags us in its whirlwind, making us forget how precious our time really is. We hear about people dying, yet we hardly realize that our time will expire too.
To fear death is to misunderstand life. – Unknown
Fear of death is the symptom of being out of touch with the sacred mysteries of life. We fear death because we haven’t achieved the level of wisdom where everything in life is connected and holds a higher meaning.
After your death, you will be what you were before your birth. – Arthur Schopenhauer
We wonder what might happen after death, yet few of us wonder whether there is something before birth. The idea of coming from somewhere special and returning there after death is comforting and even though we cannot know the truth, playing with possibilities is exciting.
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
We often find ourselves afraid of dying, yet we rarely express the fear of not living a meaningful life or a life that we love. Dying is just the final stop, yet the most important thing is the journey itself and what we make of it.
When death overtakes us, all that we have is left to others; all that we are we take with us. – Unknown
Death is the barrier that separates us from everything we are and we have, leaving us helpless in the face of the unknown. In the final moments, our most precious possessions are our thoughts, feelings, and memories. Nothing else can serve us in death.
To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. – J.K. Rowling
We don’t know anything concrete about death and this leaves a lot to our imagination. Some might imagine death as something scary and negative, while others prepare for it as they would prepare for any worthwhile adventure.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. – Mark Twain
We fear death because we feel that we haven’t lived enough or haven’t done all the things we wanted to do. We are afraid to die with an unchecked wishlist. Only people who live their dreams as they come are ready to face death at any instant.
I don’t want to die without any scars. – Chuck Palahniuk
It is deeply ingrained in our minds to seek a life of security and comfort, that is why the uncertainty of death confuses and troubles us. We can only learn to accept death when we approach life as a lesson or a test, where experiences are more important than security and scars hold meaningful memories.
You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence. – John Green
Most of the time, death is an unexpected event. It happens so sudden that it leaves no time for arrangements, goodbyes, or final resolutions. It puts an abrupt end to all our projects, dreams, and plans. That is why ignoring the idea of death out of fear is even more painful.
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
We see death as the final stop, yet we forget that we leave a rich legacy behind. Some of us have children, others have contributed to society in other meaningful and creative ways, but no matter what type of legacy we left behind, there are traces of us everywhere.
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. – Norman Cousins
Looking at it objectively, death is not actually a loss that makes us suffer because we cannot have regrets once we cease to be. The most painful losses happen while we are alive and as we try to build our lives. We die a little every time we let our dreams and hopes die.
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. – George S. Patton
We mourn the people who die and we suffer at each death, yet we forget to be grateful, first of all, for having had those people in our lives. Their disappearance stops us from acknowledging the miracle of them being born and us having met and loved them.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go. – Jean de La Fontaine
A wise person treats death with respect and reverence, and knows that the precarious, accidental conditions of life itself make us fragile. Death should not surprise us because death surrounds us. When we accept this, we can make the most of our lives.
Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life. – Bertolt Brecht
We fear death more than we fear living a life that doesn’t suit us. In most cases, living a life that we don’t like or love is a slow form of death. An inadequate life can slowly burn away our will to live, making us incapable of finding joy and meaning in being alive.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. – Thomas Campbell
Death saddens us because it separates us from the people we love. Fortunately, love is stronger than death and nothing can defeat it. We don’t actually die as long as people remember us and keep us close to their hearts.
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
It’s totally reasonable to be scared of death, but instead of seeing it as a demoralizing element, we should strive to see it just as a ticking clock that tells us to make the most of our time and never waste a second on trivial pursuits.
The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude. – Thornton Wilder
Death usually awakens in us feelings of grief and sadness. It takes a lot of mental and emotional strength to be able to honor the dead not just by grieving, but also by expressing gratitude for all that they brought in our lives.
Many people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five. – Benjamin Franklin
There are many forms of death, and the physical death is the least scary of them all. It is more scary to live a life devoid of hope and passion, a stale life where you cannot bring yourself to learn, to dream, and to love anymore.
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. – Chuck Palahniuk
Death is certain for all of us, no matter if we are rich or poor, if we eat healthy and exercise or take little care of ourselves. The only escape we have from the face of death is creating something that will outlast us.
Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home. – Tecumseh
If we think about it, we are all the heroes of our own epic stories, going from one adventure to another. Why not think of death as another kind of adventure? We should die as heroes who accomplished their missions and seek peace in the homeland of the soul.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi
The surest way to prolong our lives is to live with excitement and enthusiasm. By continuing to love and to learn we stay young. People who seek wisdom and live intensely feel immortals and paradoxically, they are always prepared for death.
I regret not death. I am going to meet my friends in another world. – Ludovico Ariosto
People who believe in an afterlife have a strong support system to get them through this life. The belief that one day they can meet their friends on the other side gives them hope and stops them from becoming bitter about the losses that life forces upon us.
Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment. – Dag Hammarskjold
All our lives we play hide-and-seek with death. Sometimes we try to cheat it, other times we seek it. What we forget is that not death is important but rather the journey that leads to it. A beautiful journey will lead to a peaceful end.
Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows. – Michael Landon
The essential thing about death is that it should force us to adopt a proactive attitude towards life. If we want to do something, we have to do it right now, not tomorrow or later, because later it might be impossible.
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
When we wake up in the morning we are left with memories of incredible dreams that scare, torment or amaze us. Considering what we know so far, death itself could be nothing more than an awakening from a troubling dream.
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
The first law of life is change, and change is not possible without death. In the endless cycle of life, beings and things disappear to make room for others. Death is an end point but it is never the final one. For every death, there is a birth.
Dying is easy; it’s living that’s difficult. – Frederick Lenz
Death is not some complicated matter. It can happen very fast and very easy. The most difficult part of being is actually living, and mostly, living a life as we want it. Life is the actual challenge, while death is nothing but the end of all challenges.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. – Mark Twain
The only way we can fight death is to live such a beautiful life that our death would seem an outrage, a injustice of nature. We have no control on death, but we have control on the kind of life we live and this is where our playground really is.