Quotes about Death...

…but upbeat!

My mom has been the executrix of her oldest sister’s finances, since she had to be homed. (Not Alzheimer’s. Senile dementia. They’re different, according to my mom who could probably give a seminar.) It’ been about four/five years.
My aunt died early on 2-14. And my mom is trying to put together some sort of memorial service for this weekend. (Going back to Kentucky.)

She has a meeting room. (Pictures. Candles. Maybe the ashes.) She has some ideas about what she’ll talk about. *No one is my family is religious. Spiritual, sure.

We were talking about it this weekend, and I mentioned one of my favorite things from Pterry’s Death speaking.

Other person: Isn’t my life supposed to flash before my eyes?

And my mom cracked up.

“I want something to say like that!”

And I don’t mean funny. But profound?

*And she does plan to say The Lord’s Prayer. It’s comforting.

(Oh, and please don’t bother offering me condolences. What I knew of my aunt I didn’t care for.)

So come my friends, be not afraid;
We are so lightly here
It is in Love that we are made
In Love we disappear.
–Leonard Cohen, A Thousand Kisses Deep

Also, from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

“But I did okay, didn’t I? I mean I got what, fifteen thousand years. That’s pretty good, isn’t it? I lived a pretty long time.”
“You lived what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime. No more, no less. You got a lifetime.”

“I intend to live forever, or die trying.”

– Groucho Marx

“Life should NOT
be a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving
safely in an attractive
and well preserved body,
but rather to
skid in sideways,
chocolate in one hand,
martini in the other,
body thoroughly used up, totally worn out
and screaming
WOO HOO what a ride!”

The above has been quoted in several ways, with slightly different wording. I think one of us Dopers has it as their signature. In it’s original form it has been attributed to Hunter S. Thompson.

“I am not afraid of dying; I just don’t want to be anywhere near it when it happens.”–Woody Allen, I think

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” – Edmund Gwenn [attributed]

Five days before his collapse, William Saroyan called the Associated Press to make this final statement for publication after his death:

“Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?”

It has been said that death sucks. Having never died I can’t say for sure one way or the other but, having seen several people who did, I can unequivocally say that, if true, they don’t seem to be enjoying it as much as one would think. – Me, just now.

"There are things we don’t want to happen, but have to accept,

Things we don’t want to know, but have to learn,

And people we can’t live without, but have to let go."

“If I can’t come back, I’m not goin’.”

-My Great Aunt Minnie

This video
14:58 to 15:05


Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
I plan to have this one on my memorial card thingie: Leonard Cohen, from Hallelujah:

I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

My Mom’s had

In a flash, at a trumpet crash,
I am all at once what Christ is,
since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd,
patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,
Is immortal diamond.

Here is my favorite
Here he lies where he long’d to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

Thanks everyone! Some really good stuff here and I appreciate it!

Glad did I live and glad do I die, and I lay me down with a right good will.

Robert Louis Stevenson, I think.

Remember, friends, as you pass by
as you are now, so once was I,
as I am now, so you must be
prepare to die, and follow me.


A man doesn’t die of his sickness. He dies of his whole life.

“The center of every man’s existence is a dream. Death, disease, insanity, are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel.”

  • G. K. Chesterton

Being dead must be* great*. Nobody has ever come back.

To follow you
I’ll not consent
until I know
which way you went.

“And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void in any heart so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up!”
~~Charles Dickens~