Dying Quotes

Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying.

Cancer    Depression    Dying    Life

No one can say that death found in me a willing comrade, or that I went easily.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Death    Dying    Father    Poems

The heaviness of loss in her heart hadn't eased, but there was room there for humour, too.

What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can't move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you much longer.

It's true, I am afraid of dying. I am afraid of the world moving forward without me, of my absence going unnoticed, or worse, being some natural force propelling life on. Is it selfish? Am I such a bad person for dreaming of a world that ends when I do? I don't mean the world ending with respect to me, but every set of eyes closing with mine.

Death    Dying    Fear

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.

Absurd    Death    Dying    Life    Living

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.

Achievements    Charity    Commencement speech    Death    Death and dying    Dying    Epitaph    Eulogy    Funerals    Goals    Gravestone    Hearts    Kindness    Legacy    Life    Life lessons    Life missions    Life purpose    Purpose    Speeches    Stories    Story    Tombstones    Tribute

We just did an awesome job of not dying.

He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.

Death    Dying    Fear    Franz    Kafka    Life

But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.

For One More Day

Mitch Albom For One More Day

For One More Day
Alone    Back up    Death    Death of a loved one    Dying    Fight    Loss    Parents

Haven't you learned anything, not even with the approach of death? Stop thinking all the time that you're in the way, that you're bothering the person next to you. If people don't like it, they can complain. And if they don't have the courage to complain, that's their problem

It’s not that we have to quit
this life one day, but it’s how
many things we have to quit
all at once: music, laughter,
the physics of falling leaves,
automobiles, holding hands,
the scent of rain, the concept
of subway trains... if only one
could leave this life slowly!

Automobiles    Beauty    Carpe diem    Dying    Holding hands    Laughter    Leaves    Life    Loss    Music    Rain    Regret    Sorrow    Subway    Trains

I thought about all of the things that everyone ever says to each other, and how everyone is going to die, whether it's in a millisecond, or days, or months, or 76.5 years, if you were just born. Everything that's born has to die, which means our lives are like skyscrapers. The smoke rises at different speeds, but they're all on fire, and we're all trapped.

When you stop growing you start dying.


William S. Burroughs


That's the good part of dying; when you've nothing to lose, you run any risk you want.

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

I don't really care. I shouldn't have to care. I shouldn't have to work this hard. I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.

If I Stay

Gayle Forman

If I Stay

I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out of my ears, my eyes, my noseholes--everywhere. Until it's every breath I breathe. I'm going to go out like a fucking meteor!

Dying    Life    Living    Love    Loving    Motivation    Motivational quote    Work    Working    Writing

DON'T YOU DARE DIE ON ME, JEZEBEL! DON'T YOU DARE! Or I'll follow you to the next world and KILL you.


L.J. Smith

Dying    Jez    Pep talk    Staked

It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: holding hands, hotel rooms, music, the physics of falling leaves, vanilla and jasmine, poppies, smiling, anthills, the color of the sky, coffee and cashmere, literature, sparks and subway trains... If only one could leave this life slowly!

Hope and Despair

Roman Payne

Hope and Despair
Beauty    Death    Dying    Life    Loss    Love    Regret    Sorrow    Time

Naruto: I bet you're dying to know my name!
Gaara: I couldn't care less.

Care    Dying    Gaara    Name    Naruto

When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!

Death    Dying    Jim elliot    Truth

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.

Everybody will die, but very few people want to be reminded of that fact.

Things change after you die, though, I guess because dying is the loneliest thing you can do.

Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall
Death    Dying    Sam

It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Choices    Dying    Living

I liked being a person. I wanted to keep at it.

Dying    Life    Living

Living is too hard right now. Dying is easy. Let me die.


Kristen Cashore

Cashore    Dying    Easy    Fire    Living    Monster    Nash

Dying was nothing and he had no picture of it nor fear of it in his mind. But living was a field of grain blowing in the wind on the side of a hill. Living was a hawk in the sky. Living was an earthen jar of water in the dust of the threshing with the grain flailed out and the chaff blowing. Living was a horse between your legs and a carbine under one leg and a hill and a valley and a stream with trees along it and the far side of the valley and the hills beyond.

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Right, well, he'd been sick for a while and his nurse said to him, 'You seem to be feeling better this morning,' and Isben looked at her and said, 'On the contrary,' and then he died.

Alaska    Death    Dying    Green    Halter    Henrik isben    John    Last words    Looking    Miles    Pudge

In life, more than in anything else, it isn’t easy to end up alive.

Accidents    Death    Dying    Funny    Humor    Humour    Life    Truism

One hand was behind his back, and he held it out, presenting a bouquet of white and smoky purple lilies.
They’re straight from the underworld, by the way. They are everlasting. They won’t die.

Here's the thing about Hazel: Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing a legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered. I do, too. That's what bothers me most, is being another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war against disease.
I want to leave a mark.
But Van Houten: The marks humans leave are too often scars. You build a hideous minimall or start a coup or try to become a rock star and you think, "They'll remember me now," but (a) they don't remember you, and (b) all you leave behind are more scars. Your coup becomes a dictatorship. Your minimall becomes a lesion.
We are like a bunch of dogs squirting on fire hydrants. We poison the groundwater with our toxic piss, marking everything MINE in a ridiculous attempt to survive our deaths. I can't stop pissing on fire hydrants. I know it's silly and useless--epically useless in my current state--but I am an animal like any other.
Hazel is different. She walks lightly, old man. She walks lightly upon the earth. Hazel knows the truth: We're as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we're not likely to do either.
People will say it's sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it's not sad, Van Houten. It's triumphant. It's heroic. Isn't that the real heroism? Like the doctors say: First, do no harm.
The real heroes anyway aren't the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn't actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn't get smallpox.
But then I wanted more time so we could fall in love. I got my wish, I suppose. I left my scar.
What else? She is so beautiful. You don't get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.

Animals    Beautiful    Choices    Death    Disease    Dogs    Dying    Eulogy    Fire hydrant    Hurt    Legacy    Love    Making a difference    Scars    Survival

I breathe in. The water will wash my wounds clean. I breathe out. My mother submerged me in water when I was a baby, to give me to God. It has been a long time since I thought about God, but I think about him now. It is only natural. I am glad, suddenly, that I shot Eric in the foot instead of the head.

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.
Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.
Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.
Not Waving but Drowning

Collected Poems

Stevie Smith

Collected Poems
Death    Depression    Dying    Grief    Isolation    Loss    Mourning

I don't think you're dying," I said. "I think you've just got a touch of cancer.
He smiled. Gallows humor.

Any time you are with anyone or think of anyone you must say to yourself: I am dying and this person too is dying, attempting the while to experience the truth of the words you are saying. If every one of you agrees to practice this, bitterness will die out, harmony will arise.

It’s very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.

Aging    Dying    Growth    Ignorance    Learning    Life

What happens if a car comes?
We die.

Death    Die    Dying    Love    Noah    The notebook

The guard looked down at the scarlet bloodstains blooming on his chest. He appeared to think of something that he needed to say, but as his lips began to form the words, his knees gave up the strain of supporting his ruined bulk. He collapsed to the floor, his throat issuing a final sound like a bubbling casserole.

I am not afraid to die; I am only afraid of saying goodbye to you forever.

Cancer    Dying    Fear    Goodbye    Hope    Illness    Living    Love    Scared    Sickness    Truth

At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel.

Anger    Art    Authors    Babies    Birth    Books    Boredom    Death    Depression    Disdain    Disease    Disgust    Distance    Dying    Enjoyment    Family    Fondness    Friendship    Grieving    Happiness    Hate    Illness    Knowlege    Literature    Love    Marriage    Mourning    Obsession    Passion    Reading    Romance    Sadness    Thirst

When you reach the stars, boy, yes, and live there forever, all the fears will go, and Death himself will die.

Death    Dying    Fear    Fear of dying

Oh God, Alaska, I love you. I love you," and the Colonel whispered, "I'm so sorry, Pudge. I know you did," and I said, "No. Not past tense." She wasn't even a person anymore, just flesh rotting, but I loved her present tense.

Dark circles under my eyes sink deeper and deeper into my skull, in contrast to my pale skin there is an undeniable resemblance to a fresh corpse.

Death    Dying    Ego    Exhaustion    Image    Life    Mirror    Scared    Self image    Sleep    Sleeplessness    Tired    Tragedy

If we stay where we are, where we're stuck, where we're comfortable and safe, we die there. We become like mushrooms, living in the dark, with poop up to our chins. If you want to know only what you already know, you're dying. You're saying: Leave me alone; I don't mind this little rathole. It's warm and dry. Really, it's fine.
When nothing new can get in, that's death. When oxygen can't find a way in, you die. But new is scary, and new can be disappointing, and confusing - we had this all figured out, and now we don't.
New is life.

Alone    Dying    Life    New    Safe    Scary    Stuck

Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.

Dying    Life    Living

Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.

Dying    Life    Living

You can't just make me different and then leave

Alaska    Death    Driving    Drunk    Dying    Loss    Lost    Love

I am afraid because I can so clearly foresee my own life rotting away of itself, like a leaf that rots without falling, while I pursue my round of existence from day to day.

Death    Depression    Dying    Fear    Future    Life    Living    Sadness



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