The best things in life are free. Sunsets and sunrises are free. Air is free. Love is free. Death is free. The best things in life are free. ~ Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.
In death – no! even in the grave all is not lost. Else there is no immortality for man. Arousing from the most profound slumbers, we break the gossamer web of some dream. Yet in a second afterward, (so frail may that web may have been) we remember not that we have dreamed.
~Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (2006), “The best of Poe”, p.70 Prestwick House Inc.
There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are….
When it comes, the Landscape listens –
Shadows – hold their breath –
When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
On the look of Death.
~Emily Dickinson, c.1861
He died at the age of 27, the same age as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. Some call it The Forever 27 Club.
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“If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.”
“This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.” -Buddha
Source: This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
– Frank Herbert
Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death. – Buddha
“At a formal dinner
party, the person
nearest death should
always be seated
closest to the
“I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.”
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Death is no more than passing
from one room into another. But
there’s a difference for me, you
know. Because in that other
room I shall be able to see.
My mother and Eric Clapton have something in common.
Both are English. Her parents came from the Manchester area of England.
Of course Clapton was born in the UK.
But the thing they do share is the same date: March 30, 2004.
Mother passed away the same day as Clapton’s birthday.
She had just turned 88, as her birthday was March 18.
Ma, always thinking of you.
Look, I really don’t want to wax philosophical, but I will say that
if you’re alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to
jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life
is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if
you’re quiet, you’re not living. You’ve got to be noisy, or at
least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively.
— Mel Brooks
You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. — Joan Baez
There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?
– Woody Allen
When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death–ourselves.