99+ Best Death Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Death is the end of life. Profoundly inspirational death quotes and dying sayings will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Death Quotes

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates

I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen

How people die remains in the memory of those who live on. Dame Cicely Saunders

To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. J.K. Rowling

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. George Eliot

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings. Anais Nin

It is natural to die as to be born. Francis Bacon

I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

So do I, said Gandalf, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. J.R.R. Tolkien,

Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to. Jimi Hendrix

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. Euripides

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain

Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Death ends a life, not a relationship. Mitch Albom

The goal of all life is death. Sigmund Freud

It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things. Lemony Snicket

After your death you will be what you were before your birth. Arthur Schopenhauer

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. Oscar Wilde

No one here gets out alive. Jim Morrison

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life. Terry Pratchett

Nothing in life is promised except death. Kanye West

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it. Mark Twain

I want to be all used up when I die. George Bernard Shaw

I don’t want to die without any scars. Chuck Palahniuk

And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief. William Cullen Bryant

Unbeing dead isn’t being alive. E. E. Cummings

Grief is the price we pay for love. Queen Elizabeth II

It kills me sometimes, how people die. Markus Zusak

They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time. Banksy

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming Wow! What a Ride! Hunter S. Thompson

After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. E.B. White

You’ll stay with me? Until the very end, said James. J. K. Rowling

Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out. Mitch Albom

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect. JK Rowling

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. Harriet Beecher Stowe

That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it’s reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you, and it just hits you all over again, that shocking. Sarah Dessen

We will all, someday, experience death, and become obsolete as a dead leaf falling from a tree, crushed by passers by to ashes underlying the earth. Kim Elizabeth

If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn’t be filled? Jodi Picoult

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired. Robert Southey

We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and in spite of True Romance magazines we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely at least, not all the time but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness. Hunter S. Thompson

Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left in our hearts. Dorothy Ferguson

Don’t feel bad, I’m usually about to die. Rick Riordan

A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies. Gustave Flaubert

When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time. Laurie Halse Anderson

Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five. Benjamin Franklin

Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. Herbert Hoover

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. Chuck Palahniuk

When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him. Madeline Miller

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

If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone? Jodi Picoult

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. Helen Keller

I could die for you. But I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, live for you. Ayn Rand

Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. Nelson Mandela

If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character Would you slow down? Or speed up? Chuck Palahniuk

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. Steve Jobs

A small but noteworthy note. I’ve seen so many young men over the years who think they’re running at other young men. They are not. They are running at me. Markus Zusak

The truth I have been seeking this truth is Death. Yet Death is also a seeker. Forever seeking me. So we have met at last. And I am prepared. I am at peace. Bruce Lee

It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live. Victor Hugo

To die will be an awfully big adventure. J.M. Barrie

A girl calls and asks, “Does it hurt very much to die?”

Well, sweetheart, I tell her, yes, but it hurts a lot more to keep living. Chuck Palahniuk

I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits. Gabriel García Márquez

Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities. George R.R. Martin

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

When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever there comes another day, and another specifically missing part. John Irving

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life. Corazon Aquino

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. Mahatma Gandhi

Death never takes a wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go. Jean de la Fontaine

Sleep, those little slices of death how I loathe them. Edgar Allan Poe

Dying is a troublesome business there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one’s heart; but death is a splendid thing a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces. George Bernard Shaw

Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it. Haruki Murakami

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly  that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. Anne Lamott

His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do the best ones. The ones who rise up and say I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come. Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places. Markus Zusak

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. C.S. Lewis

When you’re dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody. J.D. Salinger

Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace. Oscar Wilde

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. Helen Keller

How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind? Carson McCullers

No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for. Martin Luther King Jr.

Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid. Langston Hughes

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? Edgar Allan Poe

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. Will Rogers

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colours of life in all their purity. George Santayana

A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. Lao Tzu

Let life be beautiful like summer flowers and death like autumn leaves. Rabindranath Tagore

At the temple there is a poem called Loss carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it. Arthur Golden

Birth and death are the most singular events we experience and the contemplation of death, as of birth, should be a thing of beauty, not ignobility. Jacob K. Javits

The meaning of life is that it stops. Franz Kafka

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives. Andrew Sachs

Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. Ernest Hemingway

Because life is fragile and death inevitable, we must make the most of each day. Thomas S. Monson

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. Antonio Porchia

Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. Ernest Hemingway

My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy. Jandy Nelson

Live how we can, yet die we must. William Shakespeare