118+ Best Life And Death Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational life and death quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Life And Death Quotes

The consequences of decisions don’t just affect spreadsheets… They affect, in fundamental ways, the lives of people and they often mean the difference between life and death. — Phil Bredesen

I stopped asking myself questions like what the value of my stock was and started asking more fundamental questions of life and death. — Omar Amanat

I don’t think we’re any more preoccupied by life and death or heaven and hell than anyone else, but it’s fun to write about the inevitable – you’re alive, and you’re going to die. — Matt Skiba

You’re trying to write about something that’s sacred. You’re trying to bring the seriousness of life and death to it, and you’re trying to find a way to dramatize it, and you’re trying to give language to it, which is inadequate. But it’s important to try. — Edward Hirsch

‘Hamlet’ is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what’s real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad. — Michael Sheen

People meet in bars after work all over the world and talk about the great problems of life and death and the world and politics and they don’t take themselves seriously. They can do nothing else except chat about these things in bars after work. — Whitfield Diffie

Playing for your country may seem like a massive thing, but you can build it into something it’s not and put yourself under pressure from what the media say, but at the end of the day it’s not life and death. — Stuart Broad

When you look at death, it makes you understand the importance of the moment when you have life and death in front of you, and you witness seeing someone deteriorating in front of you – it’s an overwhelming experience. If you don’t learn from that, I don’t know what else you’re gonna learn. — Mickalene Thomas

My faith isn’t very churchy, it’s a pretty personal, intimate thing and has been a huge source of strength in moments of life and death. — Bear Grylls

I think it’s really important for your mental health to think about the big questions, to discuss them and open your mind, in order to prepare you for both life and death. — Freddie Stroma

Political elections are not life and death. — Rita Mae Brown

If you think of life and death on a continuum, finding the point where it tips is complicated. It cuts across all political lines and gets to the root of our humanity. It requires faith informed by years of intimacy that you’re doing what’s right for your loved one. — Eleanor Clift

Every religion implies that it treats the problem of being and nonbeing, life and death. Their languages are different, but they speak about the same things. — Mircea Eliade

At the end of ‘Afterlife’ – hmm, how do I do this without spoilers – Skye took a very strange journey that crossed the boundary between life and death. And now, for her, that boundary is permanently blurred. — Claudia Gray

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. — Khalil Gibran

Nothing is a matter of life and death except life and death. — Angela Carter

Human experience resembles the battered moon that tracks us in cycles of light and darkness, of life and death, now seeking out and now stealing away from the sun that gives it light and symbolizes eternity. — Eugene Kennedy

You’re taught from the day you start medical school that you’re a god, that you can have power over life and death. So when your life starts to crumble, and the highest power you see is looking back in the mirror – and you know that power is flawed – it is very hard to get past that. — Michael Palmer

Life and death are matters of the God. I can be killed even at home. — Mehbooba Mufti

The New Zealand sense of humor is tough and realistic. Jokes are not surreal; they are about life and death and tough decisions. — Anthony McCarten

Everything tends to make us believe that there exists a certain point of the mind at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and future, the communicable and the incommunicable, high and low, cease to be perceived as contradictions. — Andre Breton

I always knew from books and shows that the lives of circus artists are not easy, but spending time and learning from them made me realise the amount of effort they put in and how they constantly jostle between life and death. — Shweta Tripathi

Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world. — Mary Shelley

I am more interested in how people interpret the phrase ‘Elect The Dead’ than what I may or may not have intended. I named the album after the track, which is a spiritual song about love, life and death and is the heaviest song on the album without having any heavy instruments. — Serj Tankian

When I was 16, I felt very relieved to discover cinema. It was like an island where I could see life and death from another perspective. Every young person should be interested in that island. It’s a beautiful place. — Leos Carax

I think to have the skill set and the ability to physically help others in matters of life and death must be incredibly empowering. — Karlie Kloss

There are always those ‘Gossip Girl’ walk-and-talk scenes where you’re walking and just talking about life and death. You’re having a serious conversation, looking someone in the eye, but everywhere around you, it’s literally a circus. — Chace Crawford

As far as songwriting, my inspirations came from love, life and death, and viewing other people’s situations. — Ed Sheeran

The message that President Obama delivered in his speech at Notre Dame was: morality is immoral. Pro-life is the extremist position, not a moral position. Yet we should compromise and work to reduce abortions. Where’s the compromise between life and death – and why work to reduce the number of them occurring if there’s nothing wrong with them? — Rush Limbaugh

I think living in a way that’s close to nature makes you feel like that – makes you feel how thin the veil is between life and death. — Lizz Wright

My perspective on life is now to try to play music that reflects that life and death are part of the same coin. And to know about life, we must really examine the function – like death. Life tells you a lot about what death is, not what people say it is. — Wayne Shorter

Even though everybody’s lives are different, in general we’re all human beings, and we go through the same things: disappointments, the pleasures of life, life and death. That’s always been a really big part of the show to me, making sure the audience feels connected, and that carries through to the album. — Joan Jett

President Kennedy’s life and death represent both what is possible in America, and all of the work left undone. — Jack Schlossberg

If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot. — Dean Smith

Once it gets to a point where it becomes a matter of life and death to occupy a position of leadership or not, with an eye on future opportunities, therein lies the danger. — Kgalema Motlanthe

Democracy is not theater – it determines life and death! — Mimi Kennedy

Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation. — Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

If you have fun, fine. It’s not all life and death. — Bill Parcells

When you’re in the military, you teeter on the edge of that line of life and death. The reason you feel so alive when you come through is because you know you’ve cheated death – and that and the adrenaline rush is addictive, no question. — Ant Middleton

Becoming a parent gives you access to a whole world of feeling. It gives you a much stronger sense of life and death: becoming a father made me realise my own mortality. — Laurence Fox

Now I am training with sparring partners who are nice people, sure, but not my friends. These are sparring partners who want to knock me out in sparring. In the Croatian media, they said it was ‘life and death’ sparring – it was not quite life and death, but it was all-out fighting, very hard. — Mirko Cro Cop

You can’t go wrong with major life and death stories when it comes to a competition, so I thought I’d have a go at writing one. — Michael Winter

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that. — Bill Shankly

We’re actually doing something scripted that’s totally, you know, we kind of know what’s going on, however, we’re having to live life and death as the art. — Josh Holloway

The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected. — Sun Tzu

I turned 40, got married, got a kid, and my mother passed away. I experienced life and death, with the enjoyment of creating life and the loss, within one year. — Daniel Wu

The great problem of humanity is life and death. Every person dreams of becoming invisible one day. — Marcel Marceau

I was not really aware of the dystopian genre before I read ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Many poets as well, like John Donne and Emily Dickinson, would be the influences; I specialized in Emily Dickinson at university. Both of those poets have really interesting ways of looking at life and death. — Samantha Shannon

Life and death matters, yes. And the question of how to behave in this world, how to go in the face of everything. Time is short and the water is rising. — Raymond Carver

I almost always start with setting! I have to know the world before I know how to populate it. I have a tendency to play with doors – between life and death, human and monster, mundane and magic – and with ‘ADSOM,’ I knew I wanted to play with the physical doors between worlds. — V. E. Schwab

There are only three events in a man’s life; birth, life, and death; he is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live. — Jean de la Bruyere

I am politically pro-choice, but personally pro-life. I have my faith but refuse to force it on the world at large – especially this world, so brutal and unjust. I cannot make these wrenching personal life and death decisions for others – nor do I believe they should be made by a church run by childless men. — Julianna Baggott

I don’t think there is a need to treat matches with India like a matter of life and death. We need to take cricket as cricket. — Shahid Afridi

If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man. — James Dean

Over the years, I’ve been involved in many business crises. I qualify this, since my crises have never involved life and death or the survival of the human race. But they are still crises. — Brad Feld

Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of. — Emmylou Harris

Life and death. At some point we’re gonna leave this world. Do I know when? Absolutely not. — Terrell Owens

Serenity is the balance between good and bad, life and death, horrors and pleasures. Life is, as it were, defined by death. If there wasn’t death of things, then there wouldn’t be any life to celebrate. — Norman Davies

Because war is a competition involving life and death, and in which national security and vital interests are at stake, establishing an objective other than winning is not only counterproductive, but also irresponsible and wasteful. In some circumstances, it is also unethical. — H. R. McMaster

In my solitude I have pondered much on the incomprehensible subjects of space, eternity, life and death. — Alfred Russel Wallace

I think what’s always been interesting to me than the science and the criminality with this job is what happens to your persona, your disposition, after day in and day out dealing with life and death. — George Eads

Thanos and Adam Warlock are two of a kind because they’re both sort of out of the norm: out of the circle of life and death that falls on top of everyone else. Both have had multiple deaths and resurrections, and they always seem to get pulled in as key players for cosmic events. — Jim Starlin

Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy. — Liu Xiaobo

See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil… I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life. — Moses

The choices Israelis face and the decisions they make, day in and day out, are literally the difference between life and death. In many ways, I liken their reactions to the way I felt while serving in Iraq. — Pete Hegseth

I enjoy every climb – maybe it’s because it’s a literal dance between life and death. — Alain Robert

Music is something so mystical, so unexplainably a thing you cannot put in the rules or boundaries, you know? It speaks about our feelings about questions of life and death. It goes absolutely beyond any kind of rules. — Andris Nelsons

I believe in the freedom of choice in both life and death. — Dasha Zhukova

The prime minister found something hopeful in the man’s eyes and manner. The 30 or so people who run this world analyze one another that way and then make decisions of life and death for us. Scary, but true. — Hugh Sidey

Stories hold conflict and contrast, highs and lows, life and death, and the human struggle and all kinds of things. — David Lynch

In an artwork you’re always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death. — Damien Hirst

To have faith doesn’t mean you get any less frustrated when you don’t do your best, but you know that it’s not life and death. Take what you’re given, and when you continue to work hard, you will see results. That will give you the confidence you need to keep going. — Tom Lehman

It’s a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem. — Wangari Maathai

You know Americans are obsessed with life and death and rebirth, that’s the American Cycle. You know, awakening, tragic, horrible death and then Phoenix rising from the ashes. That’s the American story, again and again. — Billy Corgan

Jesus’ sinless life was given as a gift to the world – the ultimate gift. Some would receive Him, and others wouldn’t. Nonetheless, He continues to be our gift, and His life and death makes it possible for His children to receive eternal life with Him. That’s a reason to give God glory. — Monica Johnson

Art is built on the deepest themes of human meaning: good and evil, beauty and ugliness, life and death, love and hate. No other story has incarnated those themes more than the story of Jesus. — John Ortberg

For me, life and death are very important themes. There is no life without death. That’s why it’s very important to me. — Tite Kubo

So here is one of my theories on happiness: we cannot know if we have lived a truly happy life until the very end. This view of life and death was reinforced by my close witnessing of the buildup to the death of Philip Gould. Philip was without doubt my closest friend in politics. When he died, I felt like I had lost a limb. — Alastair Campbell

Prayer in a combat zone serves exactly the same purpose as it does in peacetime. In war, the stakes are life and death, true; but if you believe in God and in the notion of a human soul, then we are always making decisions of tremendous significance. — Phil Klay

The essence of the Hebrew Bible, transmitted by Christianity, is separation: between life and death, nature and God, good and evil, man and woman, and the holy and the profane. — Dennis Prager

When confronted with two alternatives, life and death, one is to choose death without hesitation. — Yamamoto Tsunetomo

I was a late bloomer. I was 38 when my first book was out and 43 when my first crime novel was out. I had a story that could only be told as a crime story. I think the genre is good; it deals with the fundamental questions of life and death. The problem is there are too many bad crime stories. — Hakan Nesser

Life and death. They are somehow sweetly and beautifully mixed, but I don’t know how. — Gloria Swanson

In cold weather states like Vermont, where the weather can get to 20 below zero, home heating assistance is critically important. In fact, it is a life and death issue. — Bernie Sanders

I don’t know if my work is a concerted effort to make kids sad! But life and death go hand in hand. It’s our condition as human beings. — Patricia Polacco

In an area of more than 1,000 war graves and with birdsong as the only sound, I contemplated the thin margin between life and death. If the sniper’s bullet had been just two feet to one side, my father’s life would have been over, aged just 27, and I would never have been born. — Michael Ashcroft

In the past, much power and responsibility over life and death was concentrated in the hands of doctors. Now, this ethical burden is increasingly shared by the builders of AI software. — Oren Etzioni

Life and death are important. Don’t suffer them in vain. — Bodhidharma

When a president makes life and death decisions, he should draw strength and wisdom from broad and deep experience with the reasons for and the risks of committing our children to our defense. For no matter how many others are involved in the decision, the president is a lonely man in a dark room when the casualty reports come in. — John McCain

I watched ‘Kojak’ religiously with my father. It was a great bonding time. He loved shows where the stakes were high. Life and death, justice prevailing, things like that. I think that helped set me on the path to what I do now. — Michael Connelly

Medicine really matured me as a person because, as a physician, you’re obviously dealing with life and death issues, issues much more serious than what we’re talking about in entertainment. You can’t get more serious than life and death. And if you can handle that, you can handle anything. — Ken Jeong

I remember going to the university film club to see ‘The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp’ one night and being bowled over. It was one of the most beautiful films I’d ever seen. And it felt so personal. — Kevin Macdonald

People think sport is life and death – it’s not. — Bradley Wiggins

I’m very comfortable with the nature of life and death, and that we come to an end. What’s most difficult to imagine is that those dreams and early yearnings and desires of childhood and adolescence will also disappear. But who knows? Maybe you become part of the eternal whatever. — Hugh Hefner

The need to understand prescription information can literally be a matter of life and death. — Andrew Cuomo

Writing never comes easy. The difference between Page 2 and Page Nothing is the difference between life and death. — Aaron Sorkin

Football (soccer) is a matter of life and death, except more important. — Bill Shankly

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. — Lao Tzu

Sometimes, how you ingest this idea of masculinity as projected onto you by the world could be the difference of life and death. — Barry Jenkins

I agree with Scott Turow: A courtroom is inherently dramatic. You walk into court – it’s like an ER, you know? Life and death is going on there. And it’s moment-by-moment, and it’s packed with energy. And even though you think you know what a witness is going to say, you can be wrong. Witnesses surprise you. — Marcia Clark

There is creative power in your mouth right now. God spoke and created the universe; you have creative power to speak life and death! If you believe God, you can create anything in your life. — Paula White

If forced to choose my favourite film, I would have to say ‘Raging Bull’ because it was the first feature film I worked on, and it was like having pure gold in my hands. But my husband’s film ‘The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’ is equally a favourite because of its enormous emotional power. — Thelma Schoonmaker

There are a ton of medical dramas out there dealing with life and death. — Erica Durance

To a billion people around the world surviving on just a dollar a day, the question of what to eat tonight is more about life and death than about recipes. The struggle of poor people around the globe weighs heavily on me, especially now that I am a mother, which is why I work with Oxfam. — Giada De Laurentiis

Big waves are a whole different ball game. You’re riding a wave with an immense amount of speed and power, generally over 10 meters. On the face of the wave, obviously life and death thoughts start to happen. — Kelly Slater

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual – when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions – it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. — Isaac Bashevis Singer

I think the membrane – I say that the membrane between life and death is perilously thin. And I do think the story of Jesus, this great mythical story, can have transforming value in our lives. — Jay Parini

In this life and death case, I felt Mrs. Schiavo should receive the fullest due process from our legal system. — Paul Gillmor

If war occurs, that positive adult contact in every shape is needed more than ever. It will be a matter of emotional life and death. There’s not a handy one-minute way of talking to your kid about war. — Richard Louv

If we go into space, we need enhancements that handle radiation and osteoporosis… or else we’re dead. So what seems like an enhancement in one generation becomes life and death in another generation. — George M. Church

If your best friend has stolen your girlfriend, it does become life and death. — Ben Kingsley

Life and death have been lacking in my life. — Jorge Luis Borges

People can dress it up however they want to, but boxing is life and death. — Tony Bellew

It was from an old friend who thought he was dying. Anyway, he said, ‘Life and death issues don’t come along that often, thank God, so don’t treat everything like it’s life or death. Go easier.’ — Thomas Arnold

Working on ‘Beyond,’ I try to give an explanation to death that’s different from the explanation religions have to give. So I made up my own story around all this and how life and death and souls work. — David Cage

But the issue is not only life and death but our existence before God and our being judged by him. All of us were sinners before him and worthy of condemnation. — Hans Urs von Balthasar

I’m really tired of making these huge, over-$100 million movies where they literally mean life and death for a studio. It’s really rough making these expensive movies. Everyone is hysterical. — Robert Zemeckis

When there’s an emergency weather situation, the local broadcaster is the source of information that often makes the difference between life and death. — Gordon Smith

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