The Philosophy of Death

Someone once said: "Life is terminal". But you know that this can't, under any circumstances, be allowed to be the finial word. Looking at "Love" as a subject is much more difficult and might just give one a headache. Love I like to experience without analysis, while you can go your whole life without love and still have to face Death in the end. Let's put a little bit of humor into this, because my personal hope is simply NOT to die in exquisite agony (it wouldn't be exquisite for ME!!!). So  follow the Roving Time Reporter as he queries notable and sometimes  forgettable individuals on what their Philosophy of Death is (or was)........also let's not let it get too drawn out....

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"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster." - Issac Asimov

"Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it." -W. Somerset Maugham

"I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." -Winston Churchill

''God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled'."  -Author Unknown

"I'm not afraid of death.  It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life."  -Jean Giraudoux

"There is always death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year."  -Author Unknown

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

"If you spend all your time worrying about dying, living isn't going to be much fun."  -From the television show Roseanne

"He who doesn't fear death dies only once."  -Giovanni Falcone

"While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die."  -Leonardo Da Vinci

"The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity."  -Seneca

"Death may be the greatest of all human blessings."  -Socrates

"Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go."  -Jean de La Fontaine

"Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death."  -Erik H. Erikson

"Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men."  -Herodotus

"I will fight to live, but know that death will always win in the end.  Such knowledge gives me true Peace."  -Sean M. Perry

"From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity."  -Edvard Munch

"The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive - perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine."  -Mignon McLaughlin

"People living deeply have no fear of death."  -Anaiïs Nin

"Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in."  -George Bernard Shaw

"After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."  -J.K. Rowling

"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity."  -William Penn

Death is life's way of telling you you're fired."  -Unknown Author

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
Albert Pike

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." -Norman Cousins

"And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."
St. Francis of Assisi

"Thinking and talking about death need not be morbid; they may be quite the opposite. Ignorance and fear of death overshadow life, while knowing and accepting death erases this shadow."
Lily Pincus

"Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear."
Jean-Paul Sartr

"People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over."
Jim Morrison

"Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."
Author Unknown

"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."
Thomas Campbell

"Life is a brief intermission, between birth and death, enjoy it."
M.K. Soli

"I think of death as some delightful journey that I shall take when all my tasks are done." Ella Wheeler Wilcox 
"We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?"

"What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever."
Henry Van Dyke

"Death is the gate of life."
St. Bernard of Clairvaux

"Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death."
James F. Byrnes

"Death is the opening of a more subtle life. In the flower, it sets free the perfume; in the chrysalis, the butterfly; in man, the soul."
Juliette Adam

"Let's just think of Life right now, my love. We can die in each other's arms later." - Sean M. Perry

"Fear not death, for the sooner we die the longer we shall be immortal."  -BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

"For what is it to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind? And when the Earth has claimed our limbs, then we shall truly dance"  -.KAHLIL GIBRAN

"Death is the most beautiful adventure in life."  -CHARLES FROHMAN

"If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend."  -STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

"The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity - designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny of man"  -.ERNEST BECKER

"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome"  -.ISAAC ASIMOV

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying"  -.WOODY ALLEN

"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?"  -STEPHEN LEVINE

"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come."  -RABINDRANATH TAGORE

"While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil."  -JOHN TAYLOR

"A man is not completely born until he is dead."  -BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

"Is death the last sleep? No--it is the last and final awakening"  -.SIR WALTER SCOTT

"A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic."  -JOSEPH STALIN

"I've come to look upon death the same way I look upon root-canal work. Everyone else seems to get through it all right, so it couldn't be too difficult for me."  -JOSEPH HELLER

"Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, "Did you bring joy?" The second was, "Did you find joy?"  -LEO BUSCAGLIA

"I said to Life, I would hear Death speak. And Life raised her voice a little higher and said, you hear him now."  -KAHLIL GIBRAN

"Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death."  -KAHLIL GIBRAN

"Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment."  -DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD

"It's a blessing to die for a cause, because you can so easily die for nothing"  -.ANDREW YOUNG

"If man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."  -MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

"You can't learn to die as though it were a skill. People die in the way they have lived. Death becomes the expression of everything you are, and you can bring to it only what you have brought to your life"  -.MICHAEL ROEMER

"I am become Death, shatterer of worlds."  -J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER

"I only remember two kisses - the first and the last. The first, with my love and the last, with death. The first brought happiness and the last relief!"  -SRIJIT PRABHAKARAN

"A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own."  -THOMAS MANN

"It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a happy tune."  -WOODY ALLEN

"Dying seems less sad than having lived too little."  -GLORIA STEINEM

"Let us endeavour so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."  -MARK TWAIN

"Death is simply a shedding of the physical body, like the butterfly coming out of a cocoon. It is a transition into a higher state of consciousness, where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, to be able to grow, and the only thing you lose is something you don't need anymore . . . your physical body. It's like putting away your winter coat when spring comes"  -.ELISABETH KÜBLER-ROSS

"I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not."  -ROBERT G. INGERSOLL

"Death is the supreme festival on the road to freedom."  -DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

"For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come!"  -WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
"All good soldiers go to Valhalla. We shall sit at the feet of Odin, feast on lavish meals brought to us by Valkyries." Norse Mythology
"As I walk through the Shadow of the Valley of Death, I will Fear No Evil for...oops, sorry guys. You have that map upside down" -Lt.Col. John Whitman, US ARMY (Ret)
"If LIFE is grinding grain, and DEATH is toast, then HEAVEN must be marmalade" -Unknown Author

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