Wednesday, November 08, 2006

quotes on life and death

From Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life, by Eugene O'Kelly.

For anything that men can tell, death may be
the greatest good that can happen to them:
but they fear it as if they know quite well
that is was the greatest of evils. And what is
this but that shameful ignorance of thinking
that we konw what we do not know?
  • Socrates
I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
  • Steven Wright
If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.
  • Maria Edgeworth
May you live every day of your life.
  • Jonathan Swift
"It is never good dwelling on good-byes," she said. "It is not the being together that it prolongs, it is the parting."
  • Elizabeth Asquity Bibesco, "The Fir and the Palm"
There is no death! What seems so is transition;
this life of mortal breath
is but a suburb of the life Elysian,
whose portal we call Death.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow