Mortality Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old mortality quotes, mortality sayings, and mortality proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is something miraculous in the way the years wash away your evidence, first you, then your friends and family, then the descendants who remember your face, until you aren't even a memory, you're only carbon, no greater than your atoms, and time will divide them as well.     

Anthony Marra

The things that frighten us most are those that remind us of our fragile existence.     

Sumiko Saulson

Death is never an ending, death is a change; Death is beautiful, for death is strange; Death is one dream out of another flowing.     

Conrad Aiken

Humans, if nothing else, have the good sense to die.     

Markus Zusak

All of us are creatures of a day; the rememberer and the remembered alike. All is ephemeral—both memory and the object of memory. The time is at hand when you will have forgotten everything; and the time is at hand when all will have forgotten you. Always reflect that soon you will be no one, and nowhere.     

Marcus Aurelius

In that place things begin to wear away even as they are built; the living die a little more each day. The sun is too far away; light slides endlessly into night; fire and love consume themselves; the heart tries to warm itself with ashes.     

Patricia A. Mckillip

Ignorance of mortality is a comfort.     

Tennessee Williams

There are some fights none of us can win.     

Amy Rae Durreson

That flesh is but the glass, which holds the dust that measures all our time; which also shall be crumbled into dust.     

George Herbert

The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better, it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.     

Carl Sagan

In the end, the body betrayed everyone.     

Gail Tsukiyama

Those who do not know how to live must make a merit of dying.     

George Bernard Shaw

Embrace death, dance with it a while, and finally fall prey to it.     

Darren Shan

The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop, the Leaves of Life keep falling one by one.     

Edward Fitzgerald

A small fact: You are going to die....does this worry you?     

Markus Zusak

All the mortal world is a lethal enemy during those hours between dawn and dusk.     

Anne Rice

Perhaps life is like an hour glass, with dear ones the sand that slips from the upper glass--the earth--into the second--eternity.     

Margaret George

The moral sense in mortals is the duty we have to pay on mortal sense of beauty.     

Vladimir Nabokov

Yes, it will all end one day; but today is worth living.     

Innocent Mwatsikesimbe

As we live our precarious lives on the brink of the void, constantly coming closer to a state of nonbeing, we are all too often aware of our fragitlity.     

Iris Murdoch

The stone has no uncertainties, no urge to communicate, and is eternally the same for thousands of years, while I am only a passing phenomenon which bursts into all kinds of emotions, like a flame that flares up quickly and then goes out.     

C.G. Jung

Mortality is one of the greatest gifts ever bestowed. After a long and fruitful life, we are able to rest.     

Nancy Straight

We will lost everything that matters, or everything that matters will lose us. It is predestined, the nature of life.     

Steven Rowley

To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror, to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.     

Frank Herbert

When mortality is the equation, we are but pawns in a game.     

Dianna Hardy

As for man, his days are numbered, whatever he might do, it is but wind.     

Andrew R. George

The end is never worth the beginning.     

Vali Myers

Death is every mortal's life to be alive!     

Munia Khan

Life itself is the axiom of the empty set. It begins in zero and ends in zero.     

Hanya Yanagihara

Life is a battle. It is a struggle renting us time against darkness. It's a fight it will never win. And still in fights. The Universe has no morality. It has no love, no patience. Those are the playthings of Humans... the seeds of the end are in each beginning.     

Peter Callaway