Life And Death Sayings and Quotes

The circle of life would not be complete without death. While never pleasant, we must accept death and treasure our loved ones while they are here. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes on life and death.

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 to-morrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.     

Oscar Wilde

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.     

Mark Twain

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

Lao Tzu

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

Death is not something you get over. It's the rip that exposes life in a before and after chasm, and all you can do is try to exist as best you can in the after.     

Lily Graham

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

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation.     

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Life is eternal, and love is immortal,Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.      

Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life.     

Steve Jobs

It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.      


It's matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.     

Samuel Johnson

We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life.      

Michel de Montaigne

Life was such a fragile thing as delicate and as beautiful as a butterfly, as ephemeral as a sunset. Death is peaceful. Death is quiet, silent. It is calming.     


Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to 'die before you die'— and find that there is no death.     

Eckhart Tolle

The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.     

Osho Rajneesh

The anguish of death hangs over and leads the human spirit to wonder about the mysteries of existence, man's destiny, life, the world.     

E. Morin

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

Corazon Aquino

The certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour of death is a source of grief throughout our life.      

E. Morin

If one was to think constantly of death, the business of life would stand still.     

Samuel Johnson

Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

God conceals from men the happiness of death that they may endure life.     

Marcus Annaeus Lucanus

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 is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.     

Norman Cousins

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.     


It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.     

Marcus Aelius Aurelius

If we don't know life, how can we know death?     


Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.     

Rabindranath Tagore

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

J K Rowling

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

Khalil Gibran

There is no pause in life, the moment we pause, we stop living.     

Lailah Gifty Akita