Quotes about death
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— Richard Ramirez American serial killer 1960 - 2013
Statement to reporters after his death sentences, taken from The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/07/richard-ramirez-night-stalker-dies
„Thousands of people who say they "love" animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs— and the journey to get there— before finally leaving their miserable world, only too often after a painful death.“
— Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist 1934
The Ten Trusts (2003), p. xv
— Stéphane Mallarmé French Symbolist poet 1842 - 1898
Hérodiade (1898), Context: A kiss would kill me, woman, If beauty were not death... By what attraction Am I drawn, what morn forgotten by the prophets That pours on the dying distance its sad rites? Hérodiade.
„Submit to Islam and be safe. Or agree to the payment of the Jizya (tax), and you and your people will be under our protection, else you will have only yourself to blame for the consequences, for I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life.“
— Khalid ibn al-Walid companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad 592 - 642
This letter was written by Khalid, from his head-quarters in Babylonia, to the Persian monarch Emperor Yazdegerd III before invading it. (History of the World, Volume IV [Book XII. The Mohammedan Ascendency], page 463, by John Clark Ridpath, LL.D. 1910.
„I was responsible for everything so I accept responsibility and blame but show me, comrade, one document proving that I was personally responsible for the deaths.“
— Pol Pot former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea 1925 - 1998
Attributed, As reported by David Ashley (1995) and quoted in Brother Number One (1999) by David P. Chandler
„I am ready for everything, for anywhere on this earth, wherever God may send me, and I am ready to bear witness in any situation and unto death that life is beautiful and meaningful and that it is not God’s fault that things are as they are at present, but our own.“
— Etty Hillesum Jewish diarist 1914 - 1943
„We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.“
— Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
„Because of you, each day is a melon slice
smelling sweetly of earth
Because of you, all fruits reach out to me
as if I were the sun.
Thanks to you, I live on the honey of hope.
You are the reason my heart beats.
Because of you, even my loneliest nights
smile like an Anatolian kilim on your wall.
Should my journey end before I reach my city,
I've rested in a rose garden thanks to you.
Because of you I don't let death enter,
clothed in the softest garments,
and knocking on my door with songs
calling me to the greatest place.“
— Nâzım Hikmet Turkish poet 1902 - 1963
From Because of You (29 August 1960)
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„I think our preparation has been good, we’ve worked extremely hard individually and as a team, and when it’s come to games the guys have stepped up and performed under pressure. That’s exactly what we need if we are to be very successful at this tournament. Under pressure the bowlers performed very well at the death, but now it’s about doing it when it counts. The best thing is we’ve got these experiences to call on when the tournament starts and we’re actually under real pressure when it really matters. Fingers crossed the guys can take all that confidence forward into the group games.“
— Joe Root English cricketer 1990
On World T20, "World T20: Joe Root challenges England squad to keep their cool in India" http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/14/world-t20-england-india-mumbai, March 14, 2016. Steve Smith
— Epicharmus of Kos ancient Greek dramatist and philosopher -524 - -435 BC
As quoted by Cicero in Tusculan Disputations, Book 1 — On Living and Dying Well, trans. Thomas Habinek (Penguin Classics, 2012), "Against Fear of Death"
— Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor 1969
Misattributed, Being from Manson's Fight Song of Holy Wood, this is actually a quote from German writer Erich Maria Remarque, also often misattributed to Josef Stalin.
„Perched up high on a rooftop,
like a bird I'm having evil thoughts,
A black hood covers my face
as death flows through my mind at its own pace.“
— Eazy-E American rapper and producer 1963 - 1995
1990s, "Neighborhood Sniper", 5150: Home 4 tha Sick (1992).
„Forgive me, that was the soldier speaking. Now this is the man speaking again. And the man is more than the soldier. I can bear anything. Death is a more solemn thing than all the earthly trash.“
— Emilio De Bono Italian General 1866 - 1944
Quoted in "Mussolini: Twilight and Fall" - Page 129 - by Roman Dąbrowski - Italy - 1956
„We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream: it may be so the moment after death.“
— Nathaniel Hawthorne American novelist and short story writer (1804 – 1879) 1804 - 1864
Notebooks, The American Notebooks (1835 - 1853), 1836