Quotes about death

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„Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland.“

—  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

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„A kiss would kill me, woman,
If beauty were not death…“

—  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.

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„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.

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„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

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„I have no desire to die, but I count my death as nothing.“

—  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"

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„The death of one is a tragedy, but death of a million is just a statistic.“

—  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.

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„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).

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„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

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