Quotes about death

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„It goes without saying that the slogan does not mean death to the American nation; this slogan means death to the US’s policies, death to arrogance.“

—  Ali Khamenei Iranian Shiite faqih, Marja' and official independent islamic leader 1939

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Explains 'Death to America' Slogan http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/irans-ayatollah-ali-khamenei-explains-death-america-slogan-n456406 (November 3, 2015)
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„Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within us while we live.“

—  Norman Cousins American journalist 1915 - 1990

Quoted in History of Sikh Struggles (1989) by Gurmit Singh, p. 189.

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„I have killed, robbed, and injured too many white men to believe in a good peace. They are medicine, and I would eventually die a lingering death. I had rather die on the field of battle.“

—  Sitting Bull Hunkpapa Lakota medicine man and holy man 1831 - 1890

Recorded by Charles Larpenteur at Fort Union in 1867. Published in Utley, Robert M. The Lance and the Shield. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1993. p. 73.

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„I've been trying to live my life so that in the hour of my death I would rather feel joy, than fear.“

—  Witold Pilecki World War II concentration camp leader and resistor 1901 - 1948

After the announcement of the death sentence.
Source: Bartłomiej Kuraś, Witold Pilecki – w Auschwitzu z własnej woli, „Ale Historia”, w: „Gazeta Wyborcza”, 22 kwietnia 2013.

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„I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death“

—  Nas American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur 1973

N.Y. State of Mind
On Albums, Illmatic (1994)

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„An ignorant doctor is the aide-de-camp of death.“

—  Avicenna medieval Persian polymath, physician, and philosopher 980 - 1037

As quoted in Familiar Medical Quotations (1968) by Maurice B. Strauss

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„Everywhere I go people are making a mess of their lives. Everyone has his private tragedy. It's in the blood now - misfortune, ennui, grief, suicide. The atmosphere is saturated with disaster, frustration, futility. Scratch and scratch, until there's no skin left. However, the effect upon me is exhilarating. Instead of being discouraged or depressed, I enjoy it. I am crying for more and more disasters, for bigger calamities, grander failures. I want the whole world to be out of whack, I want every one to scratch himself to death.“

—  Henry Miller, book Tropic of Cancer

Source: Tropic of Cancer (1934), Chapter One
Context: Well, I'll take these pages and move on. Things are happening elsewhere. Things are always happening. It seems wherever I go there is drama. People are like lice - they get under your skin and bury themselves there. You scratch and scratch until the blood comes, but you can't get permanently deloused. Everywhere I go people are making a mess of their lives. Everyone has his private tragedy. It's in the blood now - misfortune, ennui, grief, suicide. The atmosphere is saturated with disaster, frustration, futility. Scratch and scratch, until there's no skin left. However, the effect upon me is exhilarating. Instead of being discouraged or depressed, I enjoy it. I am crying for more and more disasters, for bigger calamities, grander failures. I want the whole world to be out of whack, I want every one to scratch himself to death.

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