Quotes about the dead

A collection of quotes on the topic of death, dead, living, likeness.

Best quotes about the dead

„Dead my old fine hopes
And dry my dreaming but still…
Iris, blue each spring“

—  Ome Shushiki

Source: Japanese Haiku

Kurt Cobain photo

„Rather be dead then cool“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Variant: I'd rather be dead than be cool.

Witold Pilecki photo

„If Józef Cyrankiewicz finds out I'm here, I'm dead.“

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

In prison, 1948.

„I would have been dead now, but the camera is the only weapon I have.“

—  NasserTone Nasser Ali Albahrani is a director, cinematographer, photographer, producer, & YouTuber, who was born on April 3, 1994,… 1994

I'm a Loser (September 8, 2018)

George Burns photo

„When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.“

—  George Burns American comedian, actor, and writer 1896 - 1996

Frank Zappa photo

„Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

'Be-Bop Tango (Of the Old Jazzmen's Church)
Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)
Variant: Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny

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„It is not everyone,' said Elinor, 'who has your passion for dead leaves.“

—  Jane Austen, book Sense and Sensibility

Source: Sense and Sensibility

Terry Pratchett photo

„Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?“

—  Terry Pratchett, book Going Postal

Source: Going Postal

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„A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

The Portrait of Mr. W. H. http://www.planetmonk.com/wilde/portrait/wh01.html (1889)

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„The least I can do is speak out for the hundreds of chimpanzees who, right now, sit hunched, miserable and without hope, staring out with dead eyes from their metal prisons. They cannot speak for themselves.“

—  Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist 1934

Reported in Janelle Rohr, Animal rights: opposing viewpoints (1989), p. 100; Jane Goodall and Jennifer Lindsey, Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe (1999), p. 6. Occasionally misreported in truncated form, as "The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves", in, e.g., quote honored on XOEarth eco money http://xoearth.org/jane-goodall/

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„That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.“

—  H.P. Lovecraft, book The Nameless City

Variant: That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.
Source: The Nameless City

Anne Frank photo
Michael Jackson photo

„Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war?
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying earth, these weeping shores?“

—  Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009

Earth Song
HIStory: Past, Present & Future, Book I (1995)

Emily Dickinson photo

„A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.“

—  Emily Dickinson, book The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

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„And Dr. Dre said … nothing, you idiots! Dr. Dre's dead, he's locked in my basement!“

—  Eminem American rapper and actor 1972

"The Real Slim Shady"
2000s, The Marshall Mathers L.P. (2000)

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Dorothy Parker photo

„Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)“

—  Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967

Source: "The Flaw in Paganism" in Death and Taxes (1931)

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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky photo
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Terry Pratchett photo

„Tolkien's dead. J. K. Rowling said no. Philip Pullman couldn't make it. Hi, I'm Terry Pratchett.“

—  Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015

t-shirt worn by Pratchett at conventions https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/books/stephen-mcginty-sir-terry-pratchett-a-class-act-1-3718745 https://books.google.ca/books?id=n78kYbvUd_8C&pg=PA230&lpg=PA230&dq=%22tolkien%27s+dead%22+pratchett+shirt&source=bl&ots=uosL5-E7O9&sig=rMN8J7liwEBmaE92G4EWLunv2wk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjBmL6nr-DbAhUB6YMKHd9XALoQ6AEIoAEwGQ#v=onepage&q=%22tolkien's%20dead%22%20pratchett%20shirt&f=false
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Michael Jackson photo
John Chrysostom photo

„Why do you sow where the field is eager to destroy the fruit? Where there are medicines of sterility? Where there is murder before birth? You do not even let a harlot remain a harlot, but you make her a murderess as well. Do you see that from drunkenness comes fornication, from fornication adultery, from adultery murder? Indeed, it is something worse than murder and I do not know what to call it; for she does not kill what is formed but prevents its formation. What then? Do you contemn the gift of God, and fight with His laws? What is a curse, do you seek as though it were a blessing? Do you make the anteroom of birth the anteroom of slaughter? Do you teach the woman who is given to you for the procreation of offspring to perpetrate killing? That she may always be beautiful and lovable to her lovers, and that she may rake in more money, she does not refuse to do this, heaping fire on your head; and even if the crime is hers, you are the cause. Hence also arise idolatries. To look pretty many of these women use incantations, libations, philtres, potions, and innumerable other things. Yet after such turpitude, after murder, after idolatry, the matter still seems indifferent to many men–even to many men having wives. In this indifference of the married men there is greater evil filth; for then poisons are prepared, not against the womb of a prostitute, but against your injured wife. Against her are these innumerable tricks, invocations of demons, incantations of the dead, daily wars, ceaseless battles, and unremitting contentions.“

—  John Chrysostom important Early Church Father 349 - 407

St. John Chrysostom, Homily 24 on the Epistle to the Romans [PG 60:626-27] https://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2017/10/contraception-early-church-teaching-william-klimon.html

Jeffrey Epstein photo

„I'm also not dead.“

—  Jeffrey Epstein American financier, science and education philanthropist and sex offender 1953 - 2019

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„A mistake to a successful mind is not a dead end, it gives them the determination to bounce back harder, in fact their success can be measured by how high they bounce back when they fail.“

—  Hamis Kiggundu Ugandan business magnate, Internet entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author 1984

Quoted from his first book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Success_and_Failure_Based_on_Reason_and_Reality, "Success and Failure Based on Reason and Reality" https://www.amazon.co.uk/SUCCESS-FAILURE-BASED-REASON-REALITY/dp/9970983903/ on Amazon, P.104 (July 2018)

Albert Einstein photo

„Past is dead
Future is uncertain;
Present is all you have,
So eat, drink and live merry.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

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D.H. Lawrence photo

„I never saw a wild thing
Sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.“

—  D.H. Lawrence English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter 1885 - 1930

Self-Pity (1929)
Source: The Complete Poems

Thornton Wilder photo

„There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.“

—  Thornton Wilder, book The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Source: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927)
Context: Soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.

Christopher Paolini photo

„Pain was good. If I hurt, it meant I wasn't dead.“

—  Kristin Cast, book Hunted

Source: Hunted

Richelle Mead photo

„We can't stop living because other people are dead.“

—  Richelle Mead, book Frostbite

Source: Frostbite

Arthur Rimbaud photo
Langston Hughes photo

„Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.“

—  Langston Hughes American writer and social activist 1902 - 1967

Source: The Collected Poems

Paul McCartney photo
Thornton Wilder photo
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„Medical statistics will be our standard of measurement: we will weigh life for life and see where the dead lie thicker, among the workers or among the privileged.“

—  Rudolf Virchow German doctor, anthropologist, public health activist, pathologist, prehistorian, biologist and politician 1821 - 1902

1848 (quoted in Infections and Inequalities by Paul Farmer, page 1.

Nancy Mitford photo
Adolf Eichmann photo
Charles Manson photo
François de La Rochefoucauld photo

„Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld French author of maxims and memoirs 1613 - 1680

"Pensées Tirées des Premières Éditions," Réflexions: Ou, Sentences Et Maximes Morales de La Rochefoucauld (1822)
Later Additions to the Maxims

Babur photo
Francis Xavier photo

„Almost from the time of Xavier's actual presence on the Coast, the work of legend-building began, and it came to be firmly believed that he possessed miraculous powers, which extended even to the raising of the dead. Xavier never made such extravagant claims for himself.“

—  Francis Xavier Navarrese Basque Roman Catholic saint and missionary 1506 - 1552

Neill, S. (2004). A history of Christianity in India: The beginning to AD 1707. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Anna Kingsford photo
Mike Tyson photo

„My main objective is to be professional but to kill him.“

—  Mike Tyson American boxer 1966

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/boxing/1961080.stm
On Lennox Lewis

Kurt Cobain photo
Crazy Horse photo

„My lands are where my dead lie buried.“

—  Crazy Horse Oglala Sioux chief 1840 - 1877

As quoted in National Geographic Vol. CX (July-December 1956), p. 487

The Notorious B.I.G. photo

„Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis. When I was dead broke, man, I couldn't picture this.“

—  The Notorious B.I.G. American rapper 1972 - 1997

Song lyrics, Ready to Die (1994), "Juicy"

Taras Shevchenko photo
Charlize Theron photo
Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Charles Manson photo

„If I wanted to kill somebody, I'd take this book and beat you to death with it, and I wouldn't feel a thing.“

—  Charles Manson American criminal and musician 1934 - 2017

NBC interview (1987)

George Orwell photo
Miguel Sousa Tavares photo
Stephen King photo

„Sometimes dead is better“

—  Stephen King, Pet Sematary

Source: Pet Sematary

Arundhati Roy photo

„There is only one dream worth having…to live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead.“

—  Arundhati Roy Indian novelist, essayist 1961

From a speech entitled Come September http://ada.evergreen.edu/~arunc/texts/politics/comeSeptember.pdf.
Speeches
Source: The Cost of Living

Lynn Margulis photo
Derek Landy photo
George Orwell photo

„As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.“

—  George Orwell, The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius

The Lion and the Unicorn (1941), Part I: England Your England http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/index.cgi/work/essays/lionunicorn.html
"The Lion and the Unicorn" (1941)
Source: The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius
Context: As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.
They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are ‘only doing their duty’, as the saying goes. Most of them, I have no doubt, are kind-hearted law-abiding men who would never dream of committing murder in private life.

„Nothing says you're sorry like a dead bunny.“

—  Patricia Briggs, book River Marked

Source: River Marked

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George Orwell photo

„No sentimentality, comrade… The only good human being is a dead one.“

—  George Orwell, book Animal Farm

Variant: The only good human being is a dead one.
Source: Animal Farm

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„The poetry of earth is never dead.“

—  John Keats English Romantic poet 1795 - 1821

" Sonnet. On the Grasshopper and the Cricket http://www.bartleby.com/126/28.html"
Poems (1817)

Solón photo

„Call no man happy until he is dead.“

—  Solón Athenian legislator -638 - -558 BC

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„The past is never dead. It's not even past.“

—  William Faulkner, book Requiem for a Nun

Act 1, sc. 3; this has sometimes been paraphrased or misquoted as "The past isn't over. It isn't even past."
Source: Requiem for a Nun (1951)

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„I know dead. I've been there, done that and got the freakin' T-shirt.“

—  P. C. Cast, book Burned

Variant: Im not letting my best freind die. been there done that. i got that freakin tshirt
Source: Burned

Robert Frost photo
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Katherine Mansfield photo
Vladimir Nabokov photo
Christopher Paolini photo
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Malcolm Muggeridge photo
Derek Landy photo
Brandon Sanderson photo

„Honor is dead. But I'll see what I can do.“

—  Brandon Sanderson, book Words of Radiance

Source: Words of Radiance

Stephen King photo
Ray Bradbury photo

„Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds.“

—  Ray Bradbury, book Fahrenheit 451

Source: Fahrenheit 451

Marcus Tullius Cicero photo
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„Only the dead are safe; only the dead have seen the end of war.“

—  George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952

Attributed to Plato by General Douglas MacArthur, earliest source found is work of George Santayana who doesn't attribute it to anyone. Plato and his dialogues by Bernard SUZANNE, "Frequently Asked Questions about Plato : Did Plato write "Only the dead have seen the end of war"?" http://plato-dialogues.org/faq/faq008.htm
Source: Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies (1922), "Tipperary"

William Gibson photo

„The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.“

—  William Gibson, book Neuromancer

Source: Neuromancer (1984)

E.E. Cummings photo

„unbeingdead isn't beingalive“

—  E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962

31
73 poems (1963)

Suzanne Collins photo

„You’ve got about as much charm as a dead slug.“

—  Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Source: The Hunger Games

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Sylvia Plath photo

„I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.“

—  Sylvia Plath, book The Bell Jar

"Mad Girl's Love Song" http://www.angelfire.com/tn/plath/madgirl.html (1953) from Collected Poems (1981)
Variant: I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.
Source: The Bell Jar

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