We never become really and genuinely our entire and honest selves until we are dead — and not then until we have been dead years and years. People ought to start dead and then they would be honest so much earlier.
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- Annihilation has no terrors for me, because I have already tried it before I was born –a hundred million years –and I have suffered more in an hour, in this life, than I remember to have suffered in the whole hundred million years put together. There was a peace, a serenity, an absence of all sense of responsibility, an absence of worry, an absence of care, grief, perplexity; and the presence of a deep content and unbroken satisfaction in that hundred million years of holiday which I look back upon with a tender longing and with a grateful desire to resume, when the opportunity comes.
- All say, How hard it is that we have to die — a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
- Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
- We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world.
- Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.
- Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.