I do not amuse myself by thinking of dead people.

—Napoleon Bonaparte, 1807

Under the wide and starry sky,

Dig the grave and let me lie.

—Robert Louis Stevenson, 1887

Anyone who’s never watched somebody die is suffering from a pretty bad case of virginity.

—John Osborne, 1956

Nobody, sir, dies willingly.

—Antiphanes, c. 370 BC

Imagine a number of men in chains, all under sentence of death, some of whom are each day butchered in the sight of the others; those remaining see their own condition in that of their fellows and, looking at each other with grief and despair, await their turn. This is an image of the human condition.

—Blaise Pascal, 1669

There is no man so fortunate that there shall not be by him when he is dying some who are pleased with what is going to happen.

—Marcus Aurelius, c. 175

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest.

—Book of Proverbs, c. 350 BC

It is noble to die before doing anything that deserves death.

—Anaxandrides, c. 376

Can we not live without pleasure, who cannot but with pleasure die?

—Tertullian, c. 215

In dealing with the dead, if we treat them as if they were entirely dead, that would show a want of affection and should not be done; or, if we treat them as if they were entirely alive, that would show a want of wisdom and should not be done.

—Confucius, c. 500 BC

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways—I to die, and you to live. Which is better, only the god knows.

—Socrates, 399 BC

I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.

—Thomas Hobbes, 1679

The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.

—Hermann Hesse, 1950