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I’m doomed to die, right? Why should I care if I go to Hades either with gout in my leg or a runner’s grace? Plenty of people will carry me there.

—Nicharchus, c. 90

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

—Book of Proverbs, c. 350 BC

I don’t believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear.

—Woody Allen, 1971

I looked and there was a pale green horse! Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed with him.

—Book of Revelations, c. 90

Epitaph, n. An inscription on a tomb, showing that virtues acquired by death have a retroactive effect.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906

Life is a farce, and should not end with a mourning scene.

—Horace Walpole, 1784

It is not my design to drink or sleep; my design is to make what haste I can to be gone.

—Oliver Cromwell, 1658

The play is the tragedy “Man,” And its hero the conqueror worm.

—Edgar Allan Poe, 1843

Let my epitaph be, “Here lies Joseph, who failed in everything he undertook.”

—Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, 1790

You are dust, and to dust you shall return.

—Book of Genesis, c. 800 BC

I doubt that we have any right to pity the dead for their own sakes.

—Lord Byron, 1817

I do not amuse myself by thinking of dead people.

—Napoleon Bonaparte, 1807

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

—Anaxandrides, c. 376