330 Death Quotes And Sayings About The Ways We Grieve

Grieving is natural and necessary. Lean on these death quotes to encourage your time of healing.

These death quotes can provide you with solace in your time of grieving.

If you know someone after the recent loss of a loved one, share these insightful quotes about death to help them in their time of suffering.

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What are the benefits of reading these death quotes?

Death is one of the most difficult things we have to deal with.

It is personal, unique, and very different from person to person.

These quotes about death will:

  • Remind you that you are not alone in your sadness
  • Offer you words that might comfort someone you know who is going through a loss
  • Expand your thoughts and perceptions about death

Often, people will judge how someone else grieves because it is not the same as how they would mourn.

Some folks even assume that someone is not anguished (by their definition) because they do not show it in a way that fits into this individual’s view of what grief should look like.

Here are some thoughts and quotes about death and the unique view we each take.

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Inspirational Death Quotes About Mourning

1. “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion to death.”- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Death Quotes about guilt

2. “When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.” ― Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

profound Death Quotes

3. “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” — Albert Pike

helpful Death Quotes

4. “If I can see pain in your eyes, then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes, then share with me your smile.” – Santosh Kalwar

painful Death Quotes

5. “Honest listening is one of the best medicines we can offer the dying and the bereaved.” – Jean Cameron (dying of cancer)

honest Death Quotes

6. “And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.” – William Cullen Bryant

Death Quotes about life

7. “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

deep Death Quotes

8. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” —James O’Barr

Death Quotes about love

9. “The death of a beloved is an amputation.” — C. S. Lewis

Death of a beloved Quotes

10. “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” – Emily Dickinson

Death Quotes about mortality

Beautiful Yet Profound Sayings and Quotes about Death

11. “Until death it is all life.”― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Death Quotes about life

12. “Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.” – Henry van Dyke

Death Quotes about people

13. “It is as natural to die as it is to be born.” – Francis Bacon

life and Death Quotes

14. “All men think that all men are mortal but themselves.” – Edward Young

Death Quotes about mortality

15. “Believe me, when you die, it’s everybody else’s but your problem.”― Cecelia Ahern

profound Death Quotes

16. “If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death”—Samuel Butler

comforting Death Quotes

17. “I know, too, that death is the only god who comes when you call.”― Roger Zelazny, Frost & Fire

insightful Death Quotes

18. “Our lives can’t be measured by our final years, of this I am sure.”― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Death Quotes about time

19. “They never fail who die in a great cause.”― George Gordon Byron

great Death Quotes

20. “Death must exist for life to have meaning.”― Neal Shusterman

Death Quotes about meaning of life

Helpful Quotes About Death of A Loved One

21. “Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘Your table is ready.’”— Robin Williams

Death Quotes about nature

22. “Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.” ― Jack Thorne

Death of loved one Quotes

23. “But fate ordains that dearest friends must part.” – Edward Young

Death Quotes about fate

24. “This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad.” – William Shakespeare

Death of friend Quotes

25. “Death walks faster than the wind and never returns what he has taken.”― Hans Christian Andersen

Death Quotes that make you think

26. “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell

heartfelt Death Quotes

27. “Everything that happens before death is what counts.”― Ray Bradbury

helpful Death Quotes

28. “I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” – Corazon Aquino

meaningful Death Quotes

29. “I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

i am not afraid of Death Quotes

30. “For some moments in life there are no words.”- David Seltzer, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 film adaptation)

powerful Death Quotes and sayings

More Uplifting Death Quotes

31. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins

32. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”- Fred Rogers

33. “She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.” – George Eliot

34. “Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don’t deny it, don’t be overwhelmed by it. It will not last forever. One day, the pain will be gone and you will still be there.” – Harold Kushner, When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough

35. “But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going into every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day

36. “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” – Leo Tolstoy

Comforting quotes about death

36. “Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?”—Epicurus

37. “Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James

38. “Death can come at any age, but the pride of life fools a person into thinking that day is far away.” – John Buttrick

39. “None of us knows the day of our death. However, if we knew that death is actually our acquisition, we would remove the fear of death from our lives.” – Sunday Adelaja

40. “It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterward return again.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

41. “Death is but a door, time is but a window. I’ll be back!”—Ghostbusters II

42. “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.”― Jonathan Harnisch, Freak

43. “Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good.” – William Mitford

44. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”— Mark Twain

45. “The truth I have been seeking — this truth is Death. Yet Death is also a seeker. Forever seeking me. So — we have met at last. And I am prepared. I am at peace.”— Bruce Lee

Quotes about death of a friend

46. “We go to the grave of a friend saying, “A man is dead,” but angels throng about him saying, “A man is born.” – Henry Ward Beecher

47. “The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb.” – German Proverb

48. “For as long as the world spins and the earth is green with new wood, she will lie in this box and not in my arms. “— Lurlene McDaniel

49. “When a friend of Abigail and John Adams was killed at Bunker Hill, Abigail’s response was to write a letter to her husband and include these words, ‘My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.’” – David McCullough

50. “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.“ – Kahlil Gibran

51. “Even the best of friends cannot attend each other’s funeral.” – Kehlog Albran

52. “You cannot stop loving your friend because he’s dead, especially if he was better than anyone alive, you know?” – Jerome Salinger

53. “When our friends are alive, we see the good qualities they lack; dead, we remember only those they possessed.” – Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

Inspirational quotes about death

54. “If you ever lose someone dear to you, never say the words they’re gone. They’ll come back.” ― Prince

55. “How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?”—Carson McCullers

56. “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.” – Leo Buscaglia

57. “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”— Chuck Palahniuk

58. “I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”— Winston Churchill

59. “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”— Nelson Mandela

60. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”— Steve Jobs

Quotes about death to bring you calm

61. “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.” – Martin Luther King Jr

62. “I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.” – John Lennon

63. “A fact of life we all die. But the positive impact you have on others will be a living legacy.” – Catherine Pulsifer

64. “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.” – George Bernard Shaw

65. “No one here gets out alive.” – Jim Morrison

66. “Death is an ending. Death is a closing. Death is idle words in the ebb and flow of life.”- Elizabeth Edwards

67. “When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity. When your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion.” – Stephen Levine

68. “Dead people can be our heroes because they can’t disappoint us later; they only improve over time, as we forget more and more about them.”― Veronica Roth

69. “What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness.” – Thomas Bailey

70. “You give yourself permission to grieve by recognizing the need for grieving. Grieving is the natural way of working through the loss of a love.” – Doug Manning

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Death quotes to calm you

71. “While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.” – Leonardo da Vinci

72. “Death is not the end of life; it is the beginning of an eternal journey.” – Debasish Mridha

73. “Not only is death inevitable; death is necessary for us to inherit the new life we are to enjoy in Christ.” – Max Lucado

74. “Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” – Mother Teresa

75. “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan

76. “Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you”—Welcome to Night Vale

77. “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?”—Edgar Allan Poe

78. “Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

79. “Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” – Langston Hughes

80. “Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.” – Proverb

Profound death quotes for loved ones

81. “The idea is to die young as late as possible.” – Ashley Montagu

82. “Life is like a very short visit to a toy shop between birth and death.” – Desmond Morris

83. “It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.” – Victor Hugo

84. “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” – Seneca

85. “As soon as you’ll realize that it was a gift, you’ll be free.” – Maxime Lagacé

86. “Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.” – Miguel Angel Ruiz

87. “There is only one god and his name is Death, and there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today’.” – Syrio Forel

89. After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

90. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Mitch Albom

Quotes about death to make you strong

91. “Life is too short when you think of the length of death.”― Sean Mangan

92. “Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.”― Lord George Gordon Byron

93. “We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”― Gayle Forman

94. “The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.”― Socrates

95. “She had been given a wonderful gift: life. Sometimes it was cruelly taken away too soon, but it’s what you did with it that counted, not how long it lasted.”― Cecelia Ahern

96. “You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”― Aberjhani

97. “It never gets easier, missing you. And sometimes I wonder if it ever will.”― Heather Brewer

98. “The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.”― Robert Galbraith

99. “Last words are always harder to remember when no one knows that someone’s about to die.”― John Green

100. “Death is unstoppable. One must face it as a fact of life.”― D. Aswini

101. “Everybody know death is inevitably coming , but it never fails to catch everybody by surprise everytime one is going.”― Hlovate

102. “It’s not contagious, you know. Death is as natural as life. It’s part of the deal we made.”― Mitch Albom

103. “It’s all God’s will: you can die in your sleep, and God can spare you in battle.”― Leo Tolstoy

104. “Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.”― Epicurus

105. “When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!”― Jim Elliot

Death quotes that will change the way you think about it

106. “I don’t think kids have a problem with death. It’s us older ones who are nearer to it, that start being frightened.” – Helena Bonham Carter

107. “One day we were born, one day we shall die, the same day, the same second.”― Samuel Beckett

108 “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” — Warren Zevon

109. “I think about death sometimes. Analytically, of course.”― Lynne Truss

110. “Dealing with death is there forever, really, you know, because we all have to face it.” – Pierce Brosnan

111. “Life is short, death is forever.”― Marsha Qualey

112. “Less base the fear of death than fear of life.” – Edward Young

113. “I am not afraid of death, which after all can’t be far away. What does frighten me, though, is the halfway stage.”― Rosie Thomas

114. “We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death.” – Umberto Eco

115. “[death]…the abyss from where no traveler is permitted to return.”― George Washington

More quotes about death and coping

116. “Part of the bargain of being alive is that one takes a chance at dying a premature or painful death, be it from violence, accident, or disease.” – Steven Pinker

117. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” — William Shakespeare

118. “Death has always had a prominent place in my mind. There are times when I think somebody might kill me.” – Dennis Rodman (see more Dennis Rodman quotes)

119. “Death is only a small interruption.”― Anita Brookner

120. “Life is the desert, life the solitude, death joins us to the great majority.” – Edward Young

121. “We are all created by desire and we all die because of desire.”― Santosh Kalwar

122. “Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.” – Wallace Stevens

123. “The dead and not-yet dead, we are company altogether.”― Rosie Thomas

124. “Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.” – Vladimir Nabokov

125. “Would that death were like this. Would that one would sleep and sleep and sleep forever.”― Anne Rice

Eye-opening death quotes

126. “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” – George Eliot

127. “Death helps us to see what is worth trusting and loving and what is a waste of time.” – J. Neville Ward

128. “Death is just nature’s way of telling you to slow down.” – Dick Sharples

129. “The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.” – Dr. Joan Borysenko

130. “It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.” – Samuel Johnson

131. “Every man dies – Not every man really lives.” – William Ross Wallace

132. “Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.” – Benjamin Franklin

133. “Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.”– Morrie Schwartz

134. “All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.” – William Shakespeare

135. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”– Mark Twain

Death quotes to bring you calm

136. “Finally there is nothing here for death to take away.”― Charles Bukowski

137. “No more let life divide what death can join together.”― Percy Bysshe Shelley

138. “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”― John Donne

139. “There are always two deaths, the real one and the one people know about.”― Jean Rhys

140. “Things change after you die, though, I guess because dying is the loneliest thing you can do.”― Lauren Oliver

141. “Once you are born in this world you’re old enough to die.”― Soren Kierkegaard

142. “There is one who remembers the way to your door: Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.”― T.S. Eliot

143. “The only certainty life contains is death.”― Patricia Briggs

144. “What will survive of us is love.” ― Philip Larkin

145. “We took such care of tomorrow, but died on the way there.”― Warsan Shire

Death quotes to calm you down

146. “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” ― J.K. Rowling

147. “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” ― Emily Dickinson

148. “You mustn’t be afraid of death. You’re a deathless soul you can’t be kept in a dark grave you’re filled with God’s glow.” – Rumi

149. “Our life is made by the death of others.”― Leonardo da Vinci

150. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost

151. “It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.” ― Terry Pratchett

152. “I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

153. “Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore

154. “Death smiles at us all; all we can do is smile back.”― Marcus Aurelius

155. “Lives are like rivers: Eventually they go where they must. Not where we want them to.” – Richard Russo

Death quotes that will change your mind

156. “Thinking and talking about death need not be morbid; they may be quite the opposite. Ignorance and fear of death overshadow life, while knowing and accepting death erases this shadow.” – Lily Pincus

157. “Even death, faced with the option of death or life, she would choose life.”― José Saramago

158. “I think of death as some delightful journey that I shall take when all my tasks are done.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

159. “Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.” – Arthur Miller

160. “The actuality of death and the experience of grief sinks in at different times for everyone.” – Valerie Orr

161. “Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.” – Bertolt Brech

162. “Death is part of who we are. It guides
us. It shapes us. It drives us to madness. Can you still be human if you have no mortal end.”― Christopher Paolini

163. “Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.” – Jean de La Fontaine

164. “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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165. “Death is like a mirror in which the true meaning of life is reflected.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

Death quotes to take away your fears

166. Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts.” – Aeschylus

167. “What happens after you die? Lots of things happen after you die – they just don’t involve you.” – Louis C. K.

168. “In the long run we are all dead.” – John Maynard Keynes

169. “Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.” – Epicurus

170. “Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help.” – Carter Burwell

171. “From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.” – Edvard Munch

172. “Dying is easy; it’s living that’s difficult.” – Frederick Lenz

173. “Death happens but once, yet we feel it every moment of our lives; it is worse to dread it than to suffer it.” – Jean de la Bruyere

174. “Birth and death; we all move between these two unknowns.” – Bryant H. McGill

175. “Death belongs to God alone; by what right do men touch that unknown thing?” – Victor Hugo

Thought-provoking death quotes

176. “You do not understand even life. How can you understand death?” –

177. “Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” – Helen Keller

178. “You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.” – Ian Fleming

179. “When someone you love dies, you don’t lose them all at once. You lose them in pieces over time, like how the mail stops coming.” – Jim Carrey

180. “They that love beyond the world
cannot be separated by it.
Death cannot kill what never dies.” – William Penn

181. “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

182. “We who think we are about to die will laugh at anything.” – Terry Pratchett

183. “Man always dies before he is fully born.” – Erich Fromm

184. “Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may swell.” – Henry Ward Beecher

185. “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.” – Steve Jobs

Death quotes that can change your life

186. “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”― Mark Twain

187. “Even in the grave, all is not lost.”― Edgar Allan Poe

188. “People leave strange little memories of themselves behind when they die.”― Haruki Murakami

189. “Sometimes dead is better”― Stephen King

190. “Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.”― Hans Christian Andersen

191. “To escape death, she’d become death.”― Sarah J. Maas

192. “He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.”― Franz Kafka

193. “In the midst of life, we are in death.”― Agatha Christie

194. “Death should take me while I am in the mood.”― Nathaniel Hawthorne

195. “Each time we don’t say what we wanna say, we’re dying.”― Yoko Ono

Death quotes that will make you rethink your life

196. “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…”― Terry Pratchett

197. “Dying is easy, it’s living that scares me to death.” — Annie Lennox

198. “Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” — and find that there is no death.”― Eckhart Tolle

199. “No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.” – Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End

200. “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

201. “How could the death of someone you had never met affect you so?”― Robert Galbraith

202. “I’ve got death inside me. It’s just a question of whether or not I can outlive it.”― Don DeLillo, White Noise

203. “Death is unstoppable. One must face it as a fact of life.”― D. Aswini

204. “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”― Horace Mann

205. “We die only once, and for such a long time.” — Moliere

Death quotes that will make you think

206. “Of all the ways to lose a person, death is the kindest.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

207. “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” – Jimi Hendrix

208. “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” – Oscar Wilde

209. “I don’t want to die without any scars.” – Chuck Palahniuk

210. “Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.” – E. E. Cummings

211. “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” — Marcus Aurelius

212. “When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.” – Laurie Halse Anderson

213. “I intend to live forever, or die trying.” — Groucho Marx

214. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” – J.K. Rowling

215. “If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character. Would you slow down? Or speed up?” – Chuck Palahniuk

Comforting death quotes for when your pet dies

216. “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

217. “A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered.” – Lacie Petitto

218. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

219. “Every story is a story about death. But perhaps, if we are lucky, our story about death is also a story about love.”― Helen Humphreys

220. “Death is my lover and he wants to move in.”― Sarah Kane

221. “Gradually…and with time…letting go of the pain

of our loss, bit by bit, never means

letting go of our love.” – Barbara Schulte

222. “The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?” – Angus Sligh

223. “I guess you don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.” – Joe Garagiola

224. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” -Pierre Auguste Renoir

225. “Don’t forget, somewhere between and hello and goodbye, there was love. So much love.” – Anonymous

226. “It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” – John Grogan

More death quotes and sayings

227. “They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”— Banksy

228. “Since we’re all going to die, it’s obvious that when and how don’t matter.”— Albert Camus

229. “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”— Harriet Beecher-Stowe

230. “Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuge are for all — the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.”— Mark Twain

231. “I want to go on living after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me!”— Anne Frank

232. “A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies.” – Gustave Flaubert

233. “I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.”— Charlotte Brontë

234. “Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.” — Francis Bacon

235. “If being a kid is about learning how to live, then being a grown-up is about learning how to die.”— Stephen King

236. “You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.” — Robert De Niro

Thought-provoking death quotes about grief and death

237. “Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with” – Mark Twain

238. “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” – C.S. Lewis

239. “The only cure for grief is action.” – George Henry Lewes

240. “No one feels another’s grief, no one understands another’s joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by.” – Franz Schubert

241. “Dead. Never been that before. Not even once.”― Jasper Fforde

242. “Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.” – Samuel Johnson

243. “People in grief need someone to walk with them without judging them.” – Gail Sheeny

244. “One often calms one’s grief by recounting it.” – Pierre Corneille

245. “With grief, you know, the only way to get through it is through it.” – Dana Reeve

246. “Grief is characterized much more by waves of feeling that lessen and reoccur, it’s less like stages and more like different states of feeling.” – Meghan O’Rourke

247. “Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away.” – V.C. Andrews

Death quotes to contemplate on

248. “Weeping is not the same thing as crying. It takes your whole body to weep, and when it’s over, you feel like you don’t have any bones left to hold you up.”― Sarah Ockler

249. “Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” ― Sylvia Plath

250. “I want words at my funeral. But I guess that means you need life in your life.” ― Markus Zusak

251. “Delaying death is one of my favorite hobbies.” ― Rick Riordan

252. “Because there is no glory in illness. There is no meaning to it. There is no honor in dying of.” ― John Green

253. “I carry death in my left pocket. Sometimes I take it out and talk to it: “Hello, baby, how you doing? When you coming for me? I’ll be ready.” ― Charles Bukowski

254. “It’s better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.” ― Michael Crichton

255. “In the end, it wasn’t death that surprised her but the stubbornness of life.” ― Jeffrey Eugenides

256. “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” ― Terry Pratchett

257. “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.” ― Albert Camus

258. Grieving is not weakness nor absence of faith. Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired or sneezing when your nose itches. It is nature’s way of healing a broken heart.” – Doug Manning

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259. “Death takes no bribes.” – Benjamin Franklin

260. “Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” – Julius Caesar

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261. “Death hides, but it does not divide, they are but on Christ’s other side. Thou art with Christ and Christ with me. In Him I am close to thee.” — Elizabeth Urch

262. “In your life you touched so many, in your death many lives were changed.” – Melinda Jones

263. “To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die.” – Hazel Gaynor

264. “Loss can remind us that life itself is a gift.” – Louise Hay

265. “We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.” — Mad. Be Stael

266. “When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

267. “Death is never an end, but a To Be Continued…” – Renée Chae

268. “Death has nothing terrible which life has not made so. A faithful Christian life in this world is the best preparation for the next.” — Tyron Edwards

269. “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” – Terri Guillemets

270. “Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.” — Haruki Murakami

Death Quotes That Will Remind You of Mysterious Deaths

271. “Choose to see death as simply removing a garment or moving from one room to another…   it’s merely a transition.” — Wayne Dyer

272. “Death is the ultimate boundary of human matters.” — Horace

273. “Those only can thoroughly feel the meaning of death who know what is perfect love.” — George Eliot

274. “A warrior thinks of death when things become unclear. The idea of death is the only thing that tempers our spirit.” — Carlos Castaneda

275. “It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.” — Swift

276. “I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.” — Benjamin Franklin

277. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” — William Penn

278. “Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.” — George Bernard Shaw

279. “Wherever I look there is nothing but the image of death.” — Ovid

280. “There are remedies for all things but death.” — Thomas Carlyle

Death Quotes To Make You Realize That Its Part of Human Life

281. “It seems to be remarkable that death increases our veneration for the good, and extenuates our hatred for the bad.” — Samuel Johnson

282. “Death, is not an end, but a transition crisis. All the forms of decay are but masks of regeneration–the secret alembics of vitality.” — Edwin Hubbel Chapin

283. “Most people struggle with letting go of someone who left his or her life. This could be from death or simply other circumstances.” — Kellie Sullivan

284. “We look at death through the cheap-glazed windows of the flesh, and believe him the monster which the flawed and cracked glass represents him.” — James Russell Lowell

285. “To have to die is a distinction of which no man is proud.” — Alexander Smith

286. “Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehoods, or betrays its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold, and dishonors the baser metal.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne

287. “Tis the only discipline we are born for; all studies else are but as circular lines, and death the center where they all must meet.” — Philip Massinger

288. “Setting is preliminary to brighter rising; decay is a process of advancement; death is the condition of higher and more fruitful life.” — Edwin Hubbel Chapin

289. “For days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.” — Johnny Carson

290. “Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.” — Mary Elizabeth Frye

Death Quotes To Make You Live Without Fearing It

291. “I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been.” ― Daniel Keyes

292. “Reality means you live until you die…the real truth is nobody wants reality.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

293. “Most men fear getting laughed at or humiliated by a romantic prospect while most women fear rape and death.” ― Gavin de Becker

294. “Yes, it’s a well-known fact about you: you’re like death, you take everything.” ― Milan Kundera

295. “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

296. “Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself. ” ― Leo Tolstoy

297. “Every poem should remind the reader that they are going to die.” ― Edgar Allen Poe

298.  “Whether we like it or not, the one justification for the existence of all religions is death, they need death as much as we need bread to eat.” ― José Saramago

299. “No matter what, I want to continue living with the awareness that I will die. Without that, I am not alive.” ― Banana Yoshimoto

300. “Life is a spark between two identical voids, the darkness before birth and the one after death.” ― Irvin D. Yalom

Death Quotes to Embrace the Inevitable

301. “It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it.” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

302. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” — Buddha

303. “If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” — Maya Angelou

304. “For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” — Kahlil Gibran

305. “People living deeply have no fear of death.” — Anais Nin

306. “These are two ways of life ending with death have been declared: death with one’s will and death against one’s will. Death against one’s will is that of ignorant men…death with one’s will is that of wise men.” — Jaina Sutras

307. “Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear, to be we know not what, we know not where.” — John Dryden

308. “Death must be distinguished from dying, with which it is often confused.” — Sydney Smith

309. “Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein

310. “Thou lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” — Dylan Thomas

Reflecting on Life and Beyond with Thoughtful Death Quotes

311. “Death is nothing at all; it does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room.” Henry Scott Holland

312. “Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.” — Bertolt Brecht

313. “Death be not proud thou some have called thee. Mighty and dreadful for thou art not so.” — John Donne

314. “Even in the darkest moment, before death snatches man’s last breath. God is willing to save a lost soul.” — Billy Graham

315. “Although the testimony of my mother’s life helped mold me and taught me how to live, the testimony of her last years and her death gave me insight into how to die.” — Billy Graham

316. “Death stamps the characters and conditions of men for eternity.— As death finds them in this world, so will they be in the next.” — Emmons

317. “We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.” — Hawthorne

318. “The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.” — Richter

319. “The Gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life.” — Lucan

320. “Death is like thunder in two particulars: we are alarmed at the sound of it, and it is formidable only from that which preceded it.” — Colton

321. “Thus, the power of believing in Jesus is one of the most wonderful things and is a person is transferred from sin, eternal damnation, and death, to an eternal life in heaven.” — Alberlin Torres

322. “Victory over the enemy of death itself is possible if we’re prepared to humbly enter by faith into the victory over death which Jesus has won for us.” — Brian Johnston

323. “Many of us think about death when considering our legacy, which is why so many wait to consider what we leave behind, or we are just passive in the process.” — Dr. Rachel Talton

324. “If you or your loved one is dying, rejoice that one day all who know Jesus will have bodies and minds far better than the best we’ve ever known.” — Randy Alcorn

325. “A day grows old as we do. Do not wish death upon it. Let it live, let it love, and only then should you let it rest in peace.” — Michelle C. Ustaszeski

326. “When our men lose their hope of a future and purpose, you’ll surely watch them die a slow death in front of you.” — Nan Jones

327. “Most people don’t want to die alone; they want to know that their lives and deaths will be witnessed by someone who is comfortable with the end of life.” — Louise L. Hay

328. “But Easter turns every funeral you’ve ever seen inside out and upside down. Easter makes the personal implications suddenly get interesting.” — Bill Powell

329. “The cross understands the process of death to life that the Lord is establishing in our lives.” — Graham Cooke

330. “You, too, can gain the insight and understanding you need to find something good in the sadness and pain of losing someone you care about.” — Maggie Callanan

What do you think about these quotes about death?

Something we should all remember is that each and every one of us grieves differently.

Each one of us has a different memory and relationship with the person who has passed away.

While some grieve openly, others keep it to themselves and put on a stoic face.

The important lesson to learn is that death and grief are unique and individual processes.

What is right for us may not fit another.

Hopefully, these quotes about death will help you embrace and grieve as needed and let others do the same.

What do you think about these death quotes?

Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add?

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  1. Jerry Doering

    September 23, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    i lost my wife 4 weeks ago. she was my life!! i can only take comfort in three facts. 1) she always said she wanted to die before me. 2) she never wanted to live to real old. 3)whatever took her life, she wanted it to be quick. GOD GAVE HER ALL 3 OF HER WISHES.It was God’s greatest gift to her!

    Thank you for these quotes.

    A husband with a hole in my heart that will never heal, I don’t want it to.She was worth dying a little for every day i live.

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