Quotes about death

“We are here to laugh at the odds
and live our lives so well
that Death will tremble to take us.”

~ Charles Bukowski

“Perhaps they are not stars,
but rather openings in heaven
where the love of our lost ones
pours through and shines down upon us
to let us know they are happy.” 

~ Eskimo Proverb

“Death comes to all,
but great achievements build a monument
which shall endure until the sun grows cold.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I would never die for my beliefs
because I might be wrong.”

~ Bertrand Russell

“The only way we can really achieve freedom
is to somehow conquer the fear of death.”

 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever,
live as if you’ll die today.”

~ James Dean

 

Socrates quotes

“If all our misfortunes
were laid in one common heap
whence everyone
must take an equal portion,
most people would be contented
to take their own.”

“He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.”

“Wisdom begins in wonder”

“Nobody knows what death is,
nor whether to man
it is perchance the greatest of blessings,
yet people fear it as if they surely knew
it to be the worse of evils.”

“Get not your friends by bare compliments,
but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.”

“He who is not contented
with what he has,
would not be contented
with what he would like to have.”

 

Quotes about death

“We are here to laugh at the odds
and live our lives so well
that Death will tremble to take us.”

~ Charles Bukowski

“Perhaps they are not stars,
but rather openings in heaven
where the love of our lost ones
pours through and shines down upon us
to let us know they are happy.” 

~ Eskimo Proverb

“Death comes to all,
but great achievements build a monument
which shall endure until the sun grows cold.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882)

“I would never die for my beliefs
because I might be wrong.”

~ Bertrand Russell

“The only way we can really achieve freedom
is to somehow conquer the fear of death.”

 – Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929-1968)

“Dream as if you’ll live forever,
live as if you’ll die today.”

~ James Dean
(1931-1955)

 

Dr. Seuss quotes

“It’s a troublesome world. All the people who’re in it
are troubled with troubles almost every minute.
You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot,
for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.”

“Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…
get on your way.”

“You are you.
Now, isn’t that pleasant?”

“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”

“Don’t cry because it’s over.
Smile because it happened.”

I’ve bought a big bat.
I’m all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going
to have troubles with me!”

“You know you’re in love
when you can’t fall asleep
because reality is finally better
than your dreams.”

“Think left and think right
and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up
if only you try!”

Being in Nonbeing

“At first there was neither Being nor Nonbeing.

There was not air nor yet sky beyond.

What was it wrapping? Where? In whose protection?

Was water there, unfathomable and deep?

In the beginning Love arose,

Which was the primal germ of the mind.

The seers, searching in their hearts with wisdom,

Discovered the connection of Being in Nonbeing.

Who really knows? Who can presume to tell it?

Whence was it born? Whence issued this creation?

Even the gods came after this emergence.

Then who can tell from whence it came to be?

The above is from the Vedas. Included in the Afterward by Michael Nagler (Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of California) to ‘The Upanishads’ by Eknath Easwaran. The Vedas apparently precede all other writing (in the current civilisation?). These words appeal to both mind and emotion.

Nagler continues: “The Vedas give us glimpses into a mythological world which looks like those of Greece, Rome, and the rest of Europe, but different. The Upanishadic universe also contains ‘three worlds,’ but those are not the underworld, ‘middle-earth,’ and heaven as in the West, but the visible world, heaven (or the sky), and another plane that is far  beyond phenomenal reality.”

“The human being is not a puny speck in this cosmos, as we may appear physically. By virtue of a power called tapas … or in deep stages of meditation, ordinary men or women can compel profound changes in the universe. The hard line between mortality and immortality, between and the gods … is blurred and crossable.”

Yet more uplifting thoughts!

Charles W. Schultz quotes

“Dear IRS,
I am writing to you to cancel my subscription.
Please remove my name from your mailing list.”

~ Snoopy

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask,
‘Where have I gone wrong?’
Then a voice says to me,
‘This is going to take more than one night.’”

“I’ve developed a new philosophy,
I only dread one day at a time.”

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.
It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

“All you need is love.
But a little chocolate now and then
doesn’t hurt.”

“If I were given the opportunity
to present a gift to the next generation,
it would be the ability for each individual
to learn to laugh at himself.”

Groucho Marx quotes

“I find television very educating.
Every time somebody turns on the set,
I go into the other room and read a book.”

“Money will not make you happy,
and happy will not make you money”

“Alimony is like buying hay for a dead horse.”

“Yesterday is dead,
tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today,
and I’m going to be happy in it.”

“I,
not events,
have the power
to make me happy or unhappy today.”

“Blessed are the cracked,
for they shall let in the light.”

“If a black cat crosses your path,
it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”

“If you’ve heard this story before,
don’t stop me,
because I’d like to hear it again.”

Lao-Tzu quotes

“Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain,
and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.”

“Being deeply loved by someone
gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply
gives you courage.”

“Failure is the foundation of success,
and the means by which it is achieved.”

“When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.”

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water,
yet nothing can resist it.”

“Care about what other people think
and you will always be their prisoner.”

“Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom
Mastering others is strength,
mastering yourself is true power.”

 

(Comment: It is interesting to note the differences in cultural and societal interests reflected in the wisdom sayings of philosophers from different parts of the globe.)

 

Mahatma Gandhi quotes

Mahatma Gandhi quotes

“You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean;
if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.”

“Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.”

“In a gentle way,
you can shake the world.”

“God has no religion.”

“Intolerance is itself a form of violence
and an obstacle to the growth
of a true democratic spirit.”

“Anger is the enemy of non-violence
and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”

“You can chain me, you can torture me,
you can even destroy this body,
but you will never imprison my mind.”

“Happiness is when what you think,
what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“When you are confronted with an opponent.
Conquer him with love.”

“A friendly study of the world’s religions
is a sacred duty.”

African proverbs on wisdom

• Wisdom is wealth. ~ Swahili
• Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it. ~ Akan proverb
• The fool speaks, the wise man listens. ~ Ethiopian proverb
• Wisdom does not come overnight. ~ Somali proverb
• The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water. ~ Cameroon proverb
• Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others. ~ Hema (DRC) proverb
• Only a wise person can solve a difficult problem. ~ Akan proverb
• Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand. ~ Guinean proverb
• In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams. ~ Nigerian proverb
• If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom. ~ African proverb
• A wise person will always find a way. ~ Tanzanian proverb
• Nobody is born wise. ~ African proverb
• A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning. ~Kenyan proverb
• Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden. ~ Akan proverb
(Taken from website titled ‘Afritorial,’ with gratitude . Indicates heritage from ancient civilisations. The wisdom shown above is compelling.)