Isaac Asimov

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that is troublesome.”

Marcus Aurelius


“It is not death that man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

Gaius Julius Caesar

“Which death is preferable to every other? The unexpected.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero


“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”


“Ex vita discedo, tanquam ex hospito
 non tanguam ex domo.”
“I depart from life as from an inn, not as a home.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


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


Dulce et Decorum est

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”

“It is sweet and honourable to die for the Fatherland.


“Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.”

William Shakespeare

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince:
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

  • Hamlet (1602), Act V, Scene II

Wilfred Owen

“My friend, you would not tell with such high zest

  To children ardent for some desperate glory,

  The Old Lie: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”

Seneca the Younger

“This is our big mistake: to think we look forward to death. Most of death is already gone. Whatever time has passed is owned by death.”