17 quotes about death that will make you think

The death of a friend or close relative always makes us think about our own mortality, particularly as we get older. As I’ve recently heard about the death of an old friend, I’m in a philosophical frame of mind, so I’m looking back at some quotes about death.

We’re all going to die; the only questions are when and how. The important thing is to make the most of our lives whilst we can.

And in relation to our loved ones, we must take every opportunity to enjoy their company whilst it’s still possible.

None of us can know what will happen tomorrow. And none of us can know when a loved one will be taken from us, for whatever reason.

We are constantly reminded through News stories about how lives can be cruelly cut short.

So many tragedies involving multiple deaths in the United States, in Europe and in wars all around the world.

How sad these events can be, particularly for the families and friends of the victims. Lives lost mean lives changed irrevocably.

Life is short and the years go by in the blink of an eye. So we must ensure that we’ve got our priorities right. Remember always; we work to live, not live to work.

Careers are all very well but they won’t take care of you should you become sick or infirm. Should that happen, you’ll depend on your family and friends.

Here are 17 quotes about death that will help you reflect on its significance and the importance of making the most of your life and the people you love.

Live now and have no regrets.

Quotes about death (1-10):

  1. I intend to live forever or die trying. ~Groucho Marx
  2. We die only once, and for such a long time. ~Moliere
  3. When you’re dead, you’re dead. That’s it. ~Marlene Dietrich
  4. The idea is to die young as late as possible. ~Ashley Montagu
  5. I don’t fear death. I fear suffering but not death. ~Roy Sutton
  6. Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75. ~Benjamin Franklin
  7. Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them. ~George Eliot
  8. Suicide is man’s way of telling God, ‘You can’t fire me – I quit.’ ~Bill Maher
  9. Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. ~Author Unknown
  10. I am not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens. ~Woody Allen

Quotes about death (11-17):

  1. Someone must die in order that the rest of us should value life more. ~Virginia Woolf
  2. Don’t send me flowers when I’m dead. If you like me, send them while I’m alive. ~Brian Clough
  3. It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~Marcus Aurelius
  4. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. ~William Shakespeare
  5. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
  6. I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. ~Winston Churchill
  7. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. ~Steve Jobs

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