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Mors sceptra ligonibus aequat.
  (Death levels sceptre and the law.)
      - Unattributed Author,
        inscribed over a 14th century mural painting once at Battle Church, Sussex

Go thou, deceased, to this earth which is a mother, and spacious and kind. May her touch be soft like that of wool, or a young woman, and may she protect thee from the depths of destruction. Rise above him, O Earth, do not press painfully on him, give him good things, give him consolation, as a mother covers her child with her cloth, cover thou him.
      - Unattributed Author, Vedic Funeral Rite,
        quoted in the "New York Times" on the death of Buffalo Bill

Death is a black camel, which kneels at the gates of all.
      - Abd-el-Kader (Kadir)

Death is as near to the young as to the old; here is all the difference: death stands behind the young man's back, before the old man's face.
      - Thomas Adams

The truth of it is, there is nothing in history which is so improving to the reader as those accounts which we meet with of the death of eminent persons and of their behavior in that dreadful season.
      - Joseph Addison

Call no man happy till he is dead.
      - Aeschylus, Agamemnon (938),
        earliest reference

But when the sun in all his state,
  Illumed the eastern skies,
    She passed through glory's morning gate,
      And walked in Paradise.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, A Death Bed

Somewhere, in desolate, wind-swept space,
  In twilight land, in no man's land,
    Two hurrying shapes met face to face
      And bade each other stand.
        "And who are you?" cried one, a-gape,
          Shuddering in the glimmering light.
            "I know not," said the second shape,
              "I only died last night."
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Identity

Death is the port where all may refuge find,
  The end of labor, entry into rest;
    Death hath the bounds of misery confin'd
      Whose sanctuary shrouds affliction best.
      - William Alexander, Earl of Stirling

The white sail of his soul has rounded
  The promontory--death.
      - William Alexander, Earl of Stirling,
        The Icebound Ship

It's impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune.
      - Woody Allen

On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down.
      - Woody Allen

What is death? Oh! what is death?
  'Tis slumber to the weary--
    'Tis rest to the forlorn--
      'Tis shelter to the dreary--
        'Tis peace amid the storm--
          'Tis the entrance to our home--
            'Tis the passage to that God
              Who bids His children come,
                When their weary course is trod.
                  Such is death! yes, such is death.
      - Anonymous

Death, of all estimated evils, is the only one whose presence never incommoded anybody, and which only causes concern during its absence.
      - Arcesilaus

I regret not death. I am going to meet my friends in another world.
      - Ludovico Ariosto

Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before,
  Advanced a stage or two upon that road
    Which you must travel in the steps they trod.
      - Aristophanes, Fragment (II),
        translation by Cumberland

He who died at Azan sends
  This to comfort all this friends:
    Faithful friends! It lies I know
      Pale and white and cold as snow;
        And ye say, "Abdallah's dead!"
          Weeping at the feet and head.
            I can see your falling tears,
              I can hear your sighs and prayers;
                Yet I smile and whisper this:
                  I am not the thing you kiss.
                    Cease your tears and let it lie;
                      It was mine--it is not I.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, He Who Died at Azan

Her cabin'd ample spirit,
  It fluttered and fail'd for breath;
    Tonight it doth inherit
      The vasty hall of death.
      - Matthew Arnold, Requiescat

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
      - Isaac Asimov

To a father, when his child dies, the future dies; to a child, when his parents die, the past dies.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Death to the Christian is the funeral of all his sorrows and evils, and the resurrection, of all his joys.
      - James H. Aughey

It unfortunately happens that no man believes that he is likely to die soon. So every one is much disposed to defer the consideration of what ought to be done on the supposition of such an emergency; and while nothing is so uncertain as human life, so nothing is so certain as our assurance that we shall survive most of our neighbors.
      - James H. Aughey

Death can never interrupt a faithful Christian life. When we feel the touch upon our shoulder and bear the word whispered in our ear, we may be at our work or on a journey, walking the street or asleep in our beds, praying at church or fishing in the country. What difference does it make? We are trying to please our God in what is our business just then. Sacred places and times have no superior advantage for the dying. Sacredness is in the motive of the heart that would do everything as unto the Lord, dying along with the rest. As heaven is still the glad doing of God's will, where is there any interruption?
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Death is a great preacher of deathlessness. The protest of the soul against death, its reversion, its revulsion, is a high instinct of life. Dissatisfaction in his world who satisfieth the desire of every living thing has a grip on the future. As far as this goes, he has the least assurance of immortality who can be best satisfied with eating and drinking and "things"; he has the surest hope of ongoings and far distances who does not live by bread alone, whose eye, is looking over the shoulder of things, whose ear hears mighty waters rolling evermore, who has "hopes naught can satisfy below." The limits of which death makes us aware, make us aware of life's limitlessness. The wing whose stretch touches the bars of its cage knows it was meant for an ampler ether and diviner air."
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

I heard that God had called your mother home to heaven. It will seem more than ever like home to you now.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

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