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How can it enter into the thoughts of man, that the soul, which is capable of such immense perfections, and of receiving new improvements to all eternity, shall fall away into nothing almost as soon as it is created?
      - Joseph Addison

It must be so--Plato, thou reasonest well!--
  Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,
    This longing after immortality?
      Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror,
        O falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul
          Back on herself, and startles at destruction?
            'Tis the divinity that stirs within us;
              'Tis heaven itself, that points out an hereafter,
                And intimates eternity to man.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act V, sc. 1)

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
  Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years,
    But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
      Unhurt amidst the wars of elements,
        The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act V, sc. 1)

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
      - Woody Allen

Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and consequently imperishable.
      - Aristotle

No, no! The energy of life may be
  Kept on after the grave, but not begun;
    And he who flagg'd not in the earthly strife,
      From strength to strength advancing--only he
        His soul well-knit, and all his battles won,
          Mounts, and that hardly, to eternal life.
      - Matthew Arnold, Sonnet--Immortality

On the cold cheek of Death smiles and roses are blending,
  And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb.
      - James Beattie, The Hermit
         (st. 6, last lines)

May we be satisfied with nothing that shall not have in it something of immortality.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Men of dissolute lives have little incentive to look forward to the hopes and glories of immortality. A due conception of these would be incompatible with such a life.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. XII, v. 7)

Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond;
  But is there anything Beyond?
      - Rupert Brooke, Heaven

There is nothing strictly immortal, but immortality. Whatever hath no beginning may be confident of no end.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

If I stoop
  Into a dark tremendous sea of cloud,
    It is but for a time; I press God's lamp
      Close to my breast; its splendor soon or late
        Will pierce the gloom; I shall emerge one day.
      - Robert Browning, Paracelsus (last lines)

The immortality of the soul is assented to rather than believed, believed rather than lived.
      - Orestes A. Brownson

We are born for a higher destiny than that of earth; there is a realm where the rainbow never fades, where the stars will be spread before us like islands that slumber on the ocean, and where the beings that pass before us like shadows will stay in our presence forever.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

What is human is immortal!
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

I have been dying for twenty years, now I am going to live.
      - James Drummond Burns, his last words

Immortality o'ersweeps all pains, all tears, all time, all fears, and peals, like the eternal thunder of the deep, into my ears this truth: Thou livest forever!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

A good man never dies.
      - Callimachus, Epigrams (X)

Cold in the dust this perished heart may lie, but that which warmed it once shall never die.
      - Thomas Campbell

Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity.
      - William Ellery Channing, Immortality

'Tis immortality to die aspiring,
  As if a man were taken quick to heaven.
      - George Chapman, Byron's Conspiracy
         (act I, sc. 1, l. 254)

Whence comes the powerful impression that is made upon us by the tomb? Are a few grains of dust deserving of our veneration? Certainly not; we respect the ashes of our ancestors for this reason only--because a secret voice whispers to us that all is not extinguished in them. It is this that confers a sacred character on the funeral ceremony among all the nations of the globe; all are alike persuaded that the sleep, even of the tomb, is not everlasting, and that death is but a glorious transfiguration.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

When I consider the wonderful activity of the mind, so great a memory of what is past, and such a capacity of penetrating into the future: when I behold such a number of arts and sciences, and such a multitude of discoveries hence arising,--I believe and am firmly persuaded that a nature which contains so many things within itself cannot be mortal.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

No one could ever meet death for his country without the hope of immortality.
  [Lat., Nemo unquam sine magna spe immortalitatatis se pro patria offerret ad mortem.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 15)

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