Death

Death has nothing to do with going away. The sun sets. The moon sets. But they are not gone. — Rumi

    Plate death ii

    I would like to see the truth clearly before it is too late. Jean-Paul Sartre

    Marcus Aurelius

    Brief is man’s life and small the nook of the Earth where he lives; brief, too, is the longest posthumous fame, buoyed only by a succession of poor human beings who will very soon die and who know little of themselves, much less of someone who died long ago.

    You could leave life right now

    You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. If the gods exist, then to abandon human beings is not frightening; the gods would never subject you to harm. And if they don’t exist, or don’t care what happens to us, what would be the point of living in a world without gods or Providence? 

    But they do exist, they do care what happens to us, and everything a person needs to avoid real harm they have placed within him. If there were anything harmful on the other side of death, they would have made sure that the ability to avoid it was within you. 

    Am I afraid of death?

    Stop whatever you’re doing for a moment and ask yourself: Am I afraid of death because I won’t be able to do this anymore?

    If it doesn’t harm your character how can it harm your life

    If it doesn’t harm your character, how can it harm your life? Nature would not have overlooked such dangers through failing to recognize them, or because it saw them but was powerless to prevent or correct them. Nor would it ever, through inability or incompetence, make such a mistake as to let good and bad things happen indiscriminately to good and bad alike. 

    Death happens to good and bad alike

    But death and life, success and failure, pain and pleasure, wealth and poverty, all these happen to good and bad alike, and they are neither noble nor shameful—and hence neither good nor bad.

    Brief Is man’s life

    Brief is man’s life and small the nook of the Earth where he lives; brief, too, is the longest posthumous fame, buoyed only by a succession of poor human beings who will very soon die and who know little of themselves, much less of someone who died long ago.

    You boarded, you set sail, you’ve made the passage

    You boarded, you set sail, you’ve made the passage. Time to disembark. If it’s for another life, well, there’s nowhere without gods on that side either. If to nothingness, then you no longer have to put up with pain and pleasure, or go on dancing attendance on this battered crate, your body—so much inferior to that which serves it. One is mind and spirit, the other earth and garbage.

    Let each thing you would do, say, or intend, be like that of a dying person. Marcus Aurelius

    Epictetus

    I cannot escape death, but at least I can escape the fear of it.

    Let death and exile

    Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible, be daily before your eyes, but death chiefly; and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.

    Giving it back

    Never say about anything, "I have lost it," but only "I have given it back." Is your child dead? It has been given back. Is your wife dead? She has been returned.

    In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our doing or not doing any action, but our inward opinions and principles. Epictetus

    Heraclitus

    When we die, our souls become free. 

    Fire, air, water and earth

    Fire lives in the death of earth, air lives in the death of fire, water lives in the death of air, and earth in the death of water.

    Follow our minds and hearts

    A person should not think too much about what will happen after his life. Follow the will of those who sent us into this world; that will is in our minds and our hearts.

    The road

    The road up and the road down is one and the same.

    The beginning is the end. Heraclitus

    Anthony de Mello

    Whatever is truly alive must die. Look at the flowers; only plastic flowers never die.

    Can one be fully human without experiencing tragedy?

    Can one be fully human without experiencing tragedy? The only tragedy there is in the world is ignorance; all evil comes from that. The only tragedy there is in the world is unwakefulness and unawareness. From them comes fear, and from fear comes comes everything else, but death is not a tragedy at all.

    Dying is wonderful

    Dying is wonderful; it's only horrible to people who have never understood life. It's only when you're afraid of life that you fear death. It's only dead people who fear death.

    Is there life before death — that is the question!

    Have you observed that it is precisely those who do not know what to do with this life who wants another that will last forever?

    “But is there life after death or is there not?” persisted a disciple. 

    “Is there life before death? — that is the question!”

    Whatever is truly alive must die. Look at the flowers; only plastic flowers never die. Anthony de Mello

    Jean-Paul Sartre

    Life has no meaning, the moment you
    lose the illusion of being eternal.

    One always dies too soon — or too late

    One always dies too soon — or too late. And yet one’s whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are — your life, and nothing else.

    I think of death only with tranquility

    I think of death only with tranquility, as an end. I refuse to let death hamper life. Death must enter life only to define it.

    I would like to see the truth

    I would like to see the truth clearly before it is too late.

    To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while. Jean-Paul Sartre

    Leo Tolstoy

    Only those who do not live are not afraid of death.

    Death is the destruction of the bodily organs

    Death is the destruction of the bodily organs with which I see my world during my life; the destruction of the glass through which I look at this world. The destruction of this glass does not mean the destruction of the eye itself.

    Try to live with the part of your soul which understands eternity

    Try to live with the part of your soul which understands eternity, which is not afraid of death. And that part of your soul is love.

    The more spiritual a life a person leads, the less he is afraid of death

    The more spiritual a life a person leads, the less he is afraid of death. For a spiritual person death means setting the spirit free from the body. Such a person knows that the things with which he lives cannot be destroyed.

    Life is the constant approach to death

    Life is the constant approach to death; therefore, life can be bliss only when death does not seem to be an evil.

    There is something in the soul which cannot die

    There is something in the soul which cannot die, which cannot be affected by death.

    The more deeply you understand life, the less you grieve over the destruction caused by death. Leo Tolstoy

    Alan Watts

    When we get to thinking of everything in terms of survival and profit value, as we do, then the shapes of scratches on the floor cease to have magic. And most things, in fact, cease to have magic.

    Who said you’re supposed to survive?

    Now there really isn’t anything radically wrong with being sick or with dying. Who said you’re supposed to survive? Who gave you the idea that it’s a gas to go on and on and on?

    And we can’t say that it’s a good thing for everything to go on living. In a very simple demonstration that if we enable everybody to go on living, we overcrowd ourselves.

    Death as an amusing arrangement

    It’s a far more amusing arrangement for nature to continue the process of life through different individuals than it is always with the same individual, because as each new individual approaches life, life is renewed. And one remembers how fascinating the most ordinary everyday things are to a child, because they see them all as marvellous — because they see them all in a way that is not related to survival and profit.

    Nature’s game of being aware of itself

    When we get to thinking of everything in terms of survival and profit value, as we do, then the shapes of scratches on the floor cease to have magic. And most things, in fact, cease to have magic.

    Now, I’ve arrived!

    Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy. When your plans mature, you will still be living for some other future beyond. You will never, never be able to sit back with full contentment and say, 'Now, I’ve arrived!' 

    Life and death are essential parts of the life cycle. Alan Watts

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