quotes about death

101 quotes on death and dying



If you are looking for the 100 best quotes about death then you have come to the right place!


Learning that a loved one, family member or special friend has passed is never, ever easy. The loss is heartbreaking and the pain is palpable.

Grief can be overwhelming – it hurts, it consumes you, it almost breaks you down.


I have to admit death has always frightened me for I cannot imagine that there would ever come a day in my life when I would be ready to say goodbye.


And then I heard these two quotes and my feelings changed:



The fear of death is only the result of an unfulfilled life. Frank Kafka


To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Thomas Campbell


Even though death is inevitable, we all have the power to live each day we have on Earth wisely – filled with love, kindness, passion and gratitude.


Believe me when I say this:


Life is too short, finite, and precious to be wasted away.

So chase your dreams, kiss and cuddle your loved ones, let go of any negativity and do what you need to do to live a fulfilling life today because one day it WILL unfortunately be too late.

No-one in this world knows when their time will be up or what awaits them around each corner…


Without further ado, here are the best top 100 quotes on death, grief and dying:


1 – Dying is the only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else. Morrie Schwartz

2 – One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. Paulo Coelho

3 – We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through., Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home. Australian Aboriginal Proverb

4 – In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with your heart. You may never know when you may not have that chance again.

5 – Get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King

6 – If we remembered every day that we could lose someone at any moment, we would love them more fiercely and freely, and without fear – not because there is nothing to lose, but because everything can always be lost.

7 – We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap. Anthony Hopkins

8 – Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas

9 – Alive or just breathing?

10 – I am dying soon and I am choosing to have fun today, tomorrow and every other day I have left. Randy Pausch



11 – The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

12 – Life is a brief intermission between birth and death. Enjoy it.

13 – Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying. Martin Luther

14 – He not busy being born is busy dying. Bob Dylan

15 – It is not death, but dying, which is terrible. Henry Fielding

16 – What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. Charles Bukowski

17 – To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. J.K. Rowling

18 – To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time. Elie Wiesel Knight

19 – Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins

20 – Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates



21 – The ones that love us never really leave us.

22 – Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve. Earl Grollman

23 – Death never takes the wise man by surprise; he is always ready to go. Jean de La Fontaine

24 – While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. Leonardo da Vinci

25 – No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.

26 – The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. Marcus Tullius Cicero

27 – Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good. Marcus Auerlius

28 – The trouble is you think you have time. Buddha

29 – Life is a dream walking. Death is going home. Chinese Proverb

30 – In life we loved you dearly. In death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place no one else can fill.



31 – It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so very deeply.

32 – It is as natural to die as it is to be born. Francis Bacon

33 – Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed,, still very dear.

34 – Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels. Natalie Standiford

35 – Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Dr. Seuss

36 – Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death. Anonymous

37 – Goodbyes hurt the most, when the story was not finished.

38 –Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it. Haruki Murakami

39 – Find something worth dying for then live for it.

40 – You don’t know what you’re alive for until you know what you would die for.



41 – Be encouraged by their passing and legacy. Instead of crying, live an inspired, spiritual and happy life like they did when they were here. Live each day with encouragement knowing that they are proud and smiling down on you from Heaven. Matt Fraser

42 – Living and dying is not a big issue. The big issue is what you’re going to do with your time while you are here. Bill T. Jones

43 – If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying. Kurt Cobain

44 – With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt

45 – Life hurts a lot more than death.

46 – Live your own life, for you will die your own death. Latin Proverb

47 – If we lose love and self-respect for each other, that is how we finally die. Maya Angelou

48 – Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear or embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Steve Jobs

49 – When you are sorrowful look again in your heart and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Kahlil Gibran

50 – We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us, they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms. Paulo Coelho



51 – We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.

52 – Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean. David Searls

53 – You don’t get over it, you get through it. It doesn’t get better, it gets different.

54 – The day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying. Jean Cocteau

55 – The goal of all life is death. Sigmund Freud

56 – Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold. Ralph Waldo Emerson

57 – No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. C.S. Lewis

58 – Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.

59 – Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. Vicki Harrison

60 – Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things. Kurt Vonnegut



61 – The art of living well and the art of dying well are one. Epicurus

62 – Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.

63 – There may be no single thing that can teach us more about life than death. Arianna Huffington

64 – All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. Saint Francis of Assisi

65 – Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Eckhart Tolle

66 – If you don’t live for something, you will die for nothing.

67 – Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender. Tupac Shakur

68 – The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not “get over” the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and John Kessler

69 – There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start. Shel Silverstein

70 – The weird, weird thing about devastating loss is that life actually goes on. When you’re faced with tragedy, a loss so huge that you have no idea how you can live through it, somehow, the world keeps turning, the seconds keep ticking. James Patterson



71 – How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. Winnie the Pooh

72 – Grief can be a burden but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place. Sarah Desson

73 – Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates. Samuel Johnson

74 – Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. Anne Roiphe

75 – Grief only exists where love lived first. Franchesca Cox

76 – As long as I live, you will live. As long as I live, you will be remembered. As long as I live, you will be loved. Unknown

77 –Grief is a hole you walk around in the daytime and at night you fall into it. Denise Levertov

78 – Grief never ends but it changes. It’s a passage not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness or a lack of faith. It is the price of love.

79 – The hardest part of losing someone isn’t having to say goodbye but rather learning to live without them. Always trying to fill the void, the emptiness that’s left inside your heart when they go.

80 – Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same. C.C. Scott



81 – Tears are the silent language of grief. Voltaire

82 – Loss and heartache do not define you. They are part of your story.

83 – Everyone grieves in different ways. For some it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days I don’t notice it. But out of the blue it’ll flare to life. Maria V. Snyder

84 – The strongest person in the world is a grieving mother that wakes up and keeps going every morning. Tara Watkins Anderson

85 – Grief does not change you…it reveals you. John Green

86 – There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. Washington Irving

87 – Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. William Wordsworth

88 – Grieving allows us to heal, to remember with love, rather than pain. It is a sorting process. One by one you let go of the things that are gone and you mourn for them. One by one you take hold of the things that have become a part of who you are and build again. Rachel Naomi Remen

89 – You can never overcome grief. Not within a day, a week, a year or a lifetime. Elizabeth McCracker

90 – Here is one of the worst things about having someone you love die: it happens every single morning. Anna Quindlen



91 – Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all. Laura Ingalls Wilder

92 – There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. Aeschylus

93 – There’s this place in me where your fingertips still rest, your kisses still linger and your whispers softly echo. It’s the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me. Gretchen Kemp

94 – When you have nothing left but God you have more than enough to start over again. Mother Teresa

95 – And if you’ve never felt your soul being torn apart you’ve never loved anyone with all your heart.

96 – We run from grief because loss scares us yet our hearts search toward grief because the broken parts want to mend. Brene Brown

97 – You will lose someone you can’t live without and your heart will be badly broken and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly – that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. Anne Lamott

98 – Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you. Veronica Roth

99 – We talk about them, not because we’re stuck or because we haven’t moved on, but we talk about them because we are theirs and they are outs and no passage of time will ever change that. Scribbles & Crumbs

100 – Grief is like living two lives. One is where you “pretend” everything is alright and the other is where you heart silently screams in pain.

101 – Do not judge the bereaved mother. She comes in many forms. She is breathing but she is dying. She may look young but inside she has become ancient. She smiles but her heart sobs. She walks, she cooks, she cleans, she works, she is but she is not, all at once. She is here, but part of her is elsewhere for eternity. Author Unknown







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