60 Quotes about life and death

The human experience is full of pain and beauty. We are born into this world, live our lives one day at a time, and then die to make room for another life. These 62 quotes about life and death are perfect for anyone who needs that reminder of how amazing life is.

Quotes about life and death

"what if death was air.
The irony of running away from something you can't live without...
What if death was the end that came before the beginning."

– Belita Andre
Belita Andre
Belita Andre

"A grain of sand I am blown on to a
Clump of heather and I see
Alight large above me a butterfly
With black and orange stripes –
It’s Auntie Maureen aged ninety-four
Smiling down upon me
And she is saying
‘While you were sleeping, Paul, I died
Isn’t it the most glorious morning!’"

– Paul Durcan

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live."

"I know death is as a loyal dog
Once it accompanies you
It never leaves your side
But that doesn't stop me
From wishing you were here."

– Angela Bontle Ditumiso

"Endings are not always bad. Most times they’re just beginnings in disguise."

– Kim Harrison

"Imagine, when a human dies, the soul misses the body, actually grieves the loss of its hands and all they could hold."

– Andrea Gibson

"You see a brother like me, is willing to fight
And every time I question death, my only answer is life."

– Clear

"My mother said
I must hold the sun in my mouth
For days too dark to live through
For days that sound like mourning."

– Thato Chuma

"From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them, and that is eternity."

"When the coffin sinks
the choir hums hymns like deflated bodies
they remind us of emptiness and loneliness
of how to make a song live without a voice
of how to make a home inside a black hole
of how to stay strong within a quaking body."

– Nkwana Joshua

"Death I feel is the man across the street
Boasting to all the living that
It can possess anyone it wants
Sad thing is, it takes those we treasure the most."

– Angela Bontle Ditumiso

"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart."

– Tecumseh

"I didn't know that stillborn means a moment of silence to the one's we carry in our wombs but never hold in our arms."

– Kelsey Tlhosane

"If you live each day as it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right."

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

"My people don’t die
They journey yonder
To sight over us
Hold heaven and hell for us
They are infinity wrapped in human leather
Resurrect by cosmic continuity
Reincarnate through clan names and
totems given in their honour
Whispering truths through songs and light
My grandmother told me we are living
ancestors who eat pap."

– MoAfrika A’ Mokgathi

"The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?"

— Edgar Allan Poe

"Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation."

– Rumi

"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live."

– Marcus Aurelius

"My mother was a live oak tree
When the sky swallowed the sun
She would soak her taproots in tears
When the sky spewed the sun out of his stomach
She would stomach the bile to greet the day with a smile
Hurricanes and blizzards knew her by name
I would bask under her shade for her boundless wisdom."

– Ke Mamodiehi

"I die every day in my sleep to touch your soul. I am not sure if it is at the right place or I am the one who keeps getting lost."

– Edwin Mabodimo Mphaga

"I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life."

"Death has the upper hand - it has grown proud to even take life out of daisies placed on the grave; with its only malicious touch epitaphs fade and memories die."

– Edwin Mabodimo Mphaga

"She slept with her eyes open, staring at nothing"

– Kelsey Tlhosane

"When life drowns you in a deep sea
Be a mermaid."

– Manishaviolet.j

"I wanted to live
so I wore my clothes inside
out until death
lost the scent"

– Luka Lesson

“Death is not the opposite of life but an innate part of it. By living our lives we nurture death.”

— Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami

"Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace."

– Oscar Wilde

“Flowers of life bring scent and view while the rain pours its responsibility and awaits their death for its rest and endless sunshine”

— Ann Wright

"When i die bury me standing because I've spent all my life on my knees."

"Do not starve yourself to death,
Feed your mind with positivity,
Water your mind like a Flower,
Find your way back to your heart,
Live your Truth"

– Solace Thepoet

“My child,
Truth lives under your tongue,
Learn to speak it
We survive,
Because our mothers survived."

– Thato Chuma

"Your illiterate have
read the words of the wise, the
undertaker finds death as not
too deep enough to be proud."

– Eugene Philosophisticater

"Tell the wind to tell my mom
I'm sorry
She seems to mistake my tears for diamonds
Hangs them around her neck with pride
Tell the wind to tell her not to cry
The floods of her eyes
Are the reason I drown each night
If she'd like to find me
Tell the wind to tell her
To look for me where
Sun rays traces trees in water
And sand stands still."

– Mosima Phakane

“Death is the dropping of the flower that the fruit may swell.”

— Henry Ward Beecher

"Dying is like coming to the end of a long novel, you only regret it if the ride was enjoyable and left you wanting more."

– Jerome P. Crabb

"No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for."

"I think of death as some delightful journey that I shall take when all my tasks are done."

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Let the past burn
and the future bloom
then in between the chemistry
Let me be born again
Allow me to live."

– Kgopotso Soopela

"A day grows old as we do. Do not wish death upon it. Let it live, let it love, and only then should you let it rest in peace."

– Michelle C. Ustaszeski

"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."

– Thomas Campbell

"Neither the sun, nor death can be looked at steadily."

— François de La Rochefoucauld

"Like autumn leaves,
runaway pain,
and fly with the wind.
Go far far to a world of wonders
You will come back once you've healed,
and rejuvenated like the blossoming leaves of spring."

– Musa Gift Masombuka

"It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?"

"If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death."

— Samuel Butler

"Dying / Is an art, like everything else."

— Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath

“I shall not wholly die, and a great part of me will escape the grave.”

— Horace

"How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?"

— Carson McCullers

"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is just a passing shadow of a cloud."

— Yann Martel

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

— Mary Oliver

“Dying is a wild night and a new road.”

– Emily Dickinson

"God help us - for art is long, and life so short."

"Less adored silent snores and stubborn heartbeats, My heart's beaten to the brink of a break, I doubt the alarm clock will wake you up over the defibrillators." — Prince Views

— Prince Views

"It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The dead never truly die. They simply change form."

— Suzy Kassem

“When death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering: what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility.”

— Mary Oliver

"Snow strings, hanging
In soft sable breeze.
Ironing tangled ribbons,
On wrinkled dresses.
Marry go round clocking,
heads in mortal nights
Timing beauty's day, in it's shade entire."

– The Unnatural & Sifiso Mtshali

"Then of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;"

— William Shakespeare

"Less in my head,
Pressing forward in my kissing,
I'm resting on the present minute or so
Like there's nothing else to look forward to."

— Prince Views

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain."

Many people don’t know their purpose on this earth until after living out quite some time within society’s rigorous rules about how you’re supposed to live, whether these expectations come by way of family upbringing or the social norms that are placed on us.

In a society where everyone’s purpose is so unclear, we must be careful not to let our lives slip through without living them fully and with intention. I hope you find your purpose and live it to the fullest, but take your time in doing so. The glory of life cannot be seen from afar or through an unfeeling lens; we must experience its tragedy as well, for our eyes can only be opened to the beauty of life by experiencing its difficulties.

We hope you enjoyed these quotes about life and death. We recommend checking out these 65 fearless-quotes about womanhood and these 72 quotes about love next.

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