Quotes About Death and Life


Quotes about life and death that provide insight and stimulate thought.

“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal.” Author Unknown

“Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.” –L. Frank Baun, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

“We either make ourselves miserable or strong. The amount of work is the same.”              -Carlos Castaneda

“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.”  ~William Penn

“We cannot prevent…the birds of sorrow from flying over our heads…but we can refuse…to let them build nests…in our hair.” –Ron Schreiber, “The Birds of Sorrow”

“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

“… I’m afraid a boat
 so small would sink
 with the weight 
of all my sorrow.” 
–Li Ch’ing-Chao, “Spring at Wu Ling”

“… And here am I, budding
 among the ruins
 with only sorrow to bite on,
 as if weeping were a seed and I 
the earth’s only furrow.” 
–Pablo Neruda, “Lightless Suburb”

“… even out of unspeakable grief, beautiful things take wing.” –AR Torres, “The Lessons of Loss”

“To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.” –Tao Te Ching

“But loss is a precious stone to me, a nectar
 Distilled in time, preaching the truth of winter
 To the fallen heart that does not cease to fall.”
 -James K. Baxter, “Wild Bees”

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

“…love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” -Kahlil Gibran

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” -Jack Lemmon

“Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you
Until we meet again!” – Author Unknown

“The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe.” – John Harricharan

“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 messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving

Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” – Mother Teresa

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach

“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” – William Penn

“Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D.

“There should be no fear of death, for the death of the body is but a gentle passing to a much freer life.” – Helen Greaves

“A rose will still be a rose in heaven, bit it’ll smell ten times sweeter.” – Meg Woodson

“Death…is not more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” – Helen Keller

“Just as a little bird cracks open the shell and flies out, we fly out of this shell, the shell of the body. We call that death, but strictly speaking, death is nothing but a change of form.” -Swami Satchidananda

“Six weeks after his death my father appeared to me in a dream… It was an unforgettable experience, and it forced me for the first time to think about life after death.” – Carl G. Jung

“I experienced the reality of the spiritual body and learned that it has every faculty of the physical body, though with greater sensitivity and some dimensions added… There will be nothing shocking in the transition, only a continuation of who I am now.” – Catherine Marshall

“Death is not the end, it is simply walking out of the physical form and into the spirit realm, which is our true home. It’s going back home.” – Stephen Christopher

“My mother and sister must be very happy to be home with God, and I am sure their love and prayers are always with me. When I go home to God, for death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” – Mother Teresa

“The body is only a garment. How many times you have changed your clothing in this life, yet because of this you would not say that you have changed. Similarly, when you give up this bodily dress at death you do not change. You are just the same, an immortal soul, a child of God.” -Paramahansa Yogananda

“I think death is a tremendous adventure- a gateway into a new life, in which you have further powers, deeper joys, and wonderful horizons.” – Dr. Leslie D. Weatherhead

“When the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.” – Kahlil Gibran

“I firmly believe that when you die you will enter immediately into another life. They who have gone before us are alive in one form of life and we in another.” – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

“I am quite confident that the most important part of a human being is not his physical body but his nonphysical essence, which some people call soul and others, personality… The nonphysical part cannot die and cannot decay because it’s not physical.” – Rabbi Harold Kushner

“Death is just a change in lifestyles.” – Stephen Levine

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” – Trina Paulus

“Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.”
― Dylan Thomas —


Pet section-
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. “- Anatole France

“No heaven will not ever Heaven be. Unless my cats are there to welcome me.” –Anonymous

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” -Roger Caras

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” -Will Rogers