Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.A. Sachs
We do not die because we have to die; we die because one day, and not so long ago, our consciousness was forced to deem it necessary.Antonin Artaud French actor, critic, & drama theorist (1896 - 1948)
For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;Therefore over the inevitable
Thou shouldst not grieve.Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2
(250 BC - 250 AD)
Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.Epicurus, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
Greek philosopher (341 BC - 270 BC)
If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age.George Burns
US actor & comedian (1896 - 1996)
Death can sneak up on you like a silent kitten, surprising you with it's touch and you have a right to act surprised. Other times death stomps in the front door, unwanted and unannounced, and makes it's noisy way to your seat on the sofa.Hugh Elliott, Bible Versus, 11-27-08
Author of the Standing Room Only Weblog (http://blogs.salon.com/0001573/).
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.
- Jonathan Swift Irish essayist, novelist, & satirist (1667 - 1745)
You are now gone,
But the relationship between us
Will never ever be broken...
We had this precious bond
So you really never parted us
You just went away to be with our maker
To watch over us from heaven.
We celebrate today the solemnity of All Saints. This invites us to turn our gaze to the immense multitude of those who have already reached the blessed land, and points us on the path that will lead us to that destination.
Pope John Paul II, All Saints' Day 2003
Happy Hallowe'en to Everyone!