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Samuel BeckettIn the afterlife, we’ll sit around talking about the good old days, when we wished that we were dead.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

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Arthur SchopenhauerAfter your death, you will be what you were before your birth.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

John DrydenTo die is landing on some distant shore.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Lao-TzuLife and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheSome are born posthumously.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerI believe that when death closes our eyes we shall awaken to a light, of which our sunlight is but the shadow.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

H.L. MenckenImmortality is the condition of a dead man who doesn’t believe he is dead.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Stanislaw Jerzy LecThe first condition of immortality is death.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Stanislaw Jerzy LecOnly the dead can be resurrected. It’s more difficult with the living.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Breathless (1960)Devenir immortel… et puis… mourir.

—  from the film Breathless (1960)

Sigmund FreudNone believes in his own death. In the unconscious everyone is convinced of his own immortality.

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Samuel Beckett- Do you believe in the life to come?
- Mine was always that.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Anton ChekhovPerhaps man has a hundred senses, and when he dies only the five senses that we know perish with him, and the other ninety-five remain alive.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer


Funny Quotes

Woody AllenI don't believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director


Ancient Greek

HeraclitusThe souls in the underworld smell.

Αι ψυχαί οσμώνται καθ΄ Άιδην.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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