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Comment#  ·   Fair (61 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

W. Somerset Maugham, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (743 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Prescription: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Health and Disease and Life and Death

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (881 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Luck can't last a lifetime unless you die young.

Russell Banks, in Life and Death and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (162 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.

John Barrymore, (dying words), in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (549 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.

Stephen Vincent Benét, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (401 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

Hector Berlioz, in Life and Death and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (1183 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999  · 

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not the opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed the same kind.

George Bernard, in Law and Politics and Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (190 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It's like déjà vu all over again.

Yogi Berra, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (948 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Beauty: That power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Life and Death and Men and Women

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (115 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

Voltaire, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (72 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.

Karl Wallenda, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (115 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Without the threat of death there's no reason to live at all.

Brian Warner, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (134 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

William Allen White, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (1013 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by E. Lechner

Either those curtains go or I do.

Oscar Wilde, (last words), in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (74 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life is an unbroken succession of false situations.

Thornton Wilder, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (116 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

Earl Wilson, in Altruism and Cynicism and Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (397 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare, Macbeth, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (820 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in Life and Death

A Midsummer Night's Dream (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (63 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life is too important to take seriously.

Corky Siegel, in Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (99 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.

Socrates, in Life and Death

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