Death is something we don’t like to think about. But many proverbs and quotes remind us that is is just around the corner.

Hey smoker, your time is up! by Raxon Rex

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and above all, those who live without love.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J.K. Rowling

“My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”

The Hobbit – Chapter 12 – Inside Information
J.R.R. Tolkien

the Baselisk has a murderous stare, and all who are fixed with the beam of its eye shall suffer instant death. Spiders flee before the Baselisk, for it is their mortal enemy, and the Baselisk flees only from the crowing of the rooster, which is fatal to it.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling

A centipede though dead will not fall.


A dead bee will make no honey.


A dead cherry tree will not blossom.

A loveless life is a living death.

A life without love or loved ones is worthless.

A man can die but once.

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

Oscar Wilde

After all, to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
J.K. Rowling

Ashes or diamonds, foe or friend, we're all equal in the end.

Roger Waters

Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.

Dead men tell no tales.

Death is the black camel that kneels before every door.

Turkish proverb

I choose a mortal life.

The Lord of the Rings
Quote from the movie

I do not fear death.

The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien
Quote from the movie

I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die.

Stephen Hawking

In the long run, we are all dead!

John Maynard Keynes

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.

The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien

Most people would sooner die than start to think. In fact – they do so.

Bertrand Russell

Nobody wants to get old, but nobody wants to die young either.

Keith Richards

One dead fly spoils much good ointment.

New England

One thousand Americans stop smoking every day – by dying.


Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did.

Malcolm Forbes

Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.

Brooke Shields

The death throes of an elephant are not so annoying as a living flea.


The fly heeds not death; eating is all to him.


The meaning of life is to be quoted when you are dead.


The smallest insect may cause death by its bite.

What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death.

Dave Barry

What is sport to the boy is the death of the bird.

Indian proverb

What is sport to the cat is death to the mouse.

German proverb

When the moth flies around the flame, it burns itself to death.