„Let us learn from the lips of death the lessons of life. Let us live truly while we live, live for what is true and good and lasting.“
— Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933
Founding Address (1876), Life and Destiny (1913), Context: Let us learn from the lips of death the lessons of life. Let us live truly while we live, live for what is true and good and lasting. And let the memory of our dead help us to do this. For they are not wholly separated from us, if we remain loyal to them. In spirit they are with us. And we may think of them as silent, invisible, but real presences in our households.
„For it is only in accepting death that one can truly live, and for the human animal, death has always been the great black beast from the abyss to be dreaded or defeated or avoided or hated - but never looked upon clearly face to face.“
— David Zindell American writer 1952
The Wild (1995), p. 91
„Tarzan of the Apes, young and savage beast of the jungle, wondered at the cruel brutality of his own kind.
Sheeta, the leopard, alone of all the jungle folk, tortured his prey. The ethics of all the others meted a quick and merciful death to their victims.
Tarzan had learned from his books but scattered fragments of the ways of human beings.“
— Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes
Tarzan of the Apes (1912), Ch. 11 : "King of the Apes"
„There is no danger to the man that knows
What life and death is; there's not any law
Exceeds his knowledge; neither is it lawful
That he should stoop to any other law.
He goes before them, and commands them all,
That to himself is a law rational.“
— George Chapman, The Conspiracy and Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron
The Conspiracy and Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron (1608), Act III, scene i.
„As if when someone close to us dies, we momentarily trade places with them, in the moment right before. And as we get over it, we’re really living their life in reverse, from death to life, from sickness to health.“
— David Levithan, buch Letztendlich sind wir dem Universum egal
„The great characters of fiction live as truly as the memories of dead men. For the life after death it is not necessary that a man or woman should have lived.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part XIV - Higgledy-Piggledy, Hamlet, Don Quixote, Mr. Pickwick and others
„I believe that the unity of man as opposed to other living things derives from the fact that man is the conscious life of himself. Man is conscious of himself, of his future, which is death, of his smallness, of his impotence; he is aware of others as others; man is in nature, subject to its laws even if he transcends it with his thought.“
— Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980
„We know that hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games.“
— Fred Shero Former ice hockey player and coach 1925 - 1990
Jackson, Jim, Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies, Then and Now
„We need others. We need others to love and we need to be loved by them. There is no doubt that without it, we too, like the infant left alone, would cease to grow, cease to develop, choose madness and even death.“
— Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998
„The highways are crowded with people who drive as if their sole purpose in getting behind the wheel is to avenge every wrong done them by man, beast or fate. The only thing that keeps them in line is their fear of death, jail and lawsuits.“
— Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
„Language death is like no other form of disappearance. When people die, they leave signs of their presence in the world, in the form of their dwelling places, burial mounds, and artefacts - in a word, their archaeology. But spoken language leaves no archaeology. When a language dies, which has never been recorded, it is as if it has never been.“
— David Crystal British linguist and writer 1941
How Language Works, 2007, p. 342
— Ayn Rand, Atlas wirft die Welt ab