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September 29, 2011

Death Quotations

I’m helping to plan a memorial service for a good friend and keep noticing quotations about death and dying. Here are some:

Plato was asked at the very end of his life to sum up his whole life’s work, his philosophy, he said simply, “Practice Dying”.
My life often seemed to me like a story that has no beginning and no end. I had the feeling that I was an historical fragment, an excerpt for which the preceding and succeeding text was missing. I could well imagine that I might have lived in former centuries and there encountered questions I was not yet able to answer; that I had been born again because I had not fulfilled the task given to me. (Quote by – Carl Jung)

Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963)

Jung’s autobiography, recorded and edited by Aniela JaffĂ©. (Pantheon Books, 1963)
  • Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.

Maurice Sendak

“I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”

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