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Death quotes collection for adding to memory scrapbook pages about a loved one who has passed on, or to be recited during a funeral or memorial service.

Below is a poem on death written by the American journalist, John Luckey McCreery (1835-1906)

There Is No Death

There is no death. The stars go down
To rise upon another shore,
And bright in heaven's jeweled crown
They shine forevermore.

There is no death. The forest leaves
Convert to life the viewless air;
The rocks disorganize to feed
The hungry moss they bear.

There is no death. The dust we tread
Shall change beneath the summer showers
To golden grain or mellow fruit,
Or rainbow tinted flowers.

There is no death. The leaves may fall,
The flowers may fade and pass away--
They only wait through wintry hours
The warm, sweet breath of May.

There is no death, although we grieve
When beautiful familiar forms
That we have learned to love are torn
From our embracing arms.

Although with bowed and breaking heart.
With sable garb and silent tread,
We bear their senseless dust to rest,
And say that they are dead--

They are not dead. They have but passed
Beyond the mists that blind us here,
Into the new and larger life
Of that serener sphere.

They have but dropped their robe of clay
To put a shining raiment on;
They have not wandered far away,
They are not "lost" or "gone."

Though unseen to the mortal eye,
They still are here and love us yet;
The dear ones they have left behind
They never do forget.

Sometimes upon our fevered brow
We feel their touch, a breath of balm:
Our spirit sees them, and our hearts
Grow comforted and calm.

Yes, ever near us, though unseen,
Our dear, immortal spirits tread--
For all God's boundless Universe
Is Life - there are no dead.

~ John Luckey McCreery


Interesting that death is quite a constant subject and preoccupation for most people. And I guess that's why there are lots of death quotes by people from all walks of life. These are some of the death quotes and poems that various people wrote to explain death or what they think death is.

Death Quotes by Various People

To a father,
when his child dies,
the future dies;
to a child,
when his parents die,
the past dies.

~ Berthold Auerbach


What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
the master calls a butterfly.

~ Richard Bach


Because I could not stop for Death -
He kindly stopped for me -
The carriage held just Ourselves -
And Immortality.

~ Emily Dickinson


Death hath ten thousand several doors
For men to take their exits.

~ John Webster


Death to the Christian
is the funeral of all his sorrows and evils,
and the resurrection, of all his joys.

~ James H. Aughey


Don't strew me with roses after I'm dead.
When Death claims the light of my brow
No flowers of life will cheer me: instead
You may give me my roses now!

~ Thomas F. Healey


Before the beginning of years
There came to the making of man
Time, with a gift of tears;
Grief, with a glass that ran;
Pleasure, with pain for leaven;
Summer, with flowers that fell;
Remembrance, fallen from heaven,
And madness risen from hell;
Strength without hands to smite;
Love that endures for a breath;
Night, the shadow of light,
And Life, the shadow of death.

~ Algernon Charles Swinburne


Better to die, and sleep
The never-waking sleep, than linger on
And dare to live when the soul's life is gone.

~ Sophocles


When we come to die, we shall be alone.
From all our worldly possessions we shall be about to part.
Worldly friends - the friends drawn to us by our position,
our wealth, or our social qualities,
- will leave us as we enter the dark valley.
From those bound to us by stronger ties
- our kindred, our loved ones, children, brothers, sisters,
and from those not less dear to us who have been made our friends
because they and we are the friends of the same Saviour,
- from them also we must part. Yet not all will leave us.
There is One who "sticketh closer than a brother"
- One who having loved His own which are in the world loves them to the end.

~ Albert Barnes


Come! let the burial rite be read-the funeral song be sung!-
An anthem for the queenliest dead that ever died so young-
A dirge for her the doubly dead in that she died so young.

~ Edgar Allan Poe


Death Quotes by Famous People

I believe that if I should die,
and you were to walk near my grave,
from the very depths of the earth
I would hear your footsteps.

~ Benito Perez Galdos


Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

~ John Donne


But whether on the scaffold high,
Or in the battle's van,
The fittest place where man can die
Is where he dies for man.

~ Michael Joseph Barry


Death is the end of life; ah why
Should life all labour be? . . .
All things have rest, and ripen toward the grave
In silence - ripen, fall, and cease;
Give us long rest or death, dark death, or dreamful ease.

~ Lord Alfred Tennyson


I want to die while you love me,
While yet you hold me fair,
While laughter lies upon my lips,
And lights are in my hair.

~ Georgia Douglas Johnson


Men die but once, and the opportunity
Of a noble death is not an everyday fortune:
It is a gift noble spirits pray for.

~ Charles Lamb


The dead they rest, and their rest is deep;
The dead have peace, but the living weep.

~ Samuel Hoffenstein


He who died at Azan sends
This to comfort all this friends:
Faithful friends! It lies I know
Pale and white and cold as snow;
And ye say, "Abdallah's dead!"
Weeping at the feet and head.
I can see your falling tears,
I can hear your sighs and prayers;
Yet I smile and whisper this:
I am not the thing you kiss.
Cease your tears and let it lie;
It was mine--it is not I.

~ Sir Edwin Arnold


There is no death!
What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call Death.

~ Henry W. Longfellow


I regret not death.
I am going to meet my friends in another world.

~ Ludovico Ariosto


These hearts were woven of human joys and cares,
Washed marvelously with sorrow, swift to mirth.
The years had given them kindness. Dawn was theirs,
And sunset, and the colours of the earth.
These had seen movement, and heard music; known
Slumber and waking; loved; gone proudly friended;
Felt the quick stir of wonder; sat alone;
Touched flowers and furs and cheeks.
All this is ended.

~ Rupert Brooke


Let no man fear to die, we love to sleep all,
And death is but the sounder sleep.

~ Francis Beaumont


They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

~ Ernest Dowson


Time Does Not Bring Relief

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,
And last year's leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year's bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go, -- so with his memory they brim.
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his boot or shone his face
I say, "There is no memory of him here!"
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay


More Death Quotes by Famous People

Warm summer sun, shine kindly here;
Warm southern wind, blow softly here;
Green sod above, lie light, lie light -
Good night, dear heart, good night, good night.

~ Robert Richardson


We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?

~ Wilfred Wilson Gibson


When on my day the evening shadows fall,
I will go down to where a quiet river flows
Into a sea from whence no man returns;
And there embark for lands where life immortal grows.

~ Thomas Tiplady


Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie,
Glad did I live and gladly die.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

This was engraved on his gravestone


When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me:
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree.
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet:
And if thou wilt, remember
And if thou wilt, forget.

~ Christina Rossetti


Death Quotes by Henry Ward Beecher

And when no longer we can see Thee,
may we reach out our hands,
and find Thee leading us
through death to immortality and glory.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Death is not an end.
It is a new impulse.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Brethren, we are all sailing home;
and by and by, when we are not thinking of it,
some shadowy thing (men call it death),
at midnight, will pass by,
and will call us by name,
and will say, "I have a message for you from home;
God wants you; heaven waits for you."

~ Henry Ward Beecher


There is but one easy place in this world, and that is the grave.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Death is the dropping of the flower
that the fruit may swell.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Living is death; dying is life.
We are not what we appear to be.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


On this side of the grave we are exiles,
on that, citizens; on this side, orphans;
on that, children; on this side, captives;
on that, freemen.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Going out into life - that is dying.
Christ is the door out of life.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Death? Translated into the heavenly tongue,
that word means life!

~ Henry Ward Beecher


To the Christian, these shades are the golden haze which heaven's light makes, when it meets the earth, and mingles with its shadows.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


So we fall asleep in Jesus. We have played long enough at the games of life, and at last we feel the approach of death. We are tired out, and we lay our heads back on the bosom of Christ, and quietly fall asleep.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Death Quotes by Oscar Wilde

Tread lightly, she is near
Under the snow,
Speak gently, she can hear
The daisies grow.

All her bright golden hair
Tarnished with dust,
She that was young and fair
Fallen to dust.

~ Oscar Wilde


Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!

~ Oscar Wilde


Death Quotes by Sara Teasdale

Moon, worn thin to the width of a quill,
In the dawn clouds flying,
How good to go, light into light, and still
Giving light, dying.

~ Sara Teasdale


Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land.

~ Sara Teasdale


Death Quotes by T. S. Eliot

My life is light, waiting for the death wind,
Like a feather on the back of my hand.

~ T. S. Eliot


Birth, copulation, and death.
That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks.

~ T. S. Eliot


Death Quotes by Unknown Authors

Death is at once
The end of the body's
Old journey
And the beginning of the soul's
New journey.

~ Author Unknown


The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now, to someone we love.

~ Author Unknown


Those who care and
share your loss wish you
comfort and peace of mind.
May you find strength
in the love of family
and in the warm embrace
of friends.

~ Author Unknown


Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.

~ Author Unknown


And here are the words from the lips of a dying man.

Will not all my riches save me?
What! is there no bribing death?

~ Henry Beaufort


Uses For These Death Quotes

These death quotes can be recited during funeral services, or memorial services during death anniversary of a loved one.

Add these death quotes to 'With Sympathy' cards - Bereavement cards, scrapbooks, mailarts, tags, collage about life or just any kind of art projects.

Scrapbooking Tips For These Death Quotes : Select a few of these death quotes or poems. Copy and paste these death quotes into Microsoft Word or other text editor and change to a fancy font and appropriate font size. Print the page of death quotes on good quality text paper, cut out and layer it with scrapbooking paper on your scrapbook pages.

Or tear after printing and embed one or two of these death quotations or poem or just a small portion in your collage pieces.


A grave is such a quiet place.

~ Edna St.Vincent Millay




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