When we are dealing with death we are constantly being dragged down by the event: Humor diverts our attention and lifts our sagging spirits.
I start thinking about life after death. I've got to quit thinking about it because it's very deep. Very deep. Sometimes you start thinking about it and you don't feel like you want to be alive so I don't like to get all quiet.
What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
So here is one of my theories on happiness: we cannot know if we have lived a truly happy life until the very end. This view of life and death was reinforced by my close witnessing of the buildup to the death of Philip Gould. Philip was without doubt my closest friend in politics. When he died I felt like I had lost a limb.
I'm not on the run from anything and I'm not at all clear about what I'm running towards. But as some great writer put it I want to be certain that when I arrive at death I'm totally exhausted.
Planning to play: that's what saving for retirement is today - and it is antithetical to the nature of play fully within the definition of work and blissfully ignorant of the reality of death.
I was in two episodes playing Christopher Reeve's character's emissary. They wanted to have my character announce Dr Swan's death which I thought was exploitative.
The death penalty is being applied in the United States as a fatal lottery.
As a reward for their efforts however those early Christians were beaten stoned to death thrown to the lions tortured and crucified. Every conceivable method was used to stop them from talking.
I think that much of this was running in background as I contemplated whether or not to attend the PS 99 reunion although I certainly anticipated that I would not it smelled like death not youth.
Depakote also has a really bad side effect which is death.
Death is a very important part of life.
If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility think again. You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That's flexibility.
Most of the debate over the cultures of death and life is about process. The debate focuses on the technology available to determine how we prolong life and how and when we end it.
When I was on a major label I felt obliged to say yes to every interview tour and whatever else. The label is always telling you 'This ain't going to last ' so I worked myself half to death. I learnt from that and I like to pace myself now.
I believe the death of Bobby Kennedy was in many ways the death of decency in America. I think it was the death of manners and formality the death of poetry and the death of a dream.
It is not death but dying which is terrible.
Here's a thing about the death of your mother or anyone else you love: You can't anticipate how you'll feel afterward. People will tell you a few may be close to right none exactly right.
My death taking the light from my eyes gives back to the day the purity which they soiled.
Any film which views the darker side of life which is death with a sense of humor is very much to my taste.
If the human condition were the periodic table maybe love would be hydrogen at No. 1. Death would be helium at No. 2. Power I reckon would be where oxygen is.
The die is set and Malcolm will not escape for the foolish talk he spoke against his benefactor such a man is worthy of death and it would have been so were it not for Muhammad's confidence that God would give him the victory over the enemies.
I think about death a lot I really do because I can't believe I won't exist. It's the ego isn't it? I feel that I should retreat into a better form of Zen Buddhism than this kind of ego-dominated thing. But I don't know I mean I want to come back as a tree but I suspect that it's just not going to happen is it?
You realize that however much you don't think about death - or think that's for other people - you're just an organism living from day to day. I'm just grateful I'm here.
The cult of the individual is killing us. I think Twitter signals the death of western civilisation but people have been saying that since Demosthenes.
The illness and the untimely death of my brothers has made me conscious of the fact that - rather than just think about it - it's crucial that you do today what you want to do.
Defeat the fear of death and you welcome the death of fear.
Death doesn't frighten me now I can think peacefully of ending a long life.
The situation in the United States is becoming more dire for average ordinary Americans and the last thing we need to do is to spend money on death destruction and war.
I don't want to hear about my death.
I rely on guns for protection in life. God does not say 'This is la-la land.' God doesn't say 'Welcome to Earth. Everything's perfect. There's no crime. There's no murder. There's no death.' The world is imperfect and you have to be on guard.
You know I've never actually really believed that death is inevitable. I just think it's a rumor.
It's funny though speaking of fathers and sons because me and John Goodman played father and son like five or six years ago in the film 'Death Sentence ' and I got back with him again in 'Inside Llewyn Davis.'
To be clear climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room. The effects of global warming threaten global environmental upheaval over the coming century. But for South Florida and the Everglades it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken.
He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him. Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death because he feared they would rebel.
Nothing is a matter of life and death except life and death.
You should celebrate the end of a love affair as they celebrate death in New Orleans with songs laughter dancing and a lot of wine.
I can't let my mother's death have been in vain. Democracy is the best revenge and we will have it.
I just don't get death at all. Yes it's there. But I don't get it.
On the basis of biological sociological and historical knowledge we should recognize that the individual self is subject to death or decay but the sum total of individual achievement for better or worse lives on in the immortality of The Larger.
Lots of people there seemed to be in denial in absolute denial of death - everybody's pretending that death doesn't happen in L.A. if you do enough exercise and take enough wheatgrass and have your pill every day you might not die.
Patrick Henry did not say 'Give me absolutely safety or give me death.' America is supposed to be about freedom.
When we play 'Angel of Death' it's actually a 2 and half minutes sing 'til our party starts. That song is pretty much been played traditionally in the end.
There are some people who walk into a room and they oxygenate it by their very being there's fresh air. Then there are those who come in with the smell of death and they suck the life out.
Washington not Jefferson freed his slaves upon his death.
Between our birth and death we may touch understanding As a moth brushes a window with its wing.
In these dangerous times where it seems the world is ripping apart at the seams we can all learn how to survive from those who stare death squarely in the face every day and we should reach out to each other and bond as a community rather than hide from the terrors of life at the end of the millennium.
It's certain that the death of an actor can be on a television screen playing the same thing every week.
I like death. I'm a big fan of it.
Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide and she hides it well.
If you wish to make a man look noble your best course is to kill him. What superiority he may have inherited from his race what superiority nature may have personally gifted him with comes out in death.
When I was younger I wasn't concentrating on good days. I was managing a career and trying to have a good year. It would always 'lead' to something which never leads to anything except death where everything leads to. And then as I got older and then I had my kids and everything I began to appreciate a great Wednesday.
To have been torn from the study would have been as death my time was entirely occupied with art.
I don't think of death in a romantic way anymore.
I think to have the skill set and the ability to physically help others in matters of life and death must be incredibly empowering.
I think I might actually die of showing off. It'll be on my headstone - 'Cause of Death: Showing Off.'
If I ever completely lost my nervousness I would be frightened half to death.
Our law is a Jordanian law that we inherited which applies to both the West Bank and Gaza and sets the death penalty for those who sell land to Israelis.
The writer crafts their ideal world. In my world everyone has really long conversations or just picks apart pop culture to death and everyone talks in monologue.
I've accentuated the look over the years. As a comic you try something and if it works you go with it and grind it to death.
As a comic you try something and if it works you go with it and grind it to death.
Cause at the end of the day honestly at the end of the day when you're in your death bed and that's it I think it's the relationships you've had and the people that you've touched and the people that have touched you that matter.
Instead of joyfully looking forward to my birth my mother began systematically preparing for her own death. She was fatalistic.
I am deeply saddened by the death of my dear friend Dudley Moore.
I think life is sacred whether it's abortion or the death penalty.
It comes with faith for with complete faith there is no fear of what faces you in life or death.
People need jobs people need happy and successful lives there should be marriage between one man and one woman there should the value of person from conception until natural death.
When the courts decide that murderers rapists and others who maliciously break our social contract deserve health care that most working Americans can't afford they are condemning good people to death.
If you have fun fine. It's not all life and death.
Nature creates while destroying and doesn't care whether it creates or destroys as long as life isn't extinguished as long as death doesn't lose its rights.
I'm watching the Weather Channel more than I've ever watched it. I'm scared to death it's going to rain.
Nothing is absolute with the debatable exceptions of this statement and death.
But for me it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people to see a bright future snuffed out is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths.
Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.
I have sometimes imagined my own death and brought myself to tears.
The first novel I wrote was a monster - clocking in at 180 000 words - but it died a death a death it deserved. It was called 'The Gods First Make Mad.' It was a good title but it was the only good thing about the book. I didn't let that put me off.
There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one and when I hear of one that is dying it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.
They can rule the world while they can persuade us our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide than a life of famine and suicide...?
Life is like a very short visit to a toyshop between birth and death.
Over the past 50 years we got versions of X-ray specs and space vacations and even death rays. But the X-ray specs don't fit on your face - they're big things that screen your luggage for guns. Space vacations are real but they cost $20 million. We have death rays but you have to be a triple Ph.D. to play with them.
It's normally the kiss of death to be identified as a rising star or someone to watch.
We burned to death 100 000 Japanese civilians in Tokyo - men women and children. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?
And in a funny way each death is different and you mourn each death differently and each death brings back the death you mourned earlier and you get into a bit of a pile-up.
I am politically pro-choice but personally pro-life. I have my faith but refuse to force it on the world at large - especially this world so brutal and unjust. I cannot make these wrenching personal life and death decisions for others - nor do I believe they should be made by a church run by childless men.
We worry about the seemingly ever-increasing number of natural catastrophes. Yet this is mainly a consequence of CNN - we see many more but the number is roughly constant and we manage to deal much better with them over time. Globally the death rate from catastrophes has dropped about fifty-fold over the past century.
The American people are not just being taxed to death they're being taxed after death. But no one should have to sell the life's work of a parent or a loved one just to pay the federal government.
A Shakespearean tragedy as so far considered may be called a story of exceptional calamity leading to the death of a man in high estate. But it is clearly much more than this and we have now to regard it from another side.
My death will be caused by morphine which I have deliberately taken with suicidal intent.
I stay way from that area and there's only so many songs you can write about love sex and death.
I'm not supposed to be able to speak clearly and decipher what's going on in the media. I'm supposed to be the typical amateur who's 22 and scared to death and can't believe he won the Olympics.
The miser starving his brother's body starves also his own soul and at death shall creep out of his great estate of injustice poor and naked and miserable.
Nobody with an IQ higher than emergency-room temperature could ever believe that 'death panels' would be appointed to nudge the elderly toward euthanasia. Yet for idle entertainment it's hard to beat Sarah Palin's ignorant nattering on the subject.
I'm trying to knock the medical profession into accepting its responsibilities and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.
There's stuff I don't like to rehearse really emotional things I don't like to rehearse. You just beat it to death.
I hate to say this but I'll repeat it: After death all we know that you do is stink.
You've gotta know what death is to know life!
If Christ can die in a barn I think the death of a human in a van is not so bad.
Not one has shown an iota of fear of death. They want to end this agony.
I will admit like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato and some other philosophers that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate.
The Supreme Court of the United States... has validated the Nazi method of execution in... concentration camps starving them to death.
After my mother's death I had such difficulty relating to people.
Hitchcock had to fight to the death to make his movies.
I had always loved John Ford's pictures. And I came to love him too but I was frightened to death working for him. He used the shock treatment while directing me.
We were then in a dangerous helpless situation exposed daily to perils and death amongst savages and wild beasts not a white man in the country but ourselves.
In this situation I was constantly exposed to danger and death.
There are people who never experience that who remain closed until death from fear of change.
Sickness insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life.
Women have not yet realized the cowardice that resides for if they should decide to do so they would be able to fight you until death and to prove that I speak the truth amongst so many women I will be the first to act setting an example for them to follow.
Libertarians know that a free country has nothing to fear from anyone coming in or going out - while a welfare state is scared to death of poor people coming in and rich people getting out.
Death by starvation is slow.
It's something I want to overcome. And my kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it.
It's a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem.
When I die don't let my death stop the resistance.
People want the right to die at a time of their own choosing. Too many families have watched helplessly as a relative dies slowly longing for death.
'American Horror' goes for a very specific kind of Seventies suburban downer ambience - 'Flowers in the Attic' paperbacks Black Sabbath album covers and late-night flicks like 'Let's Scare Jessica to Death.' It even has 'Go Ask Alice'-era urban legends.
When I see someone who is starved they don't look alert. They don't have boundless energy. If you're too skinny it looks like you're near death.
What is ironic is that Allen Ginsberg's importance was in its twilight for so many years that it took his death to bring it to the front page. He electrified an entire world!
Life itself is but the shadow of death and souls departed but the shadows of the living.
We all labor against our own cure for death is the cure of all diseases.
Of course we avoid death. To know something is inevitable is one thing. To accept to truly feel it... that's different.
Since fame is an illusion and death is in our future all we have is the next moment before we are swallowed into oblivion.
I'm death obsessed. You know I have death all over my house. I have a stuffed two headed sheep!
Though I am a Catholic a professing one I have serious doubts about the survival of the human personality after death.
The drink? Yes I've had tough times in my life especially the last year regarding my ex-wife my kids I nearly broke my neck I was on death row with pneumonia.
A number of cases have been reported in which a dying individual has a vision of a person about whose death he or she did not know.
Dying before dying has two important consequences: It liberates the individual from the fear of death and influences the actual experience of dying at the time of biological demise.
If consciousness can function independently of the body during one's lifetime it could be able to do the same after death.
Individuals approaching death often experience encounters with their dead relatives who seem to welcome them to the next world. These deathbed visions are authentic and convincing they are often followed by a state of euphoria and seem to ease the transition.
Research challenges the materialistic understanding of death according to which biological death represents the final end of existence and of all conscious activity.
The elimination of the fear of death transforms the individual's way of being in the world.
The experiences associated with death were seen as visits to important dimensions of reality that deserved to be experienced studied and carefully mapped.
The knowledge of the realm of death makes it possible for the shaman to move freely back and forth and mediate these journeys for other people.
The materialistic paradigm of Western science has been a major obstacle for any objective evaluation of the data describing the events occurring at the time of death.
The motif of death plays an important role the human psyche in connection with archetypal and karmic material.
The study of consciousness that can extend beyond the body is extremely important for the issue of survival since it is this part of human personality that would be likely to survive death.
For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning the study of death - the only certainty that life holds for us - must be central for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.
Of all the artists on Death Row none of them went bankrupt.
I think that the core doctrines of Christianity - the incarnation the resurrection life after death-these are as strong as ever. In fact the belief in life after death has increased in this century.
I was ready to quit music. It felt to me like music equalled death.
Everything that is necessary is also easy. You just have to accept it. And the most necessary the most natural matter on this planet is death.
We weep over the graves of infants and the little ones taken from us by death but an early grave may be the shortest way to heaven.
Why would you be afraid of death? It would be an inconvenience. I have a lot of undone things and it's bound to get in the way. But no it doesn't scare me at all.
More than 100 people have been sent to death row who were later exonerated because they weren't guilty or fairly tried. Most criminal defendants do not get adequate representation because there are not enough public defenders to represent them. There is a lot that is wrong.
My faith isn't very churchy it's a pretty personal intimate thing and has been a huge source of strength in moments of life and death.
Bulls can do nothing to demand justice. They can only defend themselves as best they can in a fight with a pre-determined ending and die never knowing why they were forced to endure such a painful and prolonged death. It's up to us as a civilized society to call for an end to the Running of the Bulls and bullfighting.
The line between life or death is determined by what we are willing to do.
Living with the immediacy of death helps you sort out your priorities in life. It helps you to live a less trivial life.
People who are sick or who have been sick or have come close to death have a lot to say - and they want you to hear it.
Loss and possession death and life are one There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.