Life & Death Quotations


Any prospect of awakening or coming to life to a dead man makes indifferent all times and places. The place where that may occur is always the same, and indescribably pleasant to all our senses.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
So is all change for the better, like birth and death which convulse the body.—"Resistance to Civil Government"
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine-trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.—The Maine Woods
Every part of nature teaches that the passing away of one life is the making room for another.—Journal, 24 October 1837
I don't want to feel as if my life were a sojourn any longer. That philosophy cannot be true which so paints it. It is time now that I begin to live.—Journal, 25 December 1841
I live in the perpetual verdure of the globe. I die in the annual decay of nature.—Journal, 8 March 1842
If we can forget, we have done somewhat; if we can remember, we have done somewhat. Let us remember this.—Journal, 7 July 1845
In my short experience of human life I have found that the outward obstacles which stood in my way were not living men but dead institutions.—Journal, 20 June 1846
But what is the use in trying to live simply, raising what you eat, making what you wear, building what you inhabit, burning what you cut or dig, when those to whom you are allied insanely want and will have a thousand other things which neither you nor they can raise and nobody else, perchance, will pay for?—Journal, 5 November 1855
Always there is life which, rightly lived, implies a divine satisfaction.—Journal, 14 November 1839
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