|"The Master gives himself
up to whatever the moment brings. He knows that he is going to
die, and he has nothing left to hold on to: no illusions in his
mind, no resistances in his body. He doesn't think about his
actions; They flow from the core of his being. He holds nothing
back from life; Therefore he is ready for death, As a man is ready
for sleep After a good day's work."
-Lao Tzu, 500 B.C.
"Do not stand there 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's 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 there at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die."
"Have no fear of moving into the unknown.
Simply step out fearlessly,
knowing that I am with you."
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
-George S. Patton, Jr.
"We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We
must not demean life by standing in awe of death."
"The most wasted of all days is one without
-e. e. cummings
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist
in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright
exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
"Our care should not be to have lived long as to have
"I went to the woods because I wished to live
deliberately, to front only the essential facts could not learn
what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I
had not lived."
-Henry David Thoreau
"Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil,
and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good."
"Death--the last sleep? No, it is the final
"All say, 'How hard it is that we have to die'--a
strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had
"I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to
earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no
right to complain."
"The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that
they may endure life."
"Good men must die, but death cannot kill their
"God's finger touched him, and he slept."
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"He that lives to forever, never fears dying."
"How oft when they were at the point of death have men
"But I will be A bridegroom in my death, and run into't
As to a lover's bed."
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy
staff they comfort me."
"Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, ease after
war, death after life, does greatly please."
-Sir Edmund Spenser
"...silence sounds no worse than tears, after death has
stopped the ears."
"Death is the veil which those who live call life: They
sleep, and it is lifted."
-Percy Blysshe Shelley
"Death opens unknown doors. It is most grand to
"Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion."
"Death is one of two things. Either it is annihilation,
and the dead have no consciousness of anything; or, as we are
told, it is really a change: a migration of the soul from one
place to another."
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you
"Everyone must row with the oars he has."
"God will not look you over for medals, degrees or
diplomas, but for scars."
"It is not length of life, but depth of life."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth
living and your belief will help create the fact."
"To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on
-Stephen R. Covey
"The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in