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Joseph Roux – What do we call someone who has lost a friend

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Joseph RouxWe call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losmg a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.

Joseph Roux   (1780-1854)

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Edward Abbey – My decomposing carcass helps nourish

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Edward AbbeyIf my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a Juniper tree or the wings of a vulture-that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.

Edward Abbey   (1927-1989)

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – How easily we may be dispensed with in the world

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Johann Wolfgang von GoetheWe cannot too soon convince ourselves how easily we may be dispensed with in the world. What important personages we imagine ourselves to be! We think that we alone are the life of the circle in which we move; in our absence, we fancy that life, existence, breath will come to a general pause, and, alas, the gap which we leave is scarcely perceptible, so quickly is it filled again; nay, it is often the place, if not of something better, at least for something more agreeable.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  

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Marcus Tullius Cicero – Four causes of misery in old age

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Marcus Tullius CiceroAs I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first, it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from death.

Marcus Tullius Cicero   (106 BC-43 BC)

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John Donne – Death makes us all equal

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John DonneDeath comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes. The ashes of an Oak in the Chimney, are no epitaph of that Oak, to tell me how high or how large that was; It tells me not what flocks it sheltered while it stood, nor what men It hurt when it fell.

John Donne   (1572-1631)
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William Hurrell Mallock – Where are you now, little wandering

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Where are you now, little wandering
Life, that so faithfully dwelt with us,
Played with us, fed with us, felt with us,
Years we grew fonder and fonder in?

You who but yesterday sprang to us,
Are we forever bereft of you?
And is this all that is left of you–
One little grave, and a pang to us?

William Hurrell Mallock  

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Tim Burton – Graveyards

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Tim BurtonMost people say about graveyards: “Oh, it’s just a bunch of dead people. It’s creepy.” But for me, there’s an energy to it that it not creepy, or dark. It has a positive sense to it.

Tim Burton  

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Michel de Montaigne – The boundary of life

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Michel de MontaigneIt is indeed the boundary of life, beyond which we are not to pass; which the law of nature has pitched for a limit not to be exceeded.

Michel de Montaigne  

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