Fear of Death

He who pretends to face death without fear is a liar


No rational man can die without uneasy apprehension…the fear of death is so natural to man that all life is one long effort not to think about it

Dr Johnson, in Boswell, J., The Life of Samuel Johnson, NY, 1927, vol.2, p.212

What men fear is not that death is annihilation but that it is not.


Nor dread, nor hope attend

A dying animal;

A man awaits his end,

Dreading and hoping all.

W.B. Yeats, Death

Death, in itself, is nothing;

But we fear,

To be we know not what,

We know not where.

Dryden, Aureng-Zebe iv, i


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