Archive for the ‘denial of death’ Category

Distraction and Busyness

August 6, 2009

Asked why he worked so hard (producing on average a film a year), Woody Allen replied:  “It’s a distraction. It keeps my mind off grim subjects.”

It won’t happen to me

August 6, 2009

William Saroyan was a Pulitzer Prize winning writer of plays, short stories, and novels whose works were noted for their sentimental optimism. Before his death in 1981, Saroyan telephoned his final words to the Associated Press. Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case.  Now what?”


Flowers never bend with the rainfall

August 6, 2009

So I’ll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end,
And flowers never bend
With the rainfall.

Simon And Garfunkel, Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall

Denial of Death

August 5, 2009

I’m not afraid of dying. I just don’t want to be there when it happens

Woody Allen

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it

last words of W.S. Maugham, in 1965

Negative patient outcome

hospital description of death of patient

Denial of Death

August 5, 2009

Morticians endeavour to transform the dead, with lipstick and rouge, into horizontal members of a perennial cocktail party.

Arthur Koestler, The Invisble Writing, 1955, p.158