Quote Post: George Orwell

'Football, beer, and above all gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.'

— 1984 by George Orwell

Quote Post: Vladimir Nabokov

'The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.'

― Vladimir Nabokov

Quote Post: Thomas Hardy

If a way to the better there be, it lies in taking a full look at the worst.

― Thomas Hardy

Quote Post: Dame Deborah James

Dame Deborah James talking about when she moved into end-of-life hospice care at home:
 
"I am not brave - I am not dignified going towards my death - I am simply a scared girl who is doing something she has no choice in but I know I am grateful for the life that I have had."
 
— Dame Deborah James 1982-2022


Source: https://news.sky.com/story/deborah-james-dies-podcaster-and-cancer-campaigner-passes-away-aged-40-12610225

Quote Post: Superette

"I'm gonna die
I don't know why
Never killed nothing
Never hurt no one"

— Lyrics from Killer Clown by Superette

Quote Post: Kurt Vonnegut

'We’ll go down in history as the first society that wouldn’t save itself because it wasn’t cost-effective.'

― Kurt Vonnegut

Quote Post: Philip Roth

In every calm and reasonable person there is hidden a second person scared witless about death.

― The Dying Animal by Philip Roth

Quote Post: Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.

― Friedrich Nietzsche

Quote Post: Oblivion (found on postsecret.com)

If oblivion is all there is when we die,
If nothing happens other than
Suffering ends, or
A happy life was lived, or
An evil life was snuffed out, or
A boring life is at last over,
I think that's a wonderful alternative
To Heaven and Hell,
And I'd choose oblivion.
Found on postsecret.com

Quote Post: Terrence Deacon

What great efforts we exert trying to forget our future fate by submerging the constant angst with innumerable distractions, or trying to convince ourselves the end isn't really what it seems by weaving marvelous [sic] alternative interpretations of what will happen in "the undiscovered country" on the other side of death.

― Terrence Deacon

Quote Post: Joseph L. Henderson

Death is a mystery for which we must prepare ourselves in the same spirit of submission and humility as we once learned to prepare ourselves for life.

― Joseph L. Henderson

Quote Post: Seth Wynes and Kimberly Nicholas

Top Five Things Each Of Us Can Individually Do To Fight Climate Change

1. Have one fewer child than you were planning to

2. Go car free

3. Fly less

4. Buy green energy

5. Eat a plant-based diet


Source: Seth Wynes and Kimberly A Nicholas 2017 Environ. Res. Lett. 12 074024 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541
Source: Seth Wynes and Kimberly A Nicholas 2017 Environ. Res. Lett. 12 074024 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7541

Quote Post: Bronnie Ware

The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.


Source: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware
Source: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware

Quote Post: Steve Jobs

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

― Steve Jobs
Quote taken from Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University Commencement address

Quote Post: Carl Sagan

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

― Carl Sagan

Quote Post: Socrates

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ― Socrates

Quote Post: Arthur C. Clarke

Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not, both are equally terrifying.

― Arthur C. Clarke

Quote Post: Arthur Schopenhauer

After your death you will be what you were before your birth.

― Arthur Schopenhauer

Quote Post: Haruki Murakami

Everyone, deep in their hearts, is
waiting for the end of the world to come.

— 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami