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Quotations on the Time Before Dying

“It is too bad that dying is the last thing we do, because it could teach us so much about living.” – Robert M. Herhold

“For my part, I would like to die fully conscious that I am dying…slow enough to allow death to insinuate itself into my body and fully unfold, so as not to miss the ultimate experience, the passage.” – Marguerite Yourcenar

“…I count as the greatest good fortune to have these few months so full of interest and instruction in the knowledge of my approaching death.” – Alice James

“There is only one solution if old age is not to be a parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give existence meaning – devotion to individuals, to groups or causes, social, political, intellectual and creative work. – Simone de Bouvoir

“The first part of life is for learning. The second for service, and the last is for oneself. It is a time for discover inner richness and for self-development and spiritual growth. It is also a time of transition and preparation for dying. The closer we come to death, the closer we come to reality and truth.” – Gay Gaer Luce

“Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.” – Dag Hammarskjold

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