They could not truly look dead, because they did not ever look alive.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Dead people put on weight, it seems to me; both in their flesh and in our minds, they put on weight.

Stephen King, Bag of Bones

There is no book and your fathers are dead in the ground.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

When the shooting starts would you rather be armed or legal?

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

The thing about dead people… The thing is you sound like a bastard if you don’t romanticize them, but the truth is… complicated, I guess.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

The dead are visible only in the terrible lidless eye of memory. The living, thank heaven, retain the ability to surprise and to disappoint.

John Green, The Fault in our Stars

… when we talk about literature, we do so in the present tense. When we speak of the dead, we are not so kind.

John Green, The Fault in our Stars

The monsters that rose from the dead, they are nothing compared to the ones we carry in our hearts.

Max Brooks, World War Z

The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. So if I can’t have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I’d rather not be in a cage. I’d rather be dead. And it’s real simple. And I think it’s not that uncommon.

Angelina Jolie

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