death

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

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I saw the world I had walked since my birth and I understood how fragile it was, that the reality was a thin layer of icing on a great dark birthday cake writhing with grubs and nightmares and hunger.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Words save our lives, sometimes.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

That’s the trouble with living things. Don’t last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Just as when we come into the world, when we die we are afraid of the unknown. But the fear is something from within us that has nothing to do with reality. Dying is like being born: just a change.

Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

It turned out that, like Satan, cancer had many names.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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

Not all dying words are true and this blessing is no less real for being shorn of its ground.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

When we’re all gone at last then there’ll be nobody here but death and his days will be numbered too. He’ll be out in the road there with nothing to do and nobody to do it to. He’ll say: where did everybody go? And that’s how it will be. What’s wrong with that?

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

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