Silver from the living
Is gold in the giving:
Gold from the dying
Is but silver a-flying.
Gold and silver from the dead
Turn too often into lead. [ Fuller ]
Dying is as natural as living. [ Proverb ]
Never does a wilder song
Steal the breezy lyre along,
When the wind in odors dying,
Wooes it with enamored sighing. [ Moore ]
The old echoes are long in dying. [ Charles H. Parkhurst ]
What is glory? what is fame?
The echo of a long-lost name;
A breath, an idle hour's brief talk;
The shadow of an arrant naught;
A flower that blossoms for a day.
Dying next morrow;
A stream that hurries on its way.
Singing of sorrow. [ Motherwell ]
The tongues of dying men
Enforce attention like deep harmony. [ Rich. II ]
To be daily dying is a blessed life. [ Proverb ]
Gather the rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying. [ Herrick ]
Labour as long lived, pray as even dying. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
There is in souls a sympathy with sounds;
How soft the music of those village bells.
Falling at intervals upon the ear,
In cadence sweet, now dying all away. [ Cowper ]
Divines and dying men may talk of hell,
But in my heart her several torments dwell. [ William Shakespeare ]
'Tis a stern and a startling thing to think
How often mortality stands on the brink
Of its grave without any misgiving;
And yet in this slippery world of strife,
In the stir of human bustle so rife.
There are daily sounds to tell us that Life
Is dying, and Death is living! [ Hood ]
Ah me! how sweet this world is to the dying! [ Friedrich Schiller ]
It is not death, it is dying that alarms me. [ Montaigne ]
Love lent me wings; my path was like a stair;
A lamp unto my feet, that sun was given;
And death was safety and great joy to find;
But dying now, I shall not climb to Heaven. [ Michael Angelo ]
Your Words are like the notes of dying swans,
Too sweet to last. [ Dryden ]
Like a led victim, to my death I'll go.
And, dying, bless the hand that gave the blow. [ Dryden ]
The conscience of the dying belies their life. [ Vauvenargues ]
O love, they die, in yon rich sky.
They faint on hill or field or river:
Our echoes roll from soul to soul.
And grow forever and forever.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying. [ Tennyson ]
Unhappy he! who from the first of joys.
Society, cut off, is left alone
Amid this world of death. Day after day.
Sad on the jutting eminence he sits,
And views the main that ever toils below;
Still fondly forming in the farthest verge,
Where the round ether mixes with the wave.
Ships, dim-discovered, dropping from the clouds;
At evening, to the setting sun he turns
A mournful eye, and down his dying heart
Sinks helpless. [ Thomson ]
Let me have music dying, and I seek no more delight. [ Keats ]
And he that lives to live forever never fears dying. [ William Penn ]
They say, the tongues of dying men
Enforce attention, like deep harmony;
Where words are scarce, they're seldom spent in vain;
For they breathe truth, that breathe their words in pain. [ William Shakespeare ]
Hearts with equal love combined kindle never-dying fires. [ Carew ]
I have been dying for twenty years, now I am going to live. [ Jas. Drummond Burns ]
The ancients dreaded death: the Christian can only fear dying. [ J. C. and A. W. Hare ]
We thought her dying while she slept, and sleeping when she died. [ Hood ]
On the brink of the waters of life and truth we are miserably dying. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Going out into life - that is dying. Christ is the door out of life. [ Henry Ward Beecher ]
We are dying from our very birth, and our end hangs on our beginning. [ Manilius ]
The air is full of farewells to the dying. And mournings for the dead. [ Longfellow ]
He who gives of his wealth before dying, prepares himself to suffer much. [ Italian Proverb ]
To fear death is the way to live long; to be afraid of death is to be long a dying. [ Quarles ]
The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend as to find a friend worth dying for. [ Kames ]
The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living which are to be desired when dying. [ Jeremy Taylor ]
We believe that we have a good government, worth fighting for, and, if need be, dying for. [ U. S. Grant ]
How sweet, though lifeless, yet with life to lie; and without dying, oh, how sweet to die! [ John Wolcott ]
A soul, - a spark of the never-dying flame that separates man from all the other beings of earth. [ James Fenimore Cooper ]
One good deed dying tongueless slaughters a thousand waiting upon that. Our praises are our wages. [ William Shakespeare ]
Is it courage in a dying man to go, in weakness and in agony, to affront an almighty and eternal God? [ Pascal ]
The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying. [ Richter ]
Death is not the monarch of the dead, but of the dying. The moment he obtains a conquest, he loses a subject. [ Thomas Paine ]
In my opinion it is the happy living, and not, as Antisthenes said, the happy dying, in which human happiness consists. [ Montaigne ]
Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out. [ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest ]
At the banquet of life, an unfortunate guest, I one day appeared; now, I am dying. Dying! and none there are to shed a tear over the tomb that awaits me! [ Gilbert ]
When a man dies, they who survive him ask what property he has left behind. The angel who bends over the dying man asks what good deeds he has sent before him. [ Koran ]
Few people know death, we only endure it, usually from determination, and even from stupidity and custom; and most men only die because they know not how to prevent dying. [ La Rochefoucauld ]
The world's history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries; and, though there have been mingled the discords of warring cannon and dying men, yet to the Christian, philosopher, and historian, - the humble listener, - there has been a divine melody running through the song, which speaks of hope and halcyon days to come. [ James A. Garfield ]