Some quotations on death from a paper by David Loy.
The Nonduality of Life and Death: A Buddhist View of Repression. - link: http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-PHIL/davloy.htm
Is there any meaning in my life that the inevitable death awaiting me does not destroy? (Tolstoy)
Why was I born, if it wasn't forever? (Ionesco)
Yaksha: What is the greatest wonder in the world?
Yudhisthira: Every day men see others called to their death, yet those who remain live as if they were immortal. (The Mahābhārata)
One can no more look steadily at death than at the sun. (La Rochefoucauld)
All of life is but keeping away the thoughts of death. (Samuel Johnson)
The king is surrounded by persons whose only thought is to divert the king, and to prevent his thinking of self. For he is unhappy, king though he be, if he thinks of himself.
This is all that men have been able to discover to make themselves happy. And those who philosophize on the matter, and who think men unreasonable for spending a whole day in chasing a hare which they would not have bought, scarce know our nature. The hare in itself would not screen us from the sight of death and calamities; but the chase which turns away our attention from these, does screen us. (Pascal)
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than the animals who know nothing. (Maeterlinck)
Death is easier to bear without thinking of it, than is the thought of death without peril. (Pascal)
He who most resembles the dead is the most reluctant to die. (La Fontaine)
"I had to die to keep from dying." (Common schizophrenic remark)
By avoiding death, men pursue it. (Democritus)
Man has forgotten how to die because he does not know how to live. (Rousseau)
It is true: we love life not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. (Nietzsche)
History is what man does with death. (Hegel)
Madness is something rare in individuals -- but in groups, parties, people, ages it is the rule. (Nietzsche)
Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. (Pascal)
The 'struggle for success' becomes such a powerful force because it is the equivalent of self-preservation and self-esteem. (Kardiner)
For life in the present there is no death. Death is not an event in life. It is not a fact in the world. (Wittgenstein)
The artist carries death in him like a good priest his breviary.(Boll)
To live in the face of death is to die unto death. (Kierkegaard)
Art has two constants, two unending concerns: it always meditates on death and thus always creates life. (Pasternak)
Only the man who no longer fears death has ceased to be a slave. (Montaigne)
As long as you do not know how to die and come to life again, you are but a poor guest on this dark earth. (Goethe)
Q: Do not one's actions affect the person in after-births?
A: Are you born now? Why do you think of other births? The fact is that there is neither birth nor death. Let him who is born think of death and palliatives therefor. (Ramana Maharshi)
Just understand that birth-and-death is itself nirvana. There is nothing such as birth and death to be avoided; there is nothing such as nirvana to be sought. Only when you realize this are you free from birth and death. (Dogen)