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Aphorisms about Dying and the Meaning of Life

posted Jan 23, 2016, 7:12 AM by Cliff Williams   [ updated May 15, 2016, 7:35 PM ]

Some aphorisms about dying and the meaning of life

  • Only those who are able to let go of everything to which they are attached are ready to die.
  • A haunting question: If I were to die tomorrow afternoon, would I be able to say that my life had meaning?
  • One of life's great aims is to feel keenly both its tragedy and its beauty. 
  • Sometimes life is disappointing, but sometimes it isn't.
  • Winning adulation and praise feels satisfying, but we will not be able to take them with us when we die.
  • No one wants to waste a few hours of time, but few are concerned about wasting their whole lives.
  • Some people regard life as a prison that can be escaped only through death. Others live as though they were dead. Still others regard life with joyous freedom, to be savored and loved. 
        Williams, a Professional Philosopher Whose Thoughts Sometimes Stray from the
        Abstract and Esoteric to the Mundane, but Sublime, Matters of Life

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