Aphorisms About Dying and the Meaning of Life

Post date: Jan 23, 2016 3:12:51 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.

© 2016 by Cliff Williams

From "Aphorisms: In the Tradition of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Proverbs" by Cliff 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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