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Downton Abbey

No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house

Dowager Countess: Oh my dears. Is it really true? I can’t believe it. Last night he looked so well. Of course it would happen to a foreigner. It’s typical.
Lady Mary: Don’t be ridiculous.
Dowager Countess: I’m not being ridiculous. No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house – especially somebody they didn’t even know.

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Twilight

Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved.

Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved. Noble, even. That ought to count for something.

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Rebecca West

our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.

All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.

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Johannes Kepler

I used to measure the heavens, now I measure the shadows of Earth.

I used to measure the heavens, now I measure the shadows of Earth.
Although my mind was heaven-bound, the shadow of my body lies here.

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Woody Allen

death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down.

The chief problem about death, incidentally, is the fear that there may be no afterlife — a depressing thought, particularly for those who have bothered to shave. Also, there is the fear that there is an afterlife but no one will know where it’s being held. On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down.

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Firefly

I don’t really require a clinical description right now.

Simon: Suffocation’s not exactly the most dignified way to go. The human body will involuntarily-
Inara: Please, I don’t really require a clinical description right now.
Simon: I’m sorry. I just, uh… It was my birthday.

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Emma

Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations

Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.

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Red Dwarf

I remember when my dad died you know. I was only six.

Lister: I remember when my dad died you know. I was only six. I got loads of presents off everyone like it was Christmas. I remember wishing a couple more people would die so I could complete my Lego set. My grandma tried to explain you know. She said he’d gone away and he wasn’t coming back. So I wanted to know where like, you know. She said he was very happy and he’d gone to the same place as my goldfish. So I thought they’d flushed him down the bog. I thought he was just round the U bend you know. I used to stuff food down, you know, and magazines and that for him to read. They took me to a child psychologist in the end because they found me with my head down the bowl reading him the football results.

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Pablo Neruda

Some day I’ll join him right there,

Some day I’ll join him right there,
but now he’s gone with his shaggy coat,
his bad manners and his cold nose

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Blade Runner

It’s too bad she won’t live! But then again, who does?

Gaff: It’s too bad she won’t live! But then again, who does?

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J.M. Barrie

To die will be an awfully big adventure.

To die will be an awfully big adventure.

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Braveheart

Every man dies, not every man really lives.

William Wallace: Every man dies, not every man really lives.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Don’t go where I can’t follow.

Sam: Don’t go where I can’t follow.

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Moonstruck

I can’t sleep any more. It’s too much like death.

Cosmo Castorini: I can’t sleep any more. It’s too much like death.

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The Salmon of Doubt

in order to prove it could be done

My favourite piece of information is that Branwell Brontë, brother of Emily and Charlotte, died standing up leaning against a mantle piece, in order to prove it could be done.

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

He had a sudden thought and tried breathing on the rear-view mirror.

Nothing. Not a single droplet formed. That would satisfy a doctor, that’s what they always did on television – if no mist formed on the mirror, there was no breath. Perhaps, he thought anxiously to himself, perhaps it was something to do with having heated wing mirrors. Didn’t this car have heated wing mirrors? Hadn’t the salesman gone on and on about heated this, electric that, and servo-assisted the other? Maybe they were digital wing mirrors. That was it. Digital, heated, servo-assisted, computer controlled, breath-resistant wing mirrors…

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Mulan

I should have prayed to the ancestors for luck. / How lucky can they be? They’re dead.

Fa Li: I should have prayed to the ancestors for luck.
Grandmother Fa: How lucky can they be? They’re dead.

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Will Rogers

If you live life right, death is a joke as far as fear is concerned.

If you live life right, death is a joke as far as fear is concerned.

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Woody Allen

It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.

It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.

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Life, the Universe and Everything

He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife.

He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

His voice was very calm and quiet and almost sad.

“I know it. I know everything.”
She waited a moment. “What do you know?”
“No use making more people. People die.”
His voice was very calm and quiet and almost sad.
“That’s everything.”

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Hamlet

To sleep, perchance to dream.

To sleep, perchance to dream.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.

The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important. If you are cut down in a movement that is designed to save the soul of a nation, then no other death could be more redemptive.

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Maya Angelou

I answer the question, ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with here in my heart and mind and memories.

I answer the question, ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with here in my heart and mind and memories.

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Nathan Hale

I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.

I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.