168 Short Quotes About Life, Death & Loss (Free Bonus PDF)

When you are dealing with the loss of a loved one or you are just pondering the meaning of life, a good old quote can really help you process whatever emotion you are feeling.

Below you will find a complete list of short funeral-related quotes which you can use in eulogies, funeral readings or just to give you comfort in your time of grief.

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But for now, please enjoy these quotes about love, life, death, and loss.

Quote 1

“Chase away sorrow by living.”

Melissa Marr

Quote 2

For some moments in life there are no words.”

David Seltzer

Quote 3

“God made death so we’d know when to stop.”

Steven Stiles

Quote 4

Grief is the price we pay for love”

Queen Elizabeth II

Quote 5

“He who doesn’t fear death dies only once.”

Giovanni Falcone

Quote 6

“Life has to end. Love doesn’t.”

Mitch Albom

Quote 7

“The death of a beloved is an amputation”

C.S. Lewis

Quote 8

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Quote 9

“There is no death. Only a change of worlds.”

Chief Seattle

Quote 10

“A man is not completely born until he is dead.”

Benjamin Franklin

Quote 11

“A well-spent day brings happy sleep”

Leonardo da Vinci

Quote 12

“Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream”


Quote 13

“Death cannot kill what never dies.”

William Penn

Quote 14

“Death ends a life, not a relationship “

Jack Lemmon

Quote 15

“Death is a distant rumor to the young.”

Andrew A. Rooney

Quote 16

“Death makes equal the high and low.”

John Heywood

Quote 17

“Death is never an apology.”

Soul King

Quote 18

“Death pays all debts.”

William Shakespeare

Quote 19

“Death takes no bribes”

Benjamin Franklin

Quote 20

“Do not go gentle into that good night.”

Dylan Thomas

Quote 21

“Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”

Thomas Moore

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Quote 22

“Even trees do not die without a groan.”

Henry David Thoreau

Quote 23

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.”

Tom Stoppard

Quote 24

“Everyone dies. But not everyone really lives.”

William Wallace

Quote 25

“Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Quote 26

“Give me liberty or give me death.”

Patrick Henry

Quote 27

“Grief sucks.”

Everyone Ever

Quote 28

“He who is not busy being born is busy dying”

Bob Dylan

Quote 29

“I don’t want to die without any scars.”

Chuck Palahniuk

Quote 30

“I want to be all used up when I die.”

George Bernard Shaw

Quote 31

“In my end is my beginning.”

Mary, Queen of Scots

Quote 32

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quote 33

“It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

Neil Young

Quote 34

“Life has more meaning in the face of death.”

Robert Greene

Quote 35

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.”

Katharine Hepburn

Quote 36

“Life without an ideal is spiritual death.”

Emma Goldman

Quote 37

“No one here gets out alive.”

Jim Morrison

Quote 38

“Only love and death will change all things.”

Khalil Gibran

Quote 39

“People living deeply have no fear of death “

Anaïs Nin

Quote 40

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.”

Ashley Montagu

Quote 41

“The meaning of life is that it stops.”

Franz Kafka

Quote 42

“The only cure for grief is action.”

George Henry Lewes

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Quote 43

“The phoenix must burn to emerge.”

Janet Fitch

Quote 44

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”

Jack Kornfield

Quote 45

“Though death be poor, it ends a mortal woe.”

William Shakespeare

Quote 46

“To die will be an awfully big adventure”

Peter Pan

Quote 47

“When you are sorrowful, look again.”

Khalil Gibran

Quote 48

“A life that touches others goes on forever.”


Quote 49

“All things grow with time, except grief.”

Jewish proverb

Quote 50

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”

Kenji Miyazawa

Quote 51

“All men think that all men are mortal but themselves”

Edward Young

Quote 52

“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”

G.K. Chesterton

Quote 53

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”


Quote 54

“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.”

Corazon Aquino

Quote 55

“Life is like a very short visit to a toy shop between birth and death.”

Desmond Morris

Quote 56

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

Cesare Pavese

Quote 57

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.”

C.S. Lewis

Quote 58

“I feel monotony and death to be almost the same.”

Charlotte Brontë

Quote 59

“As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”

Cassandra Clare

Quote 60

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.”

C.S. Lewis

Quote 61

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds”

Psalm 147:3

Quote 62

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”

C.S. Lewis

Quote 63

“Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.”


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Quote 64

“Love the people God gave you because one day, He’ll take them back.”

Becky Kinder

Quote 65

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted”

Matthew 5:4

Quote 66

“After your death, you will be what you were before your birth.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

Quote 67

“Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life”

Bertolt Brecht

Quote 68

“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

Quote 69

“Do not think of me as gone. I am with you still in each new dawn. “

Native American Poem

Quote 70

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”

Arthur Miller

Quote 71

“I write of love and death. What other subjects are there?”

Arthur Schnitzler

Quote 72

“No matter where you go you will always be in my heart.”

Anthony T. Hincks

Quote 73

“Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

Arthur Golden

Quote 74

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains”

Anne Frank

Quote 75

“Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.”

Amelia Burr

Quote 76

“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Quote 77

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”


Quote 78

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

A.A. Milne

Quote 79

“Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.”

Emily Dickinson

Quote 80

“Life without an ideal is spiritual death.”

Emma Goldman

Quote 81

“Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die.”

forrest Church

Quote 82

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”

Emily Dickinson

Quote 83

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”

George Eliot

Quote 84

“Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities”

George R.R. Martin

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Quote 85

“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.”

Haruki Murakami

Quote 86

“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was”

Hebrew Proverb

Quote 87

“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat”

Henry David Thoreau

Quote 88

“Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident.”

Henry David Thoreau

Quote 89

“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.”

Henry Van Dyke

Quote 90

“He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Quote 91

“What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.”

Henry Ward Beecher

Quote 92

“Death is the ultimate boundary of human matters.”


Quote 93

“The song has ended but the melody lingers on.”

Irving Berlin

Quote 94

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”

J.K. Rowling

Quote 95

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

J.K. Rowling

Quote 96

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”

J.M. Barrie

Quote 97

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

J.R.R. Tolkien”

Quote 98

“Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other.”

Jandy Nelson

Quote 99

“Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.”

Jean de La Fontaine

Quote 100

“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room.”

Joanna Lumley

Quote 101

“You gave me a forever within the numbered days…”

John Green”

Quote 102

“Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bear.”

Joshua Wisenbaker

Quote 103

“Sex, love and death are universal and timeless dramatic themes.”

Julia Ormond

Quote 104

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.”

Kahlil Gibran

Quote 105

“Everyone for whom I would have cried has already died.”

Kathryn Orzech

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Titan Caskets

Quote 106

“When the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

Khalil Gibran

Quote 107

“When a child dies, you bury the child in your heart.”

Korean Proverb

Quote 108

“The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love”

Kristina McMorris

Quote 109

“No art is possible without a dance with death.”

Kurt Vonnegut

Quote 110

“Loss is only temporary when you believe in God!”

Latoya Alston

Quote 111

“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”

Laurie Halse Anderson

Quote 112

“Those we love don’t go away, they sit beside us every day.”

Liane Moriarty

Quote 113

“Loss can remind us that life itself is a gift.”

Louise Hay and David Kessler

Quote 114

“Do not cry because they are past! Smile, because they once were!”

Ludwig Jacobowski

Quote 115

“You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.”

Mahatma Gandhi”

Quote 116

“Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.”

Marcus Aurelius

Quote 117

“Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.”

Mary Elizabeth Frye

Quote 118

“As soon as you’ll realize it was a gift, you’ll be free. “

Maxime Lagacé

Quote 119

“If we try to avoid loss and grief, we will never truly love.”

Megan Devine

Quote 120

“If love and death did not exist, tears would not exist as well!”

Mehmet Murat Ildan

Quote 121

“Only those who have dared to let go can dare to re-enter.”

Meister Eckhart

Quote 122

“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.”

Michael Landon

Quote 123

“All deaths are sudden, no matter how gradual the dying may be.”

Michael McDowell

Quote 124

“We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie.”

Michael Ondaatje

Quote 125

“I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day”

Mitch Albom

Quote 126

“Deep down inside we always seek for our departed loved ones”

Munia Khan

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Quote 127

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated is to die every day.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

Quote 128

“The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives.”

Norman Cousins

Quote 129

“When I shall die, let it be doing that I had designed.”


Quote 130

“When one person is missing the whole world seems empty.”

Pat Schweiber

Quote 131

“Death is tough for the people left behind on earth.”

Prateeksha Malik

Quote 132

“Death” is never an end, but a To Be Continued…”

-Renée Chae

Quote 133

“The fear of death is the beginning of slavery.”

Robert Anton Wilson

Quote 134

“A horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”

Rossiter W. Raymond

Quote 135

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form”


Quote 136

“If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.”

Samuel Butler

Quote 137

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.”


Quote 138

“He that lacks time to mourn, lacks time to mend.”

Sir Henry Taylor

Quote 139

“Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.”

Sir Walter Scott

Quote 140

“Death is like a mirror in which the true meaning of life is reflected.”

Sogyal Rinpoche

Quote 141

“The dead never truly die. They simply change form”

Suzy Kassem

Quote 142

“When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.”

Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

Quote 143

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”

Thomas Campbell

Quote 144

“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death. “

Thomas Mann

Quote 145

“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.”

Thornton Wilder

Quote 146



Quote 147

“Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.”


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Quote 148

“The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”


Quote 149

“Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”


Quote 150

“Farewell, my love, until we meet again someday, somewhere.”


Quote 151

“The loss is unmeasurable but so is the love left behind.”


Quote 152

“When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know”


Quote 153

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.”


Quote 154

“And then I heard the angel say, ‘She’s with you every day.”


Quote 155

“With sympathy, thinking of you at this sad time and sending love.”


Quote 156

“You may be gone from my sight, but you are never gone from my heart”


Quote 157

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”


Quote 158

“It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.”

Victor Hugo

Quote 159

“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.”

Viktor E. Frankl

Quote 160

“We owe respect to the living; to the dead we owe only truth.”


Quote 161

“Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last and final awakening.”

Walter Scott

Quote 162

“I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.”

Willa Cather

Quote 163

“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.”

William Penn

Quote 164

“For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.”

William Shakespeare

Quote 165

“Well, every one can master a grief but he that has it.”

William Shakespeare

Quote 166

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill

Quote 167

“I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

Woody Allen

Quote 168

“We are born from a quiet sleep, and we die to a calm awakening.”


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