Love and Death, Life’s Most Powerful Forces

Love and Death, Life’s Most Powerful Forces

No matter where we are on our life’s journey, no matter where our path will take us, the most beautiful parts are touched by love.  And the most painful partings are those when we do not yet know when we’ll meet again.

These feelings of love, loss and longing are as old as humanity itself and have been experienced by poets, saints, great writers and thinkers, as well as by people just like us throughout the ages.  Here are a few of their thoughts on love and death and how they intertwine.


The half-life of love is forever. ― Junot Díaz


True love defies the realm of death. ― Anoir Ou-Chad


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Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn. — B. R. Hayden


Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.  —  Haruki Murakami


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For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. Love is timeless…. Death does not separate the lover from the beloved. ― Khalil Gibran


Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. –I shall feel it. ― Victor Hugo


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Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. — Rabindranath Tagore


Maybe death
isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light
wrapping itself around us. — Mary Oliver


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Love and death are the great gifts that are given to us; mostly they are passed on unopened. — Rainer Maria Rilke


Death is a short moment when we forget to breathe in between lives. ― Mihail Militaru


I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. ― Henry Scott Holland


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I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits. ― Gabriel García Márquez


Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. ― Rumi

One comment

  1. Joy Ensminger

    Thank you for this compilation of quotes. They speak to my inner most Self far more eloquently than I could ever say. Working thru being dead twice has made me aware of the veracity these quotes that touches my tender inner Self. Thank you.

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