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. ―
True love defies the realm of death. ― Anoir Ou-Chad
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
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
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. — Rabindranath Tagore
isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light
wrapping itself around us. — Mary Oliver
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. ―
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. ― Henry Scott Holland
I discovered to my joy, that it is life, not death, that has no limits. ― Gabriel García Márquez