Death Quotes

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Quotes Concerning Death

"The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life."


"Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die."

D&C 42:45


"Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever."

D&C 122:8-9


"It's impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death should ever have been designed as an evil to mankind."

--Jonathan Swift--


"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted.  It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility.  All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God...and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we came here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven."

--Orson F. Whitney--


"Death is not the end,  it is putting out the candle because the dawn has come."

President Hugh B. Brown: (quoted by Vaughn J. Featherstone in More Purity Give Me, 1991, p. 43)


"To live is to go on a journey;  to die is to come back home."

--Unknown --


"The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living that are desired when dying."

--Unknown--


"Joseph Smith taught the doctrine that the infant child that was laid away in death would come up in the resurrection as a child; and, pointing to the mother of a lifeless child, he said to her: 'You will have the joy, the pleasure, and satisfaction of nurturing this child, after its resurrection, until it reaches the full stature of its spirit.' 

There is restitution, there is growth, there is development, after the resurrection from death.  I love this truth.  It speaks volumes of happiness, of joy and gratitude to my soul.  Thank the lord he has revealed these principles to us."

(Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p. 455-56)


"The only difference between the old and young dying is, one lives longer in heaven and eternal light and glory than the other, and is freed a little sooner from this miserable, wicked world."

Joseph Smith  (History of the Church, 4:554.)


"After I'm dead, I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."

-- Cato the Elder


Speaking at the funeral of Elder Dallas Archibald, President Faust said he also believes what Elder Stephen L. Richards, a former apostle, once said:

"There are no untimely deaths with the Lord."


"We can imagine some wonderful things, but we cannot even conceive of that magnificent experience that lies beyond the borders of this life. 

Certainly the greatest wonders of the future will not be in the improvement of our television, [our computers,] or our airplanes; they will be primarily in ourselves.  The greater the understanding of our own future, the more effectively we will be able to prepare for it."

Elder Sterling W. Sill: general conference in October 1965 [Sterling W. Sill, CR, October 1965, p. 57]


"Prepare to die, is not the exhortation in this church and kingdom; but prepare to live is the word with us, and improve all we can [for the life] hereafter, wherein we may enjoy a more exalted condition of intelligence, wisdom, light, knowledge, power, glory, and exaltation."      

The prophet Brigham Young: [JD 11:132]


"Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy---for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one."

Theodore Roosevelt


"The gift of love runs deep just as God intended.  It is one of the few things that lasts beyond this mortal existence.  It is eternal, like life itself.  Little wonder then that we cling to cherished moments and are saddened at the loss of those we love.  But it should be only a temporary sorrow, softened with the understanding that love and family relationships are as permanent as we want them.  Much remains to be known about the life to come, but of this we can be sure ~ it will come, and with it the promise of the future.

~ J. Spencer Kinard ~


"Death is a graduation day - and a time of assessment to see what we have become."

Sterling W. Sill, Gen. Conf. Oct. 1976, "To Die Well",  (Ensign, November 1976, page 35)


"Death is a mere comma, not an exclamation point!"

Neal A. Maxwell  (Ensign, May 1983, page 11)


"The spirit world is not far away.  Sometimes the veil between this life and the life beyond becomes very thin. Our loved ones who have passed on are not far from us."

President Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, June 1971, p. 33.)


"Every arrival foretells a leave-taking; every birth a death.  Yet each death and departure comes to us as a surprise, a sorrow never anticipated."

Jessamyn West, The Life Really Lived, 1979


"I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death."

 Francis Bacon


"Let us remember that after the funeral flowers fade, the well wishes of friends become memories and the prayers offered and words spoken dim in the corridors of the mind. Those who grieve frequently find themselves alone."

The Fatherless and the Widows: Beloved of God
President Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Aug. 2003, 2–7


"Heartache and Sorrow are not forever-----but Love and Memories are."