the Thursday 13 – Thoughts for Memorial Day


1. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Helen Keller

2. Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Rossiter W. Raymond

3. There is no such thing as death. In nature nothing dies. From each sad remnant of decay some forms of life arise.
Charles Mackay

4. To die completely, a person must not only forget but be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead.
Samuel Butler

5. Dust thou art, to dust returnest, was not spoken of the soul.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “A Psalm of Life”

6. We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
David Sarnoff

7. As men, we are all equal in the presence of death
Publilius Syrus

8. When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live you life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.
Native American Proverb

9. Sometimes, when one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated
Allphonse de Lamartine

10. Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.
Alphonse de Lamartine

11. We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

12. I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
Gilda Radner

13. Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

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