Random Quote #32

“When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.”

Oliver Sacks

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Random Quote #25

“If love is what we feel we’re providing at those mysterious moments leading up to death, that, I suppose, is what makes a death “good”, if anything really can.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #24

“Those of us left behind search for dignity in order not to think ill of ourselves. We try to atone for our dying friend’s inability to achieve a measure of dignity, perhaps by forcing it on him. It’s our one possible victory over the awful process of this kind of death.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #20

“… each victim of dementia inflicts his own unique form of pain on those who love him (…) the memories and the dreadful toll drag on, and from these the release can only be partial. A life that as been well lived and a shared sense of happiness and accomplishment are ever after seen through the smudged glass of its last few years. For the survivors, the concourse of existence has forever become less bright and less direct.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #19

“There is no way to deter old age from its grim duty, but a life of accomplishment makes up in quality for what it cannot add in quantity.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #18

“In recent generations we have added something new: We have created the method of modern dying. Modern dying takes place in the modern hospital, where it can be hidden, cleansed of its organic blight, and finally packaged for modern burial. We can now deny the power not only of death but of nature itself. We hide our faces from its face, but still we spread our fingers just a bit, because there is something in us that cannot resist a peek.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #11

“And as the ax bites into the wood, be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive, still human, and still open to the beauty of the world (…) And when you resent the ache in your heart, remember: You will be dead and buried soon enough.”

P. Harding, in Tinkers