You are going to die. No matter what you do, this fact is inevitable. But this thought doesn’t have to be negative. Death is the ultimate form of resistance in the human experience. And like all resistance, you have the choice as to whether it crushes your spirit or makes you stronger.
These four quotes can help you think differently about death.
“Death. The certain prospect of death could sweeten every life with a precious and fragrant drop of levity- and now you strange apothecary souls have turned it into an ill-tasting drop of poison that makes the whole of life repulsive.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
“Death is our eternal companion. It is always to our left, an arm’s length behind us. Death is the only wise adviser that a warrior has. Whenever he feels that everything is going wrong and he’s about to be annihilated, he can turn to his death and ask if that is so. His death will tell him that he is wrong, that nothing really matters outside its touch. His death will tell him, I haven’t touched you yet.”
~ Carlos Castaneda
“Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.”
~ Mevlana Rumi
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
~ Steve Jobs