"I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
-- Ian Fleming

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."
-- Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar

"I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher."
- Mark Twain, A Biography

"The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball."
-- Doug Larson

"Being seventy is not a sin."
-- Golda Meir

"Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth."
-- W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up

"In my twenties, my pleasures tended to be physical. In my thirties, my pleasures tended to be intellectual. I can't say which was more exquisite."
-- Steve Kangas

"You know you're old when the president is younger than you."
-- Steve Kangas, contemplating the day

"Death is not an event in life; we do not experience death."
-- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus logico-philosophicus

"It hath often been said that it is not death but dying that is terrible."
-- Henry Fielding, Amelia

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work, I want to achieve it through not dying"
-- Woody Allen

"When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did -- in his sleep. Not yelling and screaming -- like the passengers in his car."
-- Unknown

Famous last words

"Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees."
-- Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, May 10, 1863
(He had been shot by his own men.)

"God bless. . . God damn."
-- James Thurber

"Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him."
-- John Barrymore

"I've never felt better."
-- Douglas Fairbanks

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the darkness at Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."
-- Rutger Hauer, playing android Roy Batty in the movie Blade Runner

"I am not the least afraid to die."
-- Charles Darwin

"Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored."
-- George Saunders

"Alas, I am dying beyond my means."
-- Oscar Wilde, sipping champagne on his deathbed

"Draw the curtain, the farce is ended." -- Francois Rabelais

"How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? French fries." -- James French, electrocuted in Oklahoma, 1966

"Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel." -- George Appel, electrocuted in New York, 1928

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