Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.
Be of good cheer about death, and know this of a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Do you feel no compunction, at having followed a line of action which puts you in danger of the death penalty? I might fairly reply to him, You are mistaken, my friend, if you think that a man who is worth anything ought to spend his time weighing up the prospects of life and death. He has only one thing to consider in performing any action – that is, whether he is acting rightly or wrongly, like a good man or a bad one.
I will not yield to any man contrary to what is right, for fear of death, even if I should die at once for not yielding.
Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.
We approach truth only inasmuch as we depart from life. For what do we, who love truth, strive after in life? To free ourselves from the body, and from all the evil that is caused by the life of the body! If so, then how can we fail to be glad when death comes to us? The wise man seeks death all his life and therefore death is not terrible to him.
And now we go, you to your lives, and I to death, and which of us goes to the better only God knows.
It is only in death that we are truly cured of the ‘sickness’ of life.
A good man cannot be harmed either in life or in death, and that his affairs are not neglected by the gods.