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§ A Conversation with Death

Generative Principle

"In death, Alexander of Macedon's end differed no whit from his stable-boy's. Either both were received into the same generative principle of the universe, or both alike were dispersed into atoms."

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. Dead since 180 A.D.

Mournfully, Slowly They Roll

"I see, just see skyward, great cloud-masses; Mournfully, slowly they roll, silently swelling and mixing, With at times a half-dimm'd sadden'd far-off star, Appearing and disappearing."

Walt Whitman, "Whispers of Heavenly Death" (1868). Dead since 1892.

By Favor, Not Merit

"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."

Mark Twain. Dead since 1910.

A Frightful Disappearance

"There is today a frightful disappearance of living species, be they plants or animals. And it's clear that the density of human beings has become so great, if I can say so, that they have begun to poison themselves. And the world in which I am finishing my existence is no longer a world that I like."

Claude Lévi-Strauss. Dead since 2009.

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