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‘The Dance of Death’, is a theme expressed in the drama, poetry, music, and visual arts of   Europe, mainly in the late Middle Ages. Its purpose was to serve as a reminder that death is always at our shoulder and that our worldly desires and passions are but fleeting chimeras.

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The Quotations.


If some persons died, and others did not, death would be a terrible affliction.

Jean de la Bruyere, 1645-1696


Nipped in the bud.

Sir Boyle Roche, 1736-1807.


Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat.

A beggars rhyme


It's not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

Aesop, 550 BC.



Used as a conventional term to suggest the crowing of as rooster.


Happiness is no laughing matter.

Richard Whateley, Archbishop of Dublin. 1787-1863.


Make hay while the sun shines.

John Heywood, 1497-1580


I saw satan fall from the sky in a pillar of fire.

Gospel of St Luke.


Ready to meet my maker ?

Winston Churchill, 1874-1965.

I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter.


Misery loves company.

John Ray, 1627-1705.


The angel of death is abroad throughout the land.

You can almost hear the beating of his wings.

John Bright 1811-1889


Run swiftly horses of the night.

Ovid, 43 BC-18 AD.


Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite them,

and little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.

Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745


Oh well, no matter what happens, there's always death.

Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821.

No man is a hero to his own valet.

Madame Cornuel, 1605-1694.


If nature refuses indignation produces verses.

Decimus Junius Juvenal, 60-140 CE.


Little birds that can sing and won't sing, must be made to sing.

John Ray, 1627-1705.


Still waters run deep.

John H. Aughey 1828-1911


A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse.

William Godwin 1756-1836


Sleep that masters all.

Sophocles, 495-406 BC.


Every dog has it’s day.

Charles Kingsley, 1819-1875.


Hope springs eternal.

Alexander Pope, 1688-1744.


If the devil has a name, then that name is man, and he, rules the earth.

Voltaire 1694-1778.


Famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases.

Grantland Rice. 1880-1954.


Dainty does it.

John Heywood, 1497-1580


It is beauteous evening, calm and free.

William Wordsworth, 1770-1850.


And the serpent said to Eve, ‘Thou shalt not die’. Genesis. Truth is great and it’s effectiveness endures.

Ptahhotpe c 2350 BC


Hold their noses to the grindstone.

John Heywood, 1497-1580.


Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.

Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894.


Must it be? It must be.

Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827.


What is true in the lamplight is not always true in the sunlight.

Joseph Joubert, 1754-1824


What a piece of work is a man.

William Shakespeare. 1564-1616.


Wait and we’ll see him crouch.

Aurealeus Roadus, 4th Century.


The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat.

John Trevisa, 1342-1402.


Fear death?- to feel the fog in my throat, the mist in my face.

Robert Browning,1812-1889.


A bearer of news of death appears to himself as very important.

Walter Benjamin, 1892-1940.


When the sky falleth, we shall have larks.

John Heywood, 1497-1580.


Deaths door.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca 4 BC-65 AD

'Anyone can stop a man's life, but no one can stop his death; a thousand doors open on to it.'


Fortune Goodnight, smile once more, turn thy wheel.

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616.

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