Tag Archives: existential dread

Quotation: Willa Cather (1873 – 1947)

“I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.”

Quotation: Epicurus (341 – 270 BCE)

“Against other things it is possible to obtain security, but when it comes to death we human beings all live in an unwalled city.”

Quotation: Hermann Hesse (1877 – 1962)

From Narcissus and Goldmund (1930):

“Run, dear friend, run as fast as you can, death is giving a party in the fields, run and see that your bones stay together, they’re trying to escape, they don’t want to stay with us. Oh, our poor bones, our poor throat and belly, our poor little scraps of brains under our skulls! It all wants to become free, it all wants to go to the devil, the crows are sitting in the trees, those black-frocked priests.”