Death, Defined

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Death, Defined

 
  1. Death is a black camel, which kneels at the gates of all —Abd-el-Kader
  2. Death is like a fisherman who catches fish in his net and leaves them for a while in the water; the fish is still swimming but the net is around him, and the fisherman will draw him up when he thinks fit —Ivan Turgenev
  3. Death is like thunder in two particulars: we are alarmed at the sound of it and it is formidable only from that which preceded it —Charles Caleb Colton
  4. Death is simply a shedding of the physical body, like the butterfly coming out of a cocoon —Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross
  5. Death, like an overflowing stream, sweeps us away —Abraham Lincoln
  6. Death, like birth, is a secret of nature —Marcus Aurelius
  7. Death, like life, is an affair of being more frightened than hurt —Samuel Butler
  8. Dying is an art, like everything else —Sylvia Plath
  9. Dying is something ghastly, as being born is something ridiculous —George Santayana
  10. If a person has reached the “age of strength” [eighty years old] a sudden death is like dying from a kiss —Babylonian Talmud
  11. Like the dew on the mountain, like the foam on the river, like the bubble on the fountain, you are gone, and for ever —Sir Walter Scott

    The above, taken from Scott’s famous The Lady of the Lake, substitutes “You are gone” for the old English “Thou art gone.”

  12. The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch, which hurts, and is desired —William Shakespeare

    ’Desired’ has been modernized from ‘desir’d.’

  13. (I) think of death as a sort of deleterious fermentation, like that which goes on in a bottle of Chateau Margaux when it becomes corked —H. L. Mencken
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To be" was all that remained to him--to be, as he had defined death, without movement; to will, but not to execute; to think and reason and in the spirit of him to be as alive as ever, but in the flesh to be dead, quite dead.
Farhi said they had always liked Turkish hospitality, and expressed sorrow over the attack on Mavi Marmara aid ship and defined death of people as tragedy.
Transplantation advocates reinterpret the Uniform Determination of Death Act of 1981, which defined death as a singular phenomenon by either irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions or of all brain and brainstem functions, to mean that determining death can also be based on intent and action not to resuscitate, and therefore brain, respiratory, and circulatory functions do not necessarily need to have ceased irreversibly.
On the other hand, the Islamic Research Center (affiliated with Al-Azhar institution) defined death as the complete deportation of life from the human body that is preceded by the failure of all organs.
High projected interest crediting rates and high projected investment earning rates gave the appearance of artificially low premiums in defined death benefit, minimum premium plan designs, and artificially high cash value growth in defined contribution, maximum accumulation plan designs.
Freud defined death in two categories: your death and my death.
My colleagues and I have defined death as the permanent cessation of functioning of the organism as a whole.
Approximately 27% of the urban adolescents defined death as being shot or murdered.
In Talmudic times respiration defined death, but today the issue is confirmation of death.
For example, this study defined death due to bacteremia as a patient death within one week of the day on which the blood culture was determined to be positive with no intervening events that could explain the death, whereas most other studies did not specify these criteria.
VUL products have been improved significantly in recent years to allow funding to a fixed account that provides a low-cost, defined death benefit, and that can be guaranteed regardless of market performance.
Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah, a National Democratic Party (NDP) MP phoned in during Al-Shaer's interview on Al-Saa'a and said that "the Islamic Research Center [affiliated with Al-Azhar institution] defined death to be a complete deportation of life from the human body that is preceded by the failure of all of the organs of the body.