"Thus that which is the most awful of evils, death, is nothing to us,
since when we exist, there is no death, and when there is death we do
"To fear death, gentlemen, is nothing other than to think oneself
wise when one is not: for it is to think one knows what one does not
know. No man knows whether death may not even turn out to be the
greatest of blessings for a human being; and yet people fear it as if
they knew for certain that is the greatest of evils."
in Plato's Apology)
"I have often thought upon death, and I find it the least of all
"Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions;
desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary."
"Desire engenders belief: if we are not usually aware of this, it is
because most belief-creating desires last as long as we do.
"The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul."