The best way for anyone to know how much he ought to aspire after holiness is to consider not how much will make his present life easy, but to ask himself how much he thinks will make him easy at the hour of death." - William Law "Didst thou oftener think of thy death than of thy living long, there is no question but thou wouldst be more zealous to improve. If also thou didst but consider within thyself the infernal pains in the other world, I believe thou wouldst willingly undergo any labor or sorrow in this world, and not be afraid of the greatest austerity. But because these things enter not to the heart, and we still love those things only that delight us, therefore we remain cold and very dull in religion." - Thomas a Kempis The words chiseled on W.C. Fields tombstone: "I'd rather be in Philadelphia." "God buries His workmen, but not His work.." - Henrietta Mears Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. - Mark Twain We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world. Mark Twain Mark Twain, became morose and weary of life. Shortly before his death, he wrote, "A myriad of men are born; they labor and sweat and struggle; they squabble and scold and fight; they scramble for little mean advantages over each other; age creeps upon them; infirmities follow; those they love are taken from them, and the joy of life is turned to aching grief. It (the release) comes at last&md;the only unpoisoned gift earth ever had for them&md;and they vanish from a world where they were of no consequence,...a world which will lament them a day and forget them forever." John Wesley, just before he died in his 88th year, sat up, looked at his loved ones weeping at his bedside, and said, "Best of all, God is with us." The bodies of those that made such a noise and tumult when alive, when dead, lie as quietly among the graves of their neighbors as any others. - Jonathan Edwards Our civilization is founded on the shambles, and every individual existence goes out in a lonely spasm of helpless agony. William James Death is not extinguishing the light from the Christian; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. It is a poor thing to fear that which is inevitable. - Tertullian, third-century church father, speaking about death. When we die we leave behind us all we have, and take with us all we are.