funerals

A Quote by Don DeLillo on anxiety, chaos, control, death, design, dignity, effort, failure, funerals, government, laws, life, nations, order, perfection, and world

We start our lives in chaos, in babble. As we surge up into the world, we try to devise a shape, a plan. There is dignity in this. Your whole life is a plot, a scheme, a diagram. It is a failed scheme but that's not the point. To plot is to affirm life, to seek shape and control. Even after death, most particularly after death, the search continues. Burial rites are an attempt to complete the scheme, in ritual. Picture a state funeral. It is all precision, detail, order, design. The nation holds its breath. The efforts of a huge and powerful government are brought to bear on a ceremony that will shed the last trace of chaos. If all geos well, if they bring it off, some natural law of perfection is obeyed. The nation is delivered from anxiety, the deceased's life is redeemed, life itself is strengthened, reaffirmed

Don DeLillo

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A Quote by Deng Ming-Dao on fear, funerals, and sympathy

A funeral is for those left behind. Sometimes, one wonders if the weeping is more out of fear for ourselves than it is sympathy for the deceased.

Deng Ming-Dao

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on composers, death, departure, friendship, funerals, laughter, life, people, songs, understanding, work, and world

Three Friends There were three friends Discussing life. One said: "Can we live together and know nothing of it? Work together and produce nothing? Can people fly around in space and still forget to exist World without end?" The three friends looked at each other and burst out laughing. They had no explanation. Thus they were better friends than before. Then one friend died. Confucius sent a disciple to help the other two Chant the traditional funeral ritual. His disciple found that one of them had composed a song. While the other played the lute, They sang: "Hey, Sung Hu! Where'd you go? You have gone Where you were before. And we are here-- Damn it! We are here!" Then the disciple of Confucius burst in on them and exclaimed: "May I inquire where in the funeral ritual it allows you to sing so irreverently in the presence of the departed?" The two friends looked at each other, smiled, and said: "Well trained in liturgy, but the poor fellow doesn't understand life and death!"

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Chuang Tzu, Three Friends

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on beginning, birds, concern, death, funerals, and planning

Paraphrased: When Chuang Tzu was about to die, his disciples began planning a splendid funeral. However some disciples expressed concern that given a particular arrangement, birds and kites would eat his remains. Chuang Tzu replied, "Well, above ground I shall be eaten by crows and kites, below it by ants and worms. What do you have against birds?"

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Chuang Tzu, 32:14, pp. 233-234

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on death, earth, funerals, heaven, and wishes

When Chuang Tzu was about to die, his disciples signified their wish to give him a grand burial. 'I shall have heaven and earth for my coffin and its shell; the sun and moon for my two round symbols of jade, the stars and constellations for my pearls and jewels; and all things assisting as the mourners. Will not the provisions for my funeral be complete? What could you add to them?'

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

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A Quote by C. E. Koop on funerals and people

A thousand people will stop smoking today. Their funerals will be held sometime in the next three or four days.

C. E. Koop

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on death, doctors, funerals, and sermons

Called by His Majesty's household the Doctor's Own Funeral Sermon.-Preface to the first edition [1632] As sure as death.

Ben Jonson

Source: Every Man in His Humour, 1598, act II, sc. i

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A Quote by Andrew Marvell on country, funerals, and war

Ye country comets, that portend No war, nor prince's funeral, Shining unto no higher end Than to presage the grasses fall. . . .

Andrew Marvell (1621 - 1678)

Source: The Mower to the Glow–Worms

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on acting, dance, funerals, and poets

LAUREATE, adj. Crowned with leaves of the laurel. In England the Poet Laureate is an officer of the sovereign's court, acting as dancing skeleton at every royal feast and singing-mute at every royal funeral.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on death, funerals, grief, respect, and tears

FUNERAL, n. A pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker, and strengthen our grief by an expenditure that deepens our groans and doubles our tears.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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