Quotes / Don't Fear the Reaper

Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain
(We can be like they are)

Come on baby
(Don't fear the reaper)
Baby take my hand
(Don't fear the reaper)

You see? Even Death has a heart.
Death, The Book Thief

I waited for death to wrap his
frail hands around my neck and
feed me to the unknown
but he just took my hand, fingers
laced between my own
and smiled

Oh Lord, what can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?
Death to Azrael, Reaper Man

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.
Emily Dickinson, "Because I could not stop for Death"

Hiyoko Tousaka: I'll be counting on you next time something happens!
Death: Try not to give me too much more work to do, okay?
Hiyoko: What? But that's why we're friends!
Sakuya: She's friends... with Death...!?

Not a bad chap when you get to know him (and sooner or later, everyone gets to know him).

Noli Timere Messorem (Don't fear the reaper)
Terry Pratchett's motto after his knighthood

DEATH has been waiting for you. He has poured you some TEA.

The Black Rabbit serves Lord Frith. He does no more than his appointed task.

Death gods are not as heartless as movies depict us as. It can be difficult. Because I know that every time I make a mortal friend, I will have to guide them through the halls of the dead in the end and say goodbye.
Anubis, We Are Our Avatars

Seriously? Death goes "ding ding ding?"
Yusuke Urameshi upon meeting Botan, YuYu Hakusho

The nature of his line of work,
Led some to think he was a jerk.
And though he was considered grim,
I found myself grow fond of him.

"Death is such a cinnamon roll! What a great guy to transition people out of this life and into the next."
Lindsay Ellis on Death as he appears in The Twilight Zone episode "Nothing in the Dark".

'[...] You see us as Guardians of the Gate, but we are more than that. We are or will become the new arbiters, for as long as is necessary. [...] In all our guises, Destriant, we shall be more than the Reaper ever was. We are not distant. Not indifferent. You see, unlike Hood, we remember what it was to be alive. We remember each and every moment of yearning, of desperate need, the anguish that comes when no amount of beseeching earns a single instant's reprieve, no pleading yields a moment's mercy. We are here, Destriant. When no other choice remains, call upon us.'
[...] Gasping, she stared up at the unnamed soldier as tears filled her eyes. 'This... this is not the death I imagined.'
— The Guardians of the Dead taking the place of Hood, God of Death in the Malazan Book of the Fallen

Reaper: What's up, mortals
Sebastian: W-whoa.
Reaper: Damn right, whoa.

I am Hades. Most inevitable of the gods. Only those who have wasted life need fear me — for the underworld holds no terror for the innocent, wise, and brave."
Hades in Wonder Woman Vol 2 12

Death: You don't have to be afraid of me. I am not something to fear.
Laurel: You want to take me away.
Death: We all go away in the end. This is the way of the world. Did you think your story would end differently? Sooner or later, we will all have to leave. (pause) I know you may not believe this now, but I am not a punishment. I am a result of being alive. And you, Ms. Lance, were alive. Look out the window. Look at all the light you've taken with you.