IMMORTALITY IS ONLY A WORD. ALL THAT EXISTS CAN DIE. EVERY LIVING THING HAS A WEAPON AGAINST WHICH IT HAS NO DEFENSE. TIME. DISEASE. IRON. GUILT.
— Coaxmetal, Planescape: Torment
I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice.
— CEO Nwabudike Morgan, Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri
Immortality is not a gift, Immortality is an achievement; And only those who strive mightily Shall possess it.
— Edgar Lee Masters
Immortality: A toy which people cry for, And on their knees apply for, Dispute, contend and lie for, And if allowed Would be right proud Eternally to die for.
One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
Since we have had a history, men have pursued an ideal of immortality.
— George Wald
The belief in immortality has always seemed cowardly to me. When very young I learned that all things die, and all that we wish of good must be won on this earth or not at all.
— Anne Smedley
I could not give them more life, only immortality. They didn't think it would be worth the price.
Be a vampire, or a ghost, or an immortal with a paint-by-numbers portrait in the rec room. Hell, even a brain-in-a-jar, in a pinch. Anything to avoid the Big Fire Below.
— Xykon, The Order of the Stick
Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
— Susan Ertz
I am time enough at last. I am immortal. I am impervious to time, to hunger, to lethargy, to apathy. Only through eternity can you be saved, my friends.
—Brother Jeofrey Vita, The Electric Church
The best definition of an immortal is someone who hasn't died yet.
—Tom Holt, Ye Gods!
Rorschach: "You don't die, do you?"
Scully: All right. So how do I die?
That magic word that made it seem like no matter how little care you gave for the consequences, everything would somehow turn out over the course of eternity.
"Wait a minute," Grey Wolf interrupted. "You're saying that Johannes Kepler, born in the late 1400s, was helping Albert Einstein in the 1940s?"
"Yeah," Gardener said. "Aren't the Progenitors wonderful? Newton would have been doing it, but he got knocked off by a Euthanatos mobster in the '20s and did a Jimmy Hoffa impersonation. Not even the Progenitors can perform a miracle without some preparation."
—Mage: The Ascension - Convention Book: Void Engineers