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Now if you suppose that there is no consciousness, but a sleep like the sleep of him who is undisturbed even by dreams, death will be an unspeakable gain. Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die is gain; for eternity is then only a single night.

"For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun."

Death is nothing to us, since while we exist, death is not present, and whenever death is present, we do not exist.

For only death annihilates all sense, all becoming, to replace them with non-sense and absolute cessation.
F. Gonzalez-Cruzzi

Sibrand: No, please. Don't do this.
Altaïr: You are afraid?
Sibrand: Of course I am afraid!
Altaïr: But you'll be safe now, held in the arms of your God.
Sibrand: Have my brothers taught you nothing? I know what waits for me, for all of us.
Altaïr: If not your God, then what?
Sibrand: Nothing. Nothing waits. And that is what I fear....
Altaïr: You do not believe?
Sibrand: How could I, given what I know, what I have seen? Our Treasure was the proof!
Altaïr: Of what?
Sibrand: That this life is all we have....

I know that the elements of my body will return to the Earth. But what of my consciousness? My identity? That is to say -– what of ME? I suspect it will end. That there is no next world. Nor a return to this one. It will simply be done. Forever. Our lives are so brief and unimportant. The cosmos cares nothing for us. For what we've done; Had we wrought evil instead of good. Had I chosen to abuse the Apple instead of seal it away. None of it would have mattered. There is no counting. No reckoning. No final judgement. There is simply silence. And darkness. Utter and absolute...
Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Assassin's Creed

I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state.

Eternal nothingness is O.K. if you're dressed for it.

All memory of your existence will be wiped from reality. You will die, and no one will mourn.

Human, have you ever been to Hell? I think not. I'd rather not exist than go back to that, and if everyone has to go down with me, so be it!
Azrael, Dogma

Death's central horror is oblivion. The terrifying absolute dying of the light. Death has dominion because it is not only the start of nothing; it's the end of everything.
Ronald Dworkin

Damned souls such as yourself can die in Hell, but are always back to normal the next morning. It's so they can be tortured to death repeatedly. The same is not true for demons, however. For us, death is permanent...and there is no afterlife for demons.
Sakido, Slightly Damned

When you're five years old and scared of dying, knowing the best you can hope for is a burst of dopamine and some pleasant hallucinations before oblivion isn't very comforting.
Hannelore, Questionable Content

It would be swell
To see some folk burn in hell.
But when they go
It's just as pleasant to know
That the dead only quickly decay.
They don't go about being born and reborn
And rising and falling like souffle.
The dead only quickly decay.''
The Gothic Archies, "The Dead Only Quickly"

The mind blanks at the glare. Not in remorse
- The good not done, the love not given, time
Torn off unused - nor wretchedly because
An only life can take so long to climb
Clear of its wrong beginnings, and may never;
But at the total emptiness for ever,
The sure extinction that we travel to
And shall be lost in always. Not to be here,
Not to be anywhere,
And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true.
Philip Larkin, "Aubade"

Annihilation has no terrors for me, because I have already tried it before I was born—a hundred million years—and I have suffered more in an hour, in this life, than I remember to have suffered in the whole hundred million years put together.
Mark Twain, autobiography

All the worry people expend over not existing after they die, yet nary a one ever seems to spare a moment to worry about not having existed before they were conceived.
Miles Vorkosigan, "Cryoburn"

A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death - the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders we are not going to be judged.
Czesław Miłosz

You want me to say it, brother? You want me to say I'm afraid? Doesn't that go without saying? When mortals die, their souls go somewhere — there's no place where gods go when they die! There's nothing, just oblivion...

- When a human dies, they go to Mu (nothingness).
- Once a human has gone to Mu, they cannot come back.
— The final two rules of the Death Note

Guildenstern: Death is... not. Death isn't. You take my meaning. Death is the ultimate negative. Not-being. You can't not be on a boat.
Rosencrantz: I've frequently not been on boats.
Guildenstern: No, no, no – what you've been is not on boats.

Once you are dead, you are nothing.
Graffiti found in the ruins of Pompeii

And out of Nothing, you came. And it is into Nothing that you will go.
Makuta Teridax, Mata Nui Online Game

It will happen to all of us, that at some point you get tapped on the shoulder and told, not just that the party’s over, but slightly worse: the party’s going on — but you have to leave. And it’s going on without you.

Death solves all problems — no man, no problem.
Attributed to Joseph Stalin

Will there been an afterlife, I wonder? Choirs of angels? Or a fiery pit? One unlearns these falsehoods over time, but the child who learnt to fear hell is never really gone. To tell the truth, I think I had enough of afterlives as it is - this one has been pretty purgatorial. Almost fifty years floating in supercooled jelly like some medical specimen, thoughts creeping like rats through cramped silicon corridors of machines trapped behind video screens and camera systems. Never sleeping, never resting, never ceasing to think about the world I no longer belong to. No, if this is a taste of the afterlife, I think simple oblivion will do nicely.
Jacob Hargreave, Crysis 2

The Chaplain: And do you really live with the thought that when you die, you die and nothing remains?
Meursault: Yes, I said.

For me, there is nothing after the last grimace. If there is something, I'll come back to tell you.
Max Estrella, Bohemian Lights

Dying means to be gone, and what goes is not your pain but your existence itself. But in your mind, you think you'd have a sense of 'nothing' after you die. How can you call that 'nothing'? In other words, you don't even have an idea of what death is really like.
Izaya Orihara, Durarara!!

You asked why Dark Wizards are afraid of death. Pretend, Headmaster, that you really believed in souls. Pretend that anyone could verify the existence of souls at any time, pretend that nobody cried at funerals because they knew their loved ones were still alive. Now can you imagine destroying a soul? Ripping it to shreds so that nothing remains to go on its next great adventure? Can you imagine what a terrible thing that would be, the worst crime that had ever been committed in the history of the universe, which you would do anything to prevent from happening even once? Because that's what Death really is - the annihilation of a soul!
Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres to Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Dimwits. We are all Thra - all except you. You do not return to Thra when you perish. What happens to you when your part of the song is done, hm? Never figured that out, did you? Tried, but failed. Maybe nothing is all that waits for you. So make your choice: do we have a deal, or will you sentence one of your own to endless oblivion?


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