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    Anime & Manga 
Soldier: If only I could also stay young forever and ever like [France], wouldn't that be wonderful? Right, don't you think so—
His Girlfriend: Are you sure? You'd be living forever, you know. In a different tempo than everyone else, with time flowing... We'd go to Paris for work, live together... and we'd have all these children and those children would grow up... My hands would get all wrinkly and I wouldn't be able to hear your voice anymore... And then I would die. And even after me, you'd be attending a lot, lot more funerals. Can a normal human being even bear so much? And no matter how many people you fall in love with, they would always leave you behind. Wouldn't you always be alone like that?

Hell is enduring the pain of death, only to be reborn. This limbo I suffer has the persistwnce of the rising sun; never a sign of salvation or deliverance into the next world. To me, that is Hell.
Tenzen Yakushiji, Basilisk

Immortality ain't nothing but a nightmare. Life's valuable because it's short. We gotta do our best with the time we got.
Heiji, Detective Conan

Alphonse: What is it like... to never die?
Hohenheim: What's it like? This body has its perks, but... It hurts so much to see friends die while I never get a day older.

I've been destined to live forever, even if humanity is annihilated as a result. However, I'm able to die. To be or not to be. It makes no difference to me. My death is the only absolute liberty.
Kaworu/Tabris, Neon Genesis Evangelion

For you people who are destined to die one day, can you understand the feelings of an undead who wants to die, but can't?
Uratarou to Chiyo, Uratarou

I have lived for 10,000 years. Believe me, you have no idea what that means for me: boredom. Everlasting, hideous boredom. A never-ending search for ways to pass the time, and mating with a human woman is one of the few I enjoy.
Count Magnus Lee, Vampire Hunter D

    Comic Books 
I got no arms, I'm blind, I didn't have an erection since the planet stopped moving and you want me to be like this for eternity!
Marvin, Dungeon Twilight

My armies have long been dust in the desert out there, my slave girls, too! I go gladly to join them! Everlasting life, good-bye!
Swami Khan Khan, Uncle Scrooge #71: "King Scrooge the First"
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    Fan Fiction 
He never saw her again after that. Not even as the years ticked by, as the voices surged in intensity then lulled, then surged once more like the tides washing away etchings in the sand. Years, decades, centuries. Sollux moved through all of them, never changing, never wasting into nothing.
Stuck in his ways, in the sounds of the to-be dead pleading, Sollux knew the answer to the age-old question: What’s a fate worse than Death?
Easy. Being loved by her.

Immortality is seen by many as a gift, to never die and face the eternal silence. What it is, however, is a curse. Living on, longer than anything should. Waiting. Waiting for one day, the miracle of death to take you. The year is 5387.

    Films — Animation 
Scamper: You want to be trapped in an endless existential nightmare - forced to keep living even though life is meaningless and nothing matters?
Brain: Possibly. Tt... What exactly did you say?
Igor

    Films — Live-Action 
Time... Time flows by us like water. The ages pass until we are weary, so weary of life. Everything we create is destroyed, the lands we love are upturned. Mortal man may pass beyond this world, even if they do not know what lies there, but the elves... the elves must stay. You are about to face something, Ancanar, that may require stronger faith then you know have. Death... death is a gift. Ancanar.

Yeah, well, life is a bitch, ain't it? Then you don't die.

Ah, well, who wants to live forever? HAHAHAHAH! DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!!
Prince Vultan, Flash Gordon

Oh I've lived to see some amazing things, Elly. Another century come to pass, but I've... I've had to see my friends and loved ones die off through the years... Hal and Melinda... Brutus Howell... my wife... my boy. And you Elaine... you'll die too, and my curse is knowing that I'll be there to see it. It's my atonement you see; it's my punishment, for letting John Coffey ride the lightning; for killing a miracle of God. You'll be gone like all the others. I'll have to stay. Oh, I'll die eventually, that I'm sure. I have no illusions of immortality, but I will have wished for death... long before death finds me. In truth, I wish for it already.
Paul Edgecomb, The Green Mile

We are not among the living, and so we cannot die. But neither are we dead. For too long I've been parched with thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I've been starving to death and haven't died. I feel nothing. Not the wind on my face, nor the spray of the sea, nor the warmth of a woman's flesh.

Captain Jack Sparrow: You've seen it all, done it all, you survived. That's the trick, isn't it? To survive?
Captain Edward Teague: It's not just about living forever, Jackie. The trick is living with yourself, forever.

C'mon, you apes, you wanna live forever?!
Starship Troopers, paraphrasing a Real Life quote from two-time Medal of Honor recipient Daniel Daly

    Literature 
Without death, life is meaningless. It is a story that can never be told. A song that can never be sung. For how would one finish it?

Immortality is only for the gods. I wonder how they can stand it.
Henpecked Ho, Bridge of Birds

Albert: I'm more than two thousand years old, I am. I've lived longer than anyone else in the world.
Mort: You haven't, you know. You've just stretched things out more. No one really lives here. The time in this place is just a sham. It's not real. Nothing changes. I'd rather die and see what comes next than spend eternity here.
Mort

I couldn't have given them more life. I could only have given them immortality. They didn't think it was worth the price.

To one as young as you, I'm sure it seems incredible, but to Nicolas and Perenelle, it really is like going to bed at the end of a very, very long day.

Life's only precious because it ends, kid. Take it from a god. You mortals don't know how lucky you are.

The first ten million years were the worst. And the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million years I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline.
Marvin the Paranoid Android, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

We could not die. We had tried it. We had attempted suicide, oh one or two of us had. But AM had stopped us. AM was intent on keeping us in his belly forever, twisting and torturing us perpetually.

Death is part of who we are. It guides us. It shapes us. It drives us to madness. Can you still be human if you have no mortal end?
Roran Stronghammer, Brisingr

What do mortals know? Flesh can heal, but the soul can be scarred! To be doomed to wander through eternity... branded an outcast, no land to call home, no man to name friend! Whatever he seeks to love - to grasp - slips through his embrace inevitably. Age consumes the bones of his hope. The loneliness! Only memories, cold phantoms to torture his dreams. And the hideous, smothering boredom that creeps more stifling with each decade, as the taste of life's frantic delights and transient interests grows stale and dry upon his spirit! It is a curse that waxes less endurable with each passing year."
Kane, Bloodstone

Everything dies. It is good that everything dies. I want to die when you die. Do not let him enchant me, do not let him make me immortal.
Lady Amalthea, The Last Unicorn

People do not want immortality. They simply do not want to die [...] They want to live. They want to feel the ground beneath their feet, see the clouds overhead, love other people, be with them, and think. Nothing more. Everything that has been said beyond that is a lie.

Ah, but to live forever, eh, Thibor the Wallach? How sweet is life, eh? But would you believe it can be boring, too? No, of course not, for you have not known the ennui of the centuries. Women? I have had such women! And food? Ah! Gobbets you've not yet dreamed of. And yet for these last hundred – nay, two hundred – years, all of these things have bored me.
Faethor Ferenczy, Necroscope II: Wamphyri

With my own eyes I saw the Sybil of Cumae hanging in a bottle, and when the boys said to her, "Sybil, what do you want?" she replied, "I want to die."
Satyricon of Petronius, quoted in Latin and Greek by T. S. Eliot in The Wasteland

Those who used the Nine Rings became mighty in their day, kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old. They obtained glory and great wealth, yet it turned to their undoing. They had, it seemed, unending life, yet life became unendurable to them... and they became forever invisible, save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. The Nazgûl were they, the Ringwraiths, the Enemy's most terrible servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death.
The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"

    Live-Action TV 
Though immortality may have eluded me... perhaps it's for the best. After all... what is eternity without my beloved Agnes by my side?
Holden Radcliffe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "World's End"

Angel: Buffy, be careful with this gift. A lot of things that seem strong, good and powerful, they can be painful.
Buffy: Like say... immortality?
Angel: Exactly. I'm dying to get rid of that.

Chad: I feel like I'm doomed for all of eternity to be trapped in an adulterous, unhappy relationship working on this goddamn house... which will never be just the way I want it.
Moira: You are.

We've lived too long — seen too much. To live on as we have is to leave behind joy, and love, and companionship, because we know it to be transitory, of the moment; we know it will turn to ash. Only those whose lives are brief can imagine that love is eternal. You should embrace that remarkable illusion. It may be the greatest gift your kind has ever received.

I don't age. I regenerate. You wither and decay. You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can't spend the rest of my life with you. That's the curse of the Time Lords.
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "School Reunion"

The Doctor: Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It's not the time that matters, it's the person.
Lazarus: You're so sentimental, Doctor. Maybe you are older than you look.
The Doctor: I'm old enough to know that a longer life isn't always a better one. In the end you just get tired. Tired of the struggle. Tried of losing everyone that matters to you. Tired of watching everything turn to dust. If you live long enough, the only certainty left is that you'll end up alone.
Lazarus: That's a price worth paying.
The Doctor: Is it?
Doctor Who, "The Lazarus Experiment"

The Doctor: Hang on. Is it you? Am I back on Karn? You're the Sisterhood of Karn. Keepers of the Flame... of utter boredom.
Ohila: Eternal life.
The Doctor: That's the one.
Doctor Who, "The Night of the Doctor"

Immortality isn't living forever. That's not what it feels like. Immortality is everybody else dying.
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Girl Who Died"

You didn't save my life, Doctor. You trapped me in it.
Ashildr, Doctor Who, "The Woman Who Lived"

A life this long, do you understand what it is? It's a battlefield, like this one, and it's empty. Because everyone else has fallen.
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "Twice Upon a Time"

I have been delivered from death. To a more permanent hell.
LaCroix, Forever Knight

I'd kill a thousand more to never have to be alone. You don't know the pain of living centuries watching the women you love grow old and turn to dust!
Dr. Knox, Smallville, "Cure"

Immortality consists largely of boredom.
Zefram Cochrane, Star Trek: The Original Series, "Metamorphosis"

Dana Scully: You know, most people want to live forever.
Alfred Fellig: Most people are idiots, which is one of the reasons I don't.
Dana Scully: I think you're wrong. How can you have too much life? There's too much to learn, to experience.
Alfred Fellig: Seventy-five years is enough. Take my word for it. You live forever, sooner or later, you start to think about the big thing you're missing and that everybody else gets to find out about but you.
Dana Scully: What about love?
Alfred Fellig: What? Does that last forever? Forty years ago, I drove down to the city hall, down to the Hall of Records, Record Archives, whatever they call it. I wanted to look up my wife. It bothered me I couldn't remember her name. Love lasts 75 years, if you're lucky. You don't want to be around when it's gone.
The X-Files, "Tithonus"

The Doctor: Why should I be responsible for you?
Ashildr: You made me immortal!
The Doctor: I saved your life. I didn't know that your heart would rust because I kept it beating. I didn't think your conscience would need renewing, that the well of human kindness would run dry. I just wanted to save a terrified young woman's life.
Ashildr: You didn't save my life, Doctor. You trapped me inside it.
Doctor Who, "The Woman Who Lived"

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    Music 
Forever young, I wanna be forever young
Do you really want to live forever, forever?

But I am damned
If life itself is condemnation
I am immortal
Thus my freedom is captivity
Kamelot, "Across the Highlands"

Sapphire Trans-Am
High beams in vain
Drive wild broncos
Down the plain
Push up to the corner
Where the turbines hiss
Someday we won't remember this.
The Mountain Goats, "Damn These Vampires"

Who wants to live forever
When love must die?
Queen, "Who Wants To Live Forever"

    Poetry 
From too much love of living,
From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving
Whatever gods may be
That no life lives for ever;
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
Winds somewhere safe to sea.
Algernon Charles Swinburne, "The Garden of Proserpine"

    Radio 
The Doctor: It's one of the most wonderful things about Lady Time, isn’t it? How nothing's constant, how everything decays and changes?
Charley: You call that wonderful?
The Doctor: I call it absolutely beautiful! How would it be if everything was always the same? If you never got too big for your dresses, if you never got to pass them on to your sister? If the rainy autumn lasted forever and the spring never came? At least I change. I'm stumbling my way through bodies like I own a particularly dangerous bicycle. Grayle never changes, not inside, not who he is. So time piles on top of him and kills everything good. No one should have to go through that.
Big Finish Doctor Who, "Seasons Of Fear"

    Tabletop Games 
Another age turns and once more, the world is hung in the balance. Once again, my brethren must fight and die for a cause that means little to us. Long ago we made our decision and there is no changing it. But the long years have worn me, as the tide shatters the shore, and sometimes I grow weary of the endless battle. What is more, I now wonder if it truly was our decision. I’ve seen enough to know how manipulative the Architect of Fate can be. I suppose it matters not. In truth, the only time I truly feel alive is when I face a foe capable of killing me.
Enrinsorga, Dragon Ogre Shaggoth, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Old World Bestiary - A Compendium Of Creatures Fair And Foul

Death? What is Death? It is the natural state of all things. It is life that is the aberration. It is life that should be feared, for it can go by with our work undone, it can be wasted away in failure and indolence. Death is to be embraced.
Daenyathos - "The Bullet and the Skull", Warhammer 40,000

    Video Games 
Rebirth, huh? Sure, you live forever, but minus your body. I like my body, kid. I don't feature the idea of my memories an' personality bein' stored in the head of some saintly child, like just one more dusty ol' book in the library...
Augustus Sinclair, Bioshock 2

Accept me and I shall grant life everlasting. Though it shall be filled with grief, thou shalt have all eternity to wreak vengeance upon thine enemies.
Lester DeRosso, Bravely Default

Even death is a luxury I do not have!
Raven, Guilty Gear Xrd

Alucard: I'm a 300-year-old vampire. We're opposites.
Tavia: Then, make me a vampire.
Alucard: No way!
Tavia: Why not? Can't you turn me into a vampire?
Alucard: Nobody wants to live forever.
Tavia: Oh, please. Please make me a vampire.
Gunbird 2

To most, life is fleeting. To me, it is quagmire.
Yorick Mori, League of Legends

Ruby: I don't want to grow up, Hiro! I don't want eternal life! I want to be with you forever! I don't want to be alone!
Hiro: Ruby... Don't you understand? it's up to you to decide whether you'll be alone or not!
Ruby: What do you mean?
Hiro: Didn't you hear Nall? Every day we spend together, we're making more memories. And those memories will always brighten your heart and take away your fear. You've lived with me since I was a little boy, Ruby. And you've spent plenty of time with our new friends. Your heart must be bursting with memories by now, Ruby! And as long as you have those memories, we will always be with you. You'll never be alone.
Ruby: I always pretended not to hear the voice inside of me. The voice that kept asking when I was going to grow up. I knew that I would have to become an adult to protect our world... but I didn't want to lose my friends. So I ignored that voice, no matter how loud it spoke. But now I know that I won't lose you. I won't be alone. I'll always be with all of you, whether it's in the real world or in my heart. I won't ignore that voice anymore. I'll let it tell me what I need to do..

Shepard: What's it like living for nearly a thousand years?
Aethyta: Violent. Wars break out, colonies get destroyed. Mindoir, Eden Prime, Feros... it's been like that forever. Sometimes you hear good news, like that colony on Feros surviving. That's the exception, though. You find peace in whatever arms will hold you. Turian, elcor, hanar...Even had a pureblood daughter. I was the father. Didn't work out. [...] Then one day you wake up, your figure's gotten matriarchal, and everyone else is too young to remember how the quarians looked inside those suits.

We tried our best! In the rain. In the wind. In the storm. Even when our companions died, we kept fighting. But the eternal war... Our eternal pain... Hahaha... The eternal pain! It screamed at us! It told us there was nothing of value to protect in this world... The world had no meaning! Hahaha! It SCREAMED at us! HAHAHA! This pain! This sadness! This DESPERATION! YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT!!
Emil's clones after 1,646 years of combat, NieR: Automata

When a thing seals itself against its own destruction, it merely dies a different death.

OK, what is the one thing that can never ever ever in a million years get boring? If you said "busting ghosts", tragically, you'd be wrong. Was almost through the "W"s when the bloom came off that rose. Heathcliff was defending Moonbase Wuthering Heights from the crafty poltergeist when I realised that being a being of pure intellect was... boring. It's boring. You know what I'd really like to do? Like to scratch my nose.
Computer Cave Johnson, Portal 2

"What we do in life echoes in eternity." But what if your life is eternal? What becomes of the echoes? I'll tell you. I'll tell you! They thunder and roar! They become deafening reminders of your failures! They remind you that you once stood with the blood of murdered friends on your hands, and that it was all for naught. And when you've listened long enough, you realise there's no absolution, no redemption. No point to any of it. So don't tell me how we can change the world, and how I am needed. This world has nothing left to offer me, nothing worth saving, and I couldn't care less if it all burned.
Octavian, The Secret World

The Hourai Elixir is a forbidden medicine that should never be consumed by humans. With but a single taste, you will never become an adult. With a second taste, you will forget all disease and illness. With a third taste.... your soul will forever churn in torment!
Fujiwara no Mokou, Hourai immortal, Touhou: Imperishable Night

You're both gonna die and leave me behind? No! I don't wanna be alone! If you die, I wanna die, too!
Albedo learns his friends Rubedo and Nigredo aren't immortal, Xenosaga

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    Webcomics 
I was an Aliak in the service of The Empire. We acted as scouts, spies, and assassins. Those of us who served well were rewarded with a very special enchantment... We were 'blessed' by magic to live far beyond our years. I've come here every day ever since the fall of The Empire to pray for forgiveness and waiting for my time to come. And now, after outliving my families, my friends, and even my enemies, I'm just an old man with no one to talk to.

Ugh... the same nonsense, over and over again. How does Albia stand it?
Simon Voltaire, the Master of Paris, Girl Genius

Squid-Sophont: The Plutorialment will question your motives.
Oafan Ambassador: They are a deep breath too young to understand our motives.
Squid-Sophont: Old age makes you generous?
Oafan Ambassador: Longevity is a curse if one has no friends with which to share it.

I don't want to live forever. I'm not even sure I want the time I have.

Holy crap! Is everyone out to kill me?? This whole undead immortality thing is totally overrated!!
Mark/"Prince Allen", Weregeek

    Web Original 
I'm Immortal.
I just want to die, I don't care how.

I don't really wanna become immortal that much anyways, it's too much hard work. You gotta keep watching people going in and out of the White House for the rest of time. No thanks, Samuel!

Kivouackians don't perish with time. Billions of years we've been about, and life's not worth much once all the rest is gone. You get tired of the wind and the birds, the sound of laughter and the smell of pine. Life is like a piece of paper, and the writing is our lives. When you only have ninety years, the ink turns to gold, so valuable are the words, the days you live, because soon, the story will end. But what if you have a neverending page, a bottomless inkwell? The more you write, the less it all means. That's our curse! We live so long that it's not even life anymore. We're not living forever. We're dying forever.

SCP-1440: Should you choose to challenge Death to a game of cards for your life, there is one thing you must never do.
Dr. ████: And what is that?
SCP-1440: Win.

I think they [humanity] are just doing the best they can with immortality. A human being will rarely admit this to you, but they tend to be terrified of living forever. They were born and raised with the understanding that their lives would end. They've achieved everything they wanted to achieve, all the ills that plagued them.
And now boredom is their only enemy. And they get up in the morning and fight it every day of their eternal lives. Recreation and play sustain them. Football sustains them. And if you find yourself in a football game that's such a gargantuan task, that seems undefeatable, that will claim eons of your time and your passion?
I think that makes you one of the lucky ones.
Ten, 17776

    Western Animation 
They don't know what it's like to liiive... fooor... eeever... aaand fooorget who they even are...

Ignignokt: But we can offer you this: Cash our check and you will get immortal.
Err: Never-ending life...
Carl: Nahh. Sometimes I kinda wanna die.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force, "Remooned"

You want to live like this? Abandoned, alone, a prisoner in a world you can see but never touch? Old and infirm as you are, I'd trade a thousand of my frozen years for your worst day.
Mr Freeze, Batman: The Animated Series, "Deep Freeze"

Take a good look, doctor. I've been like this for nearly fifty years and I haven't aged one day. I have become what many men have dreamed of: an immortal. And yet, there hasn't been a day, an hour, a minute, I haven't thought about death. It obsesses me. Even now.
Freeze a few decades later, Batman Beyond, "Meltdown"

Demona: You know the rules. Killing me will gain you nothing but your own death.
Macbeth: After this long a lifetime, I have no fear of that. And no desire to live in the kind of world you're creating.

I'm just so tired...
Macbeth, Gargoyles

Kyle: Alright, dude. Let's just say you're not crazy and it's true. What's the big deal? I mean, I think it'll be pretty cool not to die...
Mysterion: PRETTY COOL?! Do you know what it feels like to be stabbed? To be shot? Decapitated?! Torn apart?! Burned?! Run over?! It's not pretty cool, Kyle. IT FUCKING HURTS. And it won't go away and no one will believe me! Remember this time! JUST TRY TO FUCKING REMEMBER!!! (shoots himself in front of his friends)

    Real Life 
In a way, both Cocoon pictures consider the same dilemma that the angels struggled with in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire: Is it better to live forever as a spirit who can feel nothing, or for a finite time as a creature who can breathe and hurt and die? My answer would be: Take me to the silver city and I'll think it over for a few thousand years.
Roger Ebert's review of Cocoon: The Return.

The grass are gone, the plants are gone, the animals are gone, everything became a dirge. You can still see them all, but to me everything have become a dirge. I'm standing before the great macrocosm, just waiting for my time. And all I've been doing is waiting for the sweetness of death, which will definitely come for me.
Mbah Gotho, oldest man recorded, if unverified by independent 3rd party.


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