"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying."
(Woody Allen / born in 1935 / Quoted in "Woody Allen and his Comedy" by Edward Lax)
"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."
(Ambrose Gwinett Bierce / 1842-1914 / The Devil's Dictionary)
"That mortality is unbearable or makes human existence intrinsically pointless is a culture-specific speculation and by no means provides universal motivation [to explain mortality through religion]."
(Pascal Boyer / Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought / 2001)
"I shall tell you a great secret my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day."
(Albert Camus / 1913-1960 / The Fall / 1956)
"The only argument against immortality is boredom. From that all our negations follow."
(Emile Michel Cioran / 1911-1995 / Tears and Saints / 1937)
"I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it."
(Albert Einstein / 1879-1955)
"Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."
(Susan Ertz, English (American-born) short story writer and novelist / 1894-1985)
"Immortality is the condition of a dead man who doesn't believe he is dead."
(Henry Louis Mencken / 1880-1956)
"To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake."
(Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher / 1788-1860)
"One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed it. They also believed the world was flat."
(Mark Twain / 1835-1910 / Notebook)