„Nevertheless, life and death are mysterious states, and we know little of the resources of either.“

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Sheridan Le Fanu
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„Ask yourself if there is any explanation of the mystery of your own life and death.“

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„We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.“

— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Context: The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries. p. 4

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„Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.“

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„Death is a mystery, and burial is a secret.“

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