„Each man is master of his own death, and all that we can do when the time comes is to help him die without fear of pain.“

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„The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Not by Twain, but from Edward Abbey's A Voice Crying In The Wilderness (1989).
Misattributed

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„Let no man fear to die: We love to sleep all,
And death is but the sounder sleep.“

—  John Fletcher, The Humorous Lieutenant

Act III, scene 6.
The Humorous Lieutenant (c. 1619; published 1647)

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„For it is not death or pain that is to be feared, but the fear of pain or death.“

—  Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138

Book II, ch. 1 http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/discourses.2.two.html
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Variante: For death or pain is not formidable, but the fear of pain or death.

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„To overcome the fear of death it is necessary to accept that we all have to die“

—  Baba Hari Dass master yogi, author, builder, commentator of Indian spiritual tradition 1923 - 2018

Silence Speaks, from the chalkboard of Baba Hari Dass, 1977
Contexto: Q: What can I do to overcome my fear of death? A: Attachment to the body causes fear of death. It is the strongest attachment. Even a newborn infant has this attachment. To overcome the fear of death it is necessary to accept that we all have to die. (p.39)

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„A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.“

—  William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Variante: Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
Fonte: Julius Caesar

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„To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods“

—  Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, livro Lays of Ancient Rome

Horatius, st. 26 & 27; this quote is often truncated to read:
Lays of Ancient Rome (1842)
Contexto: Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
"To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods, And for the tender mother
Who dandled him to rest,
And for the wife who nurses
His baby at her breast,
And for the holy maidens
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„But when a man
speeds toward his own ruin,
a god gives him help.“

—  Aeschylus, The Persians

Original: (el) Ἀλλ᾽, ὅταν σπεύδῃ τις αὐτός, χὠ θεὸς συνάπτεται.
Fonte: The Persians (472 BC), line 742 (tr. Janet Lembke and C. J. Herington)

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