„For in order to be born again, you must die.“

—  Antoni Tàpies, 1945 - 1970, Quote in 'Tapies, or the Materiality of Painting', by Klaus Dirscherl; as cited in Materialities of Communication, ed. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Karl Ludwig Pfeiffer, Stanford University Press, 1988, p. 192 (1970), the line is the motto of his text 'Nothing is Insignificant', written in 1970
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„A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.“

—  G. I. Gurdjieff influential spiritual teacher, Armenian philosopher, composer and writer 1866 - 1949
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„Yes, it's embarrassing to be born again, but imagine how embarrassing it must have been to be born the first time. At least this time you get to wear clothes!“

—  Rich Mullins American christian musician 1955 - 1997
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„So forever in the future,
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter,
But to die again, once more.“

—  George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945
Through A Glass, Darkly (1918), Context: So as through a glass, and darkly The age long strife I see Where I fought in many guises, Many names, but always me. And I see not in my blindness What the objects were I wrought, But as God rules o'er our bickerings It was through His will I fought. So forever in the future, Shall I battle as of yore, Dying to be born a fighter, But to die again, once more.

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„As many people as necessary must die in Argentina so that the country will again be secure.“

—  Jorge Rafael Videla Argentinian President 1925 - 2013
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„Act as if you were to die tomorrow, but to die in order to survive and be eternalized.“

—  Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), XI : The Practical Problem, Context: And what is its moral proof? We may formulate it thus: Act so that in your own judgment and in the judgment of others you may merit eternity, act so that you may become irreplaceable, act so that you may not merit death. Or perhaps thus: Act as if you were to die tomorrow, but to die in order to survive and be eternalized. The end of morality is to give personal, human finality to the Universe; to discover the finality that belongs to it — if indeed it has any finality — and to discover it by acting.

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„Once you are born in this world you’re old enough to die.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

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„If you're born poor it's not your fault, but if you die poor it's your fault.“

—  Bill Gates American business magnate and philanthropist 1955
Misattributed, Quoted in various publications, without any further sourcing. The quote is dubious in view of the Gates Foundation's public mission, "to lift people out of hunger and extreme poverty." Gates was born to an affluent family.

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