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Nearly any inspirational quote on death lends itself to a brief poem or musing.  The most popular one is certainly this one from the Bible:

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Note, too, these other musings on death, each an inspirational quote on death in itself:


Because I could not stop for Death --
He kindly stopped for me --
The Carriage held but just Ourselves --
And Immortality
Emily Dickinson

And now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain,
My friends, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case of which I'm certain.
I've lived a life that's full, I've travelled each and evr'y highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.
Paul Anka, author of the song "My Way" made famous by Frank Sinatra

Death ends a life, not a relationship.
Robert Benchley

Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.

Of every inspirational quote on death presented here, this touches me the most:

The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing
against a white stone ... 
Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly 'way up high.
It went away I'm sure because it wished to
kiss the world goodbye.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don't live in here,
in the ghetto.
by Pavel Friedmann, as a youth in Terezin Concentration Camp. He died in Auschwitz on September 29, 1944.

In the world to come, I shall not be asked, "Why were you not Moses?" 
I shall be asked, "Why were you not Zusya?"
Rabbi Zusya

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
Samuel Johnson

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Mark Twain

Death is nature's way of saying your table is ready.
Robin Williams

Death is simply a shedding of the physical body, like the butterfly coming out of a cocoon ... It's like putting away your winter coat when spring comes.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
John Donne

While an inspirational quote on death is typically gentle, there's a spicy side that serves us well too:

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Winston Churchill

I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell - you see, I have friends in both places.
Mark Twain

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
Isaac Asimov

Of all the deathbed regrets that I have heard, not one of them has been, "I wish I had spent more time at the office".
Wayne Dyer

No matter who you are, you only get a little slice of the world.  Have you ever seen a hearse followed by a U Haul?
Billy Graham

I can't die yet ... I'm booked!
George Burns

That's all folks!
On the tombstone of Mel Brooks
the man with a thousand voices


I'm not sure there is a "perfect" inspirational quote on death.  Perhaps the only inspirational quote on death that is truly right is the one that feels right for your friend.

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