Man, whoever you may be, you can still conceive high thoughts for yourself. You can bind thy fleeting life to God, and to immortality.
It must require an inordinate share of vanity and presumption, too, after enjoying so much that is good and beautiful on earth, to ask the Lord for immortality in addition to it all.
Immortality is the genius to move others long after you yourself have stopped moving.
Man is the only animal that contemplates death, and also the only animal that shows any sign of doubt of its finality.
If we had the offer of immortality here below, who would accept this sorrowful gift?
One who contends with immortals lives a very short life.
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.
To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake.
I’ve put in Ulysses so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.