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Success in life is directly proportional to the number of awkward conversations you’re willing to have.

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Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

George Bernard Shaw (Irish playwright, 1856–1950)

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Steve Jobs (American, 1955–2011), Stanford University Commencement Speech (2005)

But down deep, at the molecular heart of life, we’re essentially identical to trees.

Carl Sagan (1934–96)

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends and where the other begins?

Edgar Allan Poe, The Premature Burial