Consider The lilies of the field whose bloom is brief:– We are as they; Like them we fade away, As doth a leaf.
Christina G. Rossetti: "Consider" (Macmillan's Magazine, January 1866).
To smell to a turf of fresh earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.thomas fuller
At thirty, man suspects himself a fool, Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan; At fifty, chides his infamous delay, Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve, In all the magnanimity of thought; Resolves, and re-resolves, then dies the same. And why? because he thinks himself immortal, All men think all men mortal but themselves.Edward Young