Love slays what we have been, That we may be what we were not. — Kenneth Rexroth, from “The Dragon and the Unicorn,” The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth (Copper Canyon Press, 2004)
… but you have forgotten me… — Sappho, “Fragment VIII,” Selected Poems and Fragments. (2005) Translated by A. S. Kline
Time is the mercy of Eternity; without Time’s swiftness Which is the swiftest of all things: all were eternal torment. — William Blake, from “Milton,” Milton, A Poem (The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 5) Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (September 4, 1998) Originally published 1810.
Death is a capricious thing. – Neil Gaiman, The Sandman #13. “The Doll’s House, Part 4: Men of Good Fortune” (Vertigo March 1990)