Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Time to go, Death

Writer Simone de Beauvoir died on this day in 1986. She is buried next to Jean-Paul Sartre, her longtime collaborator/love interest, in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.

"It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life," she wrote. "Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. . . .

"Death does away with time."

Also on this day, in 1964, writer and conservationist Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) died. She said:

"Every mystery solved brings us to the threshold of a greater one."