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Black Death in Switzerland

Swiss Reaper thanks to Wayne Nowazek

The Grim Reaper appeared in Europe during the 14th century, when Europe was experiencing the Black Death, the result of the plague (1347–51). Death was something that surviving Europeans had on their mind. Skeletons are symbolic of death, representing the human body after it has decayed. The robe is reminiscent of the robes that religious figures of the time wore when conducting funerary services. The scythe is representative of agricultural practices of the time: harvesters used scythes to reap or harvest crops that were ready to be plucked from the earth… and that's what happens when humans die: they are plucked from this earth.

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Life is a near-death experience. - George Carlin

Death is the price of revolution. - H. Rap Brown

I eat swiss cheese from the inside out. - Steven Wright

It is not death but dying which is terrible. - Henry Fielding

Death will be a great relief. No more interviews. - Katharine Hepburn

There is no death! What seems so is a transition. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What happens if you get scared half to death twice? - Steven Wright

Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope. - William Hazlitt

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. - Mark Twain

To live without risk for me would be tantamount to death. - Jacqueline Cochran

If it weren't for the olive, I'd starve to death. - Unknown

Of all the escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient. - H L Mencken

The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb. - German Proverb

Because I could not stop for Death He kindly stopped for me. - Emily Dickinson

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. - Joseph Stalin

There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval. - George Santayana

The Meathead swooped down on the table like a plague of crocuses. - Archie Bunker

He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death. - H.H. Munro

If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death. - Samuel Butler

My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's. - Oscar Wilde

Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just hope or starve to death. - Pearl S. Buck

Death twitches my ear. "Live," he says; "I am coming." - Virgil

Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time. - George Carlin

However much you may try to delay, you are fated to meet the same death as I did. - Tiberius Gracchus

On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done easily lying down. - Woody Allen

Death had to take him in his sleep, for if he was awake there'd have been a fight. - Theodore Roosevelt

Our marriage vows: till death do us part, for better for worse, in secrets and in health. - Archie Bunker

The Irish don't know what they want and are prepared to fight to the death to get it. - Sidney Littlewood

Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death. - Betty Bender

Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. - Yoda

The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets. - Will Rogers

I got well by talking. Death could not get a word in edgewise, grew discouraged, and traveled on. - Louise Erdrich

If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank. - Woody Allen

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman? - Woody Allen

Melbourne is the kind of town that really makes you consider the question, "Is there life after death?" - Bette Midler

Solitude scares me. It makes me think about love, death, and war. I need distraction from anxious, black thoughts. - Brigitte Bardot

I was court-martialled in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. - Brendan Behan

If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot. - Dean Smith

Today is yesterday's victory, yesterday is tomorrow's conquest, and tomorrow is today's war. Though I face death, I am not fearsome. - Nadège Richards

Thirteen roadways lead through life
To thirteen doors of death,
Homeward from foolish fears and strife
We float on failing breath. - Tao


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