Living Forever Quotes

A collection of quotes regarding longevity, life extension and living forever.

Ageing Research

"If you’re not reducing mortality, then you’re not reversing ageing"
 - João Pedro de Magalhães at Ending Age-Related Diseases 2019

Artificial Intelligence

"Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child’s? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain." – Alan Turing 1950


"The problem is aging. The problem is death. That is the real issue. We are all aging. We are all dying. This is the major common enemy of humanity." - José Cordeiro - 2020

"You're going to be that dead, that kind of dead, that terrible kick-in-the-stomach, knock-down-drag-out, game over dead." - Movement for Indefinite Life Extension - 7-May-2015

"Death, in short, must now be redefined as simply the point at which current medical technologies are obliged to confess impotence." - Bryan Appleyard (How to Live Forever or Die Trying - 2008

"Americans have a funny approach to this - we think death is optional" - David Brennan (AstraZeneca CEO) - 2006

"This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time." - Tyler Durden (Fight Club, film) - 1999

"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." - Stephen Hawking

"I wanna live. I don’t wanna die. That’s the whole meaning of life: Not dying! I figured that shit out by myself in the third grade." - George Carlin

"It is my death, and my death only, which is not an event of that 'knowable' world of objects" - Zygmunt Bauman

"If all else fail, myself have power to die" - Shakespeare (Juliet, Romeo and Juliet)

"Man has created death" - William Butler Yeat

"If there were no regeneration, there could be no life. If everything regenerated, then there could be no death." - Richard J. Goss (1969)

"Death takes place because a worn-out tissue cannot forever renew itself" - August Weismann (1881)


"To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death; what is divine, terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal." - Jorge Luis Borges

"I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don’t want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen; I want to live on in my apartment." - Woody Allen

Life Extension

"The aim should be to compress age-related inconveniences near the end of life." - Cornelis F. Calkhoven - ERIBA (comment on "Why do we age" course)

Medical Technology

"Electronic health information is like nuclear energy. If it’s harnessed and kept under tight control, it has potential for good. But if it gets out of control, the damage is incalculable." - Jim Pyles - 2013

"In the 19th century we treated symptoms; in the 20th century we treated diseases; In the 21st century technology we will predict and prevent disease." - Bryan Vartabedian - 2012

Natural Disasters

“It's always earthquake season.” - Kaniewski (FEMA) - TBC

Old Age

"Age is just a number. A number representing terrifying physical decay." - Alexei Sayle (Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar) - Sept 2019

"Old age isn't a battle: old age is a massacre." - Philip Roth, Everyman