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Endings

  • In my end is my beginning — that's what people are always saying. But what does it mean?

  • ... some things are best mended by a break.

  • Listen at me. The end is almost never far off any time at all!

  • The longest day must have its close, — the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning. An eternal, inexorable lapse of moments is ever hurrying the day of the evil to an eternal night, and the night of the just to an eternal day.

  • Never think you've seen the last of anything.

  • All fires burn out at last.

  • There's a fearful term that's in fashion at the moment — closure. People apparently believe it is desirable and attainable.

  • An ending is an artificial device; we like endings, they are satisfying, convenient, and a point has been made. But time does does not end, and stories march in step with time. Equally, chaos theory does not assume an ending; the ripple effect goes on, and on.

  • Relationships that do not end peacefully, do not end at all.

    • Merrit Malloy,
    • in Merrit Malloy and Shauna Sorensen, The Quotable Quote Book ()
  • There's never been a night yet that didn't end eventually.

  • The more you kick something that's dead, the worse it smells.

  • ... the completion of an important project has every right to be dignified by a natural grieving process. Something that required the best of us has ended. We will miss it.

  • The last time you're doing something — knowing you're doing it for the last — makes it even more alive than the first.

  • ... everything has an end, and you get to it if you only keep on.

  • Out of the strain of the Doing, / Into the peace of the Done.

  • About endings ... unless we do them well, we have to keep repeating them.

  • The love of form is a love of endings.

  • In my end is my beginning.

    • Mary, Queen of Scots,
    • motto (1568), in Francis de Zulueta, Embroideries by Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Talbot ()