We love our celebrities dearly, and even after they've departed, their timeless words live on. And perhaps in an ironic twist of fate, they had some of the most profound, beautiful thoughts on life and death ever conceived. Read on for eight amazing quotes from beloved icons we've loved and lost.
"And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed." — Maya Angelou
"My greatest fear is dying with no one knowing of any contribution I'd ever made to creative music." — Amy Winehouse
"I think you should be serious about what you do because this is it. This is the only life you've got." — Philip Seymour Hoffman
"It's like anything in life, visualizing the old man you're going to become: As long as you have a clear picture of that — the life you want to lead — eventually you'll probably get there." — Heath Ledger
"Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells." — Elizabeth Taylor
"Everybody has difficult years, but a lot of times the difficult years end up being the greatest years of your whole entire life, if you survive them." — Brittany Murphy
"The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." — Lucille Ball
"I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made." — Marilyn Monroe