Venetian proverbs: The dead open the eyes of the living
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The dead more present and more powerful than the living

Buddha: A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky

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This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.

            --Gautama Buddha

If anyone knows the translator and source of this quotation, please email me.

It seems to be from: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; “The Last Teaching of the Buddha,” in
The Teaching of the Buddha, 128th revised edition (Tokyo: Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, 1986)

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umm nice

its the closing line in Deepak Chopra's 7 Spiritual laws of Success, he's quoting Buddha

I read this in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

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