“Life is nothing but death’s hallway; and our pilgrimage on earth is but a journey to the grave. The pulse that preserves our life beats our death march, and the blood, which circulates our life, is floating it forward to the depths of death. Today we see our friends in health, tomorrow we hear of their death. Only yesterday, we shook hands with a strong man, and today we close his eyes. We rode in a coach of comfort only an hour ago, and in a few more hours, the black hearse must carry us to the home of the living. Oh, how closely allied is death to life! The little lamb that plays in the field must soon feel the knife. The cow that lows in the pasture is fattening itself for the slaughter. Trees only grow to be cut down. Yes, and greater things than these feel death. Empires rise and flourish; they flourish only to fall into decay, they rise to fall. How often do we take up a history book, and read of the rise and fall of empires? We hear of the coronation and the death of kings. Death is the somber servant who rides behind the chariot of life. See life! and death is close behind it. Death reaches far throughout this world, and has stamped all earthly creatures with an arrow pointing to the grave. Stars die; it is said that large and destructive fires have been seen in outer space, and astronomers have marked the funerals of planets— the decay of those mighty spheres, that we had imagined set forever in sockets of silver, to glisten as the lamps of eternity.

But blessed be God, there is one place where death is not life’s brother— where life reigns alone; ‘to live’ is not the first syllable which is to be followed by the next, ‘to die.’ There is a land where the death bells are never tolled, where grave clothes are never put on, where graves are never dug. Blessed land beyond the skies! To reach it, we must die.”

—Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Great quote brother. Did that come from one of his sermons and if so which one.

    • That quote came from Sermon No.146, “The Good Man’s Life and Death,” delivered on August 16, 1857, at the Music Hall of the Royal Surrey Gardens while the construction of the Metropolitan Tabernacle was taking place.

      This quote, like many of the others I’ve been posting here from Mr. Spurgeon, has been edited in modern language. As I’ve been compiling my favorite quotes of Spurgeon and Bunyan over the years, I’ve been transposing many of them into modern English. This particular quote, however, was done by someone else quite some time ago, if I’m recalling correctly. I think I picked it up from this edited form in 2004 or 2005 because I began editing in modern English in 2006 while in Scammon Bay.

      I personally like the original better (which is in Vol. 3 of Metro-Tab-Pulpit), but I’ve gotten feedback that the modern editing has been more usefull to many folks.

      Blessings to you, my friend. May your weekend be blessed.

  2. Keep it up. A nice labour for the kingdom

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