Livin’ ‘Till the End


George Burns in his book How to Live to Be 100 – or More (1983) has a section titled “Stay Away from Funerals, Especially Yours.” He remarked that if you look in the obituary column in the morning and your name isn’t there, “go ahead and have breakfast.” He said that if he ever looks in the obituary column and finds that his name is there, he will still have breakfast. “Tm not leaving on an empty stomach,” he said. (Note: An old article on this site, Outliving His Obituary Writer, may interest you.)

This is reminiscent of an old Woody Allen quote which goes like this: “I’m not afraid of dying. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Oh, and here’s another quote attributed to him which is related to the subject: “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my works – I want to achieve it by not dying”


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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is

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