A dead thing can go with the stream
“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” ~ G. K. Chesterton
Unbeing dead isn’t being alive.
~ E.E. Cummings
Dead without it
You can’t have my heart, the doctor told me I’d be dead without it.
Do things worth writing
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
~ Benjamin Franklin