Walt Whitman Quote
And as to you Death, and you bitter hug of mortality, it is idle to try to alarm me.... And as to you corpse, I think you are good manure, but that does not offend me, I smell the white roses sweet-scented and growing, I reach to the leafy lips — I reach to the polished breasts of melons. And as to you life, I reckon you are the leavings of many deaths, No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before.
Leaves of Grass, 1860: The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition (ed. University of Iowa Press, 2011) - ISBN: 9781587298776