1. "Living is cold and technical without you, a death mask of itself."
- Quote by Zelda Fitzgerald
2. "What’s that thing when someone gets a knock on the head and suddenly can’t remember anything about himself?’ Death,’ said the barman, his face a mask of disapproval."
- Steve Aylett, The Crime Studio
3. "Look at that ugly dead mask here and do not forget it. It is a chalk mask with dead dry poison behind it, like the death angel. It is what was this fall, and what I never want to be again. The pouting disconsolate mouth, the flat, bored, numb, expressionless eyes: symptoms of the foul decay within."
- Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
4. "Life is spent hovering round our tomb. Our various sicknesses are but the winds which carry us more or less near to the haven. … Death is our friend, nevertheless we do not recognise it as such, because it presents itself to us under a mask, and that mask inspires us with terror."
- François-René de Chateaubriand, Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe
6. "Without reflecting that this is the only moment in which you can study character," said the count; "on the steps of the scaffold death tears off the mask that has been worn through life, and the real visage is disclosed."
- Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
7. "The Clown turned his powdered face to the mirror. "If to be fair is to be beautiful," he said, "who can compare with me in my white mask?" "Who can compare with him in his white mask?" I asked Death beside me. "Who can compare with me?" said Death, "for I am paler still." "You are very beautiful," sighed the Clown, turning his powdered face from the mirror."
- Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories