What is the origin of the phrase “Death is only the beginning.”?

I'm not looking for modern classic film quotes, including The Mummy or Sherlock Holmes, nothing late 90s or 2000s. I'm looking for anyone that knows if it originated in older litterary or film works, or if it truly is a modern day saying.

So, if you know your books and films, this could be an easy answer. And I'm hoping that, whoever you are, you really know your stuff.

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  • The exact quote--"Death is only the beginning"--is modern. However, while not in those exact words, the idea of death as a "beginning" (and of immortality) has certainly been bandied about for centuries.

    As far as I know, the closest quote to the one in question is “Death is the beginning of immortality.” It was said by Maximilien Robespierre (one of the leaders of the French Revolution) in his last speech to the National Convention on July 26, 1794. (He died two days after uttering those words.)

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    What is the origin of the phrase "Death is only the beginning."?

    I'm not looking for modern classic film quotes, including The Mummy or Sherlock Holmes, nothing late 90s or 2000s. I'm looking for anyone that knows if it originated in older litterary or film works, or if it truly is a modern day saying.

    So, if you know your books and films, this could...

  • I know the tabletop RPG Kult had the exact phrase in 1993, 6 years before the mummy. But it is probably not the origin of the phrase

  • I think it's a reference to the League of Legends champion "Yorick" who upon pick says "Death is only the beginning being an undead gravedigger.

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