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only the good die young

A phrase typically used as a source of comfort after someone has died at a young age. I know that only the good die young, but I'm still heartbroken to have lost my best friend—she was just 20 years old and had her whole life ahead of her! He was just the kindest person, and only the good die young.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(The) good die young.

Prov. Good people tend to die at an early age. Marshall's twenty-year-old son died in a car crash; it did not comfort Marshall to think that the good die young. Jill: It doesn't seem fair that Laurie is dead. She was such a wonderful person. Jane: They always say that the good die young.
See also: die, good, young
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The good die young because there is no useful work for them to do.
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The Queen song Only The Good Die Young was played at the service.
Queen song No One But You (Only the Good Die Young) was played at the funeral in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs.
"You know the old saying, only the good die young?" Deters said.
PARRY Martin John They say the good die young, they were not wrong this time.
This is the setlist from his gig at the Amalie Arena in Florida, his most recent concert away from his residency in New York, to give you a rough idea of what to expect: Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out In Broadway) Pressure Everybody Loves You Now Vienna The Downeaster Alexa Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) All About Soul The Entertainer New York State of Mind Zanzibar Stop in Nevada Allentown My Life She's Always a Woman Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard Don't Ask Me Why Sometimes a Fantasy The River of Dreams Nessun dorma Scenes From an Italian Restaurant Piano ManEncore We Didn't Start the Fire Uptown Girl It's Still Rock and Roll to Me Big Shot Fool in the Rain Only the Good Die Young You May Be Right
George Craig, Lochgelly, said: "There's a saying 'the good die young' and that certainly applies in Wilkins' case.
He was the first graffiti artist to create a conceptual collection on canvas and revolutionised portraiture in popular culture globally with his The Good Die Young collection in 2002.
UGO Ehiogu's death at the age of 44 prompted tributes from all over the football world, as former team-mate Paul Merson broke down in tears and said "only the good die young".
Lawrence's hit singles include "Paint Me A Birmingham," "Time Marches On," "Alibis," "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," "Can't Break It To My Heart," "If the Good Die Young," and "My Second Home."
They're out of their minds How come Hogwarts isn't real Swear I'm at the wrong school I can't stop relapsing Stagnation cripples I find you desirable Slide in if you're bad I hate lending money And I'm only eighteen I love a free country You can't lie forever I miss him already, too His memorial is today I need to make history Moderation is the key I need to stop by a church Don't be such a hypocrite I swear the good die young I see what you're doing, God I wish you wanted more Swear I'm done with you I'm gonna need coffee Caffeine does nothing for me for this I'm having liposuction Living is too much pain I'm so tired of traveling It's time for a long drive I'm upset, not heartless Please trust me on this Inspirational atheism I am anti relationships Is love worth the pain?