"Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely."
While I'm an agnostic non-theist and not a Buddhist (my wife is though) there's a lot to admire about the Buddhist philosophy. Fear of death is something that almost every human that ever walked the earth lives with throughout their existence. A lot of religions focus on this with heavens and hells. I think Christianity became very popular partly because of its promise of eternal life even though you have to pass away first which is a rather strange contradiction there. Judaism (and the Old Testament) had been extremely vague when it came to the after-life, and I'm sure the idea of immortality sounded pretty good in the 1st and 2nd centuries. Even the first Emperor of China Qin Shi Huang ironically died searching for a way to live forever. I think death becomes less scary the more you have lived your life. Though I'm not foolish enough to believe that my doom won't be at least a little scary.