A precedent embalms a principle.
— Benjamin Disraeli

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Life refuses to be embalmed alive. The more prolonged the halt in some unrelieved system of order, the greater the crash of the dead society.
Alfred North Whitehead embalming quote

Showing up at school already able to read is like showing up at the undertaker's already embalmed: people start worrying about being put out of their jobs.
— Florence King

One thing about being successful is that I stopped being afraid of dying. Once you're a star you're dead already. You're embalmed.
— Dustin Hoffman

If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world. There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will --the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them.
— embalming quotation by William Hazlitt