Best 51 of Epitaph quotes - MyQuotes

By Anonym 13 Sep

Oswald Mosley

Can't' will be the epitaph of the British Empire - unless we wake up in time.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Tombstone Epitaph

Reader one moment stop and think, That I am in eternity and you are on the brink.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Johannes Kepler

I used to measure the skies, now I measure the shadows of Earth. Although my mind was sky-bound, the shadow of my body lies here. [Epitaph he composed for himself a few months before he died]

By Anonym 19 Sep

Peter Duncan

What's fame, after all? It can be what someone writes on your tombstone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

William Shakespeare

After your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dorothy Parker

[Requesting her epitaph to read this way:] Excuse my dust.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Andy Warhol

I never understood why when you died, you didn't just vanish, everything should just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn't be there. I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment'.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Patricia Briggs

When I die of heart failure the next time you frighten me like that, you can put that on my gravestone—‘I didn’t mean to startle her.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hannah Whitall Smith

I wonder how many of our tombstones will have to be inscribed with the epitaph 'Died of too many meetings'?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dorothy Parker

[Suggesting an epitaph for herself:] This is on me.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thomas Jefferson

Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia. [Epitaph, upon his instructions to erect a 'a plain die or cube ... surmounted by an Obelisk' with 'the following inscription, and not a word more…because by these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.' It omits that he had been President of the United States, a position of political power and prestige, and celebrates his involvement in the creation of the means of inspiration and instruction by which many human lives have been liberated from oppression and ignorance]

By Anonym 17 Sep

Michael Bassey Johnson

My life will end someday, but it will end at my convenience.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gloria Allred

[On an epitaph for herself:] Under here, we're all equal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alexander The Great

A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough. [Alexander's tombstone epitaph]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marcus Aurelius

A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Morris R. Gates

How many infinite lives have been lived since man first had consciousness or awareness of his soul? And how many of those souls have stared up at the stars in wonder; pondered the meaning of their existence, the meaning of life, the thoughts of their ancestors, dreamed of the futures of his offspring and the purpose of all that is man? How long will we wander before the truth is found?

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alan Martin

Epitaph. Not next year, not the next one, Not the year after that. But ages From here, Clad in love stained sleeping bags, Dying with feet wrapped in endless Shirts and pillow cases, Crumbling with 99 flakes clutched Between thumb and palm, dripping Yellow cream from twig fingers, Basking our white haired chests on Green grassed parks under purple Skies. Laughing over coffee after Bath tubs of coffee have passed Through our guts. Huddled, lonely, Under heaped clothes, here lay us...

By Anonym 16 Sep

William Herschel

Coelorum perrupit claustra. He broke through the barriers of the skies. [Herschel's epitaph]

By Anonym 16 Sep

Kris Kristofferson

Her close friends have gathered. Lord, ain't it a shame Grieving together Sharing the blame. But when she was dying Lord, we let her down. There's no use cryin' It can't help her now. The party's all over Drink up and go home. It's too late to love her And leave her alone. Just say she was someone Lord, so far from home Whose life was so lonesome She died all alone Who dreamed pretty dreams That never came true Lord, why was she born So black and blue? Oh, why was she born So black and blue? Epitaph (Black And Blue) Written by: Kris Kristofferson Note: "Epitaph" is about Janis Joplin.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alexander Maclaren

Every sin is a mistake, as well as a wrong; and the epitaph for the sinner is, "Thou fool!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph Addison

What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Sydney King Russell

[Dust] Agatha Morley all her life grumbled at dust like a good wife ... Six feet under the earth she lies with dust at her feet and dust in her eyes.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Danny Castillones Sillada

The graveyard is not the final resting place of our dear departed but an ephemeral repository of their remains. The real graveyard, however, is somewhere deep in our heart, where we can always visit them at any time of the day, talk about some unforgettable summers, or cry in solitude as if they were always there for us to stay. And should our twilight come, when we can no longer see the light of the day, some people dear to us will build a graveyard in their hearts. They will let us stay for a while or perhaps longer, as long as they continue to remember, but it does not matter anymore. What is comforting to know, no matter how tragic or tranquil our death may be, somewhere somehow someone will always build a sublime place for us to stay. (Danny Castillones Sillada, The Graveyard In Our Heart)

By Anonym 19 Sep

Charles Dickens

Whatsume'er the failings on his part, Remember reader he were that good in his hart.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Yash Thakur

Instead of writing epitaph on your grave ; more beautiful and memorable is to leave some hand written letters to your wife, sons and daughters and grandchildren.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Kamand Kojouri

Everything I have become, everything I will ever accomplish cannot compare to my most impressive feat: I have loved you fiercely and assiduously with the very marrow inside my bones. So that when I die, they can crack them to find you there. So that when I die, they can open me up and see your name tattooed on the wall of my heart. So that when I die, my epitaph will neither commemorate who I was nor what I did, but will read: “She loved. And loved. And loved.” And so, I smile now, because that is no small thing.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Simonides

O Stranger, send the news home to the people of Sparta that here we Are laid to rest: the commands they gave us have been obeyed. Ὦ ξεῖν', ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε κείμεθα, τοῖς κείνων ῥήμασι πειθόμενοι. [Epitaph of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae]

By Anonym 18 Sep

Charles Wolfe

The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna" Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note, As his corse to the rampart we hurried; Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot O’er the grave where our hero we buried. We buried him darkly at dead of night, The sods with our bayonets turning; By the struggling moonbeam’s misty light And the lantern dimly burning. No useless coffin enclosed his breast, Nor in sheet nor in shroud we wound him, But he lay like a warrior taking his rest With his martial cloak around him. Few and short were the prayers we said, And we spoke not a word of sorrow; But we steadfastly gazed on the face that was dead, And we bitterly thought of the morrow. We thought, as we hollowed his narrow bed And smoothed down his lonely pillow, That the foe and the stranger would tread o’er his head, And we far away on the billow! Lightly they’ll talk of the spirit that’s gone And o’er his cold ashes upbraid him, But little he’ll reck, if they let him sleep on In the grave where a Briton has laid him. But half of our heavy task was done When the clock struck the hour for retiring; And we heard the distant and random gun That the foe was sullenly firing. Slowly and sadly we laid him down, From the field of his fame fresh and gory; We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone, But left him alone with his glory.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thomas Campbell

To live in the hearts of others is not to die

By Anonym 14 Sep

Hedy Lamarr

[Suggesting her epitaph:] This is too deep for me.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gail Borden

I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded. [Epitaph from Gail Borden's gravestone.]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Abbey

Epitaphs for a gravestone: 'Please: no hooliganism'; or 'Es prohibe se hace agua aqui'; or 'No comment'.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Octavio Paz

Poet: gardener of epitaphs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bette Davis

She did it the hard way.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Arthur Chappell

Mustn't Grumble." - My personally chosen epitaph

By Anonym 13 Sep

Joss Whedon

Buffy Anne Summers 1981-2001 Beloved sister devoted friend she saved the world a lot.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Joanne Harris

I'm sorry. You went too far.' Lovely. What an epitaph.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Washer

Over the epitaph of this generation it will say ENTERTAINED TO DEATH.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Hunter S. Thompson

It had been a bad trip ... fast and wild in some moments, slow and dirty in others, but on balance it looked like a bummer. On my way back to San Francisco, I tried to compose a fitting epitaph. I wanted something original, but there was no escaping the echo of Mistah Kurtz' final words from the heart of darkness: "The horror! The horror! ... Exterminate all the brutes!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Robert Emmet

Let there be no inscription upon my tomb; let no man write my epitaph: no man can write my epitaph.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Gratis P. Spencer

Science has never killed or persecuted a single person for doubting or denying its teaching, and most of these teaching have been true; but religion has murdered millions for doubting or denying her dogmas and most of these dogmas have been false. All stories about gods and devils, of heavens and hells, as they do not conform to nature, and are not apparent to sense, should be rejected without consideration. Beyond the universe there is nothing and within the universe the supernatural does not and cannot exist. Of all deceivers who have plagued mankind, none are so deeply ruinous to human happiness as those imposters who pretend to lead by a light above nature. The lips of the dead are closed forever. There comes no voice from the tomb. Christianity is responsible for having cast the fable of eternal fire over almost every grave.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Robert Richardson

Warm summer sun, shine friendly here Warm western wind, blow kindly here; Green sod above, rest light, rest light, Good-night, Annette! Sweetheart, good-night!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Cyril Connolly

Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaph-green leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dorothy Parker

[Epitaph:] Involved in a plot.

By Anonym 13 Sep

T. S. Eliot

Every phrase and every sentence is an end and a beginning, every poem an epitaph.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Christopher Wren

Si monumentum requiris circumspice (If you seek his monument, look around.) [Epitaph on Wren's tomb in St. Paul's Cathedral]

By Anonym 13 Sep

Elbert Hubbard

History: a collection of epitaphs.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Munia Khan

Growing older is a blurred birth certificate that only can take us to this world’s perplexed journey, but it cannot smear the letters of the epitaph

By Anonym 18 Sep

Anna Funder

She is brave and strong and broken all at once. As she speaks it is as if her existence is no longer real to her in itself, more like a living epitaph to a life that was.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Helme Heine

Here all may see my body lie/ But not my soul, for that can fly!