27 Tombstone Quotes to Make You Think of When You Leave Here

Posted on January 18, 2020Comments Off on 27 Tombstone Quotes to Make You Think of When You Leave Here

A genius once said everyone dies. We are so afraid of dying, broken, beaten but holding onto life, sometimes with three fingers, just holding and thinking of nothing but holding, just to live so much that it took a genius to remind us that we will die someday.  Everybody dies and you should think about your dying place. History is full of people who not only thought of dying but made arrangements for their funerals, for their gravestones. Senator John McCain for once asked that Donald Trump not be allowed to his funeral. Thomas Jefferson took it further by writing his epitaph himself, beforehand: “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.” You may choose to write yours or may just think of the time when they will look for you and not find you. This post is not about the 1993 movie “Tombstone”. For that one, click here. This is about gravestone quotes.

Gravestone Quotes

“Live so that when the final summons comes you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone or an obituary in a Newspaper.” ― Billy Sunday

“My uncle Sammy was an angry man. He had printed on his tombstone: What are you looking at?” ― Margaret Smith

“When I am dead and buried, on my tombstone I would like to have it written, “I have arrived” because when you feel you have arrived, you are dead.” ― Yul Brynner

“I did not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone.” ― Ann Richards

“I used to have nightmares that they would put ‘He played Ted’ on my tombstone.” ― Keanu Reeves (now that he plays John Wick, shouldn’t he worry more?)

“Bury me standing for I have lived my life on my knees.” ― Pablo Coelho

“I know what I am having ’em put on my tombstone: ‘I have nothing more to say.” ― Ted Turner

“Here lies one whose name was write in water.” ― John Keats

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“Would you like me to [kill you] now?” asked Snape, his voice heavy with irony. “Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?” ― J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“Some people hate funerals. I find them comforting. They hit the pause button on life and remind us that it has an end. Every eulogy reminds me to deepen my dash, that place on the tombstone between our birth and our death.” ― Regina Brett

“Your next SMS will probably be around longer, and remain more legible, than your tombstone. For, unlike your tombstone or even your mortal coil, your texts may be worth something.” ― Douglas Rushkoff

“There is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man’s life, detail is always welcome.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark

“I want just one word on my tombstone – dancer.” ― Agnes de Mille

“Satire does not look pretty upon a tombstone.” ― Charles Lamb

“If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.” ― H. L. Mencken

“James Joyce buried himself in his great work – ‘Finnegan’s Wake’ is his monument and his tombstone. A dead end.” ― Edward Abbey

“Excuse my dust.” ― Dorothy Parker

More Tombstones Quotes

“I don’t want a tombstone. You could carve on it ‘She never actually wanted a tombstone’.” ― Ali Smith

“At rest, an American soldier and a defender of the Constitution.” ― Davis Jefferson

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ― Thomas Campbell

“I want my tombstone to read, ‘If this is a joke, I don’t get it.” ― David Brenner

“Actually I like the idea of being a Renaissance hack. If tombstones were still in style, I would want to have the two words chiseled right under my name,” ― David Flanagan

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ― Shannon Alder

“I’m a survivor, ” I said. But I didn’t think that claim would carry much weight in an obituary.” ― Tobias Wolff, The Night in Question

“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.’” ― Patricia Briggs, Masques

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of short-story writing… Under tons of earth, he lies, still wondering who among the two is a greater short-story writer: God or He.” ― Saadat Hasan Manto

“A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough.” On Alexander the Great’s tombstone epitaph

“Live your epitaph” ― Zoe Weil

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