An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Don't pity me now, don't pity me never; I'm going to do nothing for ever and ever.


James Agate (1877-1947, British author, critic)


The epitaphs on tombstones of a great many people should read: Died at thirty, and buried at sixty.


Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947, American educationist)


Posterity will never survey a nobler grave than this: here lie the bones of Castlereagh: stop, traveler, and piss.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Nor has his death the world deceiv'd than his wondrous life surprised; if he like a madman liv'd least he like a wise one dy'd.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


An epitaph is a belated advertisement for a line of goods that has been discontinued.


Irvin S. Cobb


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


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


Reading the epitaphs, our only salvation lies in resurrecting the dead and burying the living.


Paul Eldridge


Let no man write my epitaph; for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. Let them rest in obscurity and peace! Let my memory be left in oblivion, my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times and other men can do justice to my character.


Robert Emmet (1778-1803 Irish rebel)


And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Oh, write of me, not "Died in bitter pains," but "Emigrated to another star!"


Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885, American writer)


In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The most touching epitaph I ever encountered was on the tombstone of the printer of Edinburgh. It said simply: "He kept down the cost and set the type right."


Gregory Nunn (1955-, American golfer)


If men could see the epitaphs their friends write they would believe they had gotten into the wrong grave.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


At last God caught his eye.


Harry Secombe


When I die, my epitaph should read: She Paid the Bills. That's the story of my private life.


Gloria Swanson (1897-1983, American actress)


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