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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.
I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
George Jean Nathan
I always wondered what hearing one's own obituary might sound like, and I sort of feel like I may have just heard part of it at least.
The savage repression of blacks, which can be estimated by reading the obituary columns of the nation's dailies, Fred Hampton, etc., has not failed to register on the black inmates.
I've always thought stability was suffocating and deadly. Like, when I read that the kids I went to law school with have stayed at the same firm, I feel like I'm reading an obituary. How much money do you need? Six million, seven million? Put that in the bank and do something else. Get out!
I don't think most people know what's going to be in their obituary, but I do.
There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.
I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.
All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.
An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.
You know, one of the only times I ever wrote about art was the obituary of Warhol that I did for the Village Voice.
When I die, if the word 'thong' appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I've screwed up.
I'm fairly certain when I die that the obituary will say, 'Author of 'Angels in America' dies.' Unless I'm completely forgotten, and then it won't say anything at all.
The seed for my novel 'Half Brother' was planted in my mind over twenty years ago, but didn't germinate until late 2007 when I came across the obituary for Washoe, an extraordinary chimpanzee who had learned over 250 words of American Sign Language.
An obituary should be an exercise in contemporary history, not a funeral oration.
Some people want to amass a great amount of wealth and make a great looking obituary. I'm going to die with more money than is good to leave my son.
In my book, 'The Big Three in Economics,' I found that the press has frequently and prematurely written the obituary of Adam Smith and his free-market philosophy, only to see a new and more vibrant global marketplace reemerge after being savagely attacked by Keynesians, Marxists, and assorted socialists.
When the 'Guardian' is commissioning writers to write obituary pieces about you and your career... it doesn't get much nastier than that. And you've just got to go, 'It doesn't actually matter.'
Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.
When a writer dies you get a higher standard of obituary.
Anyone who has to write an obituary for me one day will probably say, 'She did absolute depths of agony really well.' I'm not, however, an unhappy person.
William Arthur Ward
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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