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A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
My closest friend, who died not long ago, is buried near Marx's grave in Highgate cemetery, so I see the gaggle of admirers laying roses at the foot of his tombstone regularly. I have never been tempted to leave flowers there myself. Great theories, shame about the practice. Marx did many things. But inventing class was not one of them.
On my tombstone, I want written: 'He never did 'Love Boat!'
I've had such a satisfying life professionally and personally. I hope my tombstone says, 'Never boring.'
I never understood why when you died, you didn't just vanish, everything could 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.'
When I am dead and buried, on my tombstone I would like to have it written, 'I have arrived.' Because when you feel that you have arrived, you are dead.
My uncle Sammy was an angry man. He had printed on his tombstone: What are you looking at?
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 used to have nightmares that they would put 'He played Ted' on my tombstone.
That's the one for my tombstone... Here lies David Byrne. Why the big suit?
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.'
If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.
On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived.'
The chances that your tombstone will read 'Killed by Asteroid' are about the same as they'd be for 'Killed in Airplane Crash.'
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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.'
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.
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.
On my tombstone it will say: 'I tried everything - nothing was easy.'
Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.
Christian Nestell Bovee
I have my tombstone already. A tombstone company in the East gave it to me when I jumped Snake Canyon. My plot is in Montana.
I used to want the words 'She tried' on my tombstone. Now I want 'She did it.'
I know what I'm having 'em put on my tombstone: 'I have nothing more to say'.
I've always felt that, when I looked at my tombstone, it shouldn't say, 'Mehmet Oz banged out 10,000 open-heart operations.' I've probably done 5,000. Am I any better at it than 10,000? He shook his head. It's just a different number on the tombstone.
Memory, in widow's weeds, with naked feet stands on a tombstone.
Aubrey de Vere
Statistics on the dangers guns pose to the health of their owners and those who live with them suggest that I'd be safer selling my guns than reserving them for 'Tombstone II.'
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