I will be satisfied if my epitaph shall be written thus: "Here lies one who never rose to any eminence, who only courted the low ambition to have it said that he striven to ameliorate the condition of the poor, the lowly, the downtrodden of every race and language and color."
At the party, Rob Partridge said to me, "You gave hope to other balding men." My new epitaph: "Co-wrote a couple of decent songs and went bald shamelessly."brian eno
Here lies one who meant well, tried a little, failed much:surely that may be his epitaph, of which he need not be ashamed. 823Robert Louis Stevenson
It is my ambition to be, as a private individual, abolished and voided from history, leaving it markless, no refuse save the printed books; I wish I had enough sense to see ahead thirty years ago, and like some of the Elizabethans, not signed them. It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.william faulkner
This is the epitaph I want on my tomb: "Here lies one of the most intelligent animals who ever appeared on the face of the Earth."benito mussolini
All's well that ends well; which is the epitaph I should put on my tombstone if I were the last man left alive.bertrand russell
His epitaph, written by himself (translation): Man will not always stay on Earth; the pursuit of light and space will lead him to penetrate the bounds of the atmosphere, timidly at first, but in the end to conquer the whole of solar space.konstantin eduardovich tsiolkovsky
Good, my lord, will you see the players well bestowed? Do you hear, let them be well used; for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time: after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.william shakespeare
‘You didn't build that’ will be Obama's political epitaph: With these remarks, Obama has come out of the closet as a most odious collectivist, who believes religiously that government predation is a condition for production. Or, put simply, that the parasite created the host.“You Didn’t Build That: Obama’s Political Epitaph,” WorldNetDaily.com, July 27, 2012.
His epitaph, written by himself (translation): Man will not always stay on Earth; the pursuit of light and space will lead him to penetrate the bounds of the atmosphere, timidly at first, but in the end to conquer the whole of solar space.Mentioned in Beyond the Planet Earth, by K. Tsiolkovsky (1920), translated by K. Syers (1960), reviewed by M. G. Whillans, Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 55 (1961), p. 144 
Yes, every sin is a mistake, and the epitaph for the sinner is, "Thou fool."Alexander Maclaren, p. 548. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
And be the Spartan's epitaph on me "Sparta hath many a worthier son than he."lord byron
And the voice of men shall call, "He is fallen like us all, Though the weapon of the Lord was in his hand:" And thine epitaph shall be "He was wretched ev'n as we;" And thy tomb may be unhonoured in the land.Robert Buchanan, The Modern Warrior, Stanza 7; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 229.
Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave, But not remember’d in thy epitaph!Prince Henry, scene iv
Now it is not good for the Christian's health To hustle the Aryan brown, For the Christian riles and the Aryan smiles, and it weareth the Christian down. And the end of the fight is a tombstone white With the name of the late deceased And the epitaph drear: "A fool lies here Who tried to hustle the East."rudyard kipling
[He] hath shewed himselfe singular in the immortall epitaph of his beloved Astrophell, besides many other most absolute Comike inventions.mathew roydon
Die nächste Flut verwischt den Weg im Watt, und alles wird auf allen Seiten gleich; die kleine Insel draußen aber hat die Augen zu; verwirrend kreist der Deich um ihre Wohner, die in einem Schlaf geboren werden, drin sie viele Welten verwechseln schweigend, denn sie reden selten, und jeder Satz ist wie ein epitaphRainer Maria Rilke
around its inhabitants who were born
into a sleep in which many worlds
are silently confused, for they rarely speak,
and every phrase is like an epitaph.
"A Jacobite's epitaph" (Thomas Babington Macaulay)To my true king I offer'd free from stain
Kind reader! take your choice to cry or laugh; Here HAROLD lies but where's his epitaph? If such you seek, try Westminster, and view Ten thousand, just as fit for him as you.Lord Byron, Substitute for an Epitaph; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 229.
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