"My will contains directions for my funeral which will be followed not by mourning coaches but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small travelling aquarium of live fish, all wearing scarves in honour of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow-creatures. It will be, with the exception of Noah's Ark, the most remarkable thing of the kind ever seen."
The human brain cannot release enough neurotransmitters to feel emotion a thousand times as strong as the grief of one funeral. A prospective risk going from 10,000,000 deaths to 100,000,000 deaths does not multiply by ten the strength of our determination to stop it. It adds one more zero on paper for our eyes to glaze over.eliezer yudkowsky
Mighty victor, mighty lord, Low on his funeral couch he lies! No pitying heart, no eye, afford A tear to grace his obsequies.thomas gray
When he says that in that day all his thoughts perish, or flow away, perhaps under this expression he censures the madness of princes in setting no bounds to their hopes and desires, and scaling the very heavens in their ambition, like the insane Alexander of Macedon, who, upon hearing that there were other worlds, wept that he had not yet conquered one, although soon after the funeral urn sufficed him.
Perhaps the wind Wails so in winter for the summer's dead, And all sad sounds are nature's funeral cries For what has been and is not.george eliot
But for his funeral train which the bridegroom sees in the distance, Would he so joyfully, think you, fall in with the marriage- procession?arthur hugh clough
I've a great fancy to see my funeral before I die.Maria Edgeworth
The Huns?chanted a funeral song to the memory of a hero, glorious inhis life, invincible in his death, the father of his people, the scourge of his enemies, and the terror of the world.Edward Gibbon
[The Red Flag] is the funeral march of a fried eel.George Bernard Shaw
The sailing pine, the cedar proud and tall, The vine-prop elm, the poplar never dry, The builder oak, sole king of forests all, The aspen good for staves, the cypress funeral. The laurel, meed of mighty conquerors And poets sage, the fir that weepeth still, The willow worn of forlorn paramours, The ewe obedient to the benders will, The birch for shafts, the sallow for the mill, The myrrh sweet bleeding in the bitter wound, The warlike beech, the ash for nothing ill, The fruitful olive, and the platan round, The carver holme, the maple seldom inward sound.Edmund Spenser
If you are with the quality, or at a funeral, or trying to go to sleep when you ain't sleepy?why you itch all over in upward of a thousand places.
And when they buried him the little port Had seldom seen a costlier funeral.Tennyson
...so unpopular, if he became a funeral director people would stop dyinglord stratford
When a nation’s young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.henry ward beecher
Caution and conservatism are expected of old age; but when the young men of a nation are possessed of such a spirit, when they are afraid of the noise and strife caused by the new applications of the truth, Heaven save the land! Its funeral bell has already rung.henry ward beecher
Let no one pay me honor with tears, nor celebrate my funeral rites with weeping.ennius
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,As his corse to the rampart we hurried.charles wolfe
Worldly faces, never look so worldly as at a funeral.george eliot
Some of these my brethren know what my feelings were at the time Joseph revealed the doctrine; I was not desirous of shrinking from any duty, nor of failing in the least to do as I was commanded, but it was the first time in my life that I had desired the grave, and I could hardly get over it for a long time. And when I saw a funeral, I felt to envy the corpse its situation, and to regret that I was not in the coffin...Brigham Young
I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.unknown
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note, As his corse to the rampart we hurried.charles wolfe
The whole history of lamentation, and mourning, and woe, from the beginning of the world the funeral ceremonies in which the living symbolize the intensity of their grief the monuments they rear to tell the world for centuries to come of the calamity they have suffered from the stroke of death are enduring attestations that it is not so much in the removal of one sentient and living being off the earth, as in the change the calamitous change to the survivors that death is truly the King of Terrors.
The wheel of Time wrote the first half of the poetry of mass destruction on the black board of the ashes of a funeral ground by dint of a pair of pens of nuclear bombs.
On the left is the realist tradition of the 19th century, with its impulse to social description, radical criticism and meditation on things as they are... culminating in Courbet at his mightiest (The Studio, The funeral at Ornans and a portrait of a trout that has more death in it than Rubens could get in a whole Crucifixion).gustave courbet
Gone with the Wind, Four Weddings and a funeral, Notting Hill, they all should have had the hero cut down by a Dalek, and they would've been vastly improved really.russell t davies
Art is long, and Time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating funeral marches to the grave.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow