"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
Her funeral sermon (which was long And followed bya sacred song) Mentioned her virtues, it is true, But dwelt upon her vices too.
After the funeral, my father struggled through half a page, and it might as well have been Hottentott. 'And what dun they gi'e thee for that, lad?' 'Fifty pounds, father.' 'Fifty pounds!' He was dumbfounded, and looked at mewith shrewd eyes,asif I were a swindler.'Fifty pounds! An'tha's niver done a day's hard work in thy life.'
The departed was a 'Roman', and the majority of the town were otherwisebut unionism is stronger than creed. Drink, however, is stronger than unionism; and, whenthehearse presentlyarrived, morethantwo-thirds of the funeral were unable to follow.
In the city a funeral is just an interruption of traffic; in the country it is a form of entertainment.George Ade
No funeral gloom, my dears, when I am gone,corpse-gazing, tears, black raiment, graveyard grimness.Think of me as withdrawn into the dimness,yours still, you mine.Remember all the best of our past moments,and forget the rest;and so to where I wait, come gently on.william allingham
Realizing that life is precious the natural tendency is to trample on it, like laughing at a funeral.lester bangs
Sound, jocund strains; on pipe and viol sound,Young voices sing;Wreathe every door with snow-white voices round,For lo! 't is Spring!Winter has passed with its sad funeral train,And Love revives again.lewis morris
It's shameful to spot a lie and not to name it,shameful to name it and then to shut your eyes,shameful to call a funeral a weddingand play the fool at funerals besides.andrey voznesensky
The funeral and the marriage, now, alas! We know not which is sadder to recall.Emma Lazarus
The direction is clear, and the first step is to throw your weight around on matters of right and wrong in land-use. Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays. That philosophy is dead in human relations, and its funeral in land-relations is overdue.aldo leopold
With an auspicious and a dropping eye, With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage, In equal scale weighing delight and dole.william shakespeare
Ye country comets, that portend No war nor princes' funeral Shining unto no other end Than to presage the grass's fall.Andrew Marvell
Till o'er the wreck, emerging from the storm, Immortal NATURE lifts her changeful form: Mounts from her funeral pyre on wings of flame, And soars and shines, another and the same.erasmus darwin
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