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gravestone quotes

the epitaphs and tombstones of famous people

There are several excellent sounces on the web for epitaphs. This Brain Candy collection doesn't wish to duplicate them by listing every gravestone, just the more poignant ones.

The mortal remains of Ethan Allen,
fighter, writer, statesman, and philosopher,
lie in this cemetery beneath the marble statue.
His spirit is in Vermont now.
Ethan Allen
(Greenmount Cemetery; Burlington, Vermont)

Liberty, Humanity, Justice, Equality
Susan Brownell Anthony
(Mount Hope Cemetery; Rochester, New York)

The world will remember.
Eve Arden
(Westwood Memorial Park; Westwood, California)

He thinketh no evil
Henry Ward Beecher
(Green-Wood Cemetery; Brooklyn, New York)

"That's All Folks!"
The Man of a Thousand Voices
Mel Blanc
(Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California)

Truth and History.
21 Men.
The Boy Bandit King --
He Died As He Lived.
William H. Bonney "Billy the Kid"
(Fort Sumner Cemetery; Fort Sumner New Mexico)

Sleep with a smile.
Sammy Cahn
(Westwood Memorial Park; Westwood, California)

My Jesus Mercy
Alphonse Capone
(Mt. Carmel Cemetery; Chicago, Illinois)

A star on earth - a star in heaven
Karen Carpenter
(Forest Lawn; Cypress, California)

Sleep after toyle, port after stormie seas,
Ease after warre, death after life, does greatly please.
Joseph Conrad
(St. Thomas Church; Canterbury, England)

His star will forever shine.
Bert Convy
(Forest Lawn; Hollywood Hills, California)

She did it the hard way.
Bette Davis
(Forest Lawn; Hollywood Hills, California)

At Rest
An American Soldier
And Defender of the Constitution
Jefferson Davis
(Hollywood Cemetery; Richmond, Virginia)

"The Entertainer"
He did it all
Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Forest Lawn; Glendale, California)

A Gentle Man and a Gentleman
Jack Dempsey
(Southampton Cemetery; Southampton, New York)

Steel True, Blade Straight
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(Windlesham Estate; Crowborough, Sussex, England)
[In 1955, Doyle's family sold Windlesham, which was turned into a hotel. The bodies of Conan Doyle and his wife, Jean, were moved to a grave at Minstead Churchyard, Hampshire.]

Called Back
Emily Dickinson
(West Cemetery; Amherst, Massachusetts)
{self written}

...that nothing's so sacred as honor and nothing's so loyal as love
Wyatt Earp
(Hills of Eternity; Colma, California)

The passive master lent his hand,
To the vast Soul which o'er him planned.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Sleepy Hollow Cemetery; Concord, Massachusetts)

Good Night Sweet Prince
and a flight of angels sing to thy rest.
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
(Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California)

He made us laugh,
he took my pain away.
I love you, Lauretta.
Marty Feldman.
(Forest Lawn; Hollywood Hills, California)

Marshall Field
(Graceland Cemetery; Chicago, Illinois)

1880 - 1946
W.C. Fields
(Forest Lawn; Glendale, California)

Distinguished actor,
loving husband and father.
Always in our hearts.
Peter Finch
(Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California)

So we beat on, boats against the current,
borne back ceaselessly
into the past
- - - Great Gatsby
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
and his wife,
Zelda Sayre
(St. Mary's Cemetery; Rockville,Maryland)
[In 1940, St. Mary's refused to allow Fitzgerald to be buried in the Catholic cemetery because, "He had not performed his Easter duty and his writings were undesirable." Fitzgerald was buried at Rockville Union Cemetery until 1975, when the authorities at St. Mary's had a change of heart.]

He Leadeth Me
Victor Fleming
Hollywood Hills

The Body of
B. Franklin, Printer
Like the Cover of an old Book
Its Contents turn out
And Stript of its Lettering & Guilding
Lies here.  Food for Worms
For, it will as he believed
appear once more
In a new and more elegant Edition
corrected and improved
By the Author
Benjamin Franklin
(Christ Church Burial Grounds; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

I had A Lover's Quarrel With The World
Robert Lee Frost
(Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Vermont)

Our Darling Eva
We Love You
Eva Gabor
(Westwood Memorial Park; Los Angeles, California)

In testimony of their Respect
The Patriot of incorruptible Integrity,
The Soldier of approved Valour
The Statesman of consummate Wisdom;
Whose Talents and Virtues will be admired
Grateful Posterity
Long after this Marble shall have mouldered into Dust
Alexander Hamilton
(Trinity Churchyard; New York, New York)

A genius of comedy
His talent brought joy and
Laughter to all the world.
Oliver Hardy
(Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park; California)

Yesterday's Companionship
and Tomorrow's Reunion
Rita Hayworth
(Holy Cross Cemetery; Culver City, California)

Even amidst fierce flames the golden lotus can be planted.
Sylvia Plath Hughes
(Heptonstall Churchyard;Heponstall; Yorkshire, United Kingdom)

of Two Countries
Interpreter of his
Generation on both
Sides of the Sea.
New York April 15, 1843
London February 28, 1916
Henry James
(City of Cambridge Cemetery; Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Here was buried Thomas Jefferson,
author of the Declaration of American Independence,
of the statute of Virginia for religious freedom,
and father of the University of Virginia.
Thomas Jefferson
(Monticello, Virginia)

American Composer
Scott Joplin
(St. Michael's Cemetery; East Elmhurst, New York)

Carl Jung
(Flutern Cemetery; Fluntern (Zurich), Switzerland)
{Invoked or not invoked, the god is present.}

This Grave
contains all that was Mortal
of a
Young English Poet
on his Death Bed
in the Bitterness of his Heart
at the Malicious Power of his Enemies
these words to be engraved on his Tomb Stone
"Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water."
John Keats
(Protestant Cemetery; Rome, Italy)

Nothing in Moderation
We all loved him
Ernie Kovacs
Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills); Los Angeles, California

With God in the Joy of
Beauty and Youth
Barbara LaMarr
(Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California)

Beloved Son of California
who in 1913
headed the company that produced
the first feature length motion picture made in Hollywood.
His greatness never lacked simplicity.
Carry the song along the passage
you, the soul of all there is
in glory forevermore.
Jesse L. Lasky
(Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California)

A master of comedy
His genius in the art of humor
Brought gladness
To the world he loved.
Stan Laurel
(Forest Lawn; Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California)

Man must endure his going hence.
C. S. Lewis
(Headington Quarry Churchyard; Oxfordshire, England)

...If I take the wings of the morning
dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea....
Anne and Charles Lindbergh
(Palapala Hoomu Congregational Cemetery; Kipahulu, Maui, Hawaii)

The Stone the Builders Rejected
Jack London
(Jack London State Historic Park; Glen Ellen, California)

Gone are the living, but the dead remain,
And not neglected; for a hand unseen,
Scattering its bounty like a summer rain,
Still keeps their graves and their remembrance green.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA)

I am Providence
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
(Swan Point Cemetery; Providence, Rhode Island)

Beloved Father
Bela Lugosi
(Holy Cross Cemetery; Culver City, California)

We live to love you more each day
Jayne Mansfield
(Fairview Cemetery; Plainfield, Pennsylvania)

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime
Dean Martin
( Westwood Memorial Cemetery, Los Angeles, California)

Workers of all lands unite.
The philosophers have only
interpreted the world in various ways;
the point is to change it.
Karl Marx
(Highgate Cemetery; London, England)

kata ton daimona eay toy
Jim Morrison
(Pere Lachaise Cemetery;Paris, France)
{True to his own spirit.}

Faithful to the cause of Prohibition -
She hath done what she could
Carrie Amelia Nation
(Belton Cemetery; Belton, Missouri)

Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night:
God said, 'Let Newton be!' and all was light.
written by Alexander Pope
Sir Isaac Newton
(Westminster Abbey, London, England)

As the flowers are all made sweeter
by the sunshine and the dew,
so this old world is made brighter
by the lives
of folks like you.
Bonnie Parker
(Crown Hill Cemetery; Dallas, Texas)

A friend to honesty and a foe to crime
Allan Pinkerton
(Graceland Cemetery; Chicago, Illinois)

Quoth the Raven,
Edgar Allan Poe
(Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery; Baltimore, Maryland)

We love you
Psalms: 23
Freddie Prinze
(Forest Lawn; Hollywood Hills, California)

One of a kind.
Buddy Rich
(Westwood Memorial Park; Westwood, California)

The Cowboy's Prayer
Oh Lord, I reckon I'm not much just by myself.
I fail to do a lot of things I ought to do.
But Lord, when trails are steep and passes high,
Help me to ride it straight the whole way through.
And when in the falling dusk I get the final call,
I do not care how many flowers they send--
Above all else the happiest trail would be
For You to say to me, "Let's ride, My friend."
Roy Rogers
(Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Apple Valley, California)

I never met a man I didn't like.
Will Rogers
(Will Rogers Memorial; Claremore, Oklahoma)

"Loving You is Easy Cause You're Beautiful"
Minnie Riperton Rudolph
Hers was a gift of love, a miracle of life,
For all the world to see and hear forever.
(Westwood Memorial Park; Los Angeles, California)

Beloved King of Comedy
Mack Sennett
(Holy Cross Cemetery; Culver City, California)

Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,
To digg the dust encloased heare!
Blest be the man that spares thes stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.
William Shakespeare
(Holy Trinity Church; Stratford-on-Avon, England)

Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange
Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Protestant Cemetery; Rome, Italy)

In loving memory from the Family
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
(Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California)

Chief of the Hunkpapa Sioux
Sitting Bull
(Post Cemetery; Fort Yates, North Dakota)

The Greatest Blues Singer in the World
Will Never Stop Singing
Bessie Smith
(Mount Lawn Cemetery; Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania)

Shed not for her the bitter tear
Nor give the heart to vain regret
Tis but the casket that lies here
The gem that filled it sparkles yet
Belle Starr
(Myra Maybelle Shirley)
(Belle Star Cabin; Porum, Oklahoma)

people bring so much courage
to this world
the world has to kill them to break them,
so of course it kills them.
It kills the very good and the very gentle
and the very brave impartially.
If you are none of these
you can be sure that it will kill you, too
but there will be no special hurry.
We love you, D.R.
Dorothy Stratten
(Westwood Memorial Park; Westwood, California)

Here Rests in
Honored Glory
An American
Known But to God
Unknown Soldier
(Arlington National Cemetery; Virginia)

And alien tears will fill for him
Pity's long-broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn.
Oscar Wilde
(Pere Lachais; Paris, France)

Thank you for all the love you gave me.
There could be no one stronger.
Thank you for the many beautiful songs.
They will live long and longer.
Hank Williams
(Oakwood Cemetery; Montgomery, Alabama)

Against you I will fling myself,
unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!
Virginia Woolf
(Monk's House, Rodmell, Sussex, England)

Cast a cold eye
On life, on death
Horseman, pass by!
William Butler Yeats
(Drumcliffe Cemetery; County Sligo, Ireland)


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