135 Funeral Quotes
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Death is inevitable. It is a democracy for all of the people, not an aristocracy for some of the people – kings die and beggars die; young men die and old men die; learned men die and ignorant men die. We need not fear it.
Martin Luther King Jr
Fear of death can be a great inhibitor in your life. It can keep you from living fully and it can make your time here in this human form anxious and sickly.
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Emerson Ralph Waldo
George Harrison's passing was really sad, but it does make the afterlife seem much more attractive.
Death - the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
Your coffin reached the monstrous hole. And a part of me went down into the muddy earth with you and lay down next to you and died with you.
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Funerals all over the world everywhere every minute. Shoveling them under by the cartload doublequick. Thousands every hour. Too many in the world.
The song is ended, but the melody lingers on...
Saying, 'I'm sorry' is the same as saying, ' I apologize.' Except at a funeral.
Western funerals: black hearses, and black horses, and fast-fading flowers. Why should black be the color of death? Why not the colors of a sunset?
Who knows when the end is reached? Death may be the beginning of life.
How do I know that love of life is not a delusion after all? How do I know that he who dreads to die is as a child who has lost the way and cannot find his way home?
How do I know that the dead repent of having previously clung to life?
It's important to attend funerals. It is important to view the body, they say, and to see it committed to earth or fire because unless you do that, the loved one dies for you again and again.
The first breath is the beginning of death.
The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is
a mystery and today is a gift,
which is why it is called the present.
What the caterpillar perceives is the end;
to the butterfly is just the beginning.
Everything that has a beginning has an ending.
Make your peace with that and all will be well
There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
The heart hath its own memory, like the mind. And in it are enshrined the precious keepsakes, into which is wrought the giver’s loving thought.
H W Longfellow
Your end, which is endless, is as a snowflake dissolving in the pure air.
There was that feeling one gets in a ride to a cemetery trailing a body in a coffin -- an impatience with the dead, a longing to be back home where one could get on with the illusion that not death but daily life is the permanent condition.
E L Doctorow
Perhaps passing through the gates of death is like passing quietly through the gate in a pasture fence. On the other side, you keep walking, without the need to look back. No shock, no drama, just the lifting of a plank or two in a simple wooden gate in a clearing. Neither pain, nor floods of light, nor great voices, but just the silent crossing of a meadow.
Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.
What the heart has once known, it shall never forget.
Death ends a life, not a relationship.
The first funeral for Andrew Goodman was at night and it was a lot of work. To begin with they had to kill him.
If death could be seen as a beautiful clear lake, refreshing and buoyant, then when a consciousness moves towards its exit from a body there would be that delightful plunge and it would simply swim away.
It is extremely hard to have a funeral when you don't have anything to bury.
Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Martin Luther King Jr
The face of the dead man was concealed, of course, our customs not being those of the south, where corpses are carried to the grave in open coffins, that they might – one last time before slipping into the pit – be warmed by the light of the sun.
The formal Washington dinner party has all the spontaneity of a Japanese imperial funeral.
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
If I am to wear this mourning cloak, let it be made of the fabric of love, woven by the fine thread of memory.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.
They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize I'm going to miss mine by just a few days.
The Nobel is a ticket to one's own funeral. No one has ever done anything after he got it.
T S Eliot
The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead.
Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there.
Isla Paschal Richardson
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live you life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.
Native American Proverb
A guy I grew up with recently died. I did attend his funeral, but only because I thought there’d be free food afterwards.
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