Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by that here, obedient to their law, we lie.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
- — Simonides's epigram at Thermopylae
To save your world you asked this man to die: Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
- — Winston Churchill
Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!
- — Epitaph for the Unknown Soldier, written by W. H. Auden
Good frend for Jesus sake forebeare,
To digg þe dust encloased heare.
Blese be þe man þat spares þes stones,
And curst be he þat moves my bones.
- — Virginia Woolf
In modern English:
Good friend for Jesus sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.
I told you I was ill.
- — William Shakespeare
I've finally stopped getting dumber.
- — Spike Milligan
That's all folks.
- — Paul Erdős
If anyone at my funeral has a long face, I'll never speak to him again.
- — Mel Blanc
Consider, friend, as you pass by: As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, you too shall be. Prepare, therefore, to follow me.
- — Stan Laurel
Sleep after toyle, port after stormie seas
- — Scottish tombstone epitaph
Ease after warre, death after life, does greatly please.
- — Joseph Conrad tombstone epitaph. (epigraph taken from Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene
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