Let them be well used; for they are the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time; after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.
Then there’s hope a great man’s memory may outlive his life half a year: but, by’r lady, he must build churches then; or else shall he suffer not thinking on, with the hobby-horse, whose epitaph is ’For, O, for, O, the hobby-horse is forgot!’
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I want to lead a life that permits a true and honorable epitaph.
I don’t think you’d be interviewing me if we were any less nimble. You’d be writing our epitaph.