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I want to lead a life that permits a true and honorable epitaph.
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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.
    Bill Gates
  • Trefusis objected that the epitaph was untrue, and said that he did not see why tombstones should be privileged to publish false statements.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  An Unsocial Socialist
  • It has been used as a prison for political offenders for two or three hundred years, and its dungeon walls are scarred with the rudely carved names of many and many a captive who fretted his life away here and left no record of himself but these sad epitaphs wrought with his own hands.
    Mark Twain  --  The Innocents Abroad

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  • You done wrote his epitaph too—like the rest of the world?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • How he would figure among them in the churchyard, between services on Sundays ... reciting for their amusement all the epitaphs on the tombstones; or...
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Chose his own epitaph.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The crickety voice still poured out its dry, bleak epitaph.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • You cannot better be employ’d, Bassanio, Than to live still, and write mine epitaph.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice

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  • At his head it stood, silent, erect, and still—a living grave-stone, with its epitaph in blood.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He had been thinking about pulling her into his arms and kissing her gently, but "Simon Lewis, Molester of Passed-Out Women" wasn’t really the epitaph by which he wanted to be remembered.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • These were his words over my grave, my epitaph, and I was glad that I got to hear them.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • ’But come, Ernest, can you not give us an epitaph for our unfortunate friend the donkey?
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Then, with a sudden dart of irony, he wondered if, when their turn came, the same epitaph would be written over him and Zeena.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Wonderfullest things are ever the unmentionable; deep memories yield no epitaphs; this six-inch chapter is the stoneless grave of Bulkington.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It would make a good epitaph for Billy Pilgrim-and for me, too.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • And this was the epitaph of a dead dog on the Northland trail—less scant than the epitaph of many another dog, of many a man.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • (I saw the idea suddenly break upon him that he would adapt his epitaph to the occasion, before he went on to say) "And there weren’t no objection on your part, and Pip it were the great wish of your hart!"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Oh-h-h, tempt not the gods of the desert, Lest you seek a lonely epitaph.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • 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.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • This master was one day walking through the Cathedral of Lima and stopped to read the epitaph of a lady.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Dead with neat stones above them, saying: ’Here lies a soldier of the Confederacy, dead for the Southland’ or ’Dulce et decorum est—’ or any of the other popular epitaphs.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They were now briefer than epitaphs and more terse than commands.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Let my epitaph be.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • As they carried Mikey to the plane, I tried to think of an epitaph for my greatest buddy, and I could only come up with some poem written by the Australian Banjo Paterson, I guess for one of his heroes, as Mikey was mine: He was hard and tough and wiry-just the sort that won t say die- There was courage in his quick, impatient tread; And he bore the badge ofgameness in his bright and fiery eye, And the proud and lofty carriage of his head.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Laurie dug a grave under the ferns in the grove, little Pip was laid in, with many tears by his tender-hearted mistress, and covered with moss, while a wreath of violets and chickweed was hung on the stone which bore his epitaph, composed by Jo while she struggled with the dinner.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • It was his epitaph for all dead friendships and Stephen wondered whether it would ever be spoken in the same tone over his memory.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • That’s what they’re for, epitaphs, Joel suddenly realized.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Among them, of course, was that of Dona Fermina Daza de Urbino de la Calle, and next to it her husband’s, with a common epitaph: Together still in the peace of the Lord.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Not long since I read his epitaph in the old Lincoln burying-ground, a little on one side, near the unmarked graves of some British grenadiers who fell in the retreat from Concord—where he is styled "Sippio Brister"—Scipio Africanus he had some title to be called—"a man of color," as if he were discolored.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • She died on the spot and, the next morning, a newspaper appeared with this heading: TWO HUNDRED KILOS ON THE HEAD OF A CONCIERGE That was her sole epitaph!
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • By that her eye was instantly caught and long retained; and the perusal of the highly strained epitaph, in which every virtue was ascribed to her by the inconsolable husband, who must have been in some way or other her destroyer, affected her even to tears.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • , and an epitaph in the true stile.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Suddenly the words sounded like an epitaph.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Your daughter here the princes left for dead; Let her awhile be secretly kept in, And publish it that she is dead indeed: Maintain a mourning ostentation; nd on your family’s old monument Hang mournful epitaphs and do all rites That appertain unto a burial.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • And as ill-luck would have it, to set things right, I began telling a very cultivated anecdote about Piron, how he was not accepted into the French Academy, and to revenge himself wrote his own epitaph: Ci-git Piron qui ne fut rien, Pas meme academicien.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • It might not be amiss to close this book with a few lines from another Bob Dylan song, lines that might serve as Carrie’s epitaph: I wish I could write you a melody so plain/That would save you, dear lady, from going insane/That would ease you and cool you and cease the pain/Of your useless and pointless knowledge …. * From My Name Is Susan Snell (p.98): This little book is done now.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • That’s his epitaph.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • And to the end he had been true to the Union, and to his greatest act of courageous principle; for in his last words to the Senate, Webster had written his own epitaph: I shall stand by the Union …. with absolute disregard of personal consequences.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The Naiads of that land consigned his body to a tomb, whereupon this epitaph: Here Phaethon lies: in Phoebus’ ear he fared, And though he greatly failed, more greatly dared.48 This tale of indulgent parenthood illustrates the antique idea that when the roles of life are assumed by the improperly initiated, chaos supervenes.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He told of the hemorrhages in the night, of Dr Clark bleeding him and prescribing "exercise and good air," and of the ultimate religious and personal despair which had led Keats to demand his own epitaph be carved in stone as: "Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water."
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • What lying epitaphs they make over the corpse of love!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He likewise heard some phrases spoken by the phantom with the short face, the genial Spectator: "When I look upon the tombs of the great, every motion of envy dies in me; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • …even in his (Quentin’s) father’s youth had already established (even if not affirmed) herself as the town’s and the county’s poetess laureate by issuing to the stern and meagre subscription list of the county newspaper poems, ode eulogy and epitaph, out of some bitter and implacable reserve of undefeat; and these from a woman whose family’s martial background as both town and county knew consisted of the father who, a conscientious objector on religious grounds, had starved to death…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • …SaintPierre-aux-Boeufs, and in the rear through the Rue du Parvis, driven to bay against Notre-Dame, which they still assailed and Quasimodo defended, at the same time besiegers and besieged, they were in the singular situation in which Comte Henri Harcourt, ~Taurinum obsessor idem et obsessus~, as his epitaph says, found himself later on, at the famous siege of Turin, in 1640, between Prince Thomas of Savoy, whom he was besieging, and the Marquis de Leganez, who was blockading him.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Sir Nathaniel, will you hear an extemporal epitaph on the death of the deer?
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • The epitaph of Sir Jenkin Grout is not wholly unintelligible to the present age.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I thought I spoke in epitaph-in the idiom of man.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
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