If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.
Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.
That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.
When I die of heart failure the next time you frighten me like that, you can put that on my gravestone—‘I didn’t mean to startle her.
Here lies Dobby, a free elf.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough. [Alexander's tombstone epitaph]
I never understood why when you died, you didn't just vanish, everything should just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn't be there. I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment'.
Then on your tombstone, where you only get a little bit of space to sum up your life, some wax-faced creep chisels a set of meaningless numbers instead of poetry or a secret love or the name of your favorite candy. In the end, all you get is a few words.
What's fame, after all? It can be what someone writes on your tombstone.
I used to measure the skies, now I measure the shadows of Earth. Although my mind was sky-bound, the shadow of my body lies here. [Epitaph he composed for himself a few months before he died]
Live your epitaph
An epitaph is a belated advertisement for a line of goods that has been discontinued.
Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
Let there be no inscription upon my tomb; let no man write my epitaph: no man can write my epitaph.