An epitaph can impart wisdom, sum up a life, or sneak in one last punch line.
By: Legacy Staff
4 years ago
Epitaphs are a way for us to share ourselves with future generations. They can impart great wisdom, sum up our life's experiences, or just get in one last punch line. Here are some notable epitaphs for your consideration.
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“Truth to your own spirit.”
Jim Morrison (1943 – 1971) died in Paris at the age of 27 and was buried at the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery. The actual letters written on his tomb read "ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ." The Greek quote was written by Morrison's father.
“I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”
The quote on the gravestone for Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) came from Churchill himself, on the eve of his 75th birthday. His Maker would have another 15 years to prepare before Churchill passed away at the age of 90.
“Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime”
Dean Martin (1917 – 1995), the Rat Pack's Crooner-In-Chief, scored a major hit in 1964 with "Everybody Loves Somebody." It's never been far from our minds in the years since, as a timeless soundtrack for those in, and out, of love.
“I told you I was ill.”
Irish comedian Spike Milligan (1918 – 2002) was a driving force behind seminal sketch programs The Goon Show and Q5. As his epitaph proves, he always got the last laugh. The actual text on his headstone is an Irish translation, reading: "Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite."
“A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough”
The final resting place of Alexander the Great (356 BC – 323 BC) is the subject of much debate and over 140 officially sanctioned investigations in Egypt alone. His epitaph may be apocryphal, but it is hard to imagine one better suited to the young conqueror.
“I'm a writer, but then nobody's perfect.”
Billy Wilder (1906 – 2002) wrote some of the most perfect screenplays ever committed to film, like The Lost Weekend and Sunset Boulevard. His epitaph is a playful nod to the last line of Some Like It Hot, and a reminder that we always have room to improve.
Gracie Allen (1895 – 1964) and George Burns (1896 – 1996) were one of the greatest comedy duos of all time as well as a couple of people who were deeply in love with each other. They performed together for 36 years, through Vaudeville, radio and television, until Gracie's failing health forced her to retire.
“She did it the hard way”
Film star Bette Davis (1908 – 1989) was never worried about being loved. In an industry that thrived on ingénues and lovable leading ladies, Davis took on a string of unsympathetic, unlikable characters, breathing life into each role. In the process, she turned herself into a legend.
“The best is yet to come”
Singer and actor Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998) had his fair share of good times with the Rat Pack, including his hit song "The Best is Yet to Come." The song was a celebration of life, and in death it represents Sinatra's faith in a better world after this.