An epitaph is a meaningful tombstone tribute to someone who has died. Here are 100 of the best epitaph examples. Gravestones remember the dead by honoring life. That is why tombstones typically feature names, family relationships, dates of birth and death \u2014 to make it clear to all who come after that here lies a person who lived, who loved, and who matters to those left behind. The most personal gravestone memorials also include a little something more, a favorite quote perhaps, or a symbol reflecting an affinity the deceased had. Often this extra something on a headstone is an epitaph, a phrase written in memory of a person who has died. Epitaphs allow us to share a little of ourselves and our loved ones with future generations. An epitaph can impart wisdom, sum up one\u2019s life experiences, or get in one last punch line. Whether you are planning a funeral or simply looking for a little inspiration, here are some of the best epitaphs we\u2019ve encountered. Scroll down for all 100 of the best epitaph examples. Explore by topic: Celebrity EpitaphsClever and Funny EpitaphsProfound and Meaningful EpitaphsSpouse or Partner EpitaphsRemembering a ParentRemembering a ChildHonoring a SiblingFamily and Friend Epitaphs Celebrity Epitaphs Jim Morrison Epitaph: \u201cTruth to your own spirit\u201d \u201cTruth to your own spirit\u201d is the English translation of the epitaph engraved in Greek on rock star Jim Morrison\u2019s tomb in Paris. James Douglas Morrison1943\u20131971\u039a\u0391\u03a4\u0391 \u03a4\u039f\u039d \u0394\u0391\u0399\u039c\u039f\u039d\u0391 \u0395\u0391\u03a5\u03a4\u039f\u03a5 Ernest Shackleton Epitaph: \u201cI hold that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life\u2019s set prize.\u201d Inscribed on the back of Shackleton\u2019s gravestone, this quote by poet Robert Browning captures the spirit of the famed British explorer who led three expeditions to the Antarctic. To the dear memory ofErnest Henry ShackletonExplorerBorn 15th Feb. 1874Entered life eternal 5th Jan. 1922\u201cI hold that a man should strive to the uttermost for his life\u2019s set prize.\u201d Floyd Patterson Epitaph: \u201cA champion always\u201d Known as \u201cThe Gentleman of Boxing,\u201d Floyd Patterson won an Olympic gold medal and twice was heavyweight champion of the world during two decades in the ring. In Loving Memory ofFloyd PattersonJan. 4 1935 - May 11, 2006Husband, Father, Grandfather and FriendA Champion Always Joe DiMaggio Epitaph: \u201cGrace, dignity and elegance personified\u201d Joe DiMaggio is one of the greatest baseball players of all time, but his epitaph speaks more to his gracious demeanor than his skill with a bat. Joseph Paul DiMaggioNovember 25, 1914March 8, 1999Grace, Dignity and Elegance Personified Betty Hutton Epitaph: \u201cLoved by all\u201d Blond bombshell Betty Hutton was a triple threat entertainer who sang and danced her way to Hollywood stardom before personal demons derailed her career. Loved by AllBetty Hutton2-26-1921 \u2013 3-12-2007 Natalie Wood Epitaph: \u201cMore than love\u201d Natalie Wood was one of the biggest movie stars of her generation when she died tragically in a mysterious drowning at age 43. Natalie Wood WagnerBeloved Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother & Friend1938\u20131981\u201cMore Than Love\u201d Gary Moore Epitaph: \u201cLoved beyond the stars\u201d A simple epitaph for Thin Lizzy rocker Gary Moore (1952\u20132011). Robert William Gary Moore4th April 1952 \u2013 6th February 2011MusicianLoved beyond the stars Ian Curtis Epitaph: \u201cLove will tear us apart\u201d The grave marker for Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis (1956\u20131980) pays tribute to the band's classic song. Ian Curtis18-5-80Love will tear us apart Dean Martin Epitaph: \u201cEverybody loves somebody sometime\u201d The epitaph on the grave of Rat Pack actor-singer-comedian Dean Martin is taken from one of his signature songs. Dean MartinJune 7, 1917 \u2013 December 25, 1995Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime Jayne Mansfield Epitaph: \u201cWe live to love you more each day\u201d You can feel the love when you look at the heart-shaped grave of blond bombshell movie star Jayne Mansfield, who died tragically young. Jayne MansfieldApril 19, 1933June 29, 1967We live to love you more each day Gracie Allen and George Burns Epitaph: \u201cTogether again\u201d The married comedy duo of Gracie Allen and George Burns performed together for 36 years in vaudeville, radio, and television. After her death in 1964, it would be another 30+ years before they were reunited. Gracie Allen (1902\u20131964) and George Burns (1896\u20131996)Together Again Robert Frost Epitaph: \u201cI had a lover\u2019s quarrel with the world.\u201d The epitaph on the Vermont gravestone of Robert Frost is taken from his poem \u201cThe Lesson for Today.\u201d Robert Lee FrostMar. 26, 1874 \u2013 Jan. 29, 1963\u201cI had a lover\u2019s quarrel with the world.\u201d Bette Davis Epitaph: \u201cShe did it the hard way\u201d In an industry that celebrates ing\u00e9nues and lovable leading ladies, film icon Bette Davis took on a string of unsympathetic, unlikable characters, breathing life into each role. Bette DavisApril 5, 1908 \u2013 October 6, 1989\u201cShe did it the hard way\u201d Winston Churchill Epitaph: \u201cI am ready to meet my Maker. \u202fWhether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.\u201d The British prime minister was also a Nobel laureate for literature, so it's no wonder he wrote his own epitaph. While it doesn't appear on his tombstone, it is a fitting self-tribute. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill 1874\u20131965 Alexander the Great Epitaph: \u201cA tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough\u201d This well-known epitaph for the ancient conqueror (356 BC\u2013323 BC)\u202f sums him up well but good luck finding his tomb \u2014 Alexander\u2019s final resting place is the subject of much debate. Edgar Allan Poe Epitaph: \u201cQuoth the raven, \u2018Nevermore\u2019\u201d A marker at Poe\u2019s original gravesite in Baltimore includes this quote from his famous poem. Quoth the raven, \u2018Nevermore\u2019Original burial place of Edgar Allan PoefromOctober 9, 1849untilNovember 17, 1875Mrs. Maria Clemm, his mother-in-law, lies upon his right and Virginia Poe, his wife, upon his left, under the monument erected to him in this cemetery. Dee Dee Ramone Epitaph: \u201cOK...I gotta go now\u201d The Ramones\u2019 prolific songwriter and bassist has two epitaphs on his tombstone: \u201cI feel so safe flying on a ray on the highest trails above\u201d (from his song \u201cHighest Trails Above\u201d) and \u201cOK...I gotta go now\u201d (possibly a call-out to his song \u201cBlitzkrieg Bop\u201d). I feel so safe flying on a ray on the highest trails aboveDouglas Glenn ColvinSept. 18, 1951June 5, 2002DEE DEE RAMONEO.K...I gotta go now. Lenny Bruce Epitaph: \u201cPeace at last\u201d For a guy who made his living telling jokes, comedian Lenny Bruce has a decidedly un-funny epitaph. Lenny \u201cBruce\u201d SchneiderBeloved Father - Devoted Son1925\u20131966\u201cPeace at last\u201d Ritchie Valens Epitaph: \u201cCome on let\u2019s go\u201d The grave pioneering rock \u2018n\u2019 roll singer Ritchie Valens shares with his mother pays tribute to two of his hit songs: \u201cLa Bamba\u201d and \u201cCome on Let\u2019s Go.\u201d The gravestone even includes the opening bars of each song. ValenzuelaBeloved Mother & Sister | Beloved Son & BrotherConcepcion Reyes | Richard Steven\u201cConcha\u201d | \u201cRitchie Valens\u201dOct. 6, 1915\u2013Oct. 18, 1987 | May 13, 1941\u2013Feb. 3, 1959\u201cLa Bamba\u201d | \u201cCome on Let\u2019s Go\u201d Frank Sinatra Epitaph: \u201cThe best is yet to come\u201d Frank Sinatra\u2019s epitaph speaks to having faith that a better place awaits and pays homage to one of his many hit songs. The Best Is Yet to ComeFrancis Albert Sinatra 1915\u20131998Beloved Husband & Father Clever and Funny Epitaphs \u201cWell this sucks\u201d \u201cI knew if I waited around long enough something like this would happen.\u201d Playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856\u20131850) joked that this would make a good epitaph. \u201cI told you I was ill.\u201d Comedian Spike Milligan (1918\u20132002) of \u201cThe Goon Show\u201d got one last laugh on his tombstone. The Irish inscription \u201cDuirt m\u00e9 leat go raibh m\u00e9 breoite\u201d translates to \u201cI told you I was ill.\u201d \u201cShe always said her feet were killing her, but no one believed her.\u201d \u201cShit happens\u201d \u201cWherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.\u201d Writer and wit Dorothy Parker (1893\u20131967) quipped that this would make a good epitaph for her. \u201cI\u2019m a writer, but then nobody\u2019s perfect.\u201d The funny epitaph of filmmaker Billy Wilder (1906\u20132002) is a nod to the funny final line of his classic comedy \u201cSome Like It Hot.\u201d \u201cThere goes the neighborhood.\u201d It's hard to think of a better epitaph for stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield (1921\u20132004), known for his self-deprecating humor and \u201cI don\u2019t get no respect\u201d schtick. \u201cI will not be right back after this message.\u201d As a popular television talk show and game show host, Merv Griffin (1925\u20132007) went to commercial countless times. But there was one commercial break he couldn\u2019t come back from. \u201cJack Lemmon in...\u201d During his lifetime, Oscar-winning actor Jack Lemmon (1925\u20132001) starred in more than 60 films and had his name in lights on theater marquees. Now he has one starring role for eternity. \u201cIf you can read this, you are standing on my boobs\u201d \u201cLet \u2019er rip\u201d RIP on a tombstone typically means \u201crest in peace.\u201d But for actor Leslie Nielsen (1926\u20132010), who made generations laugh as the star of \u201cAirplane!\u201d and \u201cThe Naked Gun\u201d movies, it was one final fart joke. \u201cThat\u2019s all folks\u201d A fitting and funny epitaph for Mel Blanc (1908\u20131989), the man of a thousand voices who gave life to Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, and countless classic animated characters. Profound and Meaningful Epitaphs \u201cFree at last, free at last, thank God almighty I\u2019m free at last\u201d A fitting epitaph for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929\u20131968) who led the struggle for African American civil rights and dreamed of a world where all were free and equal. \u201cIt was a hell of a life\u201d \u201cShall I be gone long?\u201d The epitaph of U.K. poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972), father of award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, comes from his poem \u201cIs It Far to Go?\u201d Shall I be gone long?For ever and a day.To whom there belong?Ask the stone to say.Ask my song. \u201cDeath is but the key\u201d This profound epitaph can be found on the tombstone of best-selling horror writer James Herbert (1943\u20132013). \u201cDeath is the close of life\u2019s alarms, the watch-light on it\u2019s shores, the clasping in immortal arms of loved one\u2019s gone before.\u201d \u201cBeneath this dolesome veil she rests, her weary head serene, from busy life, she\u2019s peaceful laid, no sorrows intervene.\u201d \u201cCast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by!\u201d Poet William Butler Yeats (1865\u20131939) wrote this epitaph for himself. It can be found on his gravestone in Ireland. \u201cFairwell vain world I\u2019ve known enough of thee\u201d Fairwell vain world I\u2019ve known enough of theeand now am careles what thou sayes of methy smiles I cort not now thy frowns I fearmy cares are past my head lieth quiat herewhat falts thou sawest in me now strive to shunthere is worke enough within thee to be done \u201cI 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.\u201d Astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571\u20131630) composed this epitaph for himself a few months before he died. \u201cWe who loved you will watch for you in the night sky; for surely you will race across the heavens faster than any star\u201d \u201cThe memory of the just is blessed\u201d Sacred to the Memory of Eliza CrowhurstA devoted mother who carved the headstoneon this grave and wheeled it in a barrowfrom Percydale to the cemeteryto erect it thereon. \u201cWell played\u201d This fitting tribute to English cricketer Harry Bagshaw (1859\u20131927) is followed by \u201cFor when the one Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He writes not that you won or lost but how you played the game.\u201d \u201cSee you at the far post\u201d The tombstone for footballer Billy Ayre (1952\u20132002) pays homage to his career as a player and manager with multiple clubs in England. It also shows how much he meant to his family. \u201cHe lies in the valley he loved\u201d The epitaph of English writer Laurie Lee (1914\u20131997). \u201cWeeping for the living and the dead\u201d Epitaph on a monument marking the burial place of 31 unidentified persons who died in the Windsor Hotel fire of 1899. \u201cI travelled the world with work that I love\u201d Martin Guy White (1944\u20131999) had the rare privilege of seeing the world while doing something that he loved. Twice he was honored with the Polar Medal, awarded to citizens of the United Kingdom for service in the Arctic and\/or Antarctic. \u201cShe loved bamboo\u201d We don\u2019t know much about Eleanor Crum. But we do know that she loved bamboo, thanks to the epitaph on a plaque at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. \u201cA cowboy\u2019s friend\u201d \u201cWe plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land\u201d An epitaph on the tombstone of an English farmer. \u201cEach tool is laid aside worn with work done with pride\u201d \u201cThe outward mark of respect paid to men merely because they are rich and powerful ... hath no communication with the heart\u201d Epitaph on the tombstone of English politician John Frost (1784\u20131877). \u201cHe found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world\u201d Born into slavery, George Washington Carver (c. 1860s\u20131943) was a prominent scientist who promoted agricultural methods that were environmentally sustainable and would improve the health and well-being of poor black farmers. \u201cPertransit benefaciendo\u201d A common epitaph, this Latin phrase roughly translates to \u201cthis person went about doing good.\u201d \u201cA true hero and civil rights activist\u201d The epitaph for Fred Korematsu (1919\u20132005) pays tribute to the deceased and provides a history lesson about the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Born in Oakland, Fred wanted only to be treated like every other American. Defying the 1942 order for the internment of Japanese Americans, he stood strong against anti-Asian prejudice in the United States during World War II. He challenged our nation's conscience, reminding us that we must uphold the rights of our own citizens even as we fight tyranny in other lands. A true hero and civil rights activist, Fred was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in January 1998. \u201cWhen I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.\u201d It doesn\u2019t get much more profound than the epitaph for \u201cgay Vietnam veteran\u201d Leonard Matlovich (1943\u20131988), the first gay service member to purposely out himself to the military to fight their ban on homosexuals. Never Again | Never Forget6 July 1943 | 22 June 1988A Gay Vietnam Veteran\u201cWhen I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.\u201d \u201cAnd so he passed over and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side\u201d In loving memory of RAF pilot officer Sir Christopher Albert de Bathe, killed on active service 3 June 1941. \u201cSacrificed their lives in saving the train\u201d A brutally honest epitaph for two heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty. Walter Peart, driver, and Harry Dean, fireman of the Windsor ExpressWhilst being scalded and burned sacrificed their lives in saving the train \u201cI pray that the union of these states may be eternal\u201d Pioneering publicist, travel writer, and newspaper editor Anne Royall (1769\u20131854) was by some accounts the first professional woman journalist in the United States. Born just before America claimed independence from Great Britain, Royall had the success of the young nation on her mind when she died just half a decade before the onset of the Civil War. \u201cAn inflexible friend of the American union\u201d John Minor Botts (1802\u20131869) was a prominent Unionist in Richmond, Virginia during the American Civil War. His gravestone includes an epitaph and a quote, both of which highlight his love of country. He was under all circumstances an inflexible friend of the American Union. \u201cI know no North, no South, no East, no West. I only know my country, my whole country, and nothing but my country.\u201d \u201cFigment\u201d On death and remembrance, iconic artist Andy Warhol (1928\u20131987) had this to say: \u201cI never understood why when you died, you didn\u2019t just vanish, everything should just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn\u2019t be there. I always thought I\u2019d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I\u2019d like it to say \u2018figment\u2019.\u201d \u201cIn some new brain the sleeping dust will waken...\u201d The epitaph of poet John Drinkwater (1882\u20131937) is taken from his poem \u201cAmaranth.\u201d In some new brain the sleeping dust will waken;Courage and love that conquered and were done,Called from a night by thought of man forsaken,Will know again the gladness of the sun. \u201cOur enduring inspiration\u201d The epitaph on the tombstone of English Green Party politician Mike Woodin (1965\u20132004) is followed by \u201cLove you, miss you, love you, miss you, love you, miss you.\u201d \u201cAn unfortunate but good man\u201d \u201cGood people\u201d \u201cMy life is more than my action\u201d The epitaph on the tombstone of British musician Mike Taylor (1938\u20131969) of the band Cream: I dive from a springboardinto cool clear waterand yet I furnish my springboardwith my experienceso that my life is more than my action. \u201cI did it my way\u201d \u201cHappy they who fearing God fear nothing else\u201d \u201cBringing their sheaves with them\u201d \u201cLife goes, remembrance will be always\u201d Epitaphs for Family and Friends \u201cBeloved father, son, and friend\u201d \u201cGreater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend\u201d \u201cLoving son, brother, friend and fiancee\u201d \u201cAmbassadors, Writers, Teachers\u201d \u201cDevoted Son ... Caring Brother ... Loving Husband ... Proud Father ... Adoring Papa\u201d The headstone for musician Mean Gene Kelton (1953-2010) highlights important family relationships. Epitaphs for Brothers and Sisters \u201cBrother\u201d \u201cSister\u201d \u201cBeneath this stone two sisters sleep who\u2019ve left us here a while to weep; in bloom of youth were call\u2019d away, transient as theirs may be our stay\u201d Epitaphs for Children \u201cBorn in God\u2019s hands\u201d \u201cBeloved daughter\u201d \u201cOur little boy ... He shall gather the lambs in His arms\u201d \u201cMy babe is dead and shall see\u2019t no more, that blessed angel\u2019s face I now deplore. But all my hopes and sweetest comfort this, to meet my darling in the realms of bliss.\u201d \u201cSuffer little children to come unto me\u201d \u201cSafely anchored\u201d \u201cI have chosen you\u201d Epitaphs for Mothers and Fathers \u201cFather\u201d \u201cMother\u201d \u201cOur dad, a wonderful man. We love you.\u201d \u201cWise, wonderful, devoted, angelic mother\u201d \u201cYou were the sweetest and the greatest of any woman God created\u201d You were the sweetest and the greatest of any woman God createdYou've been our friend and our Mother, always helped us, always loved usYou tried so hard to guide us, and Mother you never once denied usSo our love for you isn't easily expressed, for in our eyes, you'll always be bestThough you lie here as asleep, as each day passes we cry and weepBecause we hold you in our memory forever, we know there will never be anotherTo take the place of you, our precious Mother \u201cShe has soared away to a better land\u201d She has soared away to a better landShe has left us here a broken bandOur Mother has gone never to return \u201cMum and Dad with all our love\u201d Epitaphs for a Partner or Spouse \u201cLoving companion of\u201d Wife and Widow \u201cTill death do us part ... From his true and faithful wife\u201d \u201cThey were lovely in their lives and in death they were not parted.\u201d \u201cDarling Amelia she has left me, yes forever more. But I hope to meet my loved one on that bright and happy shore.\u201d \u201cI shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness\u201d \u201cReunited\u201d Related to Epitaphs Famous Epitaphs20 Creative Ways to Pay TributeBest Religious Funeral SongsWhat Happens at a Wake?