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"Let there be no inscription upon my tomb. Let no man write my epitaph. No man can write my epitaph. I am here ready to die. I am not allowed to vindicate my character; and when I am prevented from vindicating myself, let no man dare calumniate me. Let my character and motives repose in obscurity and peace, till other times and other men can do them justice."

Robert Emmet Quotes , Source: Speech on his Trial and Conviction for High Treason

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Speme e Fortune, addio; che' in porto entrai. Schernite gli altri; ch'io vi spregio omai.

Luigi Alamanni Quotes , Source: version of the Greek "Anthologia" epigram by Luigi Alamanni

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Inn of a traveller on his way to Jerusalem.

Henry Alford Quotes , Source: on his monument in St. Martin's Churchyard, Canterbury

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If Paris that brief flight allow, My humble tomb explore! It bears: "Eternity, be thou My refuge!" and no more.

Matthew Arnold Quotes , Source: Epitaph

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Here lies who, born a man, a grocer died. [Fr., Ne homme--mort epicier.]

Alfred Austin Quotes , Source: Golden Age, a translation of a French epitaph

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Lie lightly on my ashes, gentle earthe.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Quotes , Source: Tragedy of Bonduca (act IV, sc. 3)

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And the voice of men shall call, "He is fallen like us all, Though the weapon of the Lord was in his hand:" And thine epitaph shall be-- "He was wretched ev'n as we;" And thy tomb may be unhonoured in the land.

Robert Williams Buchanan Quotes , Source: The Modern Warrior (st. 7)

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And be the Spartan's epitaph on me-- "Sparta hath many a worthier son than he."

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 10)

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Shrine of the mighty! can it be, That this is all remains of thee?

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Giaour (l. 106)

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Kind reader! take your choice to cry or laugh; Here Harod lies--but where's his Epitaph? If such you seek, try Westminister, and view Ten thousand, just as fit for him as you.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Substitute for an Epitaph

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Yet at the resurrection we shall see A fair edition, and of matchless worth, Free from erratas, new in heaven set forth.

Joseph Capen (2) Quotes , Source: Lines upon Mr. John Foster

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Loe here the precious dust is layd; Whose purely-temper'd clay was made So fine that it the guest betray'd. Else the soule grew so fast within, It broke the outward shall of sinne And so was hatch'd a cherubin.

Thomas Carew Quotes , Source: Inscription on Tomb of Lady Maria Wentworth, in Toddington Church, Bedfordshire, England

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This Mirabeau's work, then is done. He sleeps with the primeval giants. He has gone over to the majority: "Abiit ad plures."

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essay on Mirabeau (close)

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Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade, Death came with friendly care; The opening bud to Heaven conveyed, And bade it blossom there.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes , Source: Epitaph on an Infant

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For though his body's under hatches, His soul has gone aloft.

Charles Dibdin Quotes , Source: Tom Bowling, written on the death of his brother

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His form was of the manliest beauty, His heart was kind and soft, Faithful, below, he did his duty; But now he's gone aloft.

Charles Dibdin Quotes , Source: Tom Bowling, written on death of his brother, inscribed on Charles Dibdin's gravestone in Camden Tow

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This comes of altering fundamental laws and overpersuading by his landlord to take physic (of which he died) for the benefit of the doctor--Stavo bene (was written on his monument) ma per star meglio, sto qui.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Dedication of the Aeneid (XIV, 149)

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If e'er she knew an evil thought She spoke no evil word: Peace to the gentle! She hath sought The bosom of her Lord.

Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer") Quotes , Source: Hannah Ratcliff

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May his body rest free from evil. [Lat., Corpus requiescat a malis.]

Quintus Ennius Quotes , Source: Tusc. (I, 44), quoted by Cicero

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A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole word was not sufficient. [Lat., Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non suffecerit orbis.]

Epitaph Quotes , Source: epitaph on Alexander the Great

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Baths, wine and Venus bring decay to our bodies; but baths, wine and Venus make up life. [Lat., Balnea, vina, Venus corrumpunt corpora nostra; Sed vitam faciunt baldea, vina, Venus.]

Epitaph Quotes , Source: epitaph in Gruter's Monumenta

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Beneath these green trees rising to the skies, The planter of them, Isaac Greentree, lies; The time shall come when these green trees shall fall, And Isaac Greentree rise above them all.

Epitaph Quotes , Source: epitaph at Harrow

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Ecce quod expendi habui, quod donavi habeo, quod negavi punior, quod servavi perdidi.

Epitaph Quotes , Source: on tomb of John Killungworth (1412) in Pitson Church, Bucks, England

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Farewell, vain world, I've had enough of thee, And Valies't not what thou Can'st say of me; Thy Smiles I count not, nor thy frowns I fear, My days are past, my head lies quiet here. What faults you saw in me take Care to shun, Look but at home, enough is to be done.

Epitaph Quotes , Source: epitaph over William Harvey in Greasley Churchyard, England

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For the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Do all the good you can, To all the people you can, In all the ways you can, As long as ever you can.

Epitaph Quotes , Source: tombstone inscription in Shrewsbury, England, a favorite of Mr. Moody

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