After the death of a person, the surviving family members and friends try to recall good things related to the deceased. Recalling what made a person special and summarizing those feelings in the form of an epitaph is a common practice.
An epitaph is a short text that is engraved on a gravestone or headstone in the memory of a deceased person. Often the task of finalizing an epitaph to be engraved on a headstone or urn can be a challenging task due to the limitation of word limit.
Most of the times, the surviving family members of the deceased choose an epitaph for a headstone. But at times the epitaph is written by the deceased before his or her death. In fact there are many famous who have written their own epitaph before departing from this materialistic world.
Here are some of such epitaphs of famous people:
- “My Jesus, mercy” – Al Capone
- “The best is yet to come.” – Frank Sinatra
- “This is the last of Earth! I am content!” – John Quincy Adams
- “Well this was fun, let’s do it again sometime.” – Quniaron Bellthing
- “That’s all, folks!” – Mel Blanc
- “Don’t Try” – Charles Bukowski
- “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” – Winston Churchill
- “Nothing’s so Sacred as Honor and Nothing’s So Loyal as Love” – Wyatt Earp
- “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world” – Robert Frost
- “Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by!” – W. B. Yeats
- “Hey Ram” (Translated “Oh, God”) – Mahatma Gandhi
- “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m Free At Last.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “Workers of all lands unite. The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.” – Karl Marx
- “Truth to your own spirit” – Jim Morrison
- “Norton I Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico” – Joshua A. Norton
- “Never born, Never died: visited the planet earth between December 11, 1931 and, January 19, 1990.” -Osho
- “Curiosity did not kill this cat.” – Studs Terkel
- “I told you so, you damned fools.” – H. G. Wells
- “Against you I will fling myself unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!” – Virginia Woolf
- “Here lies Johnny Yeast. Pardon me for not rising.” – John Yeast
- “Murdered by a traitor and a coward whose name is not worthy to appear here.” – Jesse James
- “3.14159265358979323846264338327950” – Ludolph van Ceulen
- “Jack Lemmon in..” – Jack Lemmon
- “She did it the hard way.” – Bette Davis
- “Here lies George Johnson, hanged by mistake 1882. He was right, we was wrong, but we strung him up and now he’s gone.” – George Johnson
- “Here lies Lester Moore. Four slugs from a 44, no Les, no more.” – Lester Moore
- “I’ll never get out of this world alive.” – Hank Williams
- “There goes the neighborhood.” – Rodney Dangerfield
- “Called back.” – Emily Dickinson
- “I will not be right back after this message.” – Merv Griffin
- “I never met a man I didn’t like.” – Will Rogers
To conclude, the above mentioned epitaphs of famous people are unique in many ways as these words often portrays the essence of the individual who has written it. Till date, these famous epitaphs inspire others.