Memoriam Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old memoriam quotes, memoriam sayings, and memoriam proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The memorial itself has been an afterthought. It's astounding to me that the only thing they have up there after four years are a couple of posters.     

Bill Doyle

Memorials become relics if they do not stir our modern conscience.     

Henry Waxman

It's a sad fact that some people are only remembered once they're dead.     


Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance and love have no end, and the Lord of life holds all who die and all who mourn.     

George W. Bush

The only real treasure is in your head. Memories are better than diamonds and nobody can steal them from you     

Rodman Philbrick

Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.     

Pete Hegseth

The grief they have experienced has made them more empathetic to the grief of others.     

Bill Doyle

Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?     

Terry Pratchett

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in; their true beauty is revealed only if their light is from within.     

Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Because one dead leaves every material back, even the body, but what is taken is the soul with memories.     

Riku H. Petro

People leave strange little memories of themselves behind when they die.     

Haruki Murakami

Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once a year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well.     

Jennifer Granholm

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.     


Our legacy is really the lives we touch, the inspiration we give, altering someone's plan - if even for a moment and getting them to think, cry, laugh, argue. More than anything, we are remembered for our smiles; the ones we share with our closest and dearest, and the ones we bestow on a total stranger, who needed it right then, and God put you there to deliver.     

Carrie Hamilton

The best memorial for a mighty man is to gain honor ere death.     

Decimius Magnus Ausonius

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.     


Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the thing you are, the things you never want to lose.     

Kevin Arnold

Memories are like stones, time and distance erode them like acid.     

Ugo Betti

Our memories are independent of our wills. It is not so easy to forget.     

Richard B. Sheridan

A remembrance can mean nothing to the one remembered; it can only remind the ones left behind how little they did while you were still alive.     

Sandra Bernhard

Those whom we have loved never really leave us. They live on forever in our hearts, and cast their radiant light onto our every shadow.     

Sylvana Rossetti

Memories are like a box full of chocolates, you can't have them all at once.     

Sarvani Rajdeep

The grave is but a covered bridge, leading from light to light, through a brief darkness.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.     

Clyde Campbell

No one ever really dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories.     

Chris Sorensen

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.     

Antonio Porchia