Memorial Sayings and Quotes

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

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.     

Erich Fromm

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.     

Jack Kornfield

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Henry Waxman

Cover them over with beautiful flowers, Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours, Lying so silent by night and by day.     

Will Carleton

Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I Loved You so—‘twas heaven here with you.     

Isla Paschal Richardson

There are no goodbyes. Where ever you'll be, you'll be in my heart.     


There are no good-byes, where ever you'll be, you'll be in my heart.     


Death is not the end Death can never be the end. Death is the road. Life is the traveller. The Soul is the Guide our mind thinks of death. Our heart thinks of life our soul thinks of Immortality.     

Sri Chinmoy

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.     

Kenji Miyazawa

Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.     

Rossiter W. Raymond

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.     

Kahlil Gibran

Our cheer goes back to them, the valiant dead! Laurels and roses on their graves to-day, lilies and laurels over them we lay, and violets o'er each unforgotten head.     

Richard Hovey

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.     

Rabindranath Tagore

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.     

Washington Irving

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.     

Jan Glidwell

They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast, And their names are engraven on honor's bright crest.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.     

Daniel Webster

We only part to meet again. Change, as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be the faithful compass that still points to thee.     

John Gay

Distance is not the thing that makes us suffer, it's missing someone that's always in your mind that really makes you suffer.     

Anurag Prakash Ray

When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night, And pay no worship to the garish sun.     

William Shakespeare

Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.     

Bob Marley

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We who are left, how shall we look again happily on the sun or feel the rain without remembering how they who went ungrudgingly and spent their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?     

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

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

Richard Puz

And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up!     

Charles Dickens

Your silent tents of green we deck with fragrant flowers; yours has the suffering been, the memory shall be ours.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief -- But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.     

Hilary Stanton Zunin

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.     

J Taylor