Monument Sayings and Quotes

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

It is certainly true that ‘actions speak louder than words,’ but words become as monuments to thoughts.     

Anton Szandor LaVey

Ancient monuments are full of wisdom, for they have been filled with what they have seen and heard for hundreds of years!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Make your monuments [worthy] of the god, This keeps alive their maker’s name,..     

Miriam Lichtheim

Endow your monuments according to your wealth. Even one day gives to eternity, An hour contributes to the future, God recognizes him who works for him.     

Miriam Lichtheim

Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.     

Joseph Joubert

Live a life as a monument to your soul.     

Ayn Rand

Take the stones people throw at you, and use them to build a monument     

Robin Sharma

The monument of a great man is not of granite or marble or bronze. It consists of his goodness, his deeds, his love and his compassion.     

Alfred Armand Montapert

Genius only leaves behind it the monuments of its strength.     

William Hazlitt

Monuments are for the living, not the dead.     

Frank Wedekind

MONUMENT, n. A structure intended to commemorate something which either needs no commemoration or cannot be commemorated.     

Ambrose Bierce

People are quick to make monuments of anything they live long enough to control.     

Hilton Als

At any moment, man must decide, for better or for worse, what will be the monument of his existence.     

Viktor E. Frankl

The child as a monument to the passion of two people; the will to oneness in two.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

The great monuments are raised up like dams, pitting the logic of majesty and authority against all the shady elements: it is in the form of cathedrals and palaces that Church and State speak and impose silence on the multitudes.     

Georges Bataille

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.     


There is nothing in this world as invisible as a monument     

Robert Musil

Monuments, like men, submit to fate.     

Alexander Pope

Monuments obtain their full worth through their complete use.     

Evangelos Venizelos

Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character.     

Hugh B. Brown

Monuments may be builded to express the affection or pride of friends, or to display their wealth, but they are only valuable for the characters which they perpetuate.     

James A. Garfield

Those only deserve a monument who do not need one; that is, who have raised themselves a monument in the minds and memories of men.     

William Hazlitt

The stones that critics hurl with harsh intent, a man may use to build his monument.     

Arthur Guiterman

The sight of such a monument is like continual and stationary music, which one hears for one's good as one approaches it.     

Madame De Stael