Rest In Peace Sayings and Quotes

Losing a loved one is never easy. We can only hope their departure from the living offers a reprieve from suffering, allowing them to rest easy. Find a bit of solace in the curated collection of wise and encouraging rest in peace quotes and proverbs below.

Every great loss demands that we choose life again.     

Rachel Naomi Remen

Our memories of our loved ones are the pearl we form around the grain of grief that causes us pain.     

Jeff Zenther

Then I realized there was no one else to call, which was the saddest thing. The only person I really wanted to talk to about Augustus Water’s death was Augustus Water.     

John Green

Keep in mind there has never been a loss precisely like yours.     

James E. Miller

And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.     

William Cullen Bryant

When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.     


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

Robert Green Ingersoll

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.     

Leonardo da Vinci

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

Rabindranath Tagore

Rest, weary heart, / From all Thy silent griefs and secret pain, / Thy profitless regrets, and longings vain; / Wisdom and love have ordered all the past, / All shall be blessedness and joy af last; / Cast off the cares that have so long oppressed; / Rest, sweetly rest!     

Jane Borthwick

Eternal peace is a dream - and not even a beautiful one.     

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

I can't even make up a rhyme about an umbrella, let alone death and life and eternal peace.     

Knut Hamsun

All dust is the same dust. / Temporarily separated / To go peacefully / And enjoy the eternal nap.     

Dejan Stojanovic

The time will come when every change shall cease, / This quick revolving wheel shall rest in peace: / No summer then shall glow, not winter freeze; / Nothing shall be to come, and nothing past, / But an eternal now shall ever last.     


Thou fool, what is sleep but the image of death? Fate will give an eternal rest.     


Death, like a host, comes smiling to the door; / Smiling, he greets us, on that tranquil shore / Where neither piping bird nor peeping dawn / Disturbs the eternal sleep, / But in the stillness far withdrawn / Our dreamless rest for evermore we keep.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

I ask no paradise on high, With cares on earth oppressed, / The only heaven for which I sigh, Is rest, eternal rest.     

Solomon Northup

And when my days run out, I will have lived just a blink of time and the rest will be eternal joy.     

Abby Danielle Burlbaugh

Rest means completion of the labour, the finishing of the course. It embraces the happiness of God into eternity, not just for the soul at the moment of death, but for the resurrected body at the end of history and for the renewal of all things.     

John D. Gillespie

Dying is a wild night and a new road.      

Emily Dickinson

This return to an eternal rest is the inevitable aftermath of the moment of vision. It is a double return, the return of the darkness to its uninterrupted repose in the flux at the heart of things, and the return of man, after his evanescent glimpse of truth, to the forgetful sleep of everyday life.     

Joseph Conrad

Death is not the end of the road- it is merely a gateway to eternal life beyond the grave.     

Billy Graham

When we grieve over someone who has died in Christ, we are sorrowing not for them but for ourselves.     

Billy Graham

And when the hours of rest / Come, like a calm upon the mid-sea brine, / Hushing its billowy breast- / The quiet of the moment, too, is thine: / It breathes of him who keeps / The vast and helpless city, while it sleeps.     

William Cullen Bryant

When the soft dews of kindly sleep, / My wearied eye-lids gently steep, / Be my last thought, how sweet to rest / For ever on my Saviour's breast!      


When the good man yields his breath, / (For the good man never dies,) / Bright, beyond the gulf of death, / To the land of promise lies!     

James Montgomery

Deep in the pit and lying alone / Where death has reared / itself a throne / We're all the good, the bad / the worst and the best / And where they land / is their eternal rest     

Testament, "Into the Pit"

Life is pleasant, death is peaceful...     

Isaac Asimov 

Well, most of the time that's the only rest that anybody ever gets.     

Tess, Touched by an Angel 

An angel escorts me to eternal rest. It is done...     

Edmond, House of the Sleeping Beauties