What words do you want to leave behind? Not like telling people you love them but literally, in stone, resting for (presumably) all eternity over your bones – what thought do you want to give people when they walk past what’s left of you? Here’s 25 of the most beautiful epitaphs to inspire you while you’re still here.
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"HE KEPT THE PAPER STRAIGHT" - A.M. Rosenthal, New York Times columnist for over 55 years
"Cast a cold Eye On Life, On Death. Horseman, pass by!" - W. B. Yeats, famous Irish Poet.
"I HAD A LOVER'S QUARREL WITH THE WORLD" - Robert Lee Frost, famed American Poet
"Beneath these walls are deposited the body of Mrs. Betty Stiven and her child. She was the beloved wife of Alex B Stiven. To the end of his days will deplore her death, which happened upon the 25th November 1783 in the 23rd year of her age. What was remarkable of her, she was a mother without knowing it, and a wife without letting her husband know it except by her kind indulgence to him."
"The passive master lent his hand, To the vast Soul which o'er him planned." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, famed American Poet
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