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Quotes About Death for a Eulogy

Quotes about death, or about anything else, can make a nice addition to a eulogy but they should tell us something about the person or about how the person approached either life or death. A good eulogy is personalized so I would warn against using generic quotes that have little to do with the person you are memorializing.

For example, if your aunt thought of herself as perpetually young, you could start with a quote about death like the Montagu quote below. If your father-in-law lived fully, you could use the quote from Mark Twain. In both of these cases, the quote about death becomes a jumping off point from which you can move into more detail about the person.

Here’s an example:

Anthropologist Ashley Montagu once said, “The idea is to die young as late as possible.” I think we all know that Aunt Marnie achieved that goal. At 83, she still had a joyful, childlike wonder about the world and loved to try new things.”

So by all means, do use death quotes, funeral quotes, or remembrance quotes in your eulogy. Used properly, they can help you make your eulogy special. Below are a few quotes about death that might help you write a loving eulogy.

Quotes About Death

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

The idea is to die young as late as possible.” – Ashley Montagu

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” – Marcus Aurelius

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” – Corazon Aquino

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.” – Seneca