National Epitaph Day

National Epitaph Day. A bit morbid and something most of us really don’t want to think about. However, who knows what your family will put on your tombstone when you are gone. I, myself, do not want something sweet and sappy. It is not me. Although I am a mother, friend, daughter, etc., and, of course, I am beloved, I would want something that speaks more of who I was. I try to live life to it’s full potential. I do not want, would of, should of, could of on my tombstone. I want could, would, did.

How about you? Would you want something inspirational? Something funny? Here are some epitaths found on tombstones.

Here lies Lester Moore.

Four slugs

From a forty-four.

No Les

No More.

~

I would

rather be here

than in Texas.

~

Hooray my brave boys

Lets rejoice at his fall.

For if he had lived

He would have buried us all.

(on a gravediggers tombstone)

~

Here lies Ezekial Aikle

    Age 102

    The Good Die Young.

~

Here lies an Atheist

    All dressed up

    And no place to go.

~

Famous Epitaphs

“My Jesus, mercy” Al Capone

“The best is yet to come.”
Frank Sinatra

“This is the last of Earth! I am content!”
John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848)

“A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough”
Alexander the Great

“Well this was fun, let’s dit again sometime.”
Quniaron Bellthing (1930-2004)

“Truth and History. 21 Men. The Boy Bandit King. He Died As He Lived. William H. Bonney ‘Billy the Kid'”
Billy the Kid (unknown)

“That’s all, folks!”
Mel Blanc

“Here lies a man who knew how tenlist the service of better men than himself.”

Andrew Carnegie

“I am ready tmeet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”
Winston Churchill

“She did it the hard way”
Bette Davis

“Nothing’s So Sacred As Honor And Nothing’s So Loyal As Love”
Wyatt Earp

“I had a lover’s quarrel with the world”
Robert Frost

“Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman, pass by!”
W. B. Yeats

“Call Me Trimtab” (A trimtab is the smallest part of a rudder for a ship or airplane, and controlls the direction of the craft. He was probably alluding how much power one individual can have in the world.)
R. Buckminster Fuller

“Hey Ram” (Translated “Oh, God”)
Mahatma Gandhi

“Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m Free At Last.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Workers of all lands unite. The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.”
Karl Marx

“Truth to your own spirit”
Jim Morrison

“Norton I Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico”
Joshua A. Norton

“Never born, Never died: visited the planet earth between December 11, 1931 and, January 19, 1990.”
Osho

“Curiosity did not kill this cat.”
Studs Terkel

“I told you so, you damned fools.”
H. G. Wells

“Against you I will fling myself unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!”
Virginia Woolf

3 thoughts on “National Epitaph Day”

  1. Joe Blaustein - April 6, 2012 4:43 pm

    You have, apparently, made a BOO-BOO!!! You state that the epitaph “My Jesus Mercy” appears on the tombstone of Al Capone; but, it does NOT!!! You can see a rather clear picture of the marker {shared by him with Gabriele Capone & Salvatore Capone} by visiting his Memorial Page #2845; or, simply, using this URL ~

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=capone&GSfn=al&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=2845&df=all&

    The ONLY inscriptions on the marker state:
    “OUI RIPOSA” above each of the accompanying names with “NATO / MORTO” {birth / death} dates below each. Near the bottom of the marker appears the very SIMPLE wording:

    AL CAPONE
    1899 ~ 1947

    {NO OTHER INSCRIPTION associated with his name}

    Then, across the EXTREME bottom of the marker, it says:

    REST IN PEACE
    CAPONE

    Showing it to be a “FAMILY” marker.

  2. T Whitaker - April 6, 2012 4:48 pm

    Thank you for the correction! I definite oversight on my part. I would fire my editor but I like myself too much.

  3. Joe Blaustein - April 6, 2012 5:23 pm

    The man is buried in TWO different places and actually has TWO Find a Grave Memorial #’s. {#170 & #2845} so, I guess we can take our PICK as to which grave marker is, actually, his and located in the same cemetery where his remains are buried. In all my years, I’ve never known of ONE body being in TWO different graves ~ AT THE SAME TIME. Sorry about the previous “correction” ~ after finding his SECOND account ~ there’s no telling WHICH is right. The pictures at Memorial #170 show the marker containing the inscription you have listed.

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