Quotations About / On: FUNERAL

  • 1.
    Funerals prove that someone is really gone.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 2.
    The sardonic funeral towers of metropolitan finance.
    (Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. The Culture of Cities, introduction (1938).)
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  • 3.
    Never joke at funerals, or during business transactions.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Israel Potter (1855), ch. 7, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 8, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1982). Spoken by a fictional Benjamin Franklin.)
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    When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.
    (Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), U.S. clergyman, editor, writer. Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit (1887).)
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  • 5.
    Old age: I fall asleep during the funerals of my friends.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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    What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.
    (James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. Address, October 6, 1884, Birmingham, England. "Democracy," Democracy and Other Addresses (1886).)
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  • 7.
    The genius of Byron, which appeared at the beginning of this century, is like a funeral torch sculptured on our cradles.
    (Emilio Castelar Y Ripoll (1832-1899), Spanish statesman, writer. Quoted in Doris Langley Moore, The Late Lord Byron, ch. 15 (1961, rev. 1976). Moore commented: "The reader of our time would be more inclined to compare him to an inexhaustible Roman candle, or one of those rockets that goes on breaking out in varied coruscations and leaves in the air a luminous smoky trail, an acrid tang of gunpowder.")
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  • 8.
    Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Ed. FitzGibbon (1957). Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 593 (1664).)
  • 9.
    The only reason I might go to the funeral is to make absolutely sure that he's dead.
    ("An Eminent Editor" Of Press Baron. Quoted in Anthony Sampson, Anatomy of Britain Today, ch. 9 (1965).)
  • 10.
    The formal Washington dinner party has all the spontaneity of a Japanese imperial funeral.
    (Simon Hoggart (b. 1946), British journalist. Observer (London, Dec. 31, 1989).)
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