Quotations About / On:
Funerals are the only place we can say good-by so that we can meet again
(Our next life)
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).)
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).)
Funerals prove that someone is really gone.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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).)
The sardonic funeral towers of metropolitan finance.
(Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. The Culture of Cities, introduction (1938).)
And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.
(Walt Whitman (1819-1892), U.S. poet. "Song of Myself," sct. 48, Leaves of Grass (1855).)
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.)
“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
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).)