Eulogy quotes

Here are some of the quotes that some people have found helpful and inspiring when writing a eulogy.


  1. A friend is a gift you give yourself. Robert Lois Stevenson
  2. Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with. Mark Twain
  3. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. Your wealth is where your friends are. Plautus
  5. Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. Muhammad Ali
  6. Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world. John Evelyn
  7. A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. Anonymous
  8. I would rather have a million friends than a million dollars. Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
  9. Never forget me, because if I thought you would, I’d never leave. A A Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
  10. To have a good friend is one of the highest delights in life; to be a good friend is one of the noblest and most difficult undertakings. Anonymous
  11. What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle
  12. Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. Samuel Butler
  13. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13
  14. Friendship, sweet-resting place of the soul, the gloaming wherein our hearts find peace. Alphonse de Lamartine
  15. True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. Dave Tyson Gentry
  16. How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realise we have discovered a friend. William Rostler
  17. A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. Charles Darwin

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  1. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. Robert Frost
  2. If winter comes, can spring be far behind? Shelley
  3. Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller
  4. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta be willing to put up with rain. Dolly Parton
  5. The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain. Lord Byron
  6. Pain is inevitable. Suffering if optional. Unknown
  7. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. The Buddha
  8. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
  9. Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson.
  10. What wound did ever heal but by degrees? William Shakespeare
  11. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. Helen Keller
  12. Remember we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. Emily Kimbrough
  13. What does not destroy me makes me strong. Freidrich Nietzsche
  14. In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. Albert Camus
  15. If matters go badly now, they will not always be so. Horace

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  1. Find expression for a sorrow, and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy. Oscar Wilde
  2. When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Helen Keller
  3. This day and your life are God’s gift to you – so give thanks and be joyful always. Jim Beggs
  4. Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it to yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible. Norman Vincent Peale
  5. Happiness cannot be travelled to be owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley
  6. But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads. Albert Camus
  7. Cherish all your happy moments they make a fine cushion for old age. Booth Tarkington
  8. It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind that alone can make anyone happy or miserable. Roger L’Estrange
  9. When one is happy there is not time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention. E F Benson
  10. I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. Rita Mae Brown
  11. To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. Emily Dickinson
  12. My life is a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the everchanging view. Carole King
  13. Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words? Marcel Marceau
  14. We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognising and appreciating what we do have. Frederick Koenig
  15. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank
  16. There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. Henry David Thoreau
  17. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. B R Hayden

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  1. I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. Stephen Grellet
  2. May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Irish Blessing
  3. So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind, while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  4. You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. Henry Drummond
  5. Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can. John Wesley.
  6. Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. William Makepeace Thackeray
  7. Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment. Jean De La Bruyére
  8. What comes from the heart goes to the heart. Samuel Coleridge
  9. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa
  10. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde
  11. One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad. Elbert Hubbard
  12. Good listeners, like precious gems, are to be treasured. Walter Anderson
  13. Better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off. Proverbs 27:10
  14. Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams
  15. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions. Kahlil Gibran
  16. Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away. Sir Arthur Helps
  17. We need to listen to one another. Chaim Potok
  18. That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth

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