As many might be aware, an epitaph is a short text that is engraved on a gravestone or headstone in the memory of a deceased person. Usually, it written by the loved ones to summarize the life of the person as aptly as possible. One can say that the life of the person gets etched on the sands of time by an epitaph. In few instances, an epitaph is chosen by the person himself before his death. This is where I find the concept gets more interesting.
Immortality has always attracted the human psyche. Though science has increased the longevity of human life, the Gilgamesh quest of conquering death is yet to be achieved. So as of today, the only way to immortality is by one’s achievements or thoughts. And to sum up one’s life in few words, especially if one wants to be remembered for it, must be quite a challenge.
Following are few of the interesting epitaphs I came across in my reading and which stayed with me –
1)“The best is yet to come.”
– Frank Sinatra (American singer)
2)“I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.”
– Robert Frost (American Poet)
3)“Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m Free At Last.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr. (American minister, Leader of civil rights movement)
4)“I told you so, you damned fools.”
– H. G. Wells (English Writer)
5)“Never born, Never died: visited the planet earth between December 11, 1931 and, January 19, 1990.”
– Osho (Indian godman, mystic)
6)“Curiosity did not kill this cat.”
– Studs Terkel (American author)
– Charles Bukowski (American – German poet)
So many emotions! They are philosophical, truthful, clever, hopeful, intriguing and much more. But all have one thing in common – each one brings forth the conviction with which the person lived.
It will be interesting to find out what epitaph would we choose if we were to. A reality check of the inevitable is probably the best way to make the most out of our fleeting time on this planet. I guess I will go with – “Now is always a time for peace and joy. Hence, it is called the present.”
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One epitaph I thought of..
Begin with the ‘ end ‘ in mind!!
When one lives a life with the understanding and graceful acceptance of mortality, all moments can become ‘ breath-taking ‘ moments in the true sense!
Very true, Vaijayanti.
Interesting. Nice read!
“Let us make our future now and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality!” — Malala Yousafzai
Nice thought, Rajeev.
Good one Ashish, great start to your hobby. Keep it up. 👍
Coincidentally I follow this “The best is yet to come” status In my what’s app since ages and I never knew its an Epitaph by Frank Sinatra 😀
Best wishes 💐
Thank you Prasad. Yes, believing that the best is yet to come helps. No better way to motivate oneself.
Really good blog,truly informative and inspiring.
Keep writing Ashish.
Thank you Yogesh. Involvement from like-minded friends like you will keep me going.
Nice collection of epitaphs Ashish.My favourite has to be “I told you I was sick”Whoever thought of it definitely had a dark sense of humor.But the reason I like it so much is
a) It is funny (the obvious reason).
b) Whoever thought of it was intelligent and wise enough to understand that the main intent of life is to live it as best and happily as u can and have the common sense to accept death when it comes.
I used the word common sense in connection to death in the previous sentence primarily because for most of us , despite being fully aware the death is inevitable,is shocking and something that shouldn’t and couldn’t happen to us.
Yes, it is indeed funny. Another one which is along the same lines…
“Here lies John Yeast. Pardon me for not rising.”