Short Eulogy Quotes, Poems, and Sympathy Card Quotes

Eulogy QuoteDuring times of grief and providing support to a loved one, can sometimes leave you speechless. What do you write in the sympathy card? What do you say in a eulogy? We hope the following list of short eulogy quotes and poems, can help you find the perfect words to express your feelings. And if you have a favorite, do share with us via a comment.

Eulogy Quotes, or Sympathy Card Poems

  • Grief is the price we pay for love.
-Unknown Author
  • Until we meet again, may God
 Hold you in the palm of his hand.
- Irish Prayer
  • Tears water our growth.
- William Shakespeare
  • When someone you love becomes a memory,
the memory becomes a treasure.
- Unknown Author
  • Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other. by Leo Buscaglia
  • If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
-Unknown Author
  • May you find comfort in the arms of an angel.
- Unknown Author
  • ‘Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but live in thankfulness that he was’
- Hebrew proverb
  • Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones
shine down to let us know they are happy.
- Unknown Author
  • As you danced in the light with joy, love lifted you. As you brushed against this world so gently, you lifted us. – – – T.C. Ring
  • The memory of a good person is a blessing.
- Proverb 10:7
  • When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced
Live your life in a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice
- Native American Proverb
  • …In the midst of death we are in life.
- Author Unknown
  • The journey is the reward
- Tao Saying
  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller
  • What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose;
All that we love deeply,
- Helen Keller
  • We shall find peace. We shall hear angels,
we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”
- Chekov
  • Make yourself familiar with the angels,
and behold them
frequently in spirit; for without being seen,
they are present with you.
- Saint Francis de Sales
  • To love for the sake of being loved is human,
but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.”
- Alphonse de Lamartine
  • Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart,
far as long as there is memory,
they’ll live on in the heart.
- Unknown Author
  • The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond
our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.”
- Jean Paul Richter
  • When hearts listen, angels sing.
- Unknown Author
  • Those we love remain with us
for love itself lives on,
- Unknown Author
  • Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel’s beautiful face, which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven, where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel, and they flew about together, hand in hand.
- Hans Christian Andersen
  • Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
- Proverb
  • Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no
one can steal
- Irish Tombstone
  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we
take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
- Unknown Author
  • Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- Unknown Author
  • Don’t be sad-
I am in a snowflake,
I am in the rays of sun,
I am in the sparkling of stars
- Unknown Author
  • Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- Unknown Author
  • The next place that I go
will be as peaceful and familiar
as a sleepy summer Sunday
and a sweet, untroubled mind.
– Warren Hanson
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Additional Eulogy Quotes and Short Poems

Below are more short eulogy quotes and poems you can use at a service or sympathy card.

  • Love is like a butterfly; it goes where it pleases
and pleases wherever it goes.
- Unknown Author
  • Gone yet not forgotten,
although we are apart,
your spirit lives within me,
forever in my heart.
- Unknown Author
  • Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
- Amelia Burr
  • People living deeply have no fear of death.
- Anais Nin
  • He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.
- Albert Einstein
  • Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein
  • The idea is to die young as late as possible.
- Ashley Montagu
  • God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.
- Unknown Author
  • Death? Why this fuss about death. Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! … Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
- David Sarnoff
  • From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
- Edvard Munch
  • Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality
- Emily Dickinson
  • The irony of man’s condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.
- Ernest Becker
  • Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.
- Erik H. Erikson
  • Death is a debt we all must pay.
  • If you spend all your time worrying about dying, living isn’t going to be much fun.
- Unknown Author
  • Oh, may I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again.
- George Eliot, The Choir Invisible
  • Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.
- Herodotus
  • Life and death are balanced on the edge of a razor.
- Homer, Iliad
  • And they die an equal death – the idler and the man of mighty deeds.
- Homer, Iliad
  • Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
- Henry Van Dyke
  • Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident – It is as common as life.
- Henry David Thoreau
  • If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
- Isaac Asimov
  • Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes
  • God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality.
- Jacques Rigaut, Pensées
  • Old persons are sometimes as unwilling to die as tired-out children are to say good night and go to bed.
- Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Death is a low chemical trick played on everybody except sequoia trees.
- J.J. Furnas
  • I’m not afraid of death. It’s the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.
- Jean Giraudoux, Amphitryon
  • Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go.
- Jean de La Fontaine
  • Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.
- John Muir
  • God himself took a day to rest in, and a good man’s grave is his Sabbath.
- John Donne
  • Boy, when you’re dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
  • There are so many little dyings that it doesn’t matter which of them is death.
- Kenneth Patchen
  • For what is it to die,
But to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?
- ~Kahlil Gibran, from “The Prophet”
  • While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
  • As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
  • ‘Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
- Lord Byron
  • We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.
- Madame de Stael
  • All say, “How hard it is that we have to die” – a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
- Mark Twain
  • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain
  • People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.
- Marcel Proust
  • We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.
- Marcel Proust
  • All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.
- Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Death is a release from the impressions of sense, and from impulses that make us their puppets, from the vagaries of the mind, and the hard service of the flesh.
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  • Death a friend that alone can bring the peace his treasures cannot purchase, and remove the pain his physicians cannot cure.
- Mortimer Collins
  • The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive – perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.
- Mignon McLaughlin
  • Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
- Norman Cousins
  • A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.
- Percival Arland Ussher
  • No one knows whether death is really the greatest blessing a man can have, but they fear it is the greatest curse, as if they knew well.
- Plato
  • Death is patiently making my mask as I sleep. Each morning I awake to discover in the corners of my eyes the small tears of his wax.
- Philip Dow
  • I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge — myth is more potent than history — dreams are more powerful than facts — hope always triumphs over experience — laughter is the cure for grief — love is stronger than death.
- Robert Fulghum
  • Gaily I lived as ease and nature taught,
And spent my little life without a thought,
And am amazed that Death, that tyrant grim,
Should think of me, who never thought of him.
- René Francois Regnier
  • I wouldn’t mind dying – it’s the business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me.
- R. Geis
  • You can be a king or a street sweeper,
but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.
- Robert Alton Harris
  • Someday I’ll be a weather-beaten skull resting on a grass pillow,
Serenaded by a stray bird or two.
Kings and commoners end up the same,
No more enduring than last night’s dream.
- Ryokan
  • To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
- Samuel Butler
  • The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.
- Seneca
  • The goal of all life is death.
- Sigmund Freud
  • Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
- Socrates
  • Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
- Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky
  • God made death so we’d know when to stop.
- Steven Stiles
  • I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
- Steven Wright
  • A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.
- Stewart Alsop
  • Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
- Tennessee Williams, “The Rose Tattoo”
  • I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
- Thomas Browne
  • Birth, life, and death — each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.
- Toni Morrison
  • A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own.
- Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
  • You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping.
- The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
- W. Somerset Maugham
  • I want a priest, a rabbi, and a Protestant clergyman. I want to hedge my bets.
- Wilson Mizner
  • I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
- Willa Cather
  • I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
- Winston Churchill
  • Name me no names for my disease,
With uninforming breath;
I tell you I am none of these,
But homesick unto death.
- Witter Bynner, “The Patient to the Doctors”
  • For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
- William Penn
  • And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
– Khalil Gibran
  • Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, far as long as there is memory, they’ll live on in the heart. 
- Mary Alice Ramish
  • We are such stuff Dreams are made on; And our little life is rounded with a sleep.
–The Tempest, Shakespeare
  • Peace, peace, he is not dead, he doth not sleep. He hath awakened from the dream of life. 
- Percy Bysshe Shelly

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