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Your seventh wife, Phileros, is now being buried in your field. No man's field brings him greater profit than yours, Phileros.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. X, ep. 43)

The cradle of transformation.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

And so sepulchred in such pomp dost lie;
  That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.
      - John Milton, Epitaph on Shakespeare

Where is the house for all the living found?
  Go ask the deaf, the dumb, the dead;
    All answer, without voice or sound,
      Each resting in his bed;
        Look down and see,
          Beneath thy feet,
            A place for thee;
              There all the living meet.
      - James Montgomery

There is a calm for those who weep,
  A rest for weary pilgrims found,
    They softly lie and sweetly sleep
      Low in the ground.
      - James Montgomery, The Grave

Oh! let not tears embalm my tomb,
  None but the dews by twilight given!
    Oh! let not sighs disturb the gloom.
      None but the whispering winds of heaven.
      - Thomas Moore

Who's a prince or beggar in the grave?
      - Thomas Otway

However bright the comedy before, the last act is always stained with blood. The earth is laid upon our head, and there it lies forever.
      - Blaise Pascal

(Bodies) carefully to be laid up in the wardrobe of the grave.
      - Bishop John Pearson,
        Exposition of the Creed (article IV)

The grave is a crucible where memory is purified; we only remember a dead friend by those qualities which make him regretted.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Oh, how a small portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living!
      - Philip of Macedon

Food of Acheron. (Grave.)
  [Lat., Pabulum Acheruntis.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Casina
         (act II, sc. 1, l. 11)

The grave where even the great find rest.
      - Alexander Pope

Where blended lie the oppressor and the oppressed.
      - Alexander Pope

Yet shall thy grave with rising flow'rs be dressed,
  And the green turf lie lightly on thy breast;
    There shall the morn her earliest tears bestow,
      There the first roses of the year shall blow.
      - Alexander Pope,
        Elegy on an Unfortunate Lady (l. 65)

The grave unites; where e'en the great find rest,
  And blended lie th' oppressor and th' oppressed!
      - Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest (l. 317)

If thou hast no inferiors, have patience awhile, and thou shalt have no superiors. The grave requires no marshal.
      - Francis Quarles

Even such is time, that takes on trust
  Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
    And pays us but with age and dust,
      Who in the dark and silent grave,
        When we have wandered all our ways,
          Shuts up the story of our days!
            But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
              My God shall raise me up, I trust!
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

As a tract of country narrowed in the distance expands itself when we approach, thus the way to our near grave appears to us as long as it did formerly when we were far off.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Men cannot benefit those that are with them as they can benefit those that come after them; and of all the pulpits from which human voice is ever sent forth, there is none from which it reaches so far as from the grave.
      - John Ruskin

The churchyard's peace.
  [Ger., Ruhe eines Kirchhofs!]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Don Carlos (III, 10, 220)

Never the grave gives back what it has won!
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Funeral Fantasy (last line)

To that dark inn, the Grave!
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isles
         (VI, l. 26)

Ingratitude calls forth reproaches as gratitude brings renewed kindnesses.
  [Lat., L'ingratitude attire les reproches comme la reconnaissance attire de nouveaux bienfaits.]
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal,

The reconciling grave swallows distinction first, that made us foes, that all alike lie down in peace together.
      - William Shakespeare

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