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[ Also see Death Epitaphs Fame Graves Immortality Life Memory Mortality Oblivion Posterity Remembrance Ruins Tombs ]

If I have done any honorable exploit, that is my monument; but if I have done none, all your statues will signify nothing.
      - Agesilaus, the Great

With monuments as with men, position means everything.
      - Honore de Balzac

The tap'ring pyramid, the Egyptian's pride,
  And wonder of the world, whose spiky top
    Has wounded the thick cloud.
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 190)

Gold once out of the earth is no more due unto it; what was unreasonably committed to the ground, is reasonably resumed from it; let monuments and rich fabricks, not riches, adorn men's ashes.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia (ch. III)

To extend our memories by monuments, whose death we daily pray for, and whose duration we cannot hope, without injury to our expectations in the advent of the last day, were a contradiction to our belief.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.
      - Daniel Hudson Burnham

Monuments themselves memorials need.
      - George Crabbe

But monument themselves memorials need.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough (letter II)

You shall not pile, with servile toil,
  Your monuments upon my breast,
    Nor yet within the common soil
      Lay down the wreck of power to rest,
        Where man can boast that he has trod
          On him that was "the scourge of God."
      - Edward Everett, Alaric the Visigoth

He made him a hut, wherein he did put
  The carcass of Robinson Crusoe.
    O poor Robinson Crusoe!
      - Samuel Foote, Mayor of Garratt
         (act I, sc. I)

Tombs are the clothes of the dead. A grave is but a plain suit, and a rich monument is one embroidered.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Holy and Profane States
         (bk. III, Of Tombs)

Monuments may be builded to express the affection or pride of friends, or to display their wealth, but they are only valuable for the characters which they perpetuate.
      - James Abram Garfield

The monument means a world of memories, a world of deeds, a world of tears, and a world of glories. * * * By the subtle chemistry that no man knows, all the blood that was shed by our brethren, all the lives that were devoted, all he grief that was felt, at last crystallized itself into granite, rendering immortal the great truth for which they died, and it stands there to-day.
      - James Abram Garfield

When we see the many grave-stones which have fallen in, which have been defaced by the footsteps of the congregation, which lie buried under the ruins of the churches, that have themselves crumbled together over them; we may fancy the life after death to be as a second life, into which man enters in the figure, or the picture or the inscription, and lives longer there than when he was really alive. But this figure also, this second existence, dies out too, sooner or later. Time will not allow himself to be cheated of his rights with the monuments of men or with themselves.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is great incongruity in this idea of monuments, since those to whom they are usually dedicated need no such recognition to embalm their memory; and any man who does, is not worthy of one.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Those only deserve a monument who do not need one.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

I have completed a monument more lasting than brass, and more sublime than the regal elevation of pyramids, which neither the wasting shower, the unavailing north-wind, or an innumerable succession of years, and the flight of seasons, shall be able to demolish.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

I have reared a memorial more enduring than brass, and loftier than the regal structure of the pyramids, which neither the corroding shower nor the powerless north wind can destroy; no, not even unending years nor the flight of time itself. I shall not entirely die. The greater part of me shall escape oblivion.
  [Lat., Exegi monumentum aera perennius
    Regalique situ pyramidum altius,
      Quod non imber edax, non Aquilo impotens
        Possit diruere aut innumerabilis
          Annorum series et fuga temporum.
            Non omnis moriar, multaque pars mei
              Vitabit Libitinam.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 30, 1)

Marble statues, engraved with public inscriptions, by which the life and soul return after death to noble leaders.
  [Lat., Incisa notis marmora publicis,
    Per quae spiritus et vita redit bonis
      Post mortem ducibus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (IV, 8)

See nations slowly wise, and meanly just, to buried merit raise the tardy bust.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.
      - Joseph Joubert

Their monument sticks like a fishbone
  in the city's throat.
      - Robert Lowell (1), For the Union Dead

He is covered by the heavens who has no sepulchral urn.
  [Lat., Coelo tegitur qui non habet urnam.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (bk. VII, 831)

Footprints of history on the pages of time.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Thou, in our wonder and astonishment
  Hast built thyself a life-long monument.
      - John Milton, Epitaph--On Shakespeare

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