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

For men use, if they have an evil tourne, to write it in marble; and whoso doth us a good tourne we will write it in duste.
      - Sir Thomas More, Richard III

Monuments! what are they? the very pyramids have forgotten their builders, or to whom they were dedicated. Deeds, not stones, are the true monuments of the great.
      - John Lothrop Motley

Towers of silence.
      - Robert Xavier Murphy,
        according to Sir George Birdwood, in a letter to the London "Times", Aug. 8, 1905

Brave deeds are the monuments of brave men.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Soldiers, forty centuries are looking down upon you from these pyramids.
  [Fr., Soldats, du haut ces Pyramide quarante siecles vous contemplent.]
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I),
        said to his army before the Battle of the Pyramids, July 2, 1797

The need has gone; the memorial thereof remains.
  [Lat., Factum abiit; monumenta manent.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (bk. IV, 709)

If by good government I could raise a memorial in my people's hearts, that would be the statue for me.
      - Peter III

Monuments, like men, submit to fate.
      - Alexander Pope

Where London's column, pointing at the skies,
  Like a tall bully, lifts the head and lies.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. III, l. 339)

Wouldst thou behold his monument? Look around!
      - Samuel Rogers

When old Time shall lead him to his end, goodness and he fill up one monument.
      - William Shakespeare

Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.--
  This grave shall have a living monument.
    An hour of quiet shortly shall we see;
      Till then in patience our proceeding be.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at V, i)

Tombs decked by the arts can scarcely represent death as a formidable enemy; we do not, indeed, like the ancients, carve sports and dances in the sarcophagus, but thought is diverted from the bier by works that tell of immortality, even from the altar of death.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

Monuments and eulogy belong to the dead.
      - Daniel Webster

Let it rise! let it rise, till it meet the sum in his coming; let the earliest light of the morning gild it, and the parting day linger and play on its summit.
      - Daniel Webster,
        Address on Laying the Corner Stone of the Bunker Hill Monument,
        "Works", vol. I, p. 62

If we work upon marble it will perish. If we work upon brass time will efface it. If we rear temples they will crumble to dust. But if we work upon men's immortal minds, if we imbue them with high principles, with the just fear of God and love of their fellow men, we engrave on those tablets something which no time can efface, and which will brighten and brighten to all eternity.
      - Daniel Webster, Speech in Faneuil Hall


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