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Obituaries Quotes


"Metaphysics keeps surviving its obituaries." - Mason Cooley

"Obituaries are like near-death experiences for cowards." - Austin Kleon

"I turn to the 'Telegraph's' obituaries page with trepidation." - Christopher Lee

"I scrolled on down to the obituaries. I usually read the obituaries first as there is always the happy chance that one of them will make my day." - Robert A Heinlein

"If you start the day reading the obituaries, you live your day a little differently." - David Levithan

"People have been writing premature obituaries on the women's movement since its beginning." - Ellen Goodman

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow

"It's like obituaries, when you die they finally give you good reviews." - Roger Maris

"I feel like my career has been a series of glowing obituaries." - Michael Ian Black

"It's not the loss of life that makes the death bitter - it's the obituaries." - Evan Esar

"Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but it is a force stronger than crime." - Robert A Heinlein

"You know the Greeks didnt write obituaries, they only asked one question after a man died, 'Did he have passion?'" - Jeremy Piven

"You know the Greeks didnt write obituaries, they only asked one question after a man died, "Did he have passion?"" - Jeremy Piven

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure." - Clarence Darrow

"Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries." - Bill Cosby

"I don't listen to the news. I don't read the newspaper unless it's eccentric information - and the obituaries, of course." - Maira Kalman

"Read obituaries. They are just like biographies, only shorter. They remind us that interesting, successful people rarely lead orderly, linear lives." - Charles Wheelan

"I usually read the obituaries first as there is always the happy chance that one of them will make my day." - Robert A Heinlein

"I think all the obituaries for newspapers we're hearing are premature. Many papers are belatedly but successfully adapting to the new news environment. I" - Arianna Huffington

"Obituaries were among my favorite to write because they have elements no other news stories have - a story from start to finish with a proper conclusion." - Tom Rachman

"I was terrible at straight items. When I wrote obituaries, my mother said the only thing I ever got them to do was die in alphabetical order." - Erma Bombeck

"My father always read obituaries to me out loud, not because he was maudlin or morbid, but because they were mini biographies." - Bill Paxton

"Nothing is dead: men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals and mournful obituaries, and there they stand looking out ofthe window, sound and well, in some new and strange disguise." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There's a magical part of it (writing obituaries), too, which is you're trying to breathe life back into someone who has just died. You're trying to conjure them up." - Marilyn Johnson

"I watched the coral reefs that I studied as a student vanish in the blink of an eye, and for decades I wrote and spoke of ocean obituaries. But big scary problems without solutions lead to apathy, not action." - Nancy Knowlton

"I think it would be funny for people to read in obituaries of me that my major contribution to the arts was the popularization of the phrases 'neutral facial expression' and 'screaming in agony.'" - Tao Lin

"David [Halberstam] kept on doing what he did because he loved it. One of the obituaries I read quoted him as saying that he did journalism for the same reason the great Julius Irving did basketball: He loved doing it even when he was having a bad day." - Jonathan Yardley

"Oh definitely. It'll be in a hot tub, with my entire head squeezed into a jet. The photos are going to be hilarious. Man, I really hope the internet sticks around so people can reference this article in my obituaries and see that what sounds like a joke was actually amazingly prescient." - Jason Sudeikis

"When I read obituaries I always note the age of the deceased. Automatically I relate this figure to my own age. Four years to go, I think. Nine more years. Two years and I'm dead. The power of numbers is never more evident than when we use them to speculate on the time of our dying." - Don Delillo

"I had real plans for my next decade and felt I'd worked hard enough to earn it. Will I really not live to see my children married? To watch the World Trade Center rise again? To read - if not indeed write - the obituaries of elderly villains like Henry Kissinger and Joseph Ratzinger?" - Christopher Hitchens

"I think the idea of fact-checking, I think the idea that you come up through a system where you know how to cover night cops, and then you go on, and you go on to various beats, including writing obituaries, and you get names right, you know how to spell them, really has some advantages to it." - Juan Williams

"It's sad that grandkids show up at the end of obituaries, way behind the list of work place achievements, social clubs and survivors. Why last? If you've got grandkids, you know they're first when it comes to the joy in your life." - Regina Brett

"I had always imagined Rosa Parks as a stately woman with a bold temperament, someone who could easily stand up to a busload of glowering passengers. But when she died in 2005 at the age of ninety-two, the flood of obituaries recalled her as soft-spoken, sweet, and small in stature. They said she was "timid and shy" but had "the courage of a lion." They were full of phrases like "radical humility" and "quiet fortitude." - Susan Cain

"The decision to rely heavily on high-altitude air power, target urban infrastructure and repeatedly attack heavily populated towns and villages has reflected a deliberate trade-off of the lives of American pilots and soldiers, not with those of their declared Taliban enemies, but with Afghan civilians... There will be no official two-minute silence for the Afghan dead, no newspaper obituaries or memorial services attended by the prime minister, as there were for the victims of the twin towers." - Seumas Milne