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Tombstone Messages, Quotes, and Other Favorite Sayings

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I live in the cold north country on an old farm with my hubby, 3 cats, and 2 dogs. We enjoy our little farm and the wildlife around us.



Tombstone Messages

Here are some of the poems, sayings, quotes, and tombstone sayings I have seen and love. My favorite is my own to my husband. I'm always being teased by northerners because of being from the south. I have been doing genealogy. I found my family and my husband's family, and I found that my family went way back, and his didn't get here until about the 1880s. So one day, I said to him:

"My relatives settled this country and yours came over after they knew it was safe." —moonlake

He tried to argue with me about it, but I proved to him he was wrong. We got a good laugh from it.

A Quote From Pastor Martin Niemoeller (Victim of Nazis)

"They first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up." —Pastor Martin Niemoeller (Victim of Nazis)

President Quotes

"When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." —Thomas Jefferson

"A government big enough to give you everything is also big enough to take it all away." —Thomas Jefferson

"People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." —Abraham Lincoln

"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under." —Ronald Reagan

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." —John F. Kennedy

Quotes About Friends and Enemies

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."Martin Luther King Jr.

"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend." —William Blake

Prayers to God

"The young woman was at the end of her rope. Seeing no way out, she dropped to her knees in prayer. 'Lord, I can't go on,' she said. 'I have too heavy a cross to bear.' The Lord replied, 'My daughter, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then, open the other door, and pick out any cross you wish.' The woman was filled with relief. 'Thank you, Lord,' she sighed, and she did as she was told.

"Upon entering the other door, she saw many crosses, some so large the tops were not visible. Then, she spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall. 'I'd like this one, Lord,' she whispered. And the Lord replied, 'My daughter, this is the cross you just brought in.' "

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My Grandmother by Her Granddaughter, Joan

"Grandma's Tea Rose"

In Grandma's Garden, a long time ago,

A sweet smelling tea rose decided to grow

She pampered and watered and fertilized and shared:

Sometime later when Grandma's time had passed,

Her daughter, Gledis, wanted the tea rose to last,

She took a cutting to pamper, water, fertilize, and share;

The sweet smelling tea rose knew that she cared.

Grandma's tea rose continues to grow and to thrive;

It helps us remember when Grandma was alive.

Dried petals and small clippings we frequently share.

Like our love for each other; she taught us to care.

There's a pattern for pillows and one special quilt;

Grandma's sweet smelling tea rose never shall wilt.

Like the sweet smelling tea rose that our Grandma shared;

We each felt her love and knew that she cared.

—Nancy Joan Rainboldt

Tombstone sayings and other favorite sayings

Tombstone sayings and other favorite sayings


"If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."

"You can't find Peace until you find all the pieces. "

"Looking for an answer to your troubles look first in the mirror. "

"Who was the fool who said absence makes the heart grow fonder, what a bunch of bull."

"No such thing as Closure."

"Trying to find yourself, get busy, you'll turn up!"

"Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back too." —John Ed Pearce

"Time heals all wounds." (So not true—please don't make this remark to someone that has lost a loved one.)

"No matter how careful you choose your words they’ll always come back to bite you."

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you only have today."

"This is dinner; if you don't like it, breakfast will be great tomorrow . . . " —Unknown

Doctor: How are you today, sir?

Patient: I'm fine. I'm just trying to stay above the ground; that's why I'm here.

How are you today? "I'm great; I woke up today, that's a plus." (This is my husband's favorite; he says it all the time.)

"Don't drive faster than the angels can fly."

"You don't have to love everything a person does to love that person."Dr. Phil

Whoever said "Time heals all wounds" didn't know what the hell they were talking about.

— Jerry Parks of Jonestown

Sayings on Tombstones, Headstones, and Gravestones

We all have different names for stones our loved ones are buried under. Any of the words means their gone forever. Never to be in our life again.

"She Sought The Lord And His Answer Was Yes."

"I told you I was sick."

"Sleep lovely child and take thy rest Both young and old must die God called thee home he thought it best To sing his praise on high "

"They'll all be there to meet me the ones I've loved and not known and the ones I've known and loved."

"My days on earth are over please don't tell me there's reincarnation I need this rest."

Here lays Butch,
We planted him raw.
He was quick on the trigger,
But slow on the draw".

"Here I lie, snug as a bug in a rug." "I can finally get some rest."

"Here lies an atheist / All dressed up and no place to go."

"The golden gates were opened
A gentle voice said come.
And with farewells unspoken
He calmly entered home."

(Inscriptions as seen on headstones)

If Memories

If memories could make a stairway I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

I Am Not There

I am not there
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the snow on the mountain's rim,
I am the laughter in children's eyes,
I am the sand at the water's edge,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain,
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the star that shines at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Genealogy prayer

Genealogy prayer

moonlake, "My Genealogy Prayer"

Where so ever you go, go with all your heart.

Tombstone Sayings and Other Favorite Sayings.

Tombstone Sayings and Other Favorite Sayings.

"Home is where the cookies are."


"Dogs have owners Cats have staff."

Cat Kisses
Sandpaper kisses on a cheek or a chin. This is the way for a day to begin~! Sandpaper kisses - a cuddle and a purr. I have an alarm clock covered in fur~!!
Author Unknown

"Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened"

"You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog."- - - Harry S Truman

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself."
- - - Josh Billings

You could hear a rat piss on a piece of cotton!



"Something old, something new, something blue and a lucky sixpence for her shoe." author unknown ♥

Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts. ♥ William Shakespeare

There are three things that last: faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. ♥ I Corinthians 13:13

"Marry In Blue, lover be true." author unknown ♥



My Grandparents' Little Sayings and Superstitions

While cooking fried chicken: "This chicken was killed on a full moon see how it puffs up."

The Bible means different things to different people. One person reads it and see things one way and another person reads it and hears it another way but reading it helps everyone....Grandma Thomason

My grandparents on both sides always said a wild bird in the house meant death. My grandfather said a bird flew in the house when his little granddaughter and his daughter were both sick. They both passed away shortly after........Grandpa Thomason

My grandmother said lay down in the cotton field with a man in the fall, baby in the spring....Grandma Woods




Don’t Drink A Fifth on The 4th, or You Won’t Be Able to Go Fourth On The 5th.

Favorite Chapter St. Matthew 7 verse 7-8

Tombstone Sayings and Other Favorite Sayings.

Tombstone Sayings and Other Favorite Sayings.

My Husband's Favorite Verse from the Bible



This bracelet was given to my husband by a little boy who is now cancer free. My husband is now fighting lung cancer. It has become his favorite bible verse.

My husband passed away on Dec 16, 2014.

© 2010 moonlake


moonlake (author) from America on July 23, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thank you and thanks so much for the vote.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 22, 2013:

I love these quotes, so true and so fine, the prayer and the poem.

Voted up, beautiful.

moonlake (author) from America on May 11, 2013:

Cat, Thank for stopping in, no problem I like visiting hubs.

Cat from New York on May 10, 2013:


Gee, I'm almost afraid to comment back... I don't want you to think you owe me a visit every time I stop by :-) I know it's hard keeping up, I get anxious about it myself and worry that people think I'm leaving them hanging. Don't ever worry about me... I take 'em as I get 'em! You're a lady of your word!!! Thanks for stopping by my pages... and I'm looking forward to reading another hub of yours. Have a good evening!


moonlake (author) from America on May 10, 2013:

Cat, I always comment back someday when I have to many comments on my hubs I may not be able to do that but right now I have no problem doing it. Thanks for stopping again. I owe you two comments.

Cat from New York on May 10, 2013:


Aw thanks, I'm honored... but I see you around quite a bit as you're quite the famous little hubber :-) Don't knock yourself coming over my way, I'm just an oddball, but you're certainly always welcome and the door is wide open.

I will definitely be checking out more of your hubs though! Thanks!


moonlake (author) from America on May 09, 2013:

Cantuhearmescream, Thank you. I will be by one of your hubs tomorrow. Thank you so much for stopping by and for the vote.

Cat from New York on May 09, 2013:


Oh my goodness, this was sooo much fun to read; I laughed... I cried, then I laughed again! There were so many different sayings throughout that I kept saying "ooh, I've gotta remember that one", but the time I got to the bottom... I forgot most of them; guess I'll have to save this to my favorites! Excellent hub!

Voted up and every other one of those nifty blue buttons!


moonlake (author) from America on May 09, 2013:

joym7, Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it.

moonlake (author) from America on May 09, 2013:

Paul Kuehn, I like all your sayings too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote and sharing.

Joy from United States on May 09, 2013:

awesome hub. Keep going up :)

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on May 09, 2013:


This was a beautiful hub and I really enjoyed reading it. Some of the inscriptions on the tombstones are really funny. Some of my father's favorite sayings were: "You get too soon old, and yet too late smart," and "A fool and his money are soon parted." I, myself, like the saying, "Beggars can't be choosers." Voted up and sharing with followers.

moonlake (author) from America on April 17, 2013:

Peggy W, Thanks so much for the up and share. Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2013:

I enjoyed reading all of these various quotes. Some were thought provoking and others, funny. Good collection of them. Up and useful + sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on December 05, 2011:

Leah Helehnsdottr,

Thank you I'm glad you liked it and likes for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Leah Helensdottr from Colorado on December 05, 2011:

I loved the genealogy prayer by Ballard Woods. Thanks for this thought-provoking hub.

moonlake (author) from America on November 02, 2011:


Thanks for stopping by. I don't know what I want my tombstone to say. I do want my maiden name to be included like they use to do years ago.

Cutters from South Carolina on November 02, 2011:

I want my tombstone to say here lies my hoes and dreams lol I am just kidding great hub or maybe mine could read I told you I was sick! lol again just kidding It feels so good to be back. Again great hub great work wonderful everything!

moonlake (author) from America on October 06, 2010:

erthfrend, Thanks for stopping by my hub and leaving comment.

erthfrend from Florida on October 05, 2010:

This was beautiful..I love that poem entitled I am not there..And of course i loved the little dog sayings at the end! Thanks for sharing this hub : )

moonlake (author) from America on September 17, 2010:

Glad you stopped by again. I will keep adding to this as I find different sayings.

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on September 17, 2010:

I like , Trying to find yourself.. get busy you'll turn up. LOL.

Sorry I had to stop back and bookmark this. I just loved it. I an going to send over to my Facebook

moonlake (author) from America on September 16, 2010:

Thank you, and thanks for stopping by.

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on September 14, 2010:

Great hub. Lots of fun

moonlake (author) from America on August 20, 2010:

I like that too I always knew that was a lie! Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on August 19, 2010:

I like "Who was the fool who said absence makes the heart grow fonder..." Great hub

moonlake (author) from America on July 11, 2010:

D.A.L thanks for stopping by and leaving a message. I love the cross one also.

Dave from Lancashire north west England on July 10, 2010:

Hi moonlake enjoyed this one. Like TODD I liked the cross one but laughed with the one Quick on the trigger slow on the draw.Thanks for sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on July 08, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by Todd and Pamela99.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 06, 2010:

Very entertaining hub. Thanks.

TODD on July 04, 2010:

Loved the cross to bear the best

moonlake (author) from America on July 03, 2010:

Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

Putz Ballard on July 03, 2010:

Great hub

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