Grave Proverbs

Sayings about Graves

For a greedy man even his tomb is too small. ~ Tajikistani Proverb

For each man produced by heaven, earth provides a grave. ~ Chinese Proverb

Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork. ~ English Proverb

Better in the grave than be a slave. ~ Korean Proverb

Death makes us equal in the grave but not in eternity. ~ Portuguese Proverb

He who insults another, digs two graves. ~ Japanese Proverb

We became gravediggers but nobody dies anymore. ~ Greek Proverb

Even the grave of the Lord has a paid guard. ~ Montenegro Proverb

A young doctor makes a full graveyard. ~ Chinese Proverb

Doctors and gravediggers are partners. ~ Yiddish Proverb

He who dies for the truth finds holy ground everywhere for his grave. ~ German Proverb

If you’ve nothing to do, dig a spinster’s grave. ~ Malian Proverb

A young doctor means a new graveyard. ~ German Proverb

Who came back from the grave and told the story? ~ Tunisian Proverbs

Far from grave, no praying. ~ Palestinian Proverbs

The cemeteries are filled with people who thought the world couldn’t get along without them. ~ American Proverb

A beggar on his feet is worth more than an emperor in his grave. ~ French Proverb

In church, in the taverns, and in coffins all men are equal. ~ Polish Proverbs

All good women are in the graveyard. ~ French Proverb

When you are looking for a country with no tombstones you will find yourself in the land of cannibals. ~ Malagasy Proverb

A marriage in later years sends a letter to the grave digger. ~ German Proverb

Only when the coffin is closed will we see how long lasting is the name. ~ Japanese Proverb

A glutton is one who digs his grave with his teeth. ~ French Proverb

A dead man does not know where his grave is. ~ Bantu Proverb

A cemetery never refuses a corpse. ~ Lebanese Proverb

We all will die, but our tombs will differ. ~ Malawian Proverb

The grave is our mother. ~ Arabian Proverb

The living are denied a table; the dead get a whole coffin. ~ Mongolian Proverb

Never dress in mourning before the dead man is in his coffin. ~ Creole Proverb (Southern U.S.)

The earth offers you a grave everywhere. ~ Chinese Proverb

The graveyards are full of young lawyers, lost inheritance and young doctors. ~ French Proverb

A house without children is a graveyard. ~ Indian Proverbs

Get the coffin ready and watch the man mend. ~ Chinese Proverb

What is learned in the cradle is carried to the grave. ~ French Proverb

The most beautiful roses grow on graves. ~ German Proverb

Wrinkles are the gravestones of love. ~ Spanish Proverb

He who seeks revenge should remember to dig two graves. ~ Chinese Proverb

If men could see the epitaphs their friends write they would believe they had gotten into the wrong grave. ~ American Proverbs

Our real grave is not in the ground but in men’s hearts. ~ Iranian Proverb

There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ~ Traditional Proverb

There is hope from the sea, but none from the grave. ~ Irish Proverbs

It is only in your coffin that you sleep really well. ~ Indian Proverbs

When you live next to the cemetery you cannot weep for everyone. ~ Russian Proverb

If you want equality, then go to the graveyard. ~ German Proverbs

When your own funeral is approaching, you don’t pick and choose your grave diggers. ~ Jamaican Proverb

Private reproof is the best grave for private faults. ~ Traditional Proverb

A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin. ~ Russian Proverbs

When you’re out of luck in the coffin making business, no one dies. ~ Lebanese Proverb

Quotations about Graves

In the islands of the Aegean Sea, every island is full of graves. ~ James Theodore Bent

Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave, and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way. ~ Alice Childress

My family had a business where they worked with gravestones, and I remember growing up and playing in cemeteries like it was a normal playground. ~ Zach Roerig

I’m going to put on my gravestone, ‘He never owned a cell phone.’ ~ Jesse Ventura

Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected. ~ Allen West

To that dark inn, the Grave! ~ Sir Walter Scott

The grave has a door on its inner side. ~ Alexander Maclaren

Death ends our woes, and the kind grave shuts up the mournful scene. ~ John Dryden

The house appointed for all the living. ~ Bible

Even in the grave, all is not lost. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers. ~ Tecumseh

The grave is a very small hillock, but we can see farther from it, when standing on it, than from the highest mountain in all the world.~ Friedrich August Tholuck

One puts off the biography like you put off death. To write an autobiography is to etch the words on your own gravestone. ~ Carlos Fuentes

The grave itself is but a covered bridge, leading from light to light, through a brief darkness! ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave. ~ Sir Thomas Browne

There is little much beyond the grave, but the strong are saying nothing until they see. ~ Robert Frost

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. ~ Confucius Quotes

Fame – a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

Every man’s road in life is marked by the graves of his personal liking. ~ Alexander Smith

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

There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there. ~ Colonel Sanders

‘Learn your lines.’ I want that on my gravestone. ~ John C. McGinley

(Bodies) carefully to be laid up in the wardrobe of the grave. ~ Bishop John Pearson

The grave is still the best shelter against the storms of destiny. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing. ~ Oscar Wilde Quotes

You only live once. You don’t want your tombstone to read: ‘Played it Safe.’ ~ Rosario Dawson

A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient. ~ Alexander the Great

Science is a cemetery of dead ideas. ~ Miguel de Unamuno

Under the wide and starry sky. Dig the grave and let me lie. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson

You better be very convinced, very sure, before you pull your plug or someone else’s plug, that you know what’s on the other side of the gravestone. ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

How peaceful and how powerful is the grave! ~ Lord Byron

Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

We weep over the graves of infants and the little ones taken from us by death; but an early grave may be the shortest way to heaven. ~ Tryon Edwards

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ~ Charles Spurgeon

The graves of those we have loved and lost distress and console as. ~ Arsene Houssaye

Graves they say are warm’d by glory; Foolish words and empty story. ~ Heinrich Heine

One foot in the grave. ~ Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Bores put you in a mental cemetery while you are still walking. ~ Elsa Maxwell

Don’t die old, die empty. That’s the goal of life. Go to the cemetery and disappoint the graveyard. ~ Myles Munroe

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches. ~ Charles Baudelaire

I would rather sleep in the southern corner of a little country churchyard, than in the tombs of the Capulets. ~ Edmund Burke

He who hurries through life hurries to his grave. ~ George R.R. Martin

We go to the grave of a friend saying, a man is dead; but angels throng about him, saying, a man is born. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

And the story of love is a long sad tale ending in graves. ~ Jack Kerouac

I can’t believe that we would lie in our graves wondering if we had spent our living days well. I can’t believe that we would lie in our graves dreaming of things that we might have been. ~ Dave Matthews

‘A collected poems’ is either a gravestone or a testimonial to survival. ~ Al Purdy

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. ~ Malcolm X

Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening. ~ William J. Clinton

Somebody asked what I wanted on my gravestone. I’m just going to put: ‘Glad I Could Help.’ ~ Dick Van Dyke

The tombstone is about the only thing that can stand upright and lie on its face at the same time. ~ Mary Wilson Little

The truth is that when it comes to suffering, if we do not go to our graves in confusion, we will not go to our graves trusting. Explanations are a substitute for trust. ~ Tullian Tchividjian

A grave, wherever found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth. ~ Ayn Rand

The grave is a common treasury, to which we must all be taken. ~ Edmund Burke

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