Words matter. These are the best Obituary Quotes from famous people such as Brendan Behan, Philip Guedalla, James Corden, Mark Skousen, Glenn Greenwald, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.
Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.
When the ‘Guardian’ is commissioning writers to write obituary pieces about you and your career… it doesn’t get much nastier than that. And you’ve just got to go, ‘It doesn’t actually matter.’
In my book, ‘The Big Three in Economics,’ I found that the press has frequently and prematurely written the obituary of Adam Smith and his free-market philosophy, only to see a new and more vibrant global marketplace reemerge after being savagely attacked by Keynesians, Marxists, and assorted socialists.
I’ve always thought stability was suffocating and deadly. Like, when I read that the kids I went to law school with have stayed at the same firm, I feel like I’m reading an obituary. How much money do you need? Six million, seven million? Put that in the bank and do something else. Get out!
When a writer dies you get a higher standard of obituary.
Some people want to amass a great amount of wealth and make a great looking obituary. I’m going to die with more money than is good to leave my son.
In journalism, we recognize a kind of hierarchy of fame among the famous. We measure it in two ways: by the length of an obituary and by how far in advance it is prepared. Presidents, former presidents, and certain heads of state are at the top of the chain.
Beyond being timely, an obituary has a more subjective duty: to assess its subject’s impact.
Anyone who has to write an obituary for me one day will probably say, ‘She did absolute depths of agony really well.’ I’m not, however, an unhappy person.
When I die, if the word ‘thong’ appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I’ve screwed up.
A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
Scarcely a day goes by without some claim that new technologies are fast writing newsprint’s obituary.
Everyone wrote our obituary but us and the coaches and the kids who stayed with us. The obit was, ‘Vanderbilt will have to leave the Southeastern Conference. All the coaches are leaving, and all the students are transferring.’
I always wondered what hearing one’s own obituary might sound like, and I sort of feel like I may have just heard part of it at least.
The savage repression of blacks, which can be estimated by reading the obituary columns of the nation’s dailies, Fred Hampton, etc., has not failed to register on the black inmates.
You know how Bette Midler always says her obituary will read, ‘Bette Midler dies. Started her career at the Continental Baths?’ Mine will say ‘Chris March died. He was on Season 4 of ‘Project Runway.” It’s an amazing show, it did a lot for me, and I’m fine with it. Unless it becomes terribly disreputable.
All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.
The seed for my novel ‘Half Brother’ was planted in my mind over twenty years ago, but didn’t germinate until late 2007 when I came across the obituary for Washoe, an extraordinary chimpanzee who had learned over 250 words of American Sign Language.
An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.