It’s easy to find what Shakespeare said on various subjects related to love and romance. But how about going in a different direction – what are some of your favorite death quotes?
I’m not talking about the “And now I will kill you” sort of stuff, I’m talking about stuff said in mourning, in praise and tribute to the deceased, and so on. The kind of thing that you might say to a grieving loved one, use in a eulogy, write in a sympathy card, and so on.
Disclaimer : This post is motivated entirely by curiosity, I have no personal crisis for which I need eulogy material.
One of my favorites, from King John:
Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
Remembers me of all his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form;
Then, have I reason to be fond of grief?
I know that the original context is far too heated and angry to be appropriate, but taken by itself I see this passage as something very comforting. Switch out that final question mark for a period and it says something completely different.
For something shorter and sweeter, and bordering on cliche, there’s always “Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest,” from Hamlet.