Obituary quotes:

  • All publicity is good, except an obituary notice. -- Brendan Behan
  • When a writer dies you get a higher standard of obituary. -- Arthur Smith
  • There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary. -- Brendan Behan
  • An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing. -- Quentin Crisp
  • An obituary should be an exercise in contemporary history, not a funeral oration. -- Peter Utley
  • I don't think most people know what's going to be in their obituary, but I do. -- Robert Mankoff
  • I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure. -- Clarence Darrow
  • When I die, if the word 'thong' appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I've screwed up. -- Albert Brooks
  • You know, one of the only times I ever wrote about art was the obituary of Warhol that I did for the Village Voice. -- Barbara Kruger
  • 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. -- George Jean Nathan
  • 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. -- Spencer Abraham
  • Live so that when the final summons comes you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone or an obituary in a newspaper. -- Billy Sunday
  • 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. -- Philip Guedalla
  • 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. -- Lesley Manville
  • 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. -- George Jackson
  • I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up. -- Benjamin Franklin
  • I'm fairly certain when I die that the obituary will say, 'Author of 'Angels in America' dies.' Unless I'm completely forgotten, and then it won't say anything at all. -- Tony Kushner
  • 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. -- Darrell Issa
  • 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.' -- James Corden
  • 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. -- Kenneth Oppel
  • 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. -- Mark Skousen
  • 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! -- Glenn Greenwald
  • There's no bad publicity except an obituary. -- Brendan Behan
  • If you don't have a nasty obituary you probably didn't matter. -- Freeman Dyson
  • My school was so tough the school newspaper had an obituary section. -- Norm Crosby
  • What a writer's obituary should read - he wrote the books, then he died. -- William Faulkner
  • I have to erase my Google search histories, because they always lead to an obituary. -- Carrie Brownstein
  • So what if someone wrote your obituary... that doesn't mean you are obligated to die. -- Lou Holtz
  • Hang onto your sense of humor. I picture my obituary : The sexiest man alive is now dead. -- Mark Harmon
  • Everybody is a potential murderer. I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices. -- Clarence Darrow
  • One phrase you don't want kicking off your obituary is, Never, in the long history of bungee jumping... -- Dana Gould
  • I contemplated suicide. My main concern was that I would not make the New York Times obituary page. -- Art Buchwald
  • Read your own obituary notice; they say you live longer. Gives you second wind. New lease of life. -- James Joyce
  • I get up every morning and read the obituary column. If my name's not there, I eat breakfast. -- George Burns
  • Men in the uniform of Wall Street retirement: black Chesterfield coat, rimless glasses and the Times folded to the obituary page.. -- Jimmy Breslin
  • We're all killers at heart . . . . I have never taken anybody's life, but I have often read obituary notices with considerable satisfaction. -- Clarence Darrow
  • He once told a reporter he wanted his obituary to be short - "just make it born in Russia, first lesson at 3, debut at 7, debut in America in 1917". -- Jascha Heifetz
  • You should never write your own resume, personal ad, or obituary. In all three cases it is better to show your humility by letting someone else lie for you. -- David Hayden
  • We shall see later on that the diversity of the forms of death that circulate invisibly is the cause of the peculiar unexpectedness of obituary notices in the newspapers. -- Marcel Proust
  • His true monument lies not on the shelves of libraries, but in the thoughts of men, and in the history of more than one science.{Gibbs's obituary for scientist Rudolf Clausius} -- Josiah Willard Gibbs
  • Al-Qaeda's obituary has been written countless times over the decade. Each iteration has proved to be ephemeral, as the moment has continually shown itself to have a deeper bench than we imagine. -- Bruce Hoffman
  • All men have an emotion to kill; when they strongly dislike someone they involuntarily wish he was dead. I have never killed anyone, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction. -- Clarence Darrow
  • This won't look so good in my obituary," Schaffer said dolefully. There was a perceptible edge of strain under the lightly-spoken words."Gave his life for his country in a ladies' lavatory in Upper Bavaria. -- Alistair MacLean