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Eulogy Quotes for Father

While words on a page can never fully express the amount of love that you had for someone, they can provide us with hope, solace, and comfort. Below, you will find a few eulogy quotes for fathers that relate to grief, death, and dying.

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty” – Author unknown

To a father, growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter” – Euripides

Any many can be a father, but takes someone special to be a dad” – Anne Geddes

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me” – Jim Valvano

My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life” – Lee Iacocca

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was” – Anne Sexton

Eulogy quotes for fathers come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and styles. As you can see, they can help you accurately represent what it is that you have to say about your father.

When to Use Quotes During a Eulogy

Eulogy quotes are typically saved for the ending of the speech, although, there aren’t really any concrete rules backing this up. Use as many or as few eulogy quotes as you like, just make sure that they are relevant to how you actually feel. This will help make your memorial speech much more memorable and special.

Choosing the Right Quotes

Quotes about dying, death, and grief can be used to express how you felt about your father. They add value to your eulogy, and will allow the audience to connect with what you’re saying much more easily.

Choosing the right quotes is all about choosing ones that help depict how you’re feeling, as well as your views towards your father. You can even choose your father’s favorite quotes (if you know what they were) and include those in your speech. Either way, eulogy quotes for a deceased father are beautiful, and should be considered for any memorial speech.

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Eulogy Quotes and Sayings about Death ~ H to L

Years, following years, steal something every day;
At last they steal us from ourselves away.

Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.

~Homer, Iliad~
Life and death are balanced on the edge of a razor.

~Homer, Iliad~
And they die an equal death – the idler and the man of mighty deeds.

~H.L. Mencken~
When I die I shall be content to vanish into nothingness…. No show, however good, could conceivably be good forever…. I do not believe in immortality, and have no desire for it.

~Henry David Thoreau, 11 March 1842, letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson~
Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident – It is as common as life.

~Harvey Cushing~
There is only one ultimate and effectual preventive for the maladies to which flesh is heir, and that is death.

~Isaac Asimov~
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.

~James F. Bymes~
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.

~Jacques Rigaut, Pensées~
God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality.

~Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu~
Old persons are sometimes as unwilling to die as tired-out children are to say good night and go to bed.

~J.J. Furnas~
Death is a low chemical trick played on everybody except sequoia trees.

~Jean Giraudoux, Amphitryon, 1929~
I’m not afraid of death. It’s the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.

~Jean de La Fontaine~
Death never takes the wise man by surprise; He is always ready to go.

~John Muir~
Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.

~John Donne~
God himself took a day to rest in, and a good man’s grave is his Sabbath.

~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1945~
Boy, when you’re dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.

~Kenneth Patchen~
There are so many little dyings that it doesn’t matter which of them is death.

~Kahlil Gibran, from “The Prophet”~
For what is it to die,
But to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?

~Leonardo Da Vinci~
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

~Leonardo da Vinci~
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.

~Lord Byron~
Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.

~Ludwig Büchner, Force and Matter~
Death is the surest calculation that can be made

Eulogy Quotes and Sayings about Death ~ M to R

~Madame de Stael~
We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.

~Mark Twain~
All say, “How hard it is that we have to die” – a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.

~Mark Twain~
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

~Marcel Proust~
People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.

~Marcel Proust~
We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.

~Maurice Maeterlinck~
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.

~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations~
Death is a release from the impressions of sense, and from impulses that make us their puppets, from the vagaries of the mind, and the hard service of the flesh.

~Mortimer Collins~
Death a friend that alone can bring the peace his treasures cannot purchase, and remove the pain his physicians cannot cure.

~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960~
The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive – perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.

~Norman Cousins~
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

~Percival Arland Ussher~
A man does not die of love or his liver or even of old age; he dies of being a man.

No one knows whether death is really the greatest blessing a man can have, but they fear it is the greatest curse, as if they knew well.

~Philip Dow~
Death is patiently making my mask as I sleep. Each morning I awake to discover in the corners of my eyes the small tears of his wax.

~Robert Fulghum~
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge — myth is more potent than history — dreams are more powerful than facts — hope always triumphs over experience — laughter is the cure for grief — love is stronger than death.

~René Francois Regnier~
Gaily I lived as ease and nature taught,
And spent my little life without a thought,
And am amazed that Death, that tyrant grim,
Should think of me, who never thought of him.

~R. Geis~
I wouldn’t mind dying – it’s the business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me.

~Robert Alton Harris~
You can be a king or a street sweeper,
but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.

Someday I’ll be a weather-beaten skull resting on a grass pillow,
Serenaded by a stray bird or two.
Kings and commoners end up the same,
No more enduring than last night’s dream.

Eulogy Quotes and Sayings about Death ~ D to G

~Doris Day~
The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.

~Denis Leary~
Most people think life sucks, and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ. I think life sucks, then you get cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new dog, you get remarried, you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty five years and you pay it back and then one day you have a massive stroke, your whole right side is paralyzed, you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then one day you step off a curb at Sixty-seventh Street, and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.

~David Sarnoff~
We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.

~Edvard Munch~
From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity

~Edward Young, Night Thoughts~
Our birth is nothing but our death begun.

~Emily Dickinson~
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality

~Emily Bronte~
Oh, for the time when I shall sleep
Without identity.

~Elbert Hubbard~
Die, v.: To stop sinning suddenly.

~Ernest Becker~
The irony of man’s condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.

~Ernest Becker~
The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity – designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny of man.

~Erik H. Erikson~
Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.

~Edwin Arnold~
For death,
Now I know, is that first breath
Which our souls draw when we enter
Life, which is of all life center

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow.

Death is a debt we all must pay.

~Francis Bacon, Essays~
Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.

~Friedrich Nietzsche, Expeditions of an Untimely Man~
To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one’s own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses~ so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.

~From the television show Roseanne~
If you spend all your time worrying about dying, living isn’t going to be much fun.

~From the movie Gladiator~
I knew a man who once said, “death smiles at us all; all a man can do is smile back.

~F. Forrester Church~
Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die.

~Giovanni Falcone~
He who doesn’t fear death dies only once.

~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage~
Death, the sable smoke where vanishes the flame.

~Attributed to George Carlin~
Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.

~George Bernard Shaw~
Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in.

~George Eliot, The Choir Invisible~
Oh, may I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again.
~Henry Van Dyke~
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.

Eulogy Quotes and Sayings about Death ~ A to C

Aeschylus, Agamemnon~
There’s nothing certain in a man’s life except this: That he must lose it.

~Amelia Burr~
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

~Ambrose Bierce~
Embalm, v.:To cheat vegetation by locking up the gases upon which it feeds. By embalming their dead and thereby deranging the natural balance between animal and vegetable life, the Egyptians made their once fertile and populous country barren and incapable of supporting more than a meagre crew. The modern metallic burial casket is a step in the same direction, and many a dead man who ought now to be ornamenting his neighbor’s lawn as a tree, or enriching his table as a bunch of radishes, is doomed to a long inutility. We shall get him after awhile if we are spared, but in the meantime the violet and the rose are languishing for a nibble at his glutaeus maximus.

~Anais Nin~
People living deeply have no fear of death.

~Antoine de Saint-Exupery~
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.

~Andrew A. Rooney~
Death is a distant rumor to the young.

~Albert Einstein~
Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.

~Albert Einstein~
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

~Alice Walker~
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.

~Alice Cary, Dying Hymn~
My soul is full of whispered song;
My blindness is my sight;
The shadows that I feared so long
Are all alive with light.

~Arthur Schopenhauer~
They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice… that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.

~Ashley Montagu~
The idea is to die young as late as possible.

~Author Unknown~
God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.

~Author Unknown~
There is always death and taxes; however, death doesn’t get worse every year

~Author Unknown~
Death is life’s way of telling you you’re fired.

~Bill Maher, on Politically Incorrect, 1995~
Suicide is man’s way of telling God, “You can’t fire me – I quit.”

~C.G. Jung~
To the psychotherapist an old man who cannot bid farewell to life appears as feeble and sickly as a young man who is unable to embrace it.

~Charlotte Perkins Gilman~
It is told that Buddha, going out to look on life, was greatly daunted by death. “They all eat one another!” he cried, and called it evil. This process I examined, changed the verb, said, “They all feed one another,” and called it good.

~Charles Sanders Peirce~
If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilization does. In place of this we have death.

~Charles Hanson Towne~
Thou art not dead! Thou art the whole
Of life that quickens in the sod.

~Charlotte Perkins Gilman~
Death? Why this fuss about death. Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! … Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.

~Charles de Gaulle~
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club~
On a large enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero.

Eulogy Quotes and Sayings about Death ~ S to W

~Samuel Butler~
To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

~Sigmund Freud~
The goal of all life is death.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

~Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky~
Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

~Steven Stiles~
God made death so we’d know when to stop.

~Steven Wright~
I intend to live forever. So far, so good.

~Stewart Alsop~
A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.

~Tennessee Williams, “The Rose Tattoo”~
Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.

~Thomas Browne, An Essay on Death~
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.

~Toni Morrison~
Birth, life, and death — each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.

~Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain~
A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own

~The Epic of Gilgamesh~
You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping.

~W. Somerset Maugham~
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

~Wilson Mizner~
I want a priest, a rabbi, and a Protestant clergyman. I want to hedge my bets.

~Willa Cather~
I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.

~Winston Churchill~
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

~Wilfred Sheed, The Good Word, 1978~
Suicide is… the sincerest form of criticism life gets.

~Witter Bynner, “The Patient to the Doctors”~
Name me no names for my disease,
With uninforming breath;
I tell you I am none of these,
But homesick unto death.

~William Penn~
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.