An inspirational quote placed on many tombstones is "If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master" by Michelangelo. "Death ? the last sleep? No, the final awakening" by Walter Scott also graces many tombstones.
Some of the most meaningful potential tombstone quotes come from the Greeks and Romans. For example, "Let no one weep for me or celebrate my funeral with mourning, for I still live as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men" by Quintus Ennius or the quote "Bear patiently, my heart, for you have suffered heavier things" by Homer would accent most tombstones elegantly. For those wishing to leave a more somber memory, the quote "Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough" by Seneca could be fitting.
Philosophers of the Southeast and East Asia have shared many words of wisdom suitable for engraving on a tombstone. These include "Let the dead have the immortality of fame, but the living the immortality of love" by the Indian poet Tagore and "The journey is the reward," which is often attributed to followers of the Tao Te Ching.