The Tombstones of 25 Famous People

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Death. The great equalizer.

Life may be infinitely unfair, but in death, we're all in the same boat. Here are tombstone inscriptions from the graves of famous people. Some funny, others clever, some insightful, others angry, some sad, others optimistic.

Winston Churchill: “I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another question.”

Rodney Dangerfield: “There goes the neighborhood.”

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Merv Griffin: “I will not be right back after this message.”

Stan Laurel: “A genius of comedy. His genius in the art of humor brought gladness to the world he loved.”

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Oliver Hardy: "A genius of comedy. His talent brought joy and laughter to the world.”

Billy Wilder: “I’m a writer but then nobody's perfect.”

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Jesse James: “Murdered by a traitor and a coward whose name is not worthy to appear here.”

Isaac Newton: “Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night, God said 'Let Newton be!' and all was light.”

Frank Sinatra: “The best is yet to come.”

Doc Holliday: “He died in bed.”

Billy the Kid: "Truth and history. 21 men. The boy bandit king. Died as he lived.”

George Washington: “Looking into the portals of eternity teaches that the brotherhood of man is inspired by God's word: then all prejudice of race vanishes away.”

Dean Martin: “Everybody loves somebody sometime.”

Edgar Allan Poe: “Quoth the raven, nevermore.”

Jayne Mansfield: “We live to love you more each day.”

Robert Frost: “I had a lover's quarrel with the world.”

Mel Blanc: “That's all folks.”

Jack Lemmon: “Jack Lemmon in.”

Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie and Clyde): “As the flowers are all made sweet by the sunshine and dew, so this world's made brighter by the lives of folks like you.”

Karl Marx: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point is to change it.”

Don Adams: “Would you believe........."

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Leslie Nielsen: “Let 'er rip.”

Jackie Gleason: “And away we go.”

Bette Davis: “She did it the hard way.”

The Unknown Soldier: “To save your world you asked this man to die. Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?"

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