I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
Worldly faces, never look so worldly as at a funeral.
Scenes of Clerical Life (1858)
To judge of the real importance of the individual, we should think of the effect his death would produce.
One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day was; one cannot judge life until death.
A wedding is just like a funeral except that you get to smell your own flowers.
Thou hast existed as a part; thou shalt disappear into that which produced thee. This, too, nature wills. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature and end thy journey in content, just as the olive falls when it is ripe, thanking the tree on which it grew and blessing the nature that gave it birth.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
Familiar Studies of Men and Books (1882)
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894)
Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone’s got to take care of all your details.