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20 Memorable Epitaphs

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From a Maryland cemetery: "Here lies an atheist. All dressed up and no place to go."

The cemetery at the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.
The cemetery at the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.
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This epitaph comes from a cemetery in Thurmont, Md., and it's made many lists of top humorous tombstone quotes (along with, "I told you I was sick," from a Florida cemetery). When author C.S. Lewis was told about the inscription, he reportedly replied, "I bet he wishes that were so" [source: Lewis]. It's unclear who the atheist in question was (the headstone bears no name) or whether his assumption about the afterlife (or lack thereof) was accurate.

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