If you are planning to speak at a funeral or life celebration you will doubtless end up using the person’s own words to give a flavour of their personality, be they erudite or simple, sad or amusing.
But you may also plan to use the words of others who have been in this situation and may have found the perfect phrase. In particular if you are planning your own life celebration, you will have time to contemplate those things of which you are most proud, the way you hope you have lived your life, and any message you wish to convey at your passing. Quotations can be of great help in these circumstances.
Your quotations may be more to do with life than death. For example, this from Steve Jobs:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“She had been given a wonderful gift: life. Sometimes it was cruelly taken away too soon, but it’s what you did with it that counted, not how long it lasted.”
― Cecelia Ahern, P.S. I Love You
Or this from beautiful quotes