quote by Yann Martel

My life is like a memento mori painting from European art: there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition.

— Yann Martel

Viral Memento Mori quotations

Never forget that you must die; that death will come sooner than you expect... God has written the letters of death upon your hands. In the inside of your hands you will see the letters M.M. It means 'Memento Mori' - remember you must die.


Photography is an elegiac art, a twilight art.

Most subjects photographed are, just by virtue of being photographed, touched with pathos.

Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise.

It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death life is insipid.

We are warned by the Word both of our duty, our danger, and our remedy.

On the sea of life there would be many more wrecks if it were not for the divine storm-signals which give to the watchful a timely warning. The Bible should be our Mentor, our Monitor, our Memento Mori, our Remembrancer, and the Keeper of our Conscience.

Time is an absurdity. An abstraction. The only thing that matters is this moment.


Believing the lie that time will heal all wounds is just a nice way of saying that time deadens us.

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.

One of the things that we talked about was this idea of 'Memento Mori' - like the reminder of our own mortality - and so we were sort of trying to express that in our press photos. And it's one of the themes of the album [Modern Vampires of the City] as well.

Memento mori and obey the Lord. Art and religion love the somber chord.

Memento mori - remember death! These are important words.

If we kept in mind that we will soon inevitably die, our lives would be completely different. If a person knows that he will die in a half hour, he certainly will not bother doing trivial, stupid, or, especially, bad things during this half hour. Perhaps you have half a century before you die-what makes this any different from a half hour?