Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.
Those only deserve a monument who do not need one.
I started studying what the nature of a monument is and what a monument should be. And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile, almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere.
After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.
Their monument sticks like a fishbone in the city's throat.
A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of trauma, I will fear no concussion.
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
If you seek Hamilton's monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton's country, a mighty industrial nation with a strong central government.
I think that's become passe, but if you can surround yourself with a kind of monument to yourself and your family - a statement - and you can afford it, then that's a noble project.
The marble keeps merely a cold and sad memory of a man who would else be forgotten. No man who needs a monument ever ought to have one.
Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man.
I have never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.
Green sods are all their monument; and yet it tells A nobler history than pillared piles, Or the eternal pyramids.
Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
Hardly a name in profane history is more august than his. Hardly another character in the world's record has made so little of its opportunities. His discovery was a blunder; his blunder was a new world; the New World is his monument.
I don't mind being a symbol but I don't want to become a monument. There are monuments all over the Parliament Buildings and I've seen what the pigeons do to them.
Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.
Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.