What should I say?I receive numerous e-mail messages asking for examples of anniversary toasts, celebratory toasts, etc. My favourite book about toasts, Toasts, by Paul Dickson, Crown Publishers, New York, 1991, does a wonderful job of explaining the history and purpose of toasts. In addition the book contains 1500 sample toasts, and graces.
Hints for Effective Toasting
Examples of ToastsBelow are some toasts, poems and quotes, listed by category, which you might find useful in a toast or speech of praise:
"May the Lord love us but not call us too soon".
"May you enter heaven late".
"To maturity: When there's snow on the roof, there's fire in the furnace".
"The longer I live the more
beautiful life becomes."
"It's not how old you are but
how you are old"
"Here's to you both--
"To your coming anniversaries
He/She's no older than the last!"
"To wish you joy on your
Death (Eulogy)"Over their hallowed graves
may the winds of heaven
whisper hourly benedictions".
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die".
"You lived respected and died regretted."
"It matters not how a man dies,
but how he lives.
"Here's to our dear departed
friend who lived life to the fullest"
Some poems that might be
appropriate as part of a eulogy:
So, we'll go no more a-roving
For the sword outwears its
Though the night was made for
Death Be Not Proud
Death, be not proud, though some
have called thee
Thou'rt slave to fate, chance,
kings and desperate men,
Do Not Go Gentle Into That
Do not go gentle into that good
Though wise men at their end know
dark is right,
Good men, the last wave by,
crying how bright
Wild men who caught and sang the
sun in flight,
Grave men, near death, who see
with blinding sight
And you, my father, there on the
I am not resigned to the shutting
away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
Lovers and thinkers, into the
earth with you.
The answers quick and keen, the
honest look, the laughter, t he love, --
Down, down, down into the
darkness of the grave
Friendship"A health to you,
A wealth to you,
And the best that life can give to you.
May fortune still be kind to you.
And happiness be true to you,
And life be long and good to you,
is the toast of all your friends to you."
"Here's to a friend. He knows
"We work in the trenches
"You now have the freedom to do all the things you spent the last forty years dreaming of doing."
"Here's to the holidays -- all
365 of them!"
"To your retirement. A well-deserved reward for a job well done."
"We don't know what we are
going to do without you.
"Here's to no more alarm clocks."
"We salute you as you retire.
Now you will be able to dedicate
"To a man who always has his
foot to the pedal, his shoulder to the wheel,
"Grow old with me!
"Here's to the groom with bride
"Look down you gods,
If you are looking for great sample
toasts and speeches for the various speakers at a wedding the site Foreverwed.com
has a good selection to choose from.
"Here's to becoming top banana without losing touch with the
"We wish you the brightest
future filled with hopes, dreams and
"As you depart from the odyssey
of high school,
"Always remember that education
"Go confidently in the
direction of your dreams!
"And the night shall be filled with music,
"Whenever the occasion arose he/she arose to the
"For what we are about to receive, Lord make us
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