Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaphgreen leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. "The Journal of Cyril Connolly 1928-1937," published in David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir (1983).
Pryce-Jones chose these words for his book's epigraph.)
Sir, a man who cannot get to heaven in a green coat, will not find his way thither the sooner in a grey one.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 1, p. 222, ed. George Birkbeck Hill (1891). Quoted in Hester Piozzi, Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786).)