The next monument on this side is an emaciated figure, or memento mori, a gruesome style popular in the fifteenth century.
On the face of a rich man's heir is written the rich man's memento mori!
There is a series of songs in his collection which might be respectively entitled 'memento mori' and 'Memento vivere.'
The place is too modern for memento mori and the hour-glass and the skull.
Such moralizing sounds commonplace to us who have been lessoned by the memento mori of the Middle Ages.
There is no memento mori here; rather a memento vivere; rich instincts call for much living.
And the memento mori of later centuries had its raison d'être.
Why, one might as well talk of a laughing death's-head,—the cachinnation of a monk's memento mori.
His memento mori was in his bed-chamber, and sat by him at his frugal meal.
Royalty has always its memento mori, no doubt, but not always under the same forms.
"reminder of death," 1590s, Latin, literally "remember that you must die."