A deep sadness spread across the UK when it was announced that Captain Sir Tom Moore, who was hospitalised with breathing issues, died with coronavirus aged 100. Tributes rolled in to the man who raised almost £33m for NHS charities over lockdown and many took to social media to share their condolences with the family.
‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore,’ the families statement read. ‘We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.
‘We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together,’ it continued. ‘The last year of our father's life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of. Whilst he'd been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.’
The news of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s death encouraged countless people to search for his best quotes on Google. ‘Captain Tom Moore quotes’ is currently the top trending search term for his name. It seems that everyone wants to show their appreciation for the trailblazer – who was knighted by the Queen in July – by remembering some of his most beautiful words.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the best Captain Tom Moore quotes online so you too can share in his wisdom whenever you need to:
‘Tomorrow is a good day’ – his daily motto and title of his autobiography.
‘For all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment: the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away’ – his message of hope after completing his 100th lap of his walk.
‘My message to the nation right now is, tomorrow will be a good day. We will get through this and come out of it stronger, more united and ready to face any challenge together.’ – The Sunday Mirror, April 2020.
‘I miss my mother and father and grandfather, that feeling continues for all time even at 100. Most people do,’ – on the important of family – The Times, September 2020.
‘I remember saying, ‘I hope the Queen is gentle with this sword!’ – on his knighthood – GQ, November 2020.
‘I had to call him back because I was doing an interview at the time,’ on being called by Boris Johnson – GQ, November 2020.
‘I think he’s doing a very good job. I think it’s essential that children get meals in holiday time too and I give him full marks for his effort, because he’s really working very hard on behalf of the children,’ on Marcus Rashford – GQ, November 2020.
‘Negative thoughts don’t seem to be part of me. I always think of the beneficial things,’ GQ, November 2020.
‘[My father would] show me how to bang the nails into the wood. And if you hit your thumb, that was your own fault and you learned not to do it again. And when I was finished with those, my father would bring me a bigger piece of wood and a bigger hammer. All my life I’ve learned to get on with it. And if you hit your thumb or your finger, don’t blame anyone else. You did it yourself.’ – GQ, November 2020.
‘What’s the point in complaining? I am as I am,’ – GQ, November 2020.
‘The hardest part is the first step; once you’ve done that, if you do another one, it becomes a natural thing,’ The Guardian, December 2020.
‘I come from Yorkshire. We don’t give up,’ The Guardian, December 2020.
‘I’ve always believed things will get better. The sun will shine again, the birds will sing and we’ll all have a lovely day tomorrow,’ The Guardian, December 2020.
Click through for Captain Tom Moore's incredible life in pictures...
Captain Tom Moore's Incredible Life In Pictures - Grazia
Captain Tom joined the Armed Forces in May of 1940 when he was stationed in Cornwall.
A young Captain Tom was a big fan of motorsports, and his winning motorbike from the 1920s is still around today.
Soldiers salute Captain Tom as he completes his 100th lap of his garden in April 2020.
Captain Tom crosses the finish line after completing 100 laps around his garden to raise money for the NHS.
Captain Tom proudly shows off a birthday card for his 100th birthday from the Queen herself.
Captain Tom served in India during the Second World War.
Queen Elizabeth II awards Captain Sir Thomas Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle on 17 July 2020.
The thousands of birthday cards sent to Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday on 30 April are displayed in the Hall of Bedford School on 29 April 2020.
After returning home from the war, Captain Tom worked as managing director of a concrete company and was a competitive motorcycle racer.
Captain Tom poses with his walking frame after completing a lap of his garden on 16 April 2020. After finishing his 100 laps of his garden, he said, 'Incredible and now words fail me.'
Captain Sir Tom Moore poses with his memoir, Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day, on 17 September 2020.
Captain Tom Moore hits the red carpet at the GQ Men of The Year Awards on 26 November 2020.
Captain Tom proudly poses after receiving his Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth on 17 July 2020 at Windsor Castle.
Captain Tom Moore and his daughter, Hannah, wave to an RAF flypast over his home in honour of his birthday on 30 April 2020.
A very dapper looking Captain Tom is seen in this throwback picture shared by his family.
Captain Tom has shared his official portrait on Twitter.
Captain Tom flies to Barbados for Christmas, saying, 'I never thought that, at the age of 100, I would get to travel again. I'm so grateful to everyone who has made this possible. The support I have been shown in 2020 has given me renewed energy and today I get to tick something off my bucket list.'
Along with his family, Captain Tom celebrates Christmas with a trip to Barbados.
Captain Tom and his family talk with the Queen after he was presented with the insignia of Knight Bachelor during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on 17 July 2020.
A young Captain Tom in uniform.