She pointed to the dark stone. Harry stooped down and saw, upon the frozen, lichen-spotted granite, the words Kendra Dumbledore and, a short way below her dates of birth and death, and Her Daughter Ariana. There was also a quotation: Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Deathly Hallows - Chapter 16: Godric's Hollow

Is there any reason why Dumbledore (presumably) chose this verse to place on his sister's tomb?

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    I’ve always assumed it was his way of saying that his own heart was buried along with Ariana, his treasure. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 15 '18 at 21:48

The quotation is from the Bible in Matthew 6:21:

19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 NIV

The premise is that Jesus is telling his disciples that their focus should not be on worldly gain because the real treasure is elsewhere.

In Harry Potter, we know that Dumbledore feels great remorse over what happened to his sister, her death being one of the key reasons he never accepted the post of Minister of Magic. Placing this verse on her tombstone is his way of acknowledging that he missed out on the greater treasure due to his misplaced ambitions - as well as providing a warning along with some advice to any who may read it in the future.

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    'As well as providing a warning along with some advice to any who may read it in the future.' At least those who follow it or know what it means. I never actually thought about it and reading the quote you cite means absolutely nothing to me. The meaning is lost to me in that passage. One should always remember to truly appreciate what you treasure/etc. and not take it for granted but even if that is the concept I wouldn't be able to put that together from the quote. Still, iirc there is another biblical quote (related to Harry's parents?) which I don't understand either. +1 anyway. – Pryftan Jan 15 '18 at 22:28
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    @Pryftan There is a very large volume of material to further investigate what the quote means, if you really want to understand it. – Nacht Jan 16 '18 at 6:05
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    @Pryftan: This answer does not explain the meaning of the verse well, which could be part of why you don't understand it. (This is a matter of meaning, which is a separate matter from whether it is true.) The verse is a roundabout way of stating that your heart (concerns and thoughts) will be (continually) on the things that you treasure, and therefore you should realize what is truly valuable (heavenly things) so that you don't have your heart in the wrong place (figuratively). If you take the verse out of the original context, it is actually quite true (as a psychological fact). – user21820 Jan 16 '18 at 8:25
  • @Pryftan: The fact that it's been carved on a tombstone should be enough impetus for people who are unaware of that context to look into it more -- which it does, as this very question demonstrates. That applies even more to the last enemy to be destroyed is Death, which is the quote on the stone of the Potters, as it resonates strongly with the themes of the story itself. – Jeroen Mostert Jan 16 '18 at 8:59
  • @JeroenMostert 'some people' you mean. A word I don't know? Yes (though I have to be careful lest I get back into the old habit of reading the dictionary as a novel - and even looking up a single word I tend to look up adjacent words). But something like this? No. I'm more inclined to pass over it. The words the last enemy to be destroyed is Death is rather silly to me because I don't see it as an enemy but part of my mortality. And isn't that what makes Harry a master of Death (even besides owning the Hallows - though he discarded them)? – Pryftan Jan 16 '18 at 18:40

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