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Dia De Los Muertos Quotes For Celebrating Life

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Looking to celebrate Dia de los Muertos?

These Dia de Los Muertos quotes are exactly what you need to celebrate one of the most unique and special holidays on planet earth.

The whole concept of this holiday is the notion that at one special time of the year, the spirits of those who have passed away come back to celebrate and reunite with the living for two days.

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Many people misunderstand Dia de Los Muertos and mistake it with Halloween, they are not the same thing though.

On this holiday, families create offerings and honor their departed loved ones.

They create beautiful altars with marigold flowers and leave gifts, prayers, food, and other tokens to demonstrate their appreciation for those they have lost and celebrate their lives.

The idea is to celebrate them as if they were still physically living.

Check out these Dia de Los Muertos quotes and think about a loved one you want to celebrate.

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1. “People fear death more than pain.” – Jim Morrison

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2. “Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.” – Charles Frohman

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3. “Death is the opening to a more subtle life.” – Juliette Adam

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4. “Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.” – Walt Whitman

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5. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell

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6. “It is a fact of life that we all die.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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7. “Death isn’t sad. The sad thing is: most people don’t live at all.” – Socrates, ‘Peaceful Warrior’

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8. “Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last final awakening.” – Walter Scott

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9. “Death is the gate of life.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

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10. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell, “Hallowed Ground”

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11. “A human life is a story told by God.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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12. “The spiritual dimension of the Day of the Dead is central to the experience of most celebrants.”- Stanley Brandes

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13. “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” – Seneca

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14. “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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15. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” – William Penn

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16. “Oh, may I join the choir invisible of those immortal dead who live again.” – George Eliot

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17. “Life hurts a lot more than death.” – Jim Morrison

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18. “After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – J.K. Rowling

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19. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell, “Hallowed Ground”

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20. “For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?” – Kahlil Gibran

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21. “From my rotting body, flowers shall grow, and I am in them, and that is eternity.” – Edvard Munch

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22. “The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.” – Lois McMaster Bujold

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23. “In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.” – Robert Ingersoll

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24. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive.” – Norman Cousins

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25. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – From a headstone in Ireland

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26. “Oh, may I join the choir invisible of those immortal dead who live again.” – George Eliot, “The Choir Invisible”

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27. “Death is for many of us the gate of hell; but we are inside on the way out, not outside on the way in.” – George Bernard Shaw

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28. “For death, Now I know, is that first breath Which our souls draw when we enter Life, which is of all life center.” – Edwin Arnold

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29. “We never bury the dead, son. We take them with us. It’s the price of living.” – Mark Goffman and Jose Molina, “Sleepy Hollow ”

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30. “At the point of death, the pain is over” – Jim Morrison

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31. “All say, “How hard it is that we have to die” — a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.” – Mark Twain

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32. “He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us more potent — nay, more present — than the living man.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

33. “The Mexican… is familiar with death. [He] jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it. It is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love.” – Octavio Paz

34. “Just a thin veil, between this world And that world of beauty and love.”– Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Just a Thin Veil”

35. “People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive.” – Marcel Proust

36. “It is as though they [the dead] were traveling abroad.” – Marcel Proust

37. “Mexican soul at it’s finest, Yo soy un mariachi. Singing is what I live for. As it derives my heart to its deepest desires. I am from a proud heritage and lasting memory.” – Cheyenne Raine

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38. “After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – J.K. Rowling, ‘Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone’

39. “But strew his ashes to the wind whose sword or voice has served mankind. And is he dead, whose glorious mind lifts thine on high?” – Thomas Campbell, ‘Hallowed Ground’

40. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”-Richard Puz

41. “We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?” – Buddha

42. “Día de Muertos has begun! It’s the one night of the year our ancestors can come visit us.” – Abuelita, ‘Coco’

43. “In Mexico, most of the activities and artistic displays connected with this holiday—including special food offerings, cemetery vigils, home altars, and the like—are a folk elaboration entirely separate from liturgical requirements.” – Stanley Brandes

44. “If there’s no one left in the living world to remember you, you disappear from this world. But you can change that!” – Hector, ‘Coco’

45. “People are really dead when you forget about them, and if you think about them, they are alive in your mind, they are alive in your heart” – Mary J. Andrade

46. “Old age. It’s the only disease that you don’t look forward to being cured of.” – Mr. Bernstein, ‘Citizen Kane’

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47. “This kind of thing happens alongside the more intimate observation of the family altar… They are not in opposition to one another.”- Claudio Lomnitz

48. “Sounds colliding perfectly is what I crave to breathe in. Una hermosa pasion. That brings me the greatest joy within its exciting rhythms. This is my life and it’s only the beginning.”– Cheyenne Raine

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49. “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” — George Eliot

50. “He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

51. “[M]emory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you wish to never lose.” — Bob Brush

52. “A day grows old as we do. Do not wish death upon it. Let it live, let it love, and only then should you let it rest in peace.” — Michelle C. Ustaszeski

53. “The early morn lets out the peeping day And strew’d his paths with golden marigolds…” — Phineas Fletcher

54. “Thinking and talking about death need not be morbid; they may be quite the opposite. Ignorance and fear of death overshadow life, while knowing and accepting death erases this shadow.” —  Lily Pincus

55. “Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident – It is as common as life.” — Henry David Thoreau

56. And with the morn those Angel faces smile Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.” — John Henry Newman

57. “There’s nothing that death is e’er able to do But sever the cord that binds body to you…” — Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

58. “There’s a bit of magic in everything And then some loss to even things out…” — Lou Reed & Mike Rathke 

59. “Even though we grieve at the loss of our loved ones, we find hope through the resurrection of Jesus and His promise that there is life after death.” — Anne Cetas

60. “I’m thankful for the assurance we can have that we will be with Jesus after we die if we have trusted in Him to forgive our sin. There is no greater hope.” — Randy Kilgore

What did you learn from these Dia de Los Muertos quotes?

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  1. Zeira

    November 2, 2022 at 1:04 AM

    Why is it that most of these quotes are written or said by white/European people? Where are the quotes from the latina/o/x gente who have just as important words to say about death and whose tradition these belongs too? Don’t get me wrong, I like me a quote from Mark Twain just as much as the next person, but if latina/o/x gente are represented just by quotes from the Disney Movie Coco then there is a serious conversation we need to be having here. 🤷‍♀️

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