Day of the Dead Quotes, Wishes and Sayings

Enjoy Day of the Dead, with quotes and sayings..

Day of the Dead best known as Día de Muertos (Spanish) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, particularly in the Central and South regions. The main purpose of the holiday is the gathering of families and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who passed away, and help support their spiritual journey.

It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a public holiday. Traditions of the holiday include building private altars known as ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these amenities as gifts. Visitors also usually leave possessions of the deads at the graves.

Originally, the Day of the Dead was not celebrated in northern Mexico, until the 20th century. Before that time the people and the church of the northeastern Mexico rejected it because they perceived the day as a result of syncretizing pagan elements with Catholicism. In the early 21st century in northern Mexico, people started celebrating Día de Muertos because the Mexican government made it a national holiday.


I knew a man who once said, “death smiles at us all; all a man can do is smile back.” – From the movie Gladiator

Nothing can happen more beautiful than death. – Walt Whitman

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

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

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

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

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

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

To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die. – Thomas Campbell

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

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident – It is as common as life. – Henry David Thoreau, 11 March 1842, letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out. – Lou Reed, “Magic and Loss”

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death. – James F. Byrnes

There’s nothing that death is e’er able to do but sever the cord that binds body to you… – Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “We Do Not Grow Old” (1940s)

Just a thin veil, between this world. And that world of beauty and love, just a thin veil that hides the view Of our Spirit loved ones above! – Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Just a Thin Veil” (1940s)

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

People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. – Jim Morrison

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

He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? – Kahlil Gibran, from “The Prophet”

Men fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no man knows that it may not be the greatest good. – William Mitford

God’s finder touched him, and he slept. – Tennyson

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

We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning. – Manilius

I think of death as some delightful journey that I shall take when all my tasks are done. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death. – Leonardo da Vinci

Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life. – Charels Frohman

If I can find positive things coming from the loss of my wife and daughter, then believe me, you can find the positive side of anything that happens in your life; you just have to work a little harder. – Thomas E. Pierce, The Last Rose

The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. – Job I 21

It was a terrible event that caused both man and wife to suffer greatly with the loss of a child. But, it was the gift of prayer with God that strengthened them to be able to handle this devastating event. – Byron Pulsifer, from Prayer Continued

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. It is as though they were traveling abroad. – Marcel Proust

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. – Revelation 21:4

Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of resurrection. – Book of Common Prayer

Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last final awakening. – Scott

But, rather than be sad, wouldn’t it be a lot better to face our own death knowing that our life had been lived to the fullest and without regret? Even though we may not want to face death, it is inevitable just as it is for the setting sun each evening. – Byron Pulsifer, The View From A Hospital Window

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

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

What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever. – Henry vanDyke

Life brings so much yet takes it away so suddenly. And, at the time of death what we are left with is shared friendship and memories. – Byron Pulsifer, Reflection of Life

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

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins

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

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

God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled. – Author Unknown

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

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. – Psalm 116:15

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

Paradise – I see flowers from the cottage where I lie. – Yaitsu’s death poem, 1807

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. – From the television show The Wonder Years

Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear. – Jean-Paul Sartre

Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names. – Proverb

On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death. Instead of the sympathy, the friendly union, of life and death so apparent in Nature, we are taught that death is an accident, a deplorable punishment for the oldest sin, the arch-enemy of life, etc…. But let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory for, for it never fights. All is divine harmony. – John Muir (1838–1914), A Thousand-Mile Walk To the Gulf

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

A fact of life we all die. But the positive impact you have on others will be a living legacy. – Catherine Pulsifer

Such is the case with the untimely death of a loved one where sorrow is deep and the pain great. But, knowing that your loved one is now in the hands of God can help ease the pain. – Byron Pulsifer, A Story Of Guardians

Life is a brief intermission, between birth and death, enjoy it. – M.K. Soni

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. – Albert Pike

Death is the opening of a more subtle life. In the flower, it sets free the perfume; in the chrysalis, the butterfly; in man, the soul. – Juliette Adam

The value of that one near miss with death has been a positive, a reawakening to the value of each day. Each one of us has only a limited time on this earth; no one can predict when your time will end. – Byron Pulsifer, A Car Accident

And with the morn those angel faces smile which I have loved long since and lost awhile. – John Henry Newman

We never bury the dead, son. We take them with us. It’s the price of living. – Mark Goffman and Jose Molina, Sleepy Hollow, “The Golem” (season 1, episode 10), original airdate 2013 December 9th, spoken by the character Henry Parrish


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  1. Jorge on

    tee hee hee. guess what? me thinks i found a tcthah cottage in dunmore east today going to have a look later today say a prayer for me. its one i drove past for years always dreamed of living in its even called hope cottage if i get it, you and sally must come for a visit soon! xox when im all settled in we will all have a veggie eating party at my cottage!


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