36 Thoughtful Día De Los Muertos Quotes

Día De Los Muertos is Spanish for Day of the Dead. Traditionally, this holiday is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd, but some celebrate it on October 31st or November 6th.  Some say that Día De Los Muertos has modern roots connecting it to past European traditions but its history is not actually clear and still debated. However, it has become a part of Mexican nationalism for the past few decades.

Día De Los Muertos Quotes

Here are some beautiful Día De Los Muertos quotes to remember your loved ones:

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

2. “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

3. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – From a gravestone in the Republic of Ireland

4. “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

5. “I knew a man who once said, ‘Death smiles at us all; all a man can do is smile back.’” – From the 2000 film Gladiator

6. “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

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

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

9. “God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.” – Anonymous

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

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

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

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

14. “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

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

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

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

18. “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

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

Día De Los Muertos quote by Buddha
20. “We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?” – Buddha

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

22. “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

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

24. “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

25. “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

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

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

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

29. “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

Stanley Brandes about Day of the dead
30. “The spiritual dimension of the Day of the Dead is central to the experience of most celebrants.” – Stanley Brandes

31. “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

32. “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.” – The Bible, Revelation 21:4

33. “Remember me. Though I have to say goodbye, remember me. Don’t let it make you cry, for even if I’m far away, I hold you in my heart. I sing a secret song to you each night we are apart, remember me. Though I have to travel far, remember me. Each time you hear a sad guitar, know that I’m with you the only way I can be until you’re in my arms again. Remember me.” – “From the movie Coco

34. “Mexican soul at its 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. Sounds colliding perfectly is what I crave to breathe in. Una hermosa passion. 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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35. “When we lose our loved ones, they never die for I know once heaven takes their souls The dear Lord leaves a little of them here to turn into beautiful butterflies so they can be near our hearts.” – Linda Ann Henry

36. “This is a day to honor and pray for all the beautiful souls in our lives who are no longer living. These cherished souls might have left us, but they shall be in our hearts and minds until the end of time.” – Anonymous

A Celebration of Life: El Día de Los Muertos

Join Beautiful Destinations creators Cory Martin and Arman Mitchell as they explore the city of Oaxaca, Mexico during Día de Los Muertos, a three-day celebration dedicated to remembering the lives of those who’ve passed and supporting them on their spiritual journey. It’s a time to celebrate life, not mourn the loss of it. Have you celebrated life today?


With Día De Los Muertos quotes, celebrate a holiday for those you’ve lost. Día De Los Muertos is an opportunity to honor and remember the dead despite their departure from this world. It’s a celebration and a chance to reunite with your living relatives and friends who miss loved ones who have passed on as much as you.

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