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130 Quotes About Celebrating Life For Those We’ve Lost

130 Quotes About Celebrating Life For Those We’ve Lost

Celebrating life is not only reserved for occasions when we lose someone we love. Life is to be celebrated every day, and the quotes I’ll share with you will remind you to relish all its pleasures.  

And when we do celebrate those we lost, these inspiring quotes will help you find the most thoughtful words to honor the person gone but never forgotten.  

I strived to collect the best quotes about celebrating life I could find online. May they serve you as an inspiration to truly appreciate the incredible miracle that life is!  

10 Best Quotes About Celebrating Life

1. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey

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2. “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

3. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. Death cannot kill what never dies.” — William Penn

4. “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!’” — Hunter S. Thompson

5. “Every time someone in your life dies, you realize you’re not invincible and you have to wonder if we’re celebrating life or if we’re mourning a death.” — Emily Bett Rickards

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6. “Life is a celebration. Enjoy it well.” — Uruj Shadid

7. “Life is meant to be a celebration! It shouldn’t be necessary to set aside special times to remind us of this fact. Wise is the person who finds a reason to make every day a special one.” — Leo F. Buscaglia

8. “Never hanker for others to make your life beautiful, orchestrate your life, and celebrate in your own aliveness. That’s HEAVEN, that’s Godliness!” ― Ramana Pemmaraju

9. “While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed.” — Mattie Stepanek

10. “You do not need a festival to celebrate, life itself is a festival, celebrate your life.” ― Nitin Namdeo

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Inspirational Celebrate Life Quotes 

1. “We think there is endless time to live but we never know which moment will last. So share, care, love, and celebrate every moment of life.” — Unknown

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2. “…we must find ways to celebrate people’s lives and contributions while they are still alive. We need far more celebrations of life … even before people know they are dying.” — Tom Rath

3. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln

4. “Be the celebrators, celebrate! Already there is too much — the flowers have bloomed, the birds are singing, the sun is there in the sky — celebrate it! You are breathing and you are alive and you have consciousness, celebrate it!” ― Osho

5. “Take the reins of your life in your hands every day. Get up and put a smile on your face, and feel grateful for this gift that is your life.” — Susan L. Taylor

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6. “I can’t think of a more wonderful thanksgiving for the life I have had than that everyone should be jolly at my funeral.” — Admiral Lord Mountbatten

7. “A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.” — Nazr Mohammed

8. “When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him lies on the paths of men.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

9. “Happiness requires that we celebrate the positive sides of life. Peace requires that we accept both the positive and the negative outcomes of life and move on.” — Terry Mark

10. “Celebrate life in all its glory — challenge yourself to let the routine sing, and the new dance.” — Maximillian Degenerez

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11. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.” — Ronald Reagan

12. “Once you start celebrating the little victories in life, you will realize just how infinite they truly are.” — Alicia Emamdee

13. “If we celebrate life with all its contradictions, embrace, experience, and ultimately live with it, a chance exists for a spiritual life filled not only with pain and untidiness, but also with joy, community, and creativity.” — Derrick Jensen

14. “Dying is nothing to fear. It can be the most wonderful experience of your life. It all depends on how you’ve lived.” — Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

15. “It’s another day and I’m alive and so are you. Isn’t that wonderful?” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman

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16. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well-used brings happy death.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

17. “People living deeply have no fear of death.” — Anais Nin

18. “Celebrate your life with love and gratitude by giving thanks for this very precious moment, as well as all the wonderful blessings that surround you every day.” — Unknown

19. “Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is just a passing shadow of a cloud.” — Yann Martel

20. “Life is worth celebrating and worth living even though we’re all headed to the same hole at the end of the day.” — Wayne Coyne

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21. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Suess

22. “Dance madly as if all of life is meant for dancing and celebrating.” ― Osho

23. “Smile even though you have nothing to celebrate. Celebrate the fact that you can smile. Some people don’t have nearly half of what you have and they are smiling just because they can. ” ― Germany Kent

24. “Stop sitting there with your hands folded, looking on, doing nothing: Get into action and live this full and glorious life now. You have to do it now.” — Eileen Caddy

25. “Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.” — Quintus Ennius

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26. “Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift — there is nothing small about it.” — Florence Nightingale

27. “Whichever season you’re in, rejoice and celebrate your life as you might not experience it twice.” ― Joan Ambu

28. “Celebrate life. Care for others and share whatever you have with those less fortunate than you. Broaden your vision, for the whole world belongs to you.” — Sri Ravi Shankar

29. “Shall we walk through the woods; dance through the meadows; and celebrate the miracle of this garden world?” ― Leland Lewis

30. “At the end of the day, the fact we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.” — Meredith Grey

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31. “Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.” — Joanne Harris 

32. “Each day offers a reason to celebrate. Find it and experience true bliss.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree

33. “Celebrate your life, you are your own light.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

34. “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.” — Leo Buscaglia

35. “Celebrate Life. To truly live, celebrate each day of life. Let each day be a Festival of Joy.” — RVM

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36. “Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated.” — Osho

37. “Find ecstasy in life; the more sense of living is joy enough.” — Emily Dickinson

38. “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!” — Barbara Hoffman

39. “I think what we owe each other is a celebration of life and to replace fear and hopelessness with fearlessness and joy.” — Vandana Shiva

40. “Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!” — Stevie Wonder

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See also: 100 Quotes On Life Struggles To Help You Fight Better

Life Celebration Quotes For Those We Love And Lose

1. “Every life is noted and is cherished, and nothing loved is ever lost or perished.” — Madeleine L’engle

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2. “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul, there is no such thing as separation.” — Rumi

3. “How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?” — Carson Mccullers

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

5. “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” — Maya Angelou

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6. “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” — John Steinbeck

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7. “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others.” — Thucydides

8. “Sometimes, when one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated.” — Alphonse De Lamartine

9. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply … will give us some protection forever.” — Albus Dumbledore

10. “Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.” — Jack Thorne

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11. “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.” — Terry Pratchett

12. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” — James O’barr

13. “Lives are like rivers: eventually, they go where they must. Not where we want them to.” — Richard Russo

14. “The boundaries between life and death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends and where the other begins?” — Edgar Allan Poe

15. “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.” — Helen Keller

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16. “Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” — Unknown

17. “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” — Chuck Palahniuk

18. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They speak more eloquently than 10,000 tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.” — Washington Irving

19. “Funny how we do not realize the true value and legacy of a living icon until they suddenly pass away. Truth is, there are many living legends among us, we just do not stop and take time to notice their worth until it’s too late.” ― Germany Kent

20. “Remembering is an act of resurrection, each repetition a vital layer of mourning, in memory of those we are sure to meet again.” — Nancy Cobb

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21. “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” — Terri Guillemets

22. “Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.” — Sir Arthur Wing Pinero

23. “Life will undertake to separate us, and we must each set off in search of our own path, our own destiny or our own way of facing death.” — Paulo Coelho

24. “To die completely, a person must not only forget but be forgotten, and he who is not forgotten is not dead.” — Samuel Butler

25. “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

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26.  “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — A.A. Milne

27. “Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” — Rossiter Worthington Raymond

28. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

29. “A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely. In the hour of need, when all else fails, we remember him upon whose knees we sat when children.” — Émile Gaboriau

30. “Only a moment you stayed but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.” — Dorothy Ferguson

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31. “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

32. “Say not in grief that she is no more, but say in thankfulness that she was. A death is not the extinguishing of a light but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.” — Rabindranath Tagore

33. “Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” — C.S. Lewis

34. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my own garden forever.” — Alfred Jennyon

35. “The world changes from year to year, our lives from day to day, but the love and memory of you, shall never pass away.” — Unknown

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36. “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” — Clarence Budington Kelland

37. “When he shall die take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” — William Shakespeare

38. “She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.” — Ariana Dancu

39. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — Abraham Lincoln

40. “A limb has fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me, remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I loved when I was strong.” — Unknown

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41. “The comfort of having a friend may be taken away but not that of having had one.” — Seneca

42. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” — J.K. ROWLING

43. “The name of father was another name for love.” — Fanny Fern

44. “There is something about losing a mother that is permanent and inexpressible — a wound that will never quite heal.” — Susan Wiggs

45. “You are gone, but thank you for all these soft, sweet things you left behind. In my home, in my head, in my heart.” — Nikita Gill

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46. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” — JIM Valvano

47. “I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever with the numbered days, and I’m grateful.” — Unknown

48. “This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments — and you get the tears at the end, too.” — Harlan Coben

49. “Lives are like rivers: eventually, they go where they must. Not where we want them to.” — Richard Russo 

50. “A simple celebration, a gathering of friends; here is wishing you great happiness, a joy that never ends.” — Zahid Abas

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Thought-Provoking Quotes On Celebrating Life

1. “If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costumes and come back as a new character… Would you slow down? Or speed up?” — Chuck Palahniuk

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2. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” — Ernest Hemingway

3. “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” — Steve Jobs

4. “Some people were killed by their celebration of the fact that they were still alive.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

5. “What would life be worth if there were no death? Who would enjoy the sun if it never rained? Who would yearn for the day if there were no night?” — Glenn Ringtved

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6. “You may never get back this life, so do something in this lifetime worthy of celebration.” — Debasish Mridha

7. “Why should we celebrate certain things at certain times? We don’t need extra celebrations on anything, as every moment is already a great moment to celebrate that we’re just alive!” — Mehmet Murat ildan

8. “The connections we make in the course of life — maybe that’s what heaven is.” — Fred Rogers

9. “Most people celebrate the continuity of their existence so passionately that you would swear they chose to exist.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

10. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

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11. “There is no better way to celebrate life than to be in touch with your sensuality.” ― Lebo Grand

12. “If you are feeling lost in life, celebrate. Because only when you are lost, can you find your true self and discover true happiness!” ― AVIS Viswanathan

13. “Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.” — Alan Sachs

14. “Happiness requires that we celebrate the positive sides of life. Peace requires that we accept both the positive and the negative outcomes of life and move on.” — Terry Mark

15. “Celebrate life through the music, through the spoken word, through the splatter of color on paper, or wood, or iron, or canvas. But celebrate your life.” — Tupac Shakur

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16. “The grave is but a covered bridge, leading from light to light, through a brief darkness.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

17. “In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.” — Rasheed Ogunlaru

18. “On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.” — Buddha

19. “The meaning of life is not celebrating your birth, it is celebrating your work.” — Amit Kalantri

20. “Like fireworks, this universe is a celebration and you are the spectator contemplating the eternal Fourth of July of your absolute splendor.” — Francis Lucille

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21. “Greet each day with your eyes open to beauty, your mind open to change, and your heart open to love.” — Paula Finn

22. “Our wonder-filled journey can either be spent celebrating the scenery along the route or grieving the path not taken. The potential for excellence in our lives is in each of us.” — Sherry Voila

23. “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” — Tom Peters

24. “I’ve told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

25. “The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.” — Alek Wek

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26. “When you realize how short life is, you ought to celebrate life even more.” — Caroline Dhavernas

27. “We might not be the ones to change the world. We might not belong to the few that ‘put a ding in the universe.’ We might not be something the whole world would celebrate. But…In the little corners that we live; in the lives that we’ve played a part in, we should be nothing but unforgettable.” — Nesta Jojoe Erskine

28. “Life is a song — sing it. Life is a game — play it. Life is a challenge — meet it. Life is a dream — realize it. Life is a sacrifice — offer it. Life is love — enjoy it.” — Sai Baba

29. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” — Richard Puz

30. “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” — Dr. Seuss

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Final Thoughts

I hope this collection of quotes about celebrating life has reminded you of the inherent beauty that surrounds you.

Remember, life is a remarkable gift, so live it fully and cherish the moments shared with those you love because, in the blink of an eye, they’ll become a memory.

130 Quotes About Celebrating Life For Those We've Lost