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el Día de los Muertos

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

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

Someday I’ll be a weather-beaten skull resting on a grass pillow,
Serenaded by a stray bird or two.
Kings and commoners end up the same,
No more enduring than last night’s dream.
~Ryokan

Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.  ~Francis Bacon, Essay

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

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

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


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

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.  ~John Muir

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