Easter is a time for celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, a time for family, and also a time for traditions. Like many holiday traditions, there are some great quotes about Easter that we enjoy revisiting once in a while too.

We’ve collected 77 quotes about Easter from people of all walks of life including religious figures, authors, comedians, and poets. You can use the filters below to filter and narrow down quotes into categories including funny, inspirational, thought-provoking, and even quotes about Easter from literature. If you’re in need of some ideas to help decorate and prepare for the Easter season, check out some of our Easter Baskets and Home Decor ideas.


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The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.

— Robert Flatt

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.

— Clarence W. Hall

It is the hour to rend thy chains,
The blossom time of souls.

— Katherine Lee Bates

The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.

— Henry Knox Sherrill

Could life so end, half told; its school so fail?
Soul, soul, there is a sequel to thy tale!

— Robert Mowry Bell

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right...

— Phillips Brooks, "An Easter Carol"

Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise."

— Phillips Brooks

On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.

— Douglas Horton

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.

— S.D. Gordon

Celestial spirit that doth roll
The heart’s sepulchral stone away,
Be this our resurrection day,
The singing Easter of the soul—
O gentle Master of the Wise,
Teach us to say: "I will arise."

— Richard Le Gallienne

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years;
But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amid the war of elements,
The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.

— Joseph Addison

Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing.

— Albert Laighton

Bunnies are cuddly
The large and the small
But I like chocolate ones
The best of them all.

— Unknown

The fasts are done; the Aves said;
The moon has filled her horn
And in the solemn night I watch
Before the Easter morn.
So pure, so still the starry heaven,
So hushed the brooding air,
I could hear the sweep of an angel’s wings
If one should earthward fare.

— Edna Dean Proctor, "Easter Morning"

But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.

— Walter Raleigh

He takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.

— Alice Freeman Palmer

Thou art the Sun of other days.
They shine by giving back the rays.

— John Keble, The Christian Year: Easter Days

We live and die; Christ died and lived!

— John Stott

Awake, thou wintry earth—
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!

— Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"

Those have a short Lent, who owe money to be paid at Easter.

— Benjamin Franklin

See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices...

— Charles Kingsley

Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Spanish Student

Once more to new creation Awake,
and death gainsay,
For death is swallowed up of life,
And Christ is risen today!

— George Newell Lovejoy

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.

— Floyd W. Tomkins

There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou—Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.

— Emily Bronte

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.

— St. Augustine

Richest raiment, many-hued,
Spring-enwoven now she throws,
Smiling, round her throbbing bosom,
And her face with gladness glows...
So she springs from dust and ashes,
With a glad victorious smile,
And the merry March winds echo
Down the budding green defile.

— J.J. Britton, "Easter"

Ye sleeping buds, break
Open your green cerements, and wake
To fragrant blossoming for His sweet sake.

— Margaret French Patton

The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise.

— Carl Knudsen

Angels, roll the rock away;
Death, yield up thy mighty prey:
See, He rises from the tomb,
Glowing with immortal bloom.

— Thomas Scott, "Easter Angels"

And as He was resurrected
On that day, so very fair,
Let our thoughts be resurrected
From wrong thinking to God’s care...

— Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Easter"

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.

— Martin Luther

I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing!

— Edna Dean Proctor, "Easter Bells"

I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs... but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs.

— Caroline Rhea

Easter, all her birds are singing,
Easter, and the souls of men,
Lying long in strife and shadow,
Take the light of heaven again.

— J.J. Britton, "Easter"

Well pleaseth me the sweet time of Easter
That maketh the leaf and the flower come out.

— Bertran de Born

Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals.

— Charles M. Crowe

God expects from men something more than at such times, and that it were much to be wished for the credit of their religion as well as the satisfaction of their conscience that their Easter devotions would in some measure come up to their Easter dress.

— Robert South, Sermons

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

— John Paul II

Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.

— N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.

— N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

And now brothers, I will ask you a terrible question, and God knows I ask it also of myself. Is the truth beyond all truths, beyond the stars, just this: that to live without him is the real death, that to die with him the only life?

— Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat

Starting over is an acceptance of a past we can’t change, an unrelenting conviction that the future can be different, and the stubborn wisdom to use the past to make the future what the past was not.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

If anyone or anything tries to curse or kill the Goodness at the Center of all things, it will just keep coming back to life. Forever Easter.

— David Housholder, The Blackberry Bush

Easter is…
Joining in a birdsong,
Eying an early sunrise,
Smelling yellow daffodils,
Unbolting windows and doors,
Skipping through meadows,
Cuddling newborns,
Hoping, believing,
Reviving spent life,
Inhaling fresh air,
Sprinkling seeds along furrows,
Tracking in the mud.
Easter is the soul’s first taste of spring.

— Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

In the oddity or maybe the miracle of life, the roots of something new frequently lie in the decaying husks of something old.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

It’s strange. How hollow i feel. Like there might be echoes inside of me. Like I’m one of those chocolate rabbits they used to sell around Easter, the ones that were nothing more than a sweet shell encapsulating a world of nothing. I’m like that. I encapsulate a world of nothing.

— Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me

An end is only a beginning in disguise.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus

A sunset is nothing more and nothing less than the backside of a sunrise.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ’I love you.’

— Billy Graham

Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible.

— T.D. Jakes

There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter.

— Gordon B. Hinckley

Easter may seem boring to children, and it is blessedly unencumbered by the silly fun that plagues Christmas. Yet it contains the one thing needful for every human life: the good news of Resurrection.

— Frederica Mathewes-Green

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

— Robert H. Schuller

Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.

— Janine di Giovanni

The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.

— Deepak Chopra

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.

— Mahatma Gandhi

To a Christian, Easter Sunday means everything, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

— Bernhard Langer

Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.

— William Barclay

The first thing that stuck in the minds of the disciples was not the empty tomb, but rather the empty grave clothes—undisturbed in form and position.

— Josh McDowell

Christ appeared alive on several occasions after the cataclysmic events of that first Easter.

— Josh McDowell

Easter is reflecting upon suffering for one thing, but it also reflects upon Jesus and his non compliance in the face of great authority where he holds to his truth—so there’s two stories there.

— Michael Leunig

If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!

— Clarence W. Hall

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.

— Charles M. Crowe

If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then his death was a failure, God did not vindicate his sin-bearing achievement, and we are still in our sins.

— John Piper

Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendor.

— Charles H. Spurgeon

Easter has been cancelled. They found the body.

— Jim Butcher, Storm Front

I have always wanted a bunny and I’ll always have a rabbit the rest of my life.

— Amy Sedaris

I had my boy in Boston on Easter Sunday. That kills me, from a sports perspective. He’s a Boston baby and I’m a New York guy.

— Kevin James

A strangely reflective, even melancholy day. Is that because, unlike our cousins in the northern hemisphere, Easter is not associated with the energy and vitality of spring but with the more subdued spirit of autumn.

— Hugh Mackay

My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.

— Amy Sedaris

Easter is so disappointing. You suffer all the way through lent, and what do you get for it? A ham.

— Garrison Keillor

Lent was invented so Catholics could take another shot at their New Year’s resolutions.

— Melanie White

My father was so cheap. For Easter we’d wear the same clothes, but he’d take us to a different church.

— AJ Jamal

A guy comes down to earth, takes your sins, dies, and comes back three days later. You believe in him and go to heaven forever. How do you get from that to Hide-The-Eggs? Did Jesus have a problem with eggs? Did he go, “When I come back, if I see any eggs, the whole salvation thing is off.”

— Jon Stewart

I want to be as historically accurate as possible. Does anyone know exactly what time Jesus handed out all the chocolate Easter eggs?

— Aristotles ‏@AristotlesNZ