Inspiring Coco Movie Quotes About Family, Death and Music

Welcome to our round-up of the best Coco movie quotes!

Coco is set in Mexico on Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), on which Miguel’s family gather around to make offerings and remembrances to their dead ancestors.

When Miguel steals a guitar from the final resting place of famous singer Ernesto de la Cruz, he sets off a curse which transports him to The Land of the Dead.

Coco is a beautiful movie about love, death, family and music, and I’ve included all the best quotes which touch on these important messages from the film!

So here are the best Coco movie quotes!

Best Coco Movie Quotes

Coco is a movie full of great quotes! Here are some of our favorites.

  • Abuelita: Oh, you’re a twig, mijo. Have some more.
    Miguel: No, gracias.
    Abuelita: I asked if you would like more tamales!
    Miguel: Si?
    Abuelita: [Laughs] That’s what I thought you said!
  • Enrique: You are a Rivera. And a Rivera is…
    Miguel: A shoemaker. Through and through.
  • Mama Imelda: That devil box tells you nothing but lies! [Hits computer with her shoe]
  • Clerk: Whatever he is, I am [sneezes] terribly allergic.
    Miguel: But Dante doesn’t have any hair.
    Clerk: And I don’t have a nose, and yet, here we are [sneezes again].
  • Miguel: Con permiso, I need to visit the restroom. Be right back!
    Clerk: Uh, should we tell him there are no restrooms in the Land of the Dead?
  • [Hector hands Miguel a photo of himself]
    Miguel: This is you?
    Hector: Eh, muy guapo, eh?
  • Frida Kahlo: The alebrijes of this world can take many forms. They are as mysterious as they are powerful.
  • Frida Kahlo: Inspired! You have the spirit of an artist.
  • Hector: You said love of your life.
    Mama Imelda: I don’t know what I said.
    Miguel: That’s what I heard.
  • Hector: I’m a pretty sorry excuse for a great-great-grandpa.
    Miguel: Are you kidding? A minute ago I thought I was related to a murderer. You’re a total upgrade!
  • Hector: Imelda!
    Mama Imelda: [Angrily] Hector.
    Hector: [Sheepish] You look good!
  • [Pepita moving towards De La Cruz growling]
    De La Cruz: Nice kitty.
  • De La Cruz: I am the one who is willing to do what it takes to seize my moment, whatever it takes!
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Coco Movie Quotes About Family

Coco is a movie with family at its heart! Here are the best family quotes from Coco.

  • Miguel: Me. I’m not like the rest of my family.
  • Miguel: Nothing is more important than family.
  • Abuelita: Dia de los Muertos is the one night of the year our ancestors can come visit us.
  • Abuelita: Being part of this family means being here for this family.
  • Abuelita: I’m hard on you because I care Miguel.
  • Miguel: [After Abuelita smashes his guitar] I don’t want to be in this family!
  • Mama Imelda: When we had Coco, suddenly there was something in my life that mattered more than music.
  • Miguel: Why can’t you be on my side? That’s what families are supposed to do. Support you. But you never will.
  • De la Cruz: I have a great-great-grandson!
  • De la Cruz: You and I, we are artist Miguel. We cannot belong to one family. The world is our family.
  • Hector: I wish I could apologise. I wish I could tell her that her papa was trying to come home. That he loved her so much. My Coco.
  • Miguel: Hector should be on our ofrenda. He’s part of our family.
  • Miguel: Family comes first.
  • Miguel: My whole life, there’s been something that made me different and I never knew where it came from. But now I know. It comes from you. I’m proud we’re family.
  • Mama Imelda: Never forget how much your family loves you.
  • Abuelita: Tonight is about family.
  • Miguel: I am not like the rest of my family. There’s something that makes me different.

Coco Trivia: Dante is a Xoloitzcuintli, the national dog of Mexico!

Coco Quotes About Death

Coco explores our relationship with the dead, just as Miguel explores The Land of the Dead. Here are some Coco movie quotes on death.

  • Mama Imelda: We do not speak of that musician. He is dead to this family.
    Miguel: Uh, you’re all dead.
  • Hector: When there’s no one left in the living world who remembers you. You disappear from this world. We call it the final death.
  • Hector: Our memories, they have to be passed down by those who knew us in life. In the stories they tell about us.
  • De la Cruz: I am sorry to see you go, Miguel. I hope you die very soon. [Laughs] You know what I mean.

Coco Movie Quotes About Music

Not only does Coco feature some great music but it also has some excellent music quotes!

Miguel from Coco the movie playing guitar

  • De la Cruz: I have to sing. I have to play! The music, it’s not just in me, it is me.
  • De la Cruz: When life gets me down, I play my guitar.
  • De la Cruz: Only a song, only a song has the power to change a heart. Never underestimate the power of music.
  • Miguel: I think we’re the only family in Mexico who hates music.
  • Miguel: I know I’m not supposed to love music. But it’s not my fault. It’s his. Ernesto de la Cruz. The greatest musician of all time.
  • Mama Imelda: I am trying to save your life.
    Miguel: You’re ruining my life.
    Mama Imelda: What?
    Miguel: Music’s the only thing that makes me happy and you want to take that away. You’ll never understand.
  • De la Cruz: My boy, with a talent like yours, how could I not listen?
  • Hector: I didn’t write Remember Me for the world. I wrote it for Coco.
  • De la Cruz: You, my boy, are meant to be a musician.
  • Miguel: I know, I’m not supposed to love music. But my great-grandma Coco’s father was the greatest musician of all time, Ernesto de la Cruz. One day he left with his guitar and never returned, now my family thinks music is a curse.
  • Mama Imelda: I remember that feeling, when my husband would play, and I would sing, and nothing else mattered. 

Coco Trivia: The characters in Coco play the correct notes when they play guitar. Animators used videos of musicians to make the guitar playing authentic!

Funny Coco Quotes

Coco has plenty of funny quotes and one-liners!

  • Mama Imelda: [Hits De la Cruz with a shoe] That’s for murdering the love of my life!
    De la Cruz: Who? Who the..?
    Hector: She’s talking about me. [Looks at Imelda] I’m the love of your life?
    Mama Imelda: I don’t know, I’m still angry at you.
  • Miguel: I have a dimple on this side, but not on this side. Dimple, no dimple. Dimple, No dimple.
  • Miguel: [Seeing the Land of the Dead]: This isn’t a dream then? You’re all really out there.
    Tia Victoria: You thought we weren’t?
    Miguel: Well, I don’t know. I thought it might have been one of those made-up things that adults tell kids, like vitamins.
    Tia Victoria: Miguel, vitamins are a real thing.
    Miguel: Well, now I’m thinking maybe they could be.
  • Hector: [Dressed as Frida Kahlo] Yes! It is I, Frida Kahlo. Shall we skip the scanner? I’m on so many ofrendas, it’ll just overwhelm your blinky thingy.
  • Tio Oscar: [Referring to Dante] He just looks like a plain old dog.
    Tio Felipe: Or a sausage someone dropped in a barbershop.
  • Officer: Disturbing the peace. Fleeing an officer. Falsifying a unibrow.
    Hector: That’s illegal?
    Officer: Very illegal.
  • Hector: I can help you. You can help me. We can help each other. But most importantly, you can help me.
  • Hector: What are you doing?
    Miguel: I’m walking like a skeleton. Blending in.
    Hector: No. Skeletons don’t walk like that.
    Miguel: It’s how you walk.
    Hector: No I don’t! Stop it!
  • Hector: [Singing] And her… knuckles they drag on the floor.
    Chicharron: Those aren’t the words.
    Hector: There are children present.
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Inspirational Coco Quotes

If you’re looking for some Coco inspiration, look no further than these Coco quotes!

  • De la Cruz: The rest of the world may follow the rules, but I must follow my heart.
  • De la Cruz: I am done asking permission. When you see your moment, you mustn’t let it pass you by. You must seize it.
  • De la Cruz: I had to have faith in my dream. No one was going to hand it to me. It was up to me to reach for that dream. Grab it tight and make it come true.
  • Miguel: I don’t just want to get de la Cruz’s blessing. I need to prove that I’m worthy of it.
    Hector: Oh, that’s such a sweet sentiment, at such a bad time!
  • Hector: Hey! You did good. I’m proud of you.
  • De la Cruz: One cannot deny who one is meant to be.
  • Miguel: [To Hector] You should be the one the world remembers, not De La Cruz.
  • Miguel: You don’t have to forgive him. But we shouldn’t forget him.
  • Hector: You have our blessing Miguel.
    Mama Imelda: No conditions.
  • Mama Imelda: I can’t forgive you but I will help you.
  • De la Cruz: Success doesn’t come for free. You have to do whatever it takes to seize your moment

Coco Trivia: The only living plants you see in The Land of the Dead are marigolds. This is because these “flowers of the dead” play a large part in Día de Los Muertos, as they guide the spirit of a loved one to the ofrendas left for them at the altar.

More Coco Movie Quotes

There are so many good Coco movie quotes that we had to add a few more!

  • Mama Imelda: I want nothing to do with you! Not in life, not in death! I spent decades protecting my family from your mistakes. He spends five minutes with you, and I have to fish him out of a sinkhole!
  • Hector: Leave the boy alone.
    De la Cruz: I’ve worked too hard, Hector. Too hard to let him destroy everything.
    Hector: He’s a living child, Ernesto!
    De la Cruz: He’s a threat! You think I’d let him go back to the land of the living with your photo? To keep your memory alive? No!
  • Miguel: Sometimes I look at Ernesto de La Cruz and I feel like we are connected somehow.
  • Mama Imelda: And so what if it’s true? You leave me alone with a child to raise, and I’m just supposed to forgive you?
  • Miguel: I don’t want to be part of this family anymore! 
  • Miguel: Music tore her family apart. Shoes brought them together.
  • Abuelita: Never name a street dog. They will follow you forever. Now, go get my shoe.
  • Miguel: You’re not a spirit guide. You’re just a dumb dog!
  • Abuelita: I know your tricks, Mariachi!
  • Frida Kahlo: Darkness. And from the darkness, a giant papaya. Dancers emerge from the papaya, and the dancers are all me. And they go to drink from the milk of their mother, who is a cactus. But who is also me. And her milk is not milk but tears. Is it too obvious?
  • Tio Oscar: I miss my nose.
  • Miguel: Oh, it’s you. You’re going to get me into trouble, Dante. Someone could hear me! I wish someone wanted to hear me, other than you.
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Coco Song Lyrics

Coco is all about the music! Here are some of the best lyrics from our favorite Coco songs.

  • 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]
  • Until you’re in my arms again. Remember me [Remember Me]
  • The way you keep me guessing. I’m nodding and I’m yessing. I’ll count it as a blessing that I’m only Un poco loco. [Un Poco Loco]
  • For this music is my language and the world es mi familia. [The World Es Mi Familia]
  • To be here with you tonight, brings me joy que allegria. [The World Es Mi Familia]
  • When I opened my mouth, what came out was a song. And you knew every word and we all sang along. [Proud Corazón]
  • To a melody played on the strings of our souls and a rhythm that rattled us down to the bone. [Proud Corazón]
  • Our love for each other will live on forever in every beat of my proud corazón. [Proud Corazón]
  • A feeling, so close, you could reach out and touch it. I never knew I could want something so much, but it’s true. [Much Needed Advice]
  • I have to sing, I have to play. The music, it’s…it’s not just in me, it is me. When life gets me down, I play my guitar. The rest of the world may follow the rules, but I must follow my heart. Do you know that feeling, like there’s a song in the air, and it’s playing just for you? [Much Needed Advice]

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