Grief Quotes

Grief Quotes by Johnny Cash, Leo Tolstoy, David Gill, James Van Praagh, Don Marquis, Stephen Levine and many others.

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There’s no way around grief and loss: you can dodge all you want, but sooner or later you just have to go into it, through it, and, hopefully, come out the other side. The world you find there will never be the same as the world you left.
Johnny Cash
Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.
Leo Tolstoy
What this anger hides is grief … the reality that his wife didn’t value their marriage as much as he did. He realizes it was a mistake.
David Gill
I want to teach parents how they can help their kids with death, grief, and losing things, the journey of life.
James Van Praagh
This is another day! Are its eyes blurred with maudlin grief for any wasted past? A thousand thousand failures shall not daunt! Let dust clasp dust, death, death; I am alive!
Don Marquis
Nothing is more natural than grief, no emotion more common to our daily experience. It’s an innate response to loss in a world where everything is impermanent.
Stephen Levine
Self-pity, a dominant characteristic of sociopaths, is also the characteristic that differentiates heroic storytelling from psychological rumination. When you talk about your experiences to shed light, you may feel wrenching pain, grief, anger, or shame. Your audience may pity you, but not because you want them to.
Martha Beck
I loathe a friend whose gratitude grows old, a friend who takes his friend’s prosperity but will not voyage with him in his grief
Sadness, irritability, fatigue, and distractedness are among the most common side effects of grief while parenting.
Rachel Simmons
I feel that much of the world’s sorrow comes from people who are this, yet allow themselves to be treated as that.
Ruth Gordon
I feel the monster of grief again, writhing in the empty space where my heart and stomach used to be. I gasp, pressing both palms to my chest. Now the monstrous thing has its claws around my throat, squeezing my airway. I twist and put my head between my knees, breathing until the strangled feeling leaves me.
Veronica Roth
The world believes it was built by love but reading Shah Jahan’s own words on the Taj, one could say it was grief that built the Taj Mahal and it was sorrow that saw it through sixteen years till completion.
It was a sort of peace I have rarely enjoyed since. As if we were the only two souls on earth—all of nature ours to enjoy. I wondered why a creator who had dreamt such beauty would have slandered it with such evil. Such grief. Why He had not been content to leave it unspoilt. I still wonder.
Seth Grahame-Smith
Forgiveness: You cannot afford to withhold forgiveness. Nothing will destroy your life more surely, for there is a great hidden grief in the denial of forgiveness. Your heart is so heavy from what you have not forgiven that you bear the offenses of another as if they were your own.
Glenda Green
I seldom remember my father, but I sneeze and rub my nose the way he did. I also love my son with grief and anger, as he did.
Mason Cooley
Immature strategy is the cause of grief.
Miyamoto Musashi
Light griefs are loquacious, but the great are dumb.
Mary Ann Shaffer
I can wade Grief — Whole Pools of it — I’m used to that — But the least push of Joy Breaks up my feet — And I tip — drunken — Let no Pebble — smile — ‘Twas the New Liquor — That was all!
Emily Dickinson
Every love story is a potential grief story.
Julian Barnes
All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward.
Johann Georg Hamann
There is no end to grief. Nor no end to poetry.
Babette Deutsch
The front windows as are the watchmen of grief – I’ve been looking beyond expectation – Beyond myself – and I do not know as I love you – Which one of us is missing.
Paul Eluard
There is nothing that stirs in the whole world of thought to which sorrow does not vibrate in terrible and exquisite pulsation.
Oscar Wilde
It’s a very performative thing, grief. As with so much in modern life, I think there’s a whole performative layer to what we do because we feel like there’s a private TV show viewing our lives.
Darin Strauss
The spoken word is man’s physician in grief. For this alone has soothing charms for the soul.
Lighten grief with hopes of a brighter morrow; Temper joy, in fear of a change of fortune.
As crime writers, we put these characters, year after year, book after book, through the most horrendous trauma, dealing with grief and death and loss and violence. We can’t pretend that these things don’t affect these characters; they have to. If they don’t, then you’re essentially writing cartoons.
Mark Billingham
History dressed up in the glow of love’s kiss turned grief into beauty.
The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, I woke up determined to make a success of Brexit. I was surprised by how quickly I went to acceptance of the result, without passing through any of the prior stages of grief.
Jo Johnson
People talk about the pain of grief, but I don’t know what they mean. To me, grief is a devastating numbness, every sensation dulled.
Veronica Roth
Turn the mind inward and cease thinking of yourself as the body; thereby you will come to know that the self is ever happy. Neither grief nor misery is experienced in this state.
Ramana Maharshi
It’s not possible to put into words the sense of loss and grief that comes to a family that loses one of their children.
John R. Allen
On Harry dug, deeper and deeper into the hard, cold earth, subsuming his grief in sweat, denying the pain in his scar.
J. K. Rowling
Funeral: a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker, and strengthen our grief by an expenditure that deepens our groans and doubles our tears.
Ambrose Bierce
Were my smile not submerged in my countenance, / I should suspend it over her grave.
Else Lasker-Schuler
Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn’t serve anyone, and it’s painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you’re magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.
Patti Smith
In sweet music is such art: killing care and grief of heart fall asleep, or hearing, die.
William Shakespeare
I can do glamour, but I can also play something like I did in the play ‘Wild Justice,’ where I was demented with grief and anger, and there was snot coming out of my nose, and my clothes were all over the place.
Anita Dobson
The world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs. It will pity you for what you lose; never for what you lack
Sophie Swetchine
If Im feeling outraged, grief, disbelief, frustration, sympathy, that gets channeled through me and into my pictures and hopefully transmitted to the viewer.
James Nachtwey
Again and again, I learn how much friendship enriches my life, bringing warmth, assurance, humour, inspiration, a sense of security. It depends on honesty, trust, loyalty. It’s about giving. It’s for sharing the good times, but also the tough times, hurt, grief, sadness.
Quentin Bryce
Grief comes and goes, but depression is unremitting
Kay Redfield Jamison
Grief doesn’t change you. It reveals you.
John Green
The federal [bank deposit] insurance scheme has worked up to now simply and solely because there have been very few bank failures. The next time we have a pestilence of them it will come to grief quickly enough, and if the good banks escape ruin with the bad ones it will be only because the taxpayer foots the bill.
H. L. Mencken
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
W. H. Auden
Occasionally, Americans in large numbers are moved by a vanquished athlete’s grief. Larry Bird with a towel over his head in 1979 comes immediately to mind. But more often, sports fans do the opposite – they delight in the desolation of a defeated archrival.
Steve Rushin
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.
Henri Nouwen
She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuances. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinite spectrum.
Jonathan Safran Foer
I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Wendell Berry
In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.
William S. Burroughs
It is not hope but despair that gives us the measure of our ambitions. We may yield secretly to beautiful poems of hope but grief looms start and stripped of all veils.
Honore de Balzac
The dreamer’s valuation of a thing lost – not another man’s – is the only standard to measure it by, and his grief for it makes it large and great and fine, and is worthy of our reverence in all cases.
Mark Twain
Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.
Joni Mitchell
No education is worth having that does not teach the lesson of concentration on a task, however unattractive. These lessons, if not learnt early, will be learnt, if at all, with pain and grief in later life.
Cyril Connolly
Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.
C. S. Lewis
It happened. It was awful. You aren’t perfect. That’s all there is. Don’t confuse your grief with guilt.
Veronica Roth
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
Khalil Gibran
There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.
Silence augmenteth grief, writing increaseth rage
Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke
What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.
The weird, weird thing about devastating loss is that life actually goes on. When you’re faced with a tragedy, a loss so huge that you have no idea how you can live through it, somehow, the world keeps turning, the seconds keep ticking.
James Patterson
Good grief. You two look like Village of the Sofa Damned. (Cassandra)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
When I was 12, my mother passed away from heart failure, leaving us in grief and in debt from her medical bills.
Arnel Pineda
Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee;When thou art old there’s grief enough for thee.
Robert Greene
I am commodifying my grief, to put it really bluntly. I accept it. And I try not to think about it.
Phil Elverum
This is not to say I don’t feel my own grief, which can hit powerfully at unexpected times. It’s just that the telling does not automatically bring on my own upset, as people assume. I deal more with their reaction than they do with mine, and so you have to choose your timing.
Deb Caletti
I think it’s too easy to recount your unhappy memories when you write about yourself. You bask in your own innocence. You revere your grief. You arrange your angers at their most becoming angles.
Margo Jefferson
There is a certain pleasure in weeping; grief finds in tears both a satisfaction and a cure.
You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both.
William Shakespeare
O madam, my old heart is cracked, it’s cracked!
William Shakespeare
Time sped. And the poet through sorrow Became like his suffering kind. Again he toiled over his poems To lighten the grief of his mind.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Grief is a world you walk through skinned, unshelled.
Ariel Levy
There are friendships to one who lives in society; thus our present grief arises from having friendships; observing the evils resulting from friendship, let one walk alone like a rhinoceros.
Gautama Buddha
No man’s condition is so base as his;
None more accurs’d than he; for man esteems
Him hateful, ’cause he seems not what he is;
God hates him, ’cause he is not what he seems;
What grief is absent, or what mischief can
Be added to the hate of God and man?
Francis Quarles
Great griefs medicine the less.
William Shakespeare
My parents moved to England with that immigrant ethos of self-betterment, but I don’t think they expected the kind of grief they experienced.
Naveen Andrews
Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women, kitchen of love, bedroom of grief, bathroom of apathy. Sometimes, the men, they come with keys, and sometimes the men, they come with hammers.
Warsan Shire
The human capacity for grief. It just isn’t capable of providing an adequate emotional response once the dead exceed a few dozen in number. And it doesn’t just level off – it just gives up, resets itself to zero.
Alastair Reynolds
For people sometimes believed that it was safer to live with complaints,
was necessary to cooperate with grief, was all right to become an accomplice in self-ambush…
Take heart to flat out decide to be well and stride into the future sane and whole.
Toni Cade Bambara
grief is a house that disappears each time someone knocks at the door or rings the bell a house that blows into the air at the slightest gust that buries itself deep in the ground while everyone is sleeping
Jandy Nelson
Or-but this more rarely happened-she would be convulsed with a rage of grief, and sob out her love for her mother, in broken words, and seem intent on proving that she had a heart, by breaking it.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
I’ve learned a thing or two from Barrons: Power is sexy. It shapes my spine, infuses my beckoning hand. I have not been devastated by Barrons’ death. The alchemy of grief has forged a new metal. I have been transformed. There’s only one way I can make his death okay. Undo it.
Karen Marie Moning
Great unhappiness is incompatible with the belief that it will ever end.
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
James Russell Lowell
She grieves sincerely who grieves unseen.
Grief releases love and it also instills a profound sense of connection.
Jacqueline Novogratz
The Backstreet Boys posted a cover of our single ‘Good Grief.’ It was so cool, and they reached out to us, saying, ‘When you’re in town, come to the show.’
Dan Smith
Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.
Sarah Dessen
I want you to notice is that-right here, right now-you’re okay. You may be in pain, you may be in fear, you may be in grief. But you’re here, you’re surviving; this moment is okay.
Martha Beck
… how much of our inner substance is it good for us to give to public griefs? The whole modern tendency to agonize over the suffering of the entire globe is surely something new.
Louise Bogan
Was Daedalus really stricken with grief when Icarus fell into the sea? Or just disappointed by the design failure
Alison Bechdel
You don’t get over it because ‘it’ is the person you loved.
Jeanette Winterson
When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity, when your love touches someone’s pain, it become compassion.
Stephen Levine
Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.
Seneca the Younger
If grief is to be mitigated, it must either wear itself out or be shared.
Sophie Swetchine
Grief. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.
C. S. Lewis
Grief,she reminded herself, is almost always for the mourner’s loss.
Orson Scott Card
The World Will Break Your Heart. Grief might be, in some ways, the long aftermath of love, the internal work of knowing, holding, more fully valuing what we have lost.
Mark Doty
‘Cinderella’ touches on loss, and there was definitely a strong sense of grief in my life.
Lily James
But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.
Viktor E. Frankl
I got a lot of grief from my teammates about that. It might backfire on my mom. Hopefully, my brother will have another chance somewhere down the road.
Scott Niedermayer
Grief for a dead Wife, and a troublesome Guest, Continues to the threshold, and there is at rest; But I mean such wives as are none of the best
Benjamin Franklin
After I quit the U.S. Ski Team, there was a fair amount of, you know, grief that follows that, and I just wanted to take a year off. And I had a friend that lived in Los Angeles, said I could crash on his couch. And so I just kind of did the first really spontaneous thing I’d done in my young adult life.
Molly Bloom
Hope is incredible to the slave of grief.
As a child I had dealt with a lot of loss and grief. I was constantly losing my parents, losing my home, constantly moving around, living with this stranger, that stepfather, or whatever.
Erin Gray
You know what the doctor said to me to cheer me up?” Fat said. “There are worse diseases than cancer.” “Did he show you slides?” We both laughed. When you are nearly crazy with grief, you laugh at what you can.
Philip K. Dick
Tears are the silent language of grief.
I know there are five stages of grief, but my parents raised me to pull up my socks when times get tough.
Tom Steyer
Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon them to be the bass part of our life’s song, ‘He hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.’
Charles Spurgeon
People who’ve had happy childhoods are wonderful, but they’re bland… An unhappy childhood compels you to use your imagination to create a world in which you can be happy. Use your old grief. That’s the gift you’re given.
Sue Grafton
You mourn, for it is proper to mourn. But your grief serves you; you do not become a slave to grief. You bid the dead farewell, and you continue.
Neil Gaiman
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come to stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.
Edwin Markham
I am someone who has a cold heart. If I am beside a great grief I throw barriers up so the loss cannot go too deep or too far. There is a wall instantly in place, and it will not fall.
Michael Ondaatje
Too many people I’ve loved dearly have left this earth. And some I’ve lost are still here breathing the same air. That grief can be comparable if not worse in its consumption.
Aunjanue Ellis
It is better to die of hunger having lived without grief and fear, than to live with a troubled spirit, amid abundance
I wonder why bereaved people even bother with mourning clothes when the grief itself provides such an unmistakable wardrobe.
Jandy Nelson
I came from a hard, working-class world which, since my mother’s death, had been dominated by men. I hadn’t been encouraged to talk about the burden of grief, and because I was severely underdeveloped when it came to sharing my emotions, I mustn’t have been the most communicative husband.
Marco Pierre White
Count not thyself to have found true peace, if thou hast felt no grief; nor that then all is well if thou hast no adversary; nor that this is perfect, if all things fall out according to thy desire.
Thomas a Kempis
Griefs assured are felt before they come.
John Dryden
Why have you come to me here, dear heart, with all these instructions? I promise you I will do everything just as you ask. But come closer. Let us give in to grief, however briefly, in each other’s arms.
If ever I said in grief or pride, I’d tired of honest things, I lied.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
My mother, who is nearly ninety now, still talks continually about my father. All my life, I’ve been aware of her grief about his absence and her strong pride in his conduct.
Derek Walcott
Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering.
Roland Barthes
Sadness flies away on the wings of time.
Jean de La Fontaine
under the present brutal and primitive conditions on this planet, every person you meet should be regarded as one of the walking wounded. we have never seen a man or woman not slightly deranged by either anxiety or grief. we have never seen a totally sane human being.
Robert Anton Wilson
Pride dries the tears of anger and vexation; humility, those of grief. The one is indignant that we should suffer; the other calms us by the reminder that we deserve nothing else.
Sophie Swetchine
Grief is a curious thing, when it happens unexpectedly. It is a Band-aid being ripped away, taking the top layer off a family. And the underbelly of a household is never pretty, ours no exception.
Jodi Picoult
Grief is natural; the absence of all feeling is undesirable, but moderation in grief should be observed, as in the face of all good or evil.
Wealth and honor, benefits and blessings shall enrich my life; poverty and failures, grief and anxiety shall help fulfill it. In my life, I will serve heaven and earth; in death I will find peace.
Zhang Zai
Human beings suffer agonies, and their sad fates become legends; poets write verses about them and playwrights compose dramas, and the remembrance of past grief becomes a source of present pleasure – such is the strange alchemy of the spirit.
Upton Sinclair
These days grief seems like walking on a frozen river; most of the time he feels safe enough, but there is always that danger that he will plunge through.
David Nicholls
I think it’s okay to talk about grief and sorrow. Especially for women, when you lose a child or have a miscarriage, it’s good to talk about it, as a lot of people don’t want you to speak about those things. It makes people sad, but sometimes you’ve got to.
Margo Price
Life is too short for grief. Or regret. Or bullshit.
Edward Abbey
Grief is a room without doors – but somehow, with its tinsel and cliches, Christmas finds a way in.
Simon Van Booy
Sorrow is the great idealizer.
James Russell Lowell
…with a grief no less sharp for not being intimate with its object.
Donna Tartt
Most people deal with grief in an awkward way, and that can be funny.
John Cho
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Abraham Lincoln
A horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Rossiter W. Raymond
in much knowledge there is also much grief.
Marie of Romania
Receding from grief, it seems necessary to retrace the same steps that brought us there.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire, but at the same, there’s a real lightheartednes s about just the recoverability of life, of how things change, how they’re not the same, ever again.
Alice Walker
Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs.
Thomas Fuller
Grief is the great equalizer.
Kari Skogland
Waiting is worse than knowing. Grief rends the heart cleanly, that it may begin to heal; waiting shreds the spirit.
Morgan Llywelyn
We’ve lost our sense of outrage, our anger, and our grief about what’s going on in our culture right now, what’s going on in our country, the atrocities that are being committed in our names around the world. They’ve gone missing; these feelings have gone missing.
Chris Jordan
Go not for every grief to the physician, nor for every quarrell to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot.
George Herbert
ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee
John Donne
Success doesn’t change you… It reveals you
Johnny Depp
That’s the great test: if you’re going to be a great comic writer, not a humorist, you’ve got to take it into the throat of grief. Can you make laughter and seriousness so close that they are the same thing?
Howard Jacobson
I always noticed that in art school, that grief was considered more profound than happiness. But why?
Brad Bird
We do not want to lose our grief, because our grief is bound up with our love and we could not cease to mourn without being robbed of our affections.
Phillips Brooks
Grief doesn’t fade. Grief scabs over like my scars and pulls into new, painful configurations as it knits. It hurts in new ways. We are never free from grief.
Jesmyn Ward
Nothing is durable, I think anybody who thinks sex is durable is going to have a lot of grief.
Gore Vidal
Grief is natural,’ she said. ‘Overcoming it is a matter of choice.
Jeffrey Eugenides
I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana’s loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect.
Queen Elizabeth II
Each person’s grief journey is unique as a fingerprint or a snowflake.
Earl A Grollman
Death is only an old door/Set in a garden wall.
Nancy Byrd Turner
The obliterated place is equal parts destruction and creation. The obliterated place is pitch black and bright light. It is water and parched earth. It is mud and it is manna. The real work of deep grief is making a home there.
Cheryl Strayed
In my end is my beginning
Mary, Queen of Scots
The tears of the young who go their way, last a day; But the grief is long of the old who stay.
John Townsend Trowbridge
People complain about their griefs and sorrows and how they pray to God but find no relief from pain. But grief itself is a gift from God. It is the symbol of His compassion.
Sarada Devi
In all states of dilemma or of difficulty, prayer is an available source. The ship of prayer may sail through all temptations, doubts and fears, straight up to the throne of God; and though she may be outward bound with only griefs, and groans, and sighs, she shall return freighted with a wealth of blessings!
Charles Spurgeon
I feel that writers think with their noses to the ground, and the dark stuff kind of comes to me more, even though I really am sort of an upbeat guy. It’s an honest descent into darkness. And you can’t have the joy without the grief – it’s why we listen to Mozart’s ‘Requiem.’
Andre Dubus III
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
Washington Irving
Gentle time will heal our sorrows.
I will never shave off my beard and moustache. I did once, for charity, but my wife said, ‘Good grief, how awful, you look like an American car with all the chrome removed.’
Rolf Harris
Music exalts each joy, allays each grief, expels diseases, softens every pain.
John Armstrong
Rage and grief are savage companions, but despair is the final undoing.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe.
John Harricharan
Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us.
Steven Tyler
I’m happy unless I’m not happy. And I think this is the thing with grief, there is no rhyme or reason to it and it’s been completely different to how I thought it was going to be.
Andrew Strauss
There is no grief which time does not lessen and soften.
[Lat., Nullus dolor est quem non longinquitas temporis minuat ac molliat.]
Marcus Tullius Cicero
The weird thing about grief, for me at least, was when each of my parents died, for a year or two afterwards I was pretty wildly brave – just willing to take life on.
Mike Mills
My sisters and I miss our dad dreadfully. But grief, of course, is the price of love.
Kathy Lette
Whose lenient sorrows find relief, whose joys are chastened by their grief.
Walter Scott
They say seven stages of grief. I think it’s more like 77.
Joely Fisher
Toil is man’s allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that’s more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
Herman Melville
Grief is a very complicated monster. There’s no real exorcising of it. It has a different form every day.
Yance Ford
Oft have I heard that grief softens the mind
And makes it fearful and degenerate.
William Shakespeare
It is the burning lava of the soul that has a furnace within–a very volcano of grief and sorrow-it is that burning lava of prayer that finds its way to God. No prayer ever reaches God’s heart which does not come from our hearts.
Charles Spurgeon
At certain moments of intense personal grief, capturing images was for me the only way to comprehend later what was happening.
Pedro Meyer
The one thing I know for a fact – some days are bad, some days are okay, and I’ll go with it. If it’s bad, I stay in and ride the wave and somehow, God gets me through and I’m fine. Dealing with grief doesn’t work from one person to the other, it’s so personal.
Iman Abdulmajid
It’s a wonderful thing to write. You can reclaim the things you lost.
Jeremy Page
To be bowed by grief is folly; Naught is gained by melancholy; Better than the pain of thinking, Is to steep the sense in drinking.
Is there no pity sitting in the clouds That sees into the bottom of my grief? O sweet my mother, cast me not away! Delay this marriage for a month, a week, Or if you do not, make the bridal bed In that dim monument where Tybalt lies.
William Shakespeare
Grief is selfish. It is indulged in for self-gratification, not for love. Cosmic man knows the beauty and unreality of death.
Walter Russell
If you wish me to weep, you yourself must first feel grief.
Only when our greatest love is God, a love that we cannot lose even in death, can we face all things with peace. Grief was not to be eliminated but seasoned and buoyed up with love and hope.
Timothy Keller
Often I wish this would all be over, Liesel, but then somehow you do something like walk down the basement steps with a snowman in your hands.
Markus Zusak
A mourner is, perforce, a person with a story. The pity is, how very rarely it gets told.
Christian McEwen
Gently – so have good men taught –
Gently, and without grief, the old shall glide
Into the new; the eternal flow of things,
Like a bright river of the fields of heaven,
Shall journey onward in perpetual peace.
William C. Bryant
memory is both the curse of grief and the eventual talisman against it; what at first seems unbearable becomes the succor that can outlast pain.
Gail Caldwell
The deep pain that is felt
at the death of every friendly soul
arises from the feeling that there is
in every individual something
which is inexpressible,
peculiar to him alone,
and is, therefore,
absolutely and irretrievably lost.
Arthur Schopenhauer
People respond differently to people who are grieving. They reach out. But depression is so very isolating. It’s hard to explain to anyone who has never been depressed how isolating it is. Grief comes and goes, but depression is unremitting.
Kay Redfield Jamison
It’s funny how, even long after you’ve accepted the grief of losing someone you love and truly have gotten on with your life, every once in a while something comes up that plays “gotcha,” and for a moment or two the scar tissue separates and the wound is raw again.
Mary Higgins Clark
For a kid who’s lost his mom and all the rage and grief that no one was able to talk out of me, football was a very therapeutic sport. Very.
Jon Hamm
Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow.
Rita Schiano
It is proper to ask for sorrow with Christ in sorrow, anguish with Christ in anguish, tears and deep grief because of the great affliction Christ endures for me.
Ignatius of Loyola
The Language of Sand has something for everyone: myths, mystery, community, humor, grief, and ultimately healing. I found myself not only rooting for Abigail but for the whole community of Chapel Isle. Block manages to hold sass and heartfelt emotion in perfect equilibrium.
Brunonia Barry
Grief is exhausting.
Ciaran Hinds
For me, grief is a static thing, and my movies have an extremely dynamic sort of movement.
Susanne Bier
I have discovered that sitting still leaves little spaces for the grief to get in, so I stay busy.
Veronica Roth
The heart overwhelmed by grief knows no rest.
I know from experience that one of the first things to drop off during great transitions, such as dealing with grief or loss, is taking care of our bodies.
Mandy Ingber
In mindful grief, we become the landing strip that allows any feelings to arrive. Some crash, some land softly. Some harm us, but none harm us in a lasting way. We remain as they taxi away or as their wreckage is cleared away. We can trust that we will survive.
David Richo
I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I do kabbalistic meditation. It’s not unlike time travel; it can change the past and not just the future. You can look at what was lost and go beyond the grief of what was lost.
Roseanne Barr
For trash and toys, And grief-engend’ring joys, What torment seems too sharp for flesh and blood; What bitter pills, Compos’d of real ills, Men swallow down to purchase one false good!
Francis Quarles
This is a racist and imperialist war. The warmongers who stole the White House have hijacked a nation’s grief and turned it into a perpetual war on any non-white country they choose to describe as terrorist.
Woody Harrelson
No blessed leisure for love or hope, But only time for grief.
Thomas Hood
For one drop calls another down, till we are drowned in seas of grief.
Isaac Watts
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
Marian Wright Edelman
What is the difference between grief and mourning? Mourning has company.
Roger Rosenblatt
No day-to-day mishaps or indignities can really compromise your sense of self after you’ve survived a deep tragedy.
Kelsey Grammer
Grief lasts longer than sympathy, which is one of the tragedies of the grieving.
Elizabeth McCracken
Grief reveals itself in the most mundane activities, like eating. It’s never when you’re looking at old pictures.
David Lowery
The only way past the pain is through it. Pain, grief, anger, misery…they don’t go away-they just increase and compound and get worse. You have to live through them, acknowledge them. You have to give your pain its due.
Jasinda Wilder
It’s a strange grief…to die of nostalgia for something you never lived.
Alessandro Baricco
It would have been great if there were a trauma center located in our community, where you could access grief counseling and be able to address it in a healthy manner.
Susan Burton
Grief is so far from retrieving a loss that it makes it greater; but the way to lessen it is by a comparison with others’ losses.
William Wycherley
Grief, I swear to God, doesn’t live in the heart. It lives in the senses. And sometimes, all I want to do is cut off my nose so I can’t smell her, hack my fingers off at the joint.
Dennis Lehane
We apologise for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.
Kevin Rudd
Depend upon it, a man never experiences such pleasure or grief after fourteen years as he does before, unless in some cases, in his first lovemaking, when the sensation is new to him
Charles Kingsley
One of the rather unedifying truths about grief is it does block out more or less everything. It has a solipsistic quality to it.
Decca Aitkenhead
There were so many layers of reality to the world. Nothing stopped for death; nothing stopped for grief or horror or tragedy.
Rachel Caine
All our pride is but a jest. None are worst and none are best. Grief and hope and joy and fear Play their pageant everywhere.
Thomas Campion
There are in woman’s eyes two sorts of tears,–the one of grief, the other of deceit.
While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.
Samuel Johnson
There is a graveyard in my poor heart – dark, heaped-up graves, from which no flowers spring.
Adah Isaacs Menken
The work of the artist is to express what is repressed or even to speak the unspoken grief of society.
Michael Leunig
Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyhow.
John Wayne
The grief of the keen is no personal complaint for the death of one woman over eighty years, but seems to contain the whole passionate rage that lurks somewhere in every native of the island.
John Millington Synge
I never knew I could suffer so much. And then, at the same time, you think, now I’m ready to open myself up to life in another way, to make it worth something and make it about the right things and not waste time.
Gwyneth Paltrow
A grief without a pang, void, dark and drear, A drowsy, stifled, unimpassioned grief, Which finds no natural outlet or relief, In word, or sigh, or tear.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Let me be to my sad self hereafter kind.
Peter Pouncey
Grief is like mending a knee. You can mend the knee and make it function, but the knee never actually heals.
Jason Reynolds
A heavier task could not have been impos’d,
Than I to speak my griefs unspeakable.
William Shakespeare
Our people know that if they are sick, we will take care of them. If there are occasions of grief or joy, we will be there with them. They know that we value them as people, not just cogs in a machine.
Herb Kelleher
Why do you write?’ Because I love words and stories so much. Because I would be grief stricken every day of my life if I couldn’t write. Because I’m obsessed and compelled. Because I’d be utterly useless at anything else.
Jennifer Donnelly
He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
Alexandre Dumas
I felt I couldn’t be a good mom anymore, but I didn’t want my children to grow up without a mom. I felt I had to end our lives to protect us from any grief or harm.
Susan Smith
Care draws on care, woe comforts woe again, Sorrow breeds sorrow, on grief brings forth twain.
Michael Drayton
I closed my eyes and abandoned myself to my grief. It felt better, somehow, to be helpless. I didn’t feel ashamed.
S.J. Watson
Pity speaks to grief More sweetly than a band of instruments.
Bryan Procter
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Helen Keller
Somewhere out in the darkness, a phoenix was singing in a way Harry had never heard before: a stricken lament of terrible beauty. And Harry felt, as he had felt about phoenix song before, that the music was inside him, not without: It was his own grief turned magically to song.
J. K. Rowling
A brave action is often followed by grief. Do not let my resistance to grief stop the brave action.
Alanis Morissette
People in grief need someone to walk with them without judging them.
Gail Sheehy
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
A. A. Milne
Waste no tears over the griefs of yesterday.
None of us get to divorce ourselves from the world. We walk into the theater and bring all of our grief and our pain and our joy with us.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
The fallacy is that you have to hold some sort of stake in the grief or horror in order to write about it – I think the opposite is true.
Richard Flanagan
Well, every one can master a grief but he that has it.
William Shakespeare
What is called happiness is an abstract idea, composed of various ideas of pleasure; for he who has but a moment of pleasure is not a happy man, in like manner that a moment of grief constitutes not a miserable one.
A few weeks before the jubilee began in 2002, Queen Elizabeth died, and the public outpouring of grief and affection, with hundreds of thousands of people queuing for hours to pass by her coffin, showed how widely and deeply loved she was.
William Shawcross
When I talk to people about going sugar-free, they almost go into a state of grief! But there are still options out there – like the sugar-free brownies in my book.
Davina McCall
Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief.
Nicholas Sparks
Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last and final awakening.
Walter Scott
There’s got to be grief.
Victoria Principal
Could my griefs speak, the tale would have no end.
Thomas Otway
Great griefs exhaust. They discourage us with life. The man into whom they enter feels something taken from him. In youth, their visit is sad; later on, it is ominous.
Victor Hugo
None of us are immune to grief, and everyone who has suffered loss understands that grief changes, but you never wake up one morning and you’ve moved on. It stays with you, and, you know, you ebb and flow.
Terri Irwin
Never does a man know the force that is in him till some mighty affliction or grief has humanized the soul.
Frederick William Robertson
Joys as winged dreams fly fast, / Why should sadness longer last? / Grief is but a wound to woe; / Gentlest fair, mourn, mourn no moe.
John Fletcher
For many people who face anxieties, depression, trauma or grief that dominate their lives, a vital source of support may be a counsellor or psychotherapist.
Luciana Berger
There are three needs of the griever: To find the words for the loss, to say the words aloud and to know that the words have been heard.
Victoria Alexander
All pains the immortal spirit must endure,
All weakness that impairs, all griefs that bow,
Find their sole voice in that victorious brow.
Matthew Arnold
I think the heartbreak of September 11 – America’s grief not only over the loss of life but also the loss of our own innocence – has expanded us as people because it has tenderized our hearts. On a psychological level, the American people have matured as a result of that awful day.
Marianne Williamson
You take a handful of rocks and put them in a jar. Then once a week, you take one tiny pebble out of the jar and throw it away. When the jar is empty, why, you’ll just about be over your grief. … Time alone will do if you’re short on rocks.
Sharyn McCrumb
Neither my place, nor aught I heard of business,
Hath raised me from my bed; nor doth the general care
Take hold on me; for my particular grief
Is of so floodgate and o’erbearing nature
That it engluts and swallows other sorrows,
And it is still itself.
William Shakespeare
The mercy of the world is time. Time does not stop for love, but it does not stop for death and grief, either.
Wendell Berry
Man sheds grief as his skin sheds rain.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely, it nevertheless remains something else.
Sigmund Freud
He felt full of a dense and sour substance that was blocking his chest, and it wasn’t grief. After all those years, life now seemed like no more than a trap, a maze, not even a maze, just a room that was all walls, no door.
Etgar Keret
Joy mingled with sadness, even with grief, is the deepest human joy. It winds itself about the soul with indescribable sweetness, with a dim but unerring sense for what will some day be born of it.
Wilhelm von Humboldt
Emotionally, grief is a mixture of raw feelings such as sorrow, anguish, anger, regret, longing, fear, and deprivation. Grief may be experienced physically as exhaustion, emptiness, tension, sleeplessness, or loss of appetite.
Judy Tatelbaum
I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless; That only men incredulous of despair, half-taught in anguish, through the midnight air beat upward to god’s throne in loud access of shrieking and reproach
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Whatever you do to recover from a loss, people will be critical because they believe that the only way to recover is their way. And you will even run into some people who should be run into by rhinos because they actually don’t want to see you get over your tragedy at all; grief is a spectator sport for them.
Joan Rivers
Grief is sort of the allowance of feeling.
Carrie Brownstein
If it is possible to die of grief then why on earth can’t someone be healed by happiness?
Jodi Picoult
The certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour of death is a source of grief throughout our life.
Edgar Morin
Grief makes you feel alone, but you’re not. I know you don’t believe in-in religion-the same way I do, but you can believe you’re surrounded by people who love you, can’t you?
Cassandra Clare
Love is a fabric which never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the water of adversity and grief.
Robert Fulghum
Nothing I read about grief seemed to exactly express the craziness of it; which was the interesting aspect of it to me – how really tenuous our sanity is.
Joan Didion
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
Kenji Miyazawa
No one is exempt from grief.
Gregory Maguire
Inside my mother’s death / I lay and could not breathe.
May Sarton
No grief so soft, no pain so sweet, as love’s delicious melancholy.
Frances Sargent Osgood
Losing a son, losing a daughter, a brother, a sister, losing a close friend – it can go beyond grief to isolation and feeling despair.
Tim Kaine
Nothing is to be feared but fear itself. Nothing grievous but to yield to grief.
Francis Bacon
Some women lose their husbands, and their worlds change because their financial circumstances change. All I have in common with them is a grief.
Ruth Rendell
He sought…to transform the grief which looks down into the grave by showing it the grief which looks up to the stars.
Victor Hugo
Death’s not a separation or alteration or parting; it’s just a one-handled door.
Stevie Smith
I think that grief is a profound spiritual, metaphysical, and – oddly – physical reckoning with death, which we don’t understand well. It’s both the process by which you relearn the world in the absence of someone who was a pillar in it, and the process in which you confront the reality of death.
Meghan O’Rourke
I am further back, surrounded on all sides by wailing men, their faces shiny with tears. Uncle Al promised three dollars and a bottle of Canadian whiskey to the man who puts on the best show. You’ve never seen such grief– even the dogs were howling.
Sara Gruen
I have seen that grief can be very different for different people. While the range of emotions experienced is similar, the way we deal with those emotions isn’t, necessarily.
Meghan O’Rourke
Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance.
Andrew Solomon
Lot Of Strip Clubs in Florida… Good grief… Florida has so many strip clubs, they need to change their state flag to a brass pole.
Wanda Sykes
Those griefs burn most which gall in secret.
Seneca the Younger
Death cannot kill what never dies.
William Penn
My grief lies all within,
And these external manners of lament
Are merely shadows to the unseen grief
That swells with silence in the tortured soul.
William Shakespeare
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.
Robert Fulghum
Think of your child, then, not as dead, but as living; not as a flower that has withered, but as one that is transplanted, and touched by a Divine hand, is blooming in richer colors and sweeter shades than those of earth.
Richard Hooker
Grief changes shape, but it never ends. People have a misconception that you can deal
with it and say, ‘It’s gone, and I’m better.’ They’re wrong.
Keanu Reeves
I always believe that expressing grief on social media isn’t enough, it is very important to take some action.
Sonu Sood
You will live as you live anywhere. With difficulty, and grief. Yes, you are dead. And I and my family and everyone, always, forever. All dead, like stones. But what does it matter? You still have to go to work in the morning. You still have to live.
Catherynne M. Valente
I wish you were that birch rising from the clump behind you, and I the gray oak alongside.
Donald Hall
A plague of sighing and grief! It blows a man up like a bladder.
William Shakespeare
I am a trembling mess from hip to knee. There is a terrible heat, a looseness in my innards that makes me want to dig my fists between my thighs. It is a confusing feeling – somewhere between diarrhoea and sex – this grief that is almost genital.
Anne Enright
They always prided themselves on looking youthful. “Forty’s the new thirty,” they’d joke. Until heartbreak and grief enter your life, and then forty’s the new one hundred.
Melina Marchetta
The world values power, comfort, success, and recognition. Jesus frees us to value grief, sacrifice, weakness, and exclusion.
Timothy Keller
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror up to where you’re bravely working.
I am unable, mentally incapable, of relating the dead thing, the broken body refusing to divulge why or where the occupant has gone, to the thing that was alive.
Caitlin Thomas
There is no passion in the mind of man so weak, but it mates and masters the fear of death . . . Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it.
Francis Bacon
I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have-life itself.
Walter Inglis Anderson
It is sweet to mingle tears with tears; Griefs, where they wound in solitude, Wound more deeply.
Seneca the Younger
The biggest problem is the funerals that don’t exist. People call the funeral home, they pick up the body, they mail the ashes to you, no grief, no happiness, no remembrance, no nothing. That happens more often than it doesn’t in the United States.
Caitlin Doughty
Joy, grief, desire or fear, whate’er the name The passion bears, its influence is the same; Where things exceed your hope or fall below, You stare, look blank, grow numb from top to toe.
Our flawed mechanisms of perception and thought are not a cause for grief, but an opportunity to evolve, for an internal evolution of consciousness that will also make possible, in a sustainable form, our aspirations toward what we call individual success and global progress.
B.K.S. Iyengar
As a parent, it’s my responsibility to equip my child to do this – to grieve when grief is necessary and to realize that life is still profoundly beautiful and worth living despite the fact that we inevitably lose one another and that life ends, and we don’t know what happens after death.
Sam Harris
People talk as if grief were just a feeling — as if it weren’t the continually renewed shock of setting out again and again on familiar roads and being brought up short by the grim frontier post that now blocks them.
C. S. Lewis
Your grief path is yours alone, and no one else can walk it, and no one else can understand it.
Terri Irwin
No one understands another’s grief, no one understands another’s joy… My music is the product of my talent and my misery. And that which I have written in my greatest distress is what the world seems to like best.
Franz Schubert
As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others.
Omar Khayyam
I know that it’s easier to look at death than it is to look at pain, because while death is irrevocable, and the grief will lessen in time, pain is too often merely relentless and irreversible.
Robert Goolrick
It’s a hard thing to imagine how somebody copes with grief and at the same time has to build a new life.
Caitriona Balfe
I measure every grief I meet with narrow, probing eyes – I wonder if it weighs like mine – or has an easier size.
Emily Dickinson
Rage keeps the person who feels it company. It moves into the hollows left by grief and loss, and turns inside you like a dark furred animal that grows and fills you; it kills off loneliness and takes its place.
Paula Sharp
So often I wonder whether it is my right to capitalize, as I feel, so often, on the grief of others. But then I justify, in my own particular thoughts, by feeling that I can contribute a little to the understanding of what others are going through; then there is reason for doing it.
Mark Z. Danielewski
Grief – the actual, natural process of it – doesn’t have a schedule that I can work my life around.
Phil Elverum
Poor Desdemona! I am glad thy father’s dead.
Thy match was mortal to him, and pure grief
Shore his old thread in twain.
William Shakespeare
There can be no Creator, simply because his grief at the fate of his creation would be inconceivable and unendurable.
Elias Canetti
In this life you can take poverty, you can take failure, you can take the big things; it’s the little griefs that destroy you inside.
Hedda Hopper
Rainbows introduce us to reflections
of different beautiful possibilities
so we never forget that pain and grief
are not the final options in life.
We say: mad with joy. We should say: wise with grief.
Marguerite Yourcenar
We may have civilized bodies and yet barbarous souls. We are blind to the real sights of this world; deaf to its voice; and dead to its death. And not till we know, that one grief outweighs ten thousand joys will we become what Christianity is striving to make us.
Herman Melville
After all, catching something is purely a by-product of our fishing. It is the act of fishing that wipes away all grief, lightens all worry, dissolves fear and anxiety.
Gladys Taber
I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow and called out, ‘It tastes sweet, does it not?’ ‘You’ve caught me,’ grief answered, ‘and you’ve ruined my business. How can I sell sorrow, when you know it’s a blessing?
No time to grieve for roses when the forests are burning.
Zbigniew Herbert
If you want to connect with people who are in distress and great grief and scared, you need to do it in a certain way. I move kind of slow. I talk kind of slow. I let them know that I respect them.
James Nachtwey
Grief and disappointment give rise to anger, anger to envy, envy to malice, and malice to grief again, till the whole circle be completed.
David Hume
There are times when sorrow seems to me to be the only truth.
Oscar Wilde
With grief, you know, the only way to get through it is through it.
Dana Reeve
We may thank God that we can feel pain and know sadness, for these are the human sentiments that constitute our glory as well as our grief.
Eugene Kennedy
Grief is a process, not a state.
Anne Grant
There is no running away from a great grief.
Mary Russell Mitford
Life Lesson 3: You can’t rush grief. It has its own timetable. All you can do is make sure there are lots of soft places around – beds, pillows, arms, laps.
Patti Davis
I think people from Northern Ireland have some kind of unspoken general feeling of what it is to be around segregation. You have an awareness of it because you know how much grief it’s caused.
Jamie Dornan
Denial helps us to pace our feelings of grief. There is a grace in denial. It is nature’s way of letting in only as much as we can handle.
Copyright: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Family Limited Partnership.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
When a child can be brought to tears, not from fear of punishment, but from repentance for his offence, he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from grief at one’s own conduct, be sure there is an angel nestling in the bosom.
Horace Mann