Grief Quotes

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. - Xenophon


Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. - Joseph Addison


It is foolish to pluck out one's hair for sorrow, as if grief could be assuaged by baldness. [Marcus Tullius Cicero]


My days are in the yellow leaf; The flowers and fruits of love are gone; The worm, the canker, and the grief Are mine alone! - Lord Byron


When a virtuous man is raised, it brings gladness to his friends, grief to his enemies, and glory to his posterity. - Ben Jonson


Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. - Publius Ovidius Naso


When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart. - Horace Mann


Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. - Christian Nestell Bovee


There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. -Kahlil Gibran


It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. -Colette


Sorrow you can hold, however desolating, if nobody speaks to you. If they speak, you break down. -Bede Jarrett


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


Grieving is a necessary passage and a difficult transition to finally letting go of sorrow - it is not a permanent rest stop. -Dodinsky


Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break. -William Shakespeare


Man, when he does not grieve, hardly exists. -Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


Even hundredfold grief is divisible by love. -Terri Guillemets


Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing. -Ralph Waldo Emerson


No one can keep his griefs in their prime; they use themselves up. -E.M. Cioran


Grief is a species of idleness. -Samuel Johnson


Grief is itself a medicine. -William Cowper, Charity


In my Lucia's absence
Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden;
I am ten times undone, while hope, and fear,
And grief, and rage and love rise up at once,
And with variety of pain distract me.~Joseph Addison


We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. -Kenji Miyazawa


Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. -Unknown


If you're going through hell, keep going. -Winston Churchill


We acquire the strength we have overcome. -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Time is a physician that heals every grief. -Diphilus


No one ever really dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories. -Chris Sorensen


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


There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out. -Lou Reed, "Magic and Loss"


Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. -Dan Rather


You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. -Jan Glidewell


Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. -Author Unknown


There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go. -Author Unknown


If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble. -Moliere


Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight. -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. -Robert Ingersoll


Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. -Jacques Prévert


The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep. -Henry Maudsley


Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway. -Mary C. Crowley


She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts. -George Eliot


While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. -John Taylor