Grief Quotes

Favorite Grief Quotes

Sorrows are our best educators. 

[One] can see further through a tear than a telescope. -Lord Byron

Let us not dispute with anyone concerning the reality of his sufferings; it is with sorrows as with countries — each man has his own. – Chateaubriand

Alice McDermott’s novel, Charming Billy describes an Irish-American family mourning the death of their lovable, hardworking, hard-drinking brother, husband and friend.  At one point, the widow says to a priest who has come to comfort them, “It’s a terrible thing, Father, to come this far in life only to find that nothing you’ve felt has made any difference.”  The priest answers, “Of course it mattered.  Everything felt, everything you did for Billy mattered, regardless of how it turned out.”   When we have loved someone and that person dies, what happens to all the love we invested in that person?  The Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai offers a bold and arresting image to answer that question.  He suggests that a person’s body absorbs and stores all the love it receives in the course of a lifetime, from parents, from lovers, from husbands or wives, from children and friends.  Then, when the body dies, it pours out all that love “like a broken slot machine disgorging the coins of all the generations,” and all the people nearby, and all the world, are warmed by the love that has been returned to them.  People die, but love does not die.  It is recycled from one heart, from one life, to another. -Harold S. Kushner, Living a Life That Matters

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,  or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around” -Leo Buscaglia

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” -Eskimo Proverb

“Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest to us.” -Anonymous

“There is a sacredness in tears.  They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.  They are messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” -Washington Irving

Like a bird Singing in the rain Let grateful memories Survive in time of sorrow

– Robert Lewis Stevenson

“Sorrow makes us all children again.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our face towards change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

-Helen Keller