ᐅ143+ Grief Quotes to Inspire and Uplift You From Loss

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” ― Vicki Harrison

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.” ― John Green

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” ― Rumi

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” ― José N. Harris,

“They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite”

“They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite” ― Cassandra Clare

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this

“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

“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”

“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.” ― J.K. Rowling

“Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching

“Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face - I know it's an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.” ― Nicholas Sparks

“She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands,

“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

“In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make

“In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life” ― Nicholas Sparks

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri

“Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.”

“Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.” ― Veronica Roth

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” ― William Shakespeare

“Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight

“Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.” ― Sarah Dessen

“And I can’t be running back and fourth forever between grief and high delight.”

“And I can't be running back and fourth forever between grief and high delight.” ― J.D. Salinger

“It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny

“It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed. If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven't, you cannot possibly imagine it.” ― Lemony Snicket

“It sucks that we miss people like that. You think you’ve accepted that someone is out

“It sucks that we miss people like that. You think you've accepted that someone is out of your life, that you've grieved and it's over, and then bam. One little thing, and you feel like you've lost that person all over again.” ― Rachel Hawkins

“But when I do feel all the strength go out of me, and I fall to my knees beside

“But when I do feel all the strength go out of me, and I fall to my knees beside the table and I think I cry, then, or at least I want to, and everything inside me screams for just one more kiss, one more word, one more glance, one more.” ― Veronica Roth

“Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time.

“Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

“But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes . . . and sometimes you say and do

“But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes . . . and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can't forgive yourself for.” ― Melina Marchetta

“Stop punishing yourself for being someone with a heart. You cannot protect yourself

“Stop punishing yourself for being someone with a heart. You cannot protect yourself from suffering. To live is to grieve. You are not protecting yourself by shutting yourself off from the world. You are limiting yourself.” ― Leigh Bardugo

“Often I wish this would all be over, Liesel, but then somehow you do something

“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

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” ― Shakespeare

“Your memory feels like home to me.

“Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds it’s way back to you.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told,

“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn,' and I accept it. I've got nothing that I hadn't bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.” ― C.S. Lewis

“When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

“When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.” ― Khalil Gibran

“It doesn’t get better,” I said. “The pain. The wounds scab over and you don’t always

“It doesn't get better," I said. "The pain. The wounds scab over and you don't always feel like a knife is slashing through you. But when you least expect it, the pain flashes to remind you you'll never be the same.” ― Katie McGarry

“…the sad part is, that I will probably end up loving you without you for much longer

“…the sad part is, that I will probably end up loving you without you for much longer than I loved you when I knew you. Some people might find that strange. But the truth of it is that the amount of love you feel for someone and the impact they have on you as a person, is in no way relative to the amount of time you have known them.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.”

“My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.” ― Richard Adams

“There is an ocean of silence between us… and I am drowning in it.”

“There is an ocean of silence between us… and I am drowning in it.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when

“And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed.” ― Sarah Waters

“Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream.”

“Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream.” ― Euripides

“Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can’t even cry.”

“Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can't even cry.” ― Charles Bukowski

“Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief.”

“Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief.” ― Nicholas Sparks

“Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter

“Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days, I don’t notice it, but, out of the blue, it’ll flare to life.” ― Maria V. Snyder

“I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colours and shades I knew existed.”

“I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colours and shades I knew existed.” ― Katie McGarry

“When one person is missing the whole world seems empty.”

“When one person is missing the whole world seems empty.” ― Pat Schweibert

“we are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away,

“We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. as we were. as we are no longer. as we will one day not be at all.” ― Joan Didion

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.”

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” ― C.S. Lewis

“She heard him mutter, ‘Can you take away this grief?’

“She heard him mutter, 'Can you take away this grief?' 'I'm sorry,' she replied. 'Everyone asks me. And I would not do so even if I knew how. It belongs to you. Only time and tears take away grief; that is what they are for.” ― Terry Pratchett

“words are like nets – we hope they’ll cover what we mean, but we know they can’t

“words are like nets - we hope they'll cover what we mean, but we know they can't possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder.” ― Jodi Picoult

“If you cannot hold me in your arms, then hold my memory in high regard.

“If you cannot hold me in your arms, then hold my memory in high regard. And if I cannot be in your life, then at least let me live in your heart.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“I just looked at her, feeling utterly empty. I didn’t know what I was supposed

“I just looked at her, feeling utterly empty. I didn’t know what I was supposed to say to her. My life is in that bed. Please let me stay.” ― Maggie Stiefvater

“If you’re searching for a quote that puts your feelings into words – you won’t find it.

“If you’re searching for a quote that puts your feelings into words – you won’t find it. You can learn every language and read every word ever written – but you’ll never find what’s in your heart. How can you? He has it.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“The trauma said, ‘Don’t write these poems.

“The trauma said, ‘Don’t write these poems. Nobody wants to hear you cry about the grief inside your bones.” ― Andrea Gibson

“When you experience loss, people say you’ll move through the 5 stages of grief….

“When you experience loss, people say you’ll move through the 5 stages of grief…. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance ….. What they don’t tell you is that you’ll cycle through them all every day.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“I think perhaps I will always hold a candle for you – even until it burns my hand.

“I think perhaps I will always hold a candle for you – even until it burns my hand. And when the light has long since gone …. I will be there in the darkness holding what remains, quite simply because I cannot let go.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.”

“The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.” ― Kristina McMorris

“It reminds me that no embrace will ever feel the same again, because no one will ever

“It reminds me that no embrace will ever feel the same again, because no one will ever be like her again, because she's gone. She's gone, and crying feels so useless, so stupid, but it's all I can do.” ― Veronica Roth

“Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people.”

“Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people.” ― Orson Scott Card

“No matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.”

“No matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.” ― Faraaz Kazi

“As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another

“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 Khayyám, رباعيات خيام

“Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn’t yours. But grief comes

“Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn't yours. But grief comes from losing something you've already had.” ― Jodi Picoult

“Why so much grief for me? No man will hurl me down to Death, against my fate.

“Why so much grief for me? No man will hurl me down to Death, against my fate. And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it, neither brave man nor coward, I tell you - it’s born with us the day that we are born.” ― Homer

“I had someone once who made every day mean something.

“I had someone once who made every day mean something. And now…. I am lost…. And nothing means anything anymore.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“Time doesn’t heal all wounds. We both know that’s bullshit; it comes from people who

“Time doesn’t heal all wounds. We both know that’s bullshit; it comes from people who have nothing comforting or original to say.” ― Adam Silvera

“Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of

“Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.” ― C.S. Lewis

“I miss that feeling of connection. Knowing he was out there somewhere thinking about me at the

“I miss that feeling of connection. Knowing he was out there somewhere thinking about me at the same time I was thinking about him.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“I keep finding myself stifled by the company of others and then crippled by loneliness

“I keep finding myself stifled by the company of others and then crippled by loneliness when I leave them. I am terrified and I don't even know of what, because I have lost everything already.” ― Veronica Roth

“No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep.”

“No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep.” ― Zora Neale Hurston

“It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their

“It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on, coughing and searching, and finding.” ― Markus Zusak

“There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.”

“There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.” ― Sappho

“Good-byes hurt the most when the other person’s already gone.”

“Good-byes hurt the most when the other person’s already gone.” ― Angie Thomas

“Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out

“Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance.” ― Andrew Solomon

“He was both everything I could ever want… And nothing I could ever have…”

“He was both everything I could ever want… And nothing I could ever have…” ― Ranata Suzuki

“There are all kinds of ways for a relationship to be tested, even broken, some,

“There are all kinds of ways for a relationship to be tested, even broken, some, irrevocably; it’s the endings we’re unprepared for.” ― Katherine Owen

“I miss her all the time. I know in my head that she has gone. The only difference is

“I miss her all the time. I know in my head that she has gone. The only difference is that I am getting used to the pain. It's like discovering a great hole in the ground. To begin with, you forget it's there and keep falling in. After a while, it's still there, but you learn to walk round it.” ― Rachel Joyce

“Though these words will never find you, I hope that you knew I was thinking of you today

“Though these words will never find you, I hope that you knew I was thinking of you today….. and that I was wishing you every happiness. Love Always, The girl you loved once.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“Grief … gives life a permanently provisional feeling. It doesn’t seem worth starting

“Grief ... gives life a permanently provisional feeling. It doesn't seem worth starting anything. I can't settle down. I yawn, I fidget, I smoke too much. Up till this I always had too little time. Now there is nothing but time. Almost pure time, empty successiveness.” ― C.S. Lewis

“It’s like I have this large black hole in my brain and it’s sucking the life out of me.

“It's like I have this large black hole in my brain and it's sucking the life out of me. The answers are in there so I sit for hours and stare. No matter how hard and long I look, I only see darkness.” ― Katie McGarry

“(on grief) And you do come out of it, that’s true. After a year, after five. But you

“(on grief) And you do come out of it, that’s true. After a year, after five. But you don’t come out of it like a train coming out of a tunnel, bursting through the downs into sunshine and that swift, rattling descent to the Channel; you come out of it as a gull comes out of an oil-slick. You are tarred and feathered for life.” ― Julian Barnes

“The last time I felt alive – I was looking into your eyes.

“The last time I felt alive – I was looking into your eyes. Breathing your air…. touching your skin… … Saying goodbye…. The last time I felt alive…. I was dying.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“I raised you so high that every other man on earth is now doomed to live in your shadow.”

“I raised you so high that every other man on earth is now doomed to live in your shadow.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“You said move on, where do I go?”

“You said move on, where do I go?” ― Katy Perry

“It’s difficult for me to imagine the rest of my life without you. But I suppose

“It’s difficult for me to imagine the rest of my life without you. But I suppose I don’t have to imagine it... I just have to live it” ― Ranata Suzuki

“There’s a fine edge to new grief, it severs nerves, disconnects reality–there’s

“There's a fine edge to new grief, it severs nerves, disconnects reality--there's mercy in a sharp blade. Only with time, as the edge wears, does the real ache begin.” ― christopher moore

“Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child’s

“Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size.” ― Mark Twain

“I knew what it was like to lose someone you loved. You didn’t get past something

“I knew what it was like to lose someone you loved. You didn't get past something like that, you got through it.” ― Jodi Picoult

“See, as much as you want to hold on to the bitter sore memory that someone has

“See, as much as you want to hold on to the bitter sore memory that someone has left this world, you are still in it. And the very act of living is a tide: at first it seems to make no difference at all, and then one day you look down and see how much pain has eroded.” ― Jodi Picoult

“Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air.”

“Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air.” ― Pablo Neruda

“I know that it’s easier to look at death than it is to look at pain, because

“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

“All the times I have suddenly realized that my parents are dead, even

“All the times I have suddenly realized that my parents are dead, even now, it still surprises me, to exist in the world while that which made me has ceased to exist.” ― Nicole Krauss

“It’s funny, how one can look back on a sorrow one thought one might well die

“It's funny, how one can look back on a sorrow one thought one might well die of at the time, and know that one had not yet reckoned the tenth part of true grief.” ― Jacqueline Carey

“Three years? That’s a thousand tomorrows, ma’am.”

“Three years? That's a thousand tomorrows, ma'am.” ― Karen Kingsbury

“Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.”

“Grieving doesn't make you imperfect. It makes you human.” ― Sarah Dessen

“Love is an engraved invitation to grief.”

“Love is an engraved invitation to grief.” ― Sunshine O'Donnell

“What are heavy? sea-sand and sorrow.

“What are heavy? sea-sand and sorrow. What are brief? today and tomorrow. What are frail? spring blossoms and youth. What are deep? the ocean and truth.” ― Christina Rossetti

“Tears are a river that takes you somewhere…Tears lift your boat off the rocks,

“Tears are a river that takes you somewhere…Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

“…we are all sorry when loss comes for us. The test of our character comes

“...we are all sorry when loss comes for us. The test of our character comes not in how many tears we shed but in how we act after those tears have dried.” ― Michelle Moran

“Not only had my brother disappeared, but–and bear with me here–a part

“Not only had my brother disappeared, but--and bear with me here--a part of my very being had gone with him. Stories about us could, from them on, be told from only one perspective. Memories could be told but not shared.” ― John Corey Whaley

“It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.”

“It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Shock is a merciful condition. It allows you to get through disaster with a necessary

“Shock is a merciful condition. It allows you to get through disaster with a necessary distance between you and your feelings.” ― Lisa Kleypas

“I didn’t love you to seek revenge. I didn’t love you out of loneliness or unhappiness.

“I didn’t love you to seek revenge. I didn’t love you out of loneliness or unhappiness. I didn’t love you for any of the misguided reasons that time might convince you I did. I just loved you because you’re you.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything. But no, that is not quite accurate. There is one place where her absence comes locally home to me, and it is a place I can't avoid. I mean my own body. It had such a different importance while it was the body of H.'s lover. Now it's like an empty house.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Somewhere out in the darkness, a phoenix was singing in a way Harry had never

“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

“Nothing in this world compares to the comfort and security of having someone just hold your hand.”

“Nothing in this world compares to the comfort and security of having someone just hold your hand.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

“The only way to end grief was to go through it.”

“The only way to end grief was to go through it.” ― Holly Black

“I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing.

“I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing. Until I'm lost in the music. Until I am the music--notes and chords, the melody and harmony. It hurts, but it's okay because when I'm the music, I'm not me. Not sad. Not afraid. Not desperate. Not guilty.” ― Jennifer Donnelly

“Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.”

“Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks. Once my eyes open, I'm heavy, like there's to much gravity on my heart.” ― Sarah Ockler

“A lot of things are inherent in life -change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents, calamities, and losses of all kinds- but these events don't have to be the cause of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences. The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed.” ― Gina Lake

“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

“Now I know that grief is a whetstone that sharpens all your love, all your happiest memories, into blades that tear you apart from within.” ― Claudia Gray

“We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world

“We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world--the company of those who have known suffering.” ― Helen Keller

“Perhaps ... To R.A.L. Perhaps some day the sun will shine again, And I shall see that still the skies are blue, And feel one more I do not live in vain, Although bereft of you. Perhaps the golden meadows at my feet, Will make the sunny hours of spring seem gay, And I shall find the white May-blossoms sweet, Though You have passed away. Perhaps the summer woods will shimmer bright, And crimson roses once again be fair, And autumn harvest fields a rich delight, Although You are not there. But though kind Time may many joys renew, There is one greatest joy I shall not know Again, because my heart for loss of You Was broken, long ago.” ― Vera Brittain

“This world that was our home for a brief spell never brought us anything but pain and grief; its a shame that not one of our problems was ever solved. We depart with a thousand regrets in our hearts.” ― Omar Khayyám

“Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.” ― Seneca

“When her pain is fresh and new, let her have it. Don't try to take it away. Forgive yourself for not having that power. Grief and pain are like joy and peace; they are not things we should try to snatch from each other. They're sacred. they are part of each person's journey. All we can do is offer relief from this fear: I am all alone. That's the one fear you can alleviate.” ― Glennon Melton

“Of course he wasn't dead. He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking. The kiss of his memory made pictures of love and light against the wall. Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.” ― Zora Neale Hurston

“His mind was freshly inclined toward sorrow; toward the fact that the world was full of sorrow; that everyone labored under some burden of sorrow; that all were suffering; that whatever way one took in this world, one must try to remember that all were suffering (none content; all wronged, neglected, overlooked, misunderstood), and therefore one must do what one could to lighten the load of those with whom one came into contact; that his current state of sorrow was not uniquely his, not at all, but, rather, its like had been felt, would be felt, by scores of others, in all times, in every time, and must not be prolonged or exaggerated, because, in this state, he could be of no help to anyone and, given that his position in the world situated him to be either of great help, or great harm, it would not do to stay low, if he could help it.” ― George Saunders

“Your smile and your laughter lit my whole world.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“When a long, long time later, he stares down at the silent blue marble of the earth and thinks of his sister, as he will at every important moment of his life. He doesn't know this yet, but he senses it deep down in his core. So much will happen, he thinks, that I would want to tell you.” ― Celeste Ng

“You believe you could not live with the pain. Such pain is not lived with. It is only endured. I am sorry.” ― Erin Morgenstern

“All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” ― Cormac McCarthy

“Man cries, his tears dry up and run out. So he becomes a devil, reduced to a monster.” ― Kouta Hirano

“Tonight I can write the saddest lines. Write, for example,'The night is shattered and the blue stars shiver in the distance.' The night wind revolves in the sky and sings. Tonight I can write the saddest lines. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too. Through nights like this one I held her in my arms I kissed her again and again under the endless sky. She loved me sometimes, and I loved her too. How could one not have loved her great still eyes. Tonight I can write the saddest lines. To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have lost her. To hear the immense night, still more immense without her. And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture. What does it matter that my love could not keep her. The night is shattered and she is not with me. This is all. In the distance someone is singing. In the distance. My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her. My sight searches for her as though to go to her. My heart looks for her, and she is not with me. The same night whitening the same trees. We, of that time, are no longer the same. I no longer love her, that's certain, but how I loved her. My voice tried to find the wind to touch her hearing. Another's. She will be another's. Like my kisses before. Her voide. Her bright body. Her inifinite eyes. I no longer love her, that's certain, but maybe I love her. Love is so short, forgetting is so long. Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms my sould is not satisfied that it has lost her. Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer and these the last verses that I write for her.” ― Pablo Neruda

“Often it feels like I am breathing today only because a few years back I had no idea which nerve to cut...” ― Sanhita Baruah

“And when I look around the apartment where I now am,—when I see Charlotte’s apparel lying before me, and Albert’s writings, and all those articles of furniture which are so familiar to me, even to the very inkstand which I am using,—when I think what I am to this family—everything. My friends esteem me; I often contribute to their happiness, and my heart seems as if it could not beat without them; and yet—if I were to die, if I were to be summoned from the midst of this circle, would they feel—or how long would they feel—the void which my loss would make in their existence? How long! Yes, such is the frailty of man, that even there, where he has the greatest consciousness of his own being, where he makes the strongest and most forcible impression, even in the memory, in the heart of his beloved, there also he must perish,—vanish,—and that quickly. I could tear open my bosom with vexation to think how little we are capable of influencing the feelings of each other. No one can communicate to me those sensations of love, joy, rapture, and delight which I do not naturally possess; and though my heart may glow with the most lively affection, I cannot make the happiness of one in whom the same warmth is not inherent. Sometimes I don’t understand how another can love her, is allowed to love her, since I love her so completely myself, so intensely, so fully, grasp nothing, know nothing, have nothing but her! I possess so much, but my love for her absorbs it all. I possess so much, but without her I have nothing. One hundred times have I been on the point of embracing her. Heavens! what a torment it is to see so much loveliness passing and repassing before us, and yet not dare to lay hold of it! And laying hold is the most natural of human instincts. Do not children touch everything they see? And I! Witness, Heaven, how often I lie down in my bed with a wish, and even a hope, that I may never awaken again! And in the morning, when I open my eyes, I behold the sun once more, and am wretched. If I were whimsical, I might blame the weather, or an acquaintance, or some personal disappointment, for my discontented mind; and then this insupportable load of trouble would not rest entirely upon myself. But, alas! I feel it too sadly; I am alone the cause of my own woe, am I not? Truly, my own bosom contains the source of all my pleasure. Am I not the same being who once enjoyed an excess of happiness, who at every step saw paradise open before him, and whose heart was ever expanded towards the whole world? And this heart is now dead; no sentiment can revive it. My eyes are dry; and my senses, no more refreshed by the influence of soft tears, wither and consume my brain. I suffer much, for I have lost the only charm of life: that active, sacred power which created worlds around me,—it is no more. When I look from my window at the distant hills, and behold the morning sun breaking through the mists, and illuminating the country around, which is still wrapped in silence, whilst the soft stream winds gently through the willows, which have shed their leaves; when glorious Nature displays all her beauties before me, and her wondrous prospects are ineffectual to extract one tear of joy from my withered heart,—I feel that in such a moment I stand like a reprobate before heaven, hardened, insensible, and unmoved. Oftentimes do I then bend my knee to the earth, and implore God for the blessing of tears, as the desponding labourer in some scorching climate prays for the dews of heaven to moisten his parched corn.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“We all practice self-deception to a degree; no man can handle complete honesty without being cut at each turn. There's not enough room in a man's head for sanity alongside each grief, each worry, each terror that he owns. I’m well used to burying such things in a dark cellar and moving on.” ― Mark Lawrence

“My head is full of fire and grief and my tongue runs wild, pierced with shards of glass.” ― Federico García Lorca

“CLEMENTINE: This is it, Joel. It's going to be gone soon. JOEL: I know. CLEMENTINE: What do we do? JOEL: Enjoy it.” ― Charlie Kaufman

“Saving You The darkness takes him over, the sickness pulls him in; his eyes—a blown out candle, I wish to go with him. Sometimes I see a flicker— a light that shone from them; I hold him to me tightly, before he's gone again.” ― Lang Leav

“When you are happy, so happy you have no sense of needing Him, so happy that you are tempted to feel His claims upon you as an interruption, if you remember yourself and turn to Him with gratitude and praise, you will be — or so it feels— welcomed with open arms. But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence.” ― C.S. Lewis

“I confessed to Tobias, soon after that, that I had lost my entire family. And he assured me that he was my family now. -Tris Prior” ― Veronica Roth

“Grief is a swallow,' he said. 'One day you wake up and you think it's gone, but it's only migrated to some other place, warming its feathers. Sooner or later, it will return and perch in your heart again.” ― Elif Shafak

“Ten years, she's dead, and I still find myself some mornings reaching for the phone to call her. She could no more be gone than gravity or the moon.” ― Mary Karr

“My heart was broken so badly last time that it still hurts. Isn't that crazy? To still have a broken heart almost two years after a love story ends? ” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

“It's natural, as our loved ones age, to start grieving their loss. Even before we lose them.” ― Steven Rowley

“Then one morning she’d begun to feel her sorrow easing, like something jagged that had cut into her so long it had finally dulled its edges, worn itself down. That same day Rachel couldn’t remember which side her father had parted his hair on, and she’d realized again what she’d learned at five when her mother left – that what made losing someone you loved bearable was not remembering but forgetting. Forgetting the small things first, the smell of the soap her mother had bathed with, the color of the dress she’d worn to church, then after a while the sound of her mother’s voice, the color of her hair. It amazed Rachel how much you could forget, and everything you forgot made that person less alive inside you until you could finally endure it. After more time passed you could let yourself remember, even want to remember. But even then what you felt those first days could return and remind you the grief that was still there, like old barbed wire embedded in a tree’s heartwood.” ― Ron Rash

“In days that follow, I discover that anger is easier to handle than grief.” ― Emily Giffin

“He saw so many emotions mingled on her face: anger disappointment, fear – and defiance. Like her daughter, thought Fenoglio again. So uncompromising, so strong. Women were different, no doubt about it. Men broke so much more quickly. Grief didn’t break women. Instead it wore them down, it hollowed them out, very slowly.” ― Cornelia Funke

“And I wonder what the sound of a heart breaking might be. And I think it might be quiet, unperceptively so, and not dramatic at all. Like the sound of an exhausted swallow falling gently to earth.” ― Sarah Winman

“Grief is an amputation, but hope is incurable haemophilia: you bleed and bleed and bleed.” ― David Mitchell

“How many times can a heart be shattered and still be pieced back together? How many times before the damage is irreparable?” ― Gwenn Wright

“There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.”

“There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures. ...We tell the story to get them back, to capture the traces of footfalls through the snow.” ― Gail Caldwell

“Sorrow is food swallowed too quickly, caught in the throat, making it nearly impossible to breathe.” ― Jesmyn Ward

“Losing him was like having a hole shot straight through me, a painful, constant reminder, an absence I could never fill.” ― Jojo Moyes

“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

“It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.” ― Joan Didion

“No journey out of grief was straightforward. There would be good days and bad days.” ― Jojo Moyes

“I sat with my anger long enough until she told me her real name was grief.” ― C.S. Lewis

“There is no loss, if you cannot remember what you have lost.” ― Claire North

“It’s times like this…. when it’s over a year later and I’m still crying over you that I want to turn to you and say: See…. This is why I asked you never to kiss me.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“Music, When Soft Voices Die Music, when soft voices die, Vibrates in the memory; Odours, when sweet violets sicken, Live within the sense they quicken. Rose leaves, when the rose is dead, Are heap'd for the belovèd's bed; And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone, Love itself shall slumber on.” ― Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind.” ― Katherine Owen

“For a week, almost without speaking, they went ahead like sleepwalkers through a universe of grief, lighted only by the tenuous reflection of luminous insects, and their lungs were overwhelmed by a suffocating smell of blood.” ― Gabriel García Márquez

“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

“ I think of the chimp, the one with the talking hands. In the course of the experiment, that chimp had a baby. Imagine how her trainers must have thrilled when the mother, without prompting, began to sign her newborn. Baby, drink milk. Baby, play ball. And when the baby died, the mother stood over the body, her wrinkled hands moving with animal grace, forming again and again the words: Baby, come hug, Baby come hug, fluent now in the language of grief.” ― Amy Hempel

“Grief is a cruel kind of education. You learn how ungentle mourning can be, how full of anger. You learn how glib condolences can feel. You learn how much grief is about language, the failure of language and the grasping for language” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Ah, grief makes us precise!” ― Leonard Cohen

“Perhaps grief is like battle: After experiencing enough of it, your body’s instincts take over. When you see it closing in like a Martial death squad, you harden your insides. You prepare for the agony of a shredded heart. And when it hits, it hurts, but not as badly, because you have locked away your weakness, and all that’s left is anger and strength.” ― Sabaa Tahir

“...he prayed fundamentally as a gesture of love for what had gone and would go and could be loved in no other way. When he prayed he touched his parents, who could not otherwise be touched, and he touched a feeling that we are all children who lose our parents, all of us, every man and woman and boy and girl, and we too will all be lost by those who come after us and love us, and this loss unites humanity, unites every human being, the temporary nature of our being-ness, and our shared sorrow, the heartache we each carry and yet too often refuse to acknowledge in one another, and out of this Saeed felt it might be possible, in the face of death, to believe in humanity's potential for building a better world, so he prayed as a lament, as a consolation, and as a hope....” ― Mohsin Hamid

“Parting is inevitably painful, even for a short time. It's like an amputation, I feel a limb is being torn off, without which I shall be unable to function. And yet, once it is done... life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid and fuller than before. ” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“In a world gushing blood day and night, you never stop mopping up pain.”

“In a world gushing blood day and night, you never stop mopping up pain.” ― Aberjhani

“What I mean to say is, we had been considerable. Had been loved. Not lonely, not lost, not freakish, but wise, each in his or her own way. Our departures caused pain. Those who had loved us sat upon their beds, heads in hand; lowered their faces to tabletops, making animal noises. We had been loved, I say, and remembering us, even many years later, people would smile, briefly gladdened at the memory.” ― George Saunders

“Let us not keep on walking on the broken glass of despair with bleeding words of grief but transcend the viscous discomforts of life and clear out the mountains of clutter in our mind. ("Halt in flight")” ― Erik Pevernagie

“I don't know whether to cry or scream or do both. It feels like I've done more than enough of both. And it feels like I haven't done enough. And at some point, I know I'm going to have to crawl out of this bed and pick up the pieces but right now, it can be just me. Just me, these four walls, and this bed. The universe doesn't have to exist outside this bedroom, and that's perfectly okay.” ― Mason Deaver

“The eye, like a shattered mirror, multiplies the images of sorrow.” ― Edgar Allen Poe

“Hearing him talk about his mother, about his intact family, makes my chest hurt for a second, like someone pierced it with a needle.” ― Veronica Roth

“My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Why can't I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply.” ― Patti Smith

“I waited for dawn, but only because I had forgotten how hard mornings were. For a second I'd be normal. Then came the dim awareness of something off, out of place. Then the truth came crashing down and that was it for the rest of the day. Sunlight was reproof. Shouldn't I feel better than I had in the dead of night.” ― Francine Prose

“Every broken heart has screamed at one time or another: Why can't you see who I truly am?” ― Shannon L. Alder

“My grief was cold. It was nothing to share. It was nothing to speak about, nothing to feel.” ― Alice Hoffman

“History dressed up in the glow of love’s kiss turned grief into beauty.” ― Aberjhani

“You're dead, and I'm the worst kind of alive.” ― Adam Silvera

“We carry the dead with us only until we die too, and then it is we who are borne along for a little while, and then our bearers in their turn drop, and so on into the unimaginable generations.” ― John Banville

“She’d felt more pain from Nico in their brief connection than she had from her entire legion during the battle against the giant Polybotes.” ― Rick Riordan

“...grief can derange even the strongest and most disciplined of minds.” ― George R.R. Martin

“As Luke knelt down beside his corpse, Clary couldn’t help but remember what he had said about having loved Valentine once, about having been his closest friend. Luke, she thought with a pang. Surely he couldn’t be sad — or even grieved? But then again, perhaps everyone should have someone to grieve for them, and there was no one else to grieve for Valentine.” ― Cassandra Clare

“When a river of tears and a load of grief keep on flowing from a mountain of broken trust, feelings may relentlessly besiege the stronghold of our flesh. Only a timely adjustment with our mental compass can shore up confidence, resilience; and reliance. ("Taken for a ride")” ― Erik Pevernagie

“Sometimes grief and worry must take the form of action,” said Cordelia. “Sometimes it is unbearable to sit and wait.” ― Cassandra Clare

“I have been made to protect you. Even in death, I will find a way.” He clasped her hand tighter. “Bury me so I can go to Djel. Bury me so I can take root and follow the water north.” “I promise, Matthias. I’ll take you home.” “Nina,” he said, pressing her hand to his heart. “I am already home.” The light vanished from his eyes. His chest stilled beneath her hands. Nina screamed, a howl that tore from the black space where her heart had beat only moments before.” ― Leigh Bardugo

“Everyone has always said I look like Bailey, but I don't. I have grey eyes to her green, an oval face to her heart-shaped one, I'm shorter, scrawnier, paler, flatter, plainer, tamer. All we shared is a madhouse of curls that I imprison in a ponytail while she let hers rave like madness around her head. I don't sing in my sleep or eat the petals off flowers or run into the rain instead of out of it. I'm the unplugged-in one, the side-kick sister, tucked into a corner of her shadow. Boys followed her everywhere; they filled the booths at the restaurant where she waitressed, herded around her at the river. One day, I saw a boy come up behind her and pull a strand of her long hair I understood this- I felt the same way. In photographs of us together, she is always looking at the camera, and I am always looking at her.” ― Jandy Nelson

“It hurts when they're gone. And it doesn't matter if it's slow or fast, whether it's a long drawn-out disease or an unexpected accident. When they're gone the world turns upside down and you're left holding on, trying not to fall off.” ― Walter Mosley

“They say, 'The coward dies many times'; so does the beloved. Didn't the eagle find a fresh liver to tear in Prometheus every time it dined?” ― C.S. Lewis

“You become a house where the wind blows straight through, because no one bothers the crack in the window or lock on the door, and you’re the house where people come and go as they please, because you’re simply too unimpressed to care. You let people in who you really shouldn’t let in, and you let them walk around for a while, use your bed and use your books, and await the day when they simply get bored and leave. You’re still not bothered, though you knew they shouldn’t have been let in in the first place, but still you just sit there, apathetic like a beggar in the desert.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

“Ever since the Christmas of '53, I have felt that the yuletide is a special hell for those families who have suffered any loss or who must admit to any imperfection; the so-called spirit of giving can be as greedy as receiving--Christmas is our time to be aware of what we lack, of who's not home.” ― John Irving

“He looked at me like I was the stars when all I’d ever felt like was the dark nothingness between them.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“Sometimes it’s heartbreaking to see your siblings as the people they’ve become.

“Sometimes it’s heartbreaking to see your siblings as the people they’ve become. Maybe that’s why we all stay away from each other as a matter of course.” ― Jonathon Tropper

“I find,' he says, his voice still muffled, 'that I am constantly wondering where he is. Where he has gone. It is like a wheel ceaselessly turning at the back of my mind. Whatever I am doing, wherever I am, I am thinking: Where is he, where is he? He can't have just vanished. He must be somewhere. All I have to do is find him. I look for him everywhere, in every street, in every crowd, in every audience. That's what I am doing, when I look out at them all: I try to find him, or a version of him.” ― Maggie O'Farrell

“There will be hatred. There will be war. The country will fight itself to pieces. It will starve its people, ravage its land, poison its breath. Shanghai will fall and break and cry. But alongside everything, there has to be love - eternal, undying, enduring. Burn through vengeance and terror and warfare. Burn through everything that fuels the human heart and Sears it red, burn through everything that covers the outside with hard muscle and tough sinew. Cut down deep and grab what beats beneath, and it is love that will survive after everything else has perished.” ― Chloe Gong

“Grief loves the hollow; all it wants is to hear its own echo.” ― Hisham Matar

“The bird is gone, and in what meadow does it now sing?” ― Philip K. Dick

“I wish everyone would stop crying, Tom. Uncle Joe would be so angry about it." But she's crying herself now. "He'd be so angry at us, Tom, for crying so much when all he did was laugh.” ― Melina Marchetta

“The thing about dead people... The thing is you sound like a bastard if you don't romanticize them, but the truth is... complicated, I guess.” ― John Green

“Dr. Webb says that losing a sibling is oftentimes much harder for a person than losing any other member of the family. "A sibling represents a person's past, present, and future," he says. "Spouses have each other, and even when one eventually dies, they have memories of a time when they existed before that other person and can more readily imagine a life without them. Likewise, parents may have other children to be concerned with--a future to protect for them. To lose a sibling is to lose the one person with whom one shares a lifelong bond that is meant to continue on into the future.” ― John Corey Whaley

“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

“Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering.” ― Roland Barthes

“Finnick and I sit for a long time in silence, watching the knots bloom and vanish, before I can ask, 'How do you bear it?' Finnick looks at me in disbelief. 'I don't, Katniss! Obviously, I don't. I drag myself out of nightmares each morning and find there's no relief in waking.' Something in my expression stops him. 'Better not give in to it. It takes ten times as long to put yourself together as it does to fall apart.' Well, he must know. I take a deep breath, forcing myself back into one piece.” ― Suzanne Collins

“Grief takes many forms, including the absence of grief.” ― Alison Bechdel

“What happens when you let go, when your strength leaves you and you sink into darkness, when there's nothing that you or anyone else can do, no matter how desperate you are, no matter how you try? Perhaps it's then, when you have neither pride nor power, that you are saved, brought to an unimaginably great reward.” ― Mark Halperin

“There is an hour, a minute - you will remember it forever - when you know instinctively on the basis of the most inconsequential evidence, that something is wrong. You don't know - can't know - that it is the first of a series of "wrongful" events that will culminate in the utter devastation of your life as you have known it.” ― Joyce Carol Oates

“I know how much you grieve over those who are under your care: those you try to help and fail, those you cannot help. Have faith in God and remember that He will is His own way and in His own time complete what we so poorly attempt. Often we do not achieve for others the good that we intend but achieve something, something that goes on from our effort. Good is an overflow. Where we generously and sincerely intend it, we are engaged in a work of creation which may be mysterious even to ourselves - and because it is mysterious we may be afraid of it. But this should not make us draw back. God can always show us, if we will, a higher and a better way; and we can only learn to love by loving. Remember that all our failures are ultimately failures in love. Imperfect love must not be condemned and rejected but made perfect. The way is always forward, never back.” ― Iris Murdoch

“And then it was, that grief and pain made themselves known to me as never before. Note this, because I knew the full absurdity of Fate and Fortune and Nature more truly than a human can bear to know it. And perhaps the description of this, brief as it is, may give consolation to another. The worst takes its time to come, and then to pass. The truth is, you cannot prepare anyone for this, nor convey an understanding of it through language. It must be known. And this I would wish on no one in the world.” ― Anne Rice

“It's better to keep grief inside. Grief inside works like bees or ants, building curious and perfect structures, complicating you. Grief outside means you want something from someone, and chances are good you won't get it.” ― Hilary Thayer Hamann

“Sometimes, there was no getting over it. Sometimes, you lived with the empty place inside of you until you imploded on it, loss as singularity, or until the empty place expanded and hollowed out the rest of you so thoroughly you became the walking dead, a ghost in your own life.” ― Caitlin Kittredge

“We are all damaged. We have all been hurt. We have all had to learn painful lessons. We are all recovering from some mistake, loss, betrayal, abuse, injustice or misfortune. All of life is a process of recovery that never ends. We each must find ways to accept and move through the pain and to pick ourselves back up. For each pang of grief, depression, doubt or despair there is an inverse toward renewal coming to you in time. Each tragedy is an announcement that some good will indeed come in time. Be patient with yourself.” ― Bryant McGill

“Meanwhile, the trees were just as green as before; the birds sang and the sun shone as clearly now as ever. The familiar surroundings had not darkened because of her grief, nor sickened because of her pain. She might have seen that what had bowed her head so profoundly -the thought of the world's concern at her situation- was found on an illusion. She was not an existence, an experience, a passion, a structure of sensations, to anybody but herself.” ― Thomas Hardy

“When it comes to death, we know that laughter and tears are pretty much the same thing.”

“When it comes to death, we know that laughter and tears are pretty much the same thing.” ― Sherman Alexie

“Grief causes you to leave yourself. You step outside your narrow little pelt. And you can’t feel grief unless you’ve had love before it - grief is the final outcome of love, because it’s love lost. […] It’s the cycle of love completed: to love, to lose, to feel grief, to leave, and then to love again. Grief is the awareness that you will have to be alone, and there is nothing beyond that because being alone is the ultimate final destiny of each individual living creature. That’s what death is, the great loneliness.” ― Philip K. Dick

“That was the hard thing about grief, and the grieving. They spoke another language, and the words we knew always fell short of what we wanted them to say.” ― Sarah Dessen

“Death anxiety is the mother of all religions, which, in one way or another, attempt to temper the anguish of our finitude.” ― Irvin Yalom

“I want to be two people at once. One runs away.”

“I want to be two people at once. One runs away.” ― Peter Heller

“I’d give in to the grief but make sure I wasn’t loud enough to draw attention from those who think words will make me feel better.” ― Adam Silvera

“I found that the only way I could control this sorrow was not to think of [it] at all, which was almost as painful as the loss itself.” ― Robin McKinley

“There is nothing to fear. Nothing to worry about. Grieve nothing in this transitory world," he says softly.” ― Tahereh Mafi

“Closure is just as delusive-it is the false hope that we can deaden our living grief.” ― Stephen Grosz

“Just when normal life felt almost possible - when the world held some kind of order, meaning, even loveliness (the prismatic spray of light through an icicle; the stillness of a sunrise), some small thing would go awry and the veil of optimism was torn away, the barren world revealed. They learned, somehow, to wait those times out. There was no cure, no answer, no reparation.” ― David Wroblewski,

“I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep ... Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass.” ― May Sarton

“Her grief still burdened her, and she knew she would bear it the rest of her days.” ― Dana Fuller Ross

“Well, every one can master a grief but he that has it.” ― William Shakespeare

“Then there’s the kind of zombie I’ve become now: the one who has lost everything—his brain, his heart, his light, his direction. He wanders the world, bumping into this, tripping over that, but keeps going and going. That is life after death.” ― Adam Silvera

“Grief suffocated. Grief paralysed. Grief was a cruel, heavy boot pressed so hard against his chest that he could not breathe.” ― R.F. Kuang

“moving on means we have to protect ourselves.” ― Jojo Moyes

“She stood with her perfect profile turned to the glittering night sky, her hood sliding back. Snow was beginning to fall, and it caught in the dark waves of her hair. “I plant something new for every Grisha lost. Heartleaf for Marie. Yew for Sergei. Red Sentinel for Fedyor. Even Ivan has a place.” She touched her fingers to a frozen stalk. “This will blossom bright orange in the summer. I planted it for Harshaw. These dahlias were for Nina when I thought she’d been captured and killed by Fjerdans. They bloom with the most ridiculous red flowers in the summer. They’re the size of dinner plates.” Now she turned and he could see tears on her cheeks. She lifted her hands, the gesture half-pleading, half-lost. “I’m running out of room.” ― Leigh Bardugo

“Even when it seems that there is no one else, always remember there's one person who never ceased to love you - yourself.” ― Sanhita Baruah

“To kill was to be doomed. To kill was to die, yourself.” ― Kelly Braffet

“I have lived with you and loved you, and now you are gone. Gone where I cannot follow, until I have finished all of my days.” ― Victoria Hanley

“Then he holds her and for a moment I hear total silence; that totally silent part of a cry that announces that the most horrible grief is going to follow. And it does, and he's muffling it, but I can hear and I want someone to come over and jab her with a sedative because its pitch pierces my soul.” ― Melina Marchetta

“The depth of the feeling continued to surprise and threaten me, but each time it hit again and I bore it...I would discover that it hadn't washed me away.” ― Anne Lamott

“The mystery of death, the riddle of how you could speak to someone and see them every day and then never again, was so impossible to fathom that of course we kept trying to figure it out, even when we were unconscious.” ― Francine Prose

“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

“Grief is love turned into an eternal missing” ― Rosamund Lupton

“Gifts of grace come to all of us. But we must be ready to see and willing to receive these gifts. It will require a kind of sacrifice, the sacrifice of believing that, however painful our losses, life can still be good — good in a different way then before, but nevertheless good. I will never recover from my loss and I will never got over missing the ones I lost. But I still cherish life. . . . I will always want the ones I lost back again. I long for them with all my soul. But I still celebrate the life I have found because they are gone. I have lost, but I have also gained. I lost the world I loved, but I gained a deeper awareness of grace. That grace has enabled me to clarify my purpose in life and rediscover the wonder of the present moment.” ― Jerry Sittser

“Men cannot grieve as dogs do. But they grieve for many years.” ― Robin Hobb

“How could she just leave me here to live without her? I miss her so much. I love her. I want her to grow up and become who she was meant to be. I wanted her to grow up with me.” ― Ava Dellaira

“I try to do something positive – I socialise more… But deep down I know the truth. An entire world of people can never replace the one that I’ve lost.” ― Ranata Suzuki

“Sometimes it's exhausting for me to simply walk into the house. I try and calm myself, remember that I've lived alone before. Sleeping by myself didn't kill me then and will not kill me now. But this what loss has taught me of love. Our house isn't simply empty, our home has been emptied. Love makes a place in your life, it makes a place for itself in your bed. Invisibly, it makes a place in your body, rerouting all your blood vessels, throbbing right alongside your heart. When it's gone, nothing is whole again.” ― Tayari Jones

“Memories begin to creep forward from hidden corners of your mind. Passing disappointments. Lost chances and lost causes. Heartbreaks and pain and desolate, horrible loneliness. Sorrows you thought long forgotten mingle with still-fresh wounds.” ― Erin Morgenstern

“I want to tell him that I don't know what i feel. I want him but i'm frightened to want him. I don;t want my happiness to be entirely dependent on somebody else's to be a hostage to fortunes I cannot control.” ― Jojo Moyes

“I remember being scared that something must, surely, go wrong, if we were this happy, her and me, in the early days, when our love was settling into the shape of our lives like cake mixture reaching the corners of the tin as it swells and bakes.” ― Max Porter

“There is such a thing as too much loss. Too much has been taken from you both - taken and taken and taken, until there's nothing left but hope, and you've given that up because it hurts too much. Until you would rather die, or kill, or avoid attachments altogether, than lose one more thing.” ― N.K. Jemisin

“Sometimes we create such powerful illusions, so that we do not get lost in the darkness.” ― Christy Lefteri

“Destroying what someone else cherished never brought back what you yourself had lost. All it did was spread grief like a contagion.” ― Shelley Parker-Chan

“Oh Julie, wouldn’t I know if you were dead? Wouldn’t I feel it happening, like a jolt of electricity to my heart?” ― Elizabeth Wein

“And no one ever told me about the laziness of grief. Except at my job--where the machine seems to run on much as usual--I loathe the slightest effort. Not only writing but even reading a letter is too much.” ― C.S. Lewis

“The grief that does not speak whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break.”

“The grief that does not speak whispers the o'erfraught heart and bids it break.” ― William Shakespeare

“Nobody died. how can you kill an idea? How can you kill the personification of an action?" "Then what died? who are you mourning?" "A point of view.” ― Neil Gaiman

“What madness, to love a man as something more than human! I lived in a fever, convulsed with tears and sighs that allowed me neither rest nor peace of mind. My soul was a burden, bruised and bleeding. It was tired of the man who carried it, but I found no place to set it down to rest. Neither the charm of the countryside nor the sweet scents of a garden could soothe it. It found no peace in song or laughter, none in the company of friends at table or in the pleasures of love, none even in books or poetry. Everything that was not what my friend had been was dull and distasteful. I had heart only for sighs and tears, for in them alone I found some shred of consolation.” ― St. Augustine

“Love is a debt, she thought. When the bill comes, you pay in grief.” ― Mary Doria Russell

“[Grief is pain internalized, abscess of the soul. Anger is pain as energy, sudden explosion.]” ― Lauren Groff

“I hate that I'm so numb and empty and disconnected from most of these people but even I can see worth in stupid little moments like these. These people aren't even my family, but I can see their value and if I can see it in something this small, when I feel this bad, then--- Then why didn't he?” ― Courtney Summers

“We are sometimes dragged into a pit of unhappiness by someone else’s opinion that we do not look happy.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fullfilment. you should be free indeed when your days are not without care nor your nights without a word and a grief, but rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked unbound.” ― Kahlil Gibran

“The worst of it is over now, and I can't say that I am glad. Lose that sense of loss—you have gone and lost something else. But the body moves toward health. The mind, too, in steps. One step at a time. Ask a mother who has just lost a child, How many children do you have? "Four," she will say, "—three," and years later, "Three," she will say, "—four.” ― Amy Hempel

“His absence is so big it's like he's there.” ― Patrick Ness

“Sometimes for our sanity own sanity we just have to look at the bigger picture.” ― Jojo Moyes

“I’m going to go back and stop your son from killing her.” The queen’s face fell. For a moment, she looked as old as the years she’d spent lying in a suspended state. “That is not a small mistake to fix. If you do this, Time will take something equally valuable from you.” The Fate gave the queen a look more vicious than any curse. “There is nothing of equal value to me.” ― Stephanie Garber

“When you lose your parents, the sadness doesn't go away. It just changes. It hits you sideways sometimes instead of head-on. Like now.” ― Jude Watson

“I lost a child," she said, meeting Lusa's eyes directly. "I thought I wouldn't live through it. But you do. You learn to love the place somebody leaves behind for you.” ― Barbara Kingsolver

“He wipes tears off my face and then snot. He uses his hands. He loves me that much.” ― Nina LaCour

“Grief is like a deep, dark hole. It calls like a siren: Come to me, lose yourself here. And you fight it and you fight it and you fight it, but when you finally do succumb and jump down into it, you can’t quite believe how deep it is. It feels as if this is how you will live for the rest of your life, falling. Terrified and devastated, until you yourself die. But that is the mirage. That is grief’s dizzying spell. The fall isn’t never-ending. It does have a ground floor. Today, I cry for so long that I finally feel the floor under my feet. I find the bottom. And while I know the hole will be there forever, at least for now, I feel as if I can live inside it. I have learned its boundaries and its edges.”

“It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture, our beds, and our refrigerator. We wouldn't have it any other way. Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life--they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.” ― Nick Trout

“Grief lasts longer than sympathy, which is one of the tragedies of the grieving.” ― Elizabeth McCracken

“Nothing will shake a man-or at any rate a man like me-out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.” ― C.S. Lewis

“And grief still feels like fear. Perhaps, more strictly, like suspense. Or like waiting; just hanging about waiting for something to happen. It gives life a permanently provisional feeling. It doesn't seem worth starting anything. I can't settle down. I yawn, fidget, I smoke too much. Up till this I always had too little time. Now there is nothing but time. Almost pure time, empty successiveness.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away.” ― V.C. Andrews

“...you have to learn where your pain is. You have to burrow down and find the wound, and if the burden of it is too terrible to shoulder, you have to shout it out; you have to shout for help... And then finally, the way through grief is grieving.” ― Jane Hamilton

“Seems," madam? Nay, it is; I know not "seems." 'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forced breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, Nor the dejected 'havior of the visage, Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, That can denote me truly: these indeed seem, For they are actions that a man might play: But I have that within which passeth show; These but the trappings and the suits of woe.” ― William Shakespeare

“In a dark time, the eye begins to see.” ― Theodore Roethke

“There is a pain you can’t think your way out of. You can’t talk it away. If there was someone to talk to. You can walk. One foot the other foot. Breathe in breathe out. Drink from the stream. Piss. Eat the venison strips. And. You can’t metabolize the loss. It is in the cells of your face, your chest, behind the eyes, in the twists of the gut. Muscles, sinew, bone. It is all of you. When you walk you propel it forward. When you let the sled and sit on a fallen log and. You imagine him curling in the one patch of sun maybe lying over your feet. Then it sits with you, the Pain puts its arm over your shoulders. It is your closest friend. Steadfast. And at night you can’t bear to hear your own breath unaccompanied by another and underneath the big stillness like a score is the roaring of the cataract of everything being and being torn away. Then. The Pain is lying beside your side, close. Does not bother you with sound even of breathing.” ― Peter Heller

“Forgive my grief for one removed Thy creature whom I found so fair I trust he lives in Thee and there I find him worthier to be loved.” ― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Grief is one big, gaping hole, isn’t it? It’s everywhere and all consuming. Some days you think you can’t go on because the only thing waiting for you is more despair. Some days you don’t want to go on because it’s easier to give up than to get hurt again.” ― Marieke Nijkamp

“Some days, the memories hung over her like a weight. Each was light enough to bear on its own, but combined, they could make it difficult to even walk up the stairs. And yet, she wouldn't trade them away for anything. Their existence made this house, this life, a place she had fought for and won. A place where she belonged.” ― Margaret Rogerson

“Pitiful and pitied by no one, why have I come to the ignominy of this detestable old age, who was ruler of two kingdoms, mother of two kings? My guts are torn from me, my family is carried off and removed from me. The young king [crown prince Henry, †1183] and the count of Britanny [prince Geoffrey, †1186] sleep in dust, and their most unhappy mother is compelled to be irremediably tormented by the memory of the dead. Two sons remain to my solace, who today survive to punish me, miserable and condemned. King Richard [the Lionheart] is held in chains [in captivity with Emperor Henry VI of Germany]. His brother, John, depletes his kingdom with iron [the sword] and lays it waste with fire. In all things the Lord has turned cruel to me and attacked me with the harshness of his hand. Truly his wrath battles against me: my sons fight amongst themselves, if it is a fight where where one is restrained in chains, the other, adding sorrow to sorrow, undertakes to usurp the kingdom of the exile by cruel tyranny. Good Jesus, who will grant that you protect me in hell and hide me until your fury passes, until the arrows which are in me cease, by which my whole spirit is sucked out?" [Third letter to Pope Celestine (1193)]” ― Eleanor of Aquitaine

“Did you ever know, dear, how much you took away with you when you left? You have stripped me even of my past, even of the things we never shared.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind; Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave. I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

“There is a club in this world that you do not join knowingly. One day you are just a member. It is “The life changing events club.” The fee to join the club is hurt beyond belief, payable in full, up front for a lifetime membership. The benefit of the club is a new found perspective on life, and a deep understanding that you may not be happy about your current situation, but you can be happy in your current situation. The only rule to the club is that you cannot tell anyone that you are a member. The club does not provide a directory of its members, but when you look into a member’s eye, you can tell that they too are part of the club. Members are allowed to exchange that brief eye contact that says: “I didn’t know.” Being a member of this club is the last thing that anyone initially wants in their life. Being a member of this club is the best thing that ever happens to a person in their life, and there is not a person in the club that would ever give up their membership. If you really look and know what you are looking for you can spot the clubs members; they are the ones that provide a random act of kindness and do something for someone who can never repay them for what they have done. They are the people spreading joy and optimism and lifting people’s spirits even when their own heart has been broken. I have paid my dues; my lifetime membership arrived today, not by mail, but by a deep inner feeling that I cannot describe. It is the best club that I never wanted to be part of. But I am glad that I am a member.” ― John Passaro

“I can tell he lost someone close somehow. You can feel that in people, an openness, or maybe it's an opening that you're talking into. With other people, people who haven't been through something like that, you feel the solid wall. Your words go scattershot off of it.” ― Lily King

“Don’t feel bad about feeling bad. Don’t be frightened of feeling afraid. Don’t be angry about getting angry. There is no need to give up when we are feeling depressed. Nor should we be dismayed at the grief which often accompanies the outgrowing of anything which needs outgrowing. We can be glad that our soul is speaking to us and pushing us onwards. We frequently need to persevere with a period of inner turmoil before the dust can settle and be swept out the door.” ― Donna Goddard

“Emma dropped the paper. Her first impression was of a weak feeling in her stomach and in her knees; then of blind guilt, of unreality, of coldness, of fear; then she wished that it were already the next day. Immediately afterwards she realized that that wish was futile because the death of her father was the only thing that had happened in the world, and it would go on happening endlessly.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

“Strange how few, After all’s said and done, the things that are Of moment. Few indeed! When I can make Of ten small words a rope to hang the world! “I had you and I have you now no more.” There, there it dangles,—where’s the little truth That can for long keep footing under that When its slack syllables tighten to a thought? Here, let me write it down! I wish to see Just how a thing like that will look on paper! “I had you and I have you now no more.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Man of an hard heart! Hear me, Proud, Stern, and Cruel! You could have saved me; you could have restored me to happiness and virtue, but would not! You are the destroyer of my Soul; You are my Murderer, and on you fall the curse of my death and my unborn Infant’s! Insolent in your yet-unshaken virtue, you disdained the prayers of a Penitent; But God will show mercy, though you show none. And where is the merit of your boasted virtue? What temptations have you vanquished? Coward! you have fled from it, not opposed seduction. But the day of Trial will arrive! Oh! then when you yield to impetuous passions! when you feel that Man is weak, and born to err; When shuddering you look back upon your crimes, and solicit with terror the mercy of your God, Oh! in that fearful moment think upon me! Think upon your Cruelty! Think upon Agnes, and despair of pardon!” ― Matthew Gregory Lewis

“[Grief is for the strong, who use it as fuel for burning.]” ― Lauren Groff

“That is the nature of grief. But to grieve means you have loved. To love opens up

“That is the nature of grief. But to grieve means you have loved. To love opens up the possibility for grief. There cannot be one without the other.” ― Rin Chupeco

“She released her grievances like handfuls of birdseed: They are there, and they are gone.” ― Gillian Flynn

“That is fundamentally the only courage which is demanded of us: to be brave in the face of the strangest, most singular and most inexplicable things that can befall us” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

“Heart weeps. Head tries to help heart. Head tells heart how it is, again: You will lose the ones you love. They will all go. But even the earth will go, someday. Heart feels better, then. But the words of head do not remain long in the ears of heart. Heart is so new to this. I want them back, says heart. Head is all heart has. Help, head. Help heart.” ― Lydia Davis

“It’s odd, isn’t it? People die every day and the world goes on like nothing happened. But when it’s a person you love, you think everyone should stop and take notice. That they ought to cry and light candles and tell you that you’re not alone.” ― Kristina McMorris

“Hearts rebuilt from hope resurrect dreams killed by hate.” ― Aberjhani

“It was the meanest moment of eternity.” ― Zora Neale Hurston

“Simply touching a difficult memory with some slight willingness to heal begins to soften the holding and tension around it. (74)” ― Stephen Levine

“That what?" "That I knew i misjudged you. That you love him. I'm not saying In what way. Maybe you don't know yourself. But anyone paying attention could see how much you care about him," he says gently.” ― Suzanne Collins

“This time, there are no tears. This time, there is only emptiness and I feel it set in the straight line of my mouth. I am not strong enough for this. I want an earthquake, a hurricane, anything - even a devil, the one with the cloven hoof - Mrs. Leed's unfortunate 13th child - to rush out and stomp on me, break me into little pieces and hurl me to the stars, let me go back with those people I love. Please.” ― Kathleen DeMarco

“I do not believe that grief is ever so great that it can not be contained within.”

“I do not believe that grief is ever so great that it can not be contained within.” ― Judith McNaught

“I love these geese. They make my chest tight and full and help me believe that things will be all right again, that I will pass through this time as I have passed through other times, that the vast and threatening blank ahead of me is a mere specter, that life is lighter and more playful than I’m giving it credit for. But right on the heels of that feeling, that suspicion that all is not yet lost, comes the urge to tell my mother, tell her that I am okay today, that I have felt something close to happiness, that I might still be capable of feeling happy. She will want to know that. But I can't tell her. That's the wall I always slam into on a good morning like this. My mother will be worrying about me, and I can't tell her that I'm okay. The geese don't care that I'm crying again. They're used to it.” ― Lily King

“I'm not prepared for Rue's family. Her parents, whose faces are still fresh with sorrow. Her fiver younger siblings, who resemble her so closely. The slight builds, the luminous brown eyes. They form a flock of small dark birds.” ― Suzanne Collins

“There are five things we need to say to people we love before they die…: I forgive you. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. Goodbye.” ― Jodi Picoult

“Someone might as well roll up the whole sky, pack it away for good.” ― Jandy Nelson

“You don't share a language, you think, and then you realise, grief is a language. We understand each other, people with troubled pasts.” ― Elif Shafak

“Tears of grief are unique. They contain chemicals that aren't found in the more mundane droplets of moisture that bathe the eyes, as if our tears wash us free of some noxious cause of sorrow. And tonight, after crying until I am empty, I have a rare glimpse of my own interior landscape - wounds piled like tiny skeletons into the reef of conscious adult life. I am aground amid my conquered traumas, stranded as a consequence of my achievements.” ― Carol Cassella

“...grief had no mercy, time limit, or expiration date.” ― Rebecca Yarros

“Grief wraps around people, takes them to a place they would not go otherwise.”

“Grief wraps around people, takes them to a place they would not go otherwise.” ― Patti Callahan Henry

“The more we love the more we lose. The more we lose the more we learn. The more we learn the more we love. It comes full circle. Life is the school, love is the lesson. We cannot lose.” ― Kate McGahan

“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

“I decide this is just A Bad Day. We all get them, because grief doesn't care how many years it's been.” ― Sara Barnard