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"Pearl of Great Price" Grief/Death Quotes


Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  ~ From a headstone in Ireland 

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 

Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean. ~ David Searls

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 

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

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

Man, when he does not grieve, hardly exists.  ~ Antonio Porchia

After desolation, grief brings back our humanity. ~ Mason Cooley

Even hundredfold grief is divisible by love.  ~ Jareb Teague

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

No one can keep his grief 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 

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

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 

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

Grief punts around joy.  ~ Jareb Teague

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

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

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

As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us.  As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.  ~ Sascha

Only those who avoid love can avoid grief. The point is to learn from grief and remain vulnerable to love.       ~ John Brantner

When a person is born we rejoice, and when they're married we jubilate, but when they die we try to pretend nothing has happened. ~ Margaret Mead

Death lies on her like an untimely frost upon the sweetest flower of the field. ~ William Shakespeare

The hardest part of faith is the last hour. ~ David Wilkerson

The deeper the sorrow the less tongue it hath. ~ The Talmud

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death. ~ Robert Fulghum

My grief lies all within, and these external manners of lament are merely shadows to the unseen grief that swells with silence in the tortured soul. ~ William Shakespeare

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

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. ~ Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

It is light grief that can take counsel. ~ Anonymous

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. ~ Euripides

The only cure for grief is action. ~ George Henry Lewes

Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured. ~ Homer

Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver. ~ Sophocles

Grief drives men to serious reflection, sharpens the understanding and softens the heart. ~ John Adams

Grief remains one of the few things that has the power to silence us. ~ Anna Quindlen

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...and unspeakable love. ~ Washington Irving

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. ~ C.S. Lewis

Some of your hurts you have cured, / And the sharpest you still have survived, / But what torments of grief you endured / From evils which never arrived! ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief. ~ C.S. Lewis

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing...that is a friend who cares. ~ Henri Nouwen

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. ~ Aeschylus

No one feels another's grief, no one understands another's joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by. ~ Franz Schubert

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

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness. ~ Erich Fromm

One joy shatters a hundred grieves. ~ Chinese Proverb

The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief - But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love. ~ Hilary Stanton Zunin

Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. ~ Christian Nevell Bovee

He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it. ~ Turkish Proverb

Grief makes one hour ten. ~ William Shakespeare

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

Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. ~ Ovid

What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless. ~ Ovid

Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved. ~ Anonymous

In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish. ~ Simone Weil

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grief which we endure help us in our marching onward. ~ Henry Ford

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

It will be hard for you not to ask why this must be. God knows why, and that may be as good to us as though we knew a thousand reasons. I pray God to hold you quiet and patient and uncomplaining, and help you bear the weight of this seemingly unintelligible sorrow. I hope you will remember that this is the only world in which a Christian can suffer, and suffer patiently and meekly. We cannot suffer by and by. God helps us to glorify Him now, when we can. ~ Maltbie Davenport Babock

When our children die, we drop them into the unknown, shuddering with fear. We know that they go out from us, and we stand, and pity, and wonder. If we receive news, that a hundred thousand dollars had been left them by some one dying, we should be thrown into an ecstasy of rejoicing; but when they have gone home to God, we stand, and mourn, and pine, and wonder at the mystery of Providence. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all. I'm not afraid, but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven. ~ Louisa May Alcott in Little Women

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness. ~ Erich Fromm

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. ~ Harriett Beecher Stowe

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

All life is sacred. Since life is an affirmation of the Creator, I shall live on, even when I am gone. In trailing clouds of glory shall I return to my Creator only to find that I had never really left. I shall walk among the lilies of the field and leave my trail in stardust in the sky. ~ John Harricharan

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



The strange thing about grief is that it is precipitated by the loss of objects of love.  We do not grieve what we do not deeply love. The inconsolable wails we hear resounding in the universe, are the awful cries of love yearning for the beloved. ~ Saundra L. Washington 

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