Grief Quotes and Sayings

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

Anyone who has lost a loved one knows that you don’t recover. Instead, you learn to incorporate their absence and memories into your life and channel your emotional energy toward others, and eventually, your grief will walk beside you instead of consuming you.

Tears are the silent language of grief.

To weep is to make less the depth of grief.
William Shakespeare

What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.
– Jewish Proverb

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

Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance.
– Andrew Solomon


Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

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

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

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
George Eliot

Grief is love turned into an eternal missing.
– Rosamund Lupton

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

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

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how.
James Russell Lowell


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

My grief was cold. It was nothing to share. It was nothing to speak about, nothing to feel.
– Alice Hoffman

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.

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

Grief was like a seizure that shook me like a storm.
– Patricia Cornwell

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

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 darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.
– Cassandra Clare

If he didn’t love so deeply, he couldn’t grieve so deeply. But he’s drowning in it.
– Dee Henderson


Which would you choose if you could:pleasure for yourself despite your friends or a share in their grief?

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.
– J.R.R. Tolkien

Even hundredfold grief is divisible by love.
Terri Guillemets

Grief is a species of idleness.
Samuel Johnson

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