200+ Best Grief Quotes And Sayings

Grief is a common and often difficult emotion in life. We all lose people we love, and we all experience sadness and loss when they’re gone. The collection of grief quotes below can be a source of comfort in times of sorrow, and they can help you remember the happy moments with the people you love.

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of...
1
Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart. Unknown
Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in...
2
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
3
So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love. E.a. Bucchianeri
4
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
5
I went to a tattoo parlor and had YES written onto the palm of my left hand, and NO onto my right palm, what can I say, it hasn't made my life wonderful, its made life possible, when I rub my hands against each other in the middle of winter I am warming myself with the friction of YES and NO, when I clap my hands I am showing my appreciation through the uniting and parting of YES and NO, I signify "book" by peeling open my hands, every book, for me, is the balance of YES and NO, even this one, my last one, especially this one. Does it break my heart, of course, every moment of every day, into more pieces than my heart was made of, I never thought of myself as quiet, much less silent, I never thought about things at all, everything changed, the distance that wedged itself between me and my happiness wasn't the world, it wasn't the bombs and burning buildings, it was me, my thinking, the cancer of never letting go, is ignorance bliss, I don't know, but it's so painful to think, and tell me, what did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think and think, I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it. Jonathan Safran Foer
6
She fit her head under his chin, and he could feel her weight settle into him. He held her tight and words spilled out of him without prior composition. And this time he made no effort to clamp them off. He told her about the first time he had looked on the back of her neck as she sat in the church pew. Of the feeling that had never let go of him since. He talked to her of the great waste of years between then and now. A long time gone. And it was pointless, he said, to think how those years could have been put to better use, for he could hardly have put them to worse. There was no recovering them now. You could grieve endlessly for the loss of time and the damage done therein. For the dead, and for your own lost self. But what the wisdom of the ages says is that we do well not to grieve on and on. And those old ones knew a thing or two and had some truth to tell, Inman said, for you can grieve your heart out and in the end you are still where you are. All your grief hasn't changed a thing. What you have lost will not be returned to you. It will always be lost. You're left with only your scars to mark the void. All you can choose to do is go on or not. But if you go on, it's knowing you carry your scars with you. Nevertheless, over all those wasted years, he had held in his mind the wish to kiss her on the back of her neck, and now he had done it. There was a redemption of some kind, he believed, in such complete fulfillment of a desire so long deferred. Charles Frazier
No matter how bad your heart is broken, the world...
7
No matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief. Faraaz Kazi
You said move on, where do I go?
8
You said move on, where do I go? Katy Perry
9
And when she at last came out, her eyes were dry. Her parents stared up from their silent breakfast at her. They both started to rise but she put a hand out, stopped them. ‘I can care for myself, please, ’ and she set about getting some food. They watched her closely. In point of fact, she had never looked as well. She had entered her room as just an impossibly lovely girl. The woman who emerged was a trifle thinner, a great deal wiser, and an ocean sadder. This one understood the nature of pain, and beneath the glory of her features, there was character, and a sure knowledge of suffering. She was eighteen. She was the most beautiful woman in a hundred years. She didn’t seem to care. ‘You’re all right?’ her mother asked. Buttercup sipped her cocoa. ‘Fine, ’ she said. ‘ You’re sure?’ her father wondered. ‘ Yes, ’ Buttercup replied. There was a very long pause. ‘But I must never love again.’ She never did. . William Goldman
10
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
11
The great love is gone. There are still little loves - friend to friend, brother to sister, student to teacher. Will you deny yourself comfort at the hearthfire of a cottage because you may no longer sit by the fireplace of a palace? Will you deny yourself to those who reach out to you in hopes of warming themselves at your hearthfire? Mercedes Lackey
12
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
Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the...
13
Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief. Nicholas Sparks
Shock is a merciful condition. It allows you to get...
14
Shock is a merciful condition. It allows you to get through disaster with a necessary distance between you and your feelings. Lisa Kleypas
CLEMENTINE: This is it, Joel. It's going to be gone...
15
CLEMENTINE: This is it, Joel. It's going to be gone soon. J O E L: I know. C L E M E N T I N E: What do we do? J O E L: Enjoy it. Charlie Kaufman
Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also...
16
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
All the times I have suddenly realized that my parents...
17
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
What's even more messed up than funerals, is the way...
18
What's even more messed up than funerals, is the way people treat you after the funeral. Like you're diseased or something. Denise Jaden
19
He looked very old. He looked, James thought, getting his head now against the Lighthouse, now against the waste of waters running away into the open, like some old stone lying on the sand; he looked as if he had become physically what was always at the back of both of their minds–that loneliness which was for both of them the truth about things. Virginia Woolf
In a dark time, the eye begins to see.
20
In a dark time, the eye begins to see. Theodore Roethke