100 Quotes About Grief

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...
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...
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
So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love. E.a. Bucchianeri
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
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
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...
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?
You said move on, where do I go? Katy Perry
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
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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.
In a dark time, the eye begins to see. Theodore Roethke
A shade of sorrow passed over Taliesin's face. 'There are those, ' he said gently, 'who must first learn loss, despair, and grief. Of all paths to wisdom, this is the cruelest and longest. Are you one who must follow such a way? This even I cannot know. If you are, take heart nonetheless. Those who reach the end do more than gain wisdom. As rough wool becomes cloth, and crude clay a vessel, so do they change and fashion wisdom for others, and what they give back is greater than what they won. . Lloyd Alexander
… there is no permanence or guarantee in this life. Janvier ChouteuChando
Obsessive love wears down both its target and the obsessor.
Obsessive love wears down both its target and the obsessor. Janvier ChouteuChando
There are times in life when we need to allow...
There are times in life when we need to allow a sad memory to run its course. Janvier ChouteuChando
She needed to recover. His father had died in January; it was only the end of May. They needed to stick to the routine they'd established during the intervening months. in that way, their life would return to its original shape, like a spring stretched in bad times but contracting eventually into happiness. That the world could come permanently unsprung had never occurred to him. David Wroblewski
If it is possible to die of grief then why...
If it is possible to die of grief then why on earth can't someone be healed by happiness? Jodi Picoult
Stubbornness is the bearer of disaster…
Stubbornness is the bearer of disaster… Janvier ChouteuChando
Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief...
Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind. Katherine Owen
Grief was an ocean. We were sitting in the middle of it on makeshift life rafts, never knowing if we’d make it to shore. Lilliana Anderson
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
We have such numerous interests in our lives that it is not uncommon, on a single occasion, for the foundations of a happiness that does not yet exist to be laid down alongside the intensification of a grief from which we are still suffering. Marcel Proust
But that's just it; I can either focus on what...
But that's just it; I can either focus on what I have lost, or what I have gained, and I choose the latter. Angie Smith
Grief is an amputation, but hope is incurable haemophilia: you...
Grief is an amputation, but hope is incurable haemophilia: you bleed and bleed and bleed. Like Schrödinger’s cat inside a box you can never ever open. David Mitchell
She felt the depth of her losses before they were...
She felt the depth of her losses before they were realized, and she wondered, Is there still hope? Did she even dare hold on to such a tenuous thing as hope? Sage Steadman
No point carrying useless ballast. It won't change a thing.
No point carrying useless ballast. It won't change a thing. Joanne Harris
Acknowledgment--being seen and heard and witnessed inside the truth about...
Acknowledgment--being seen and heard and witnessed inside the truth about one's own life--is the only real medicine of grief. Megan Devine
Something about Tilo’s new home reminded Musa of the story of Mumtaz Afzal Malik, the young taxi driver whom Amrik Singh had killed, whose body had been recovered from a field and delivered to his family with earth in his clenched fists and mustard ï¬â€šowers growing through his fingers. That story had always stayed with Musa — perhaps because of the way hope and grief were woven together in it, so tightly, so inextricably. Arundhati Roy
For this reason, it is well said that misfortune is...
For this reason, it is well said that misfortune is sometimes good for something, for it teaches at the same time that it hurts. Christine De Pizan
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
My head is full of fireand grief and my tongueruns wild, piercedwith shards of glass. Unknown
Tonight I can write the saddest lines. Write, for example, ' The night is shatteredand 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 armsmy sould is not satisfied that it has lost her. Though this be the last pain that she makes me sufferand these the last verses that I write for her. . Pablo Neruda
The first rose on my rose-tree Budded, bloomed, and shattered, During sad days when to me Nothing mattered. Grief of grief has drained me clean; Still it seems a pity No one saw, –it must have been Very pretty. Unknown
Try to be thoughtful, don't make the poor man say it;see how human he is, he has children of his own, it is your job to ask: And now he can never not nod. And now he can never say no. And now he can never not say. Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
Without thinking, I knelt in the grass, like someone meaning to pray. When I tried to stand again, I couldn't move, my legs were utterly rigid. Does grief change you like that? Through the birches, I could see the pond. The sun was cutting small white holes in the water. I got up finally; I walked down to the pond. I stood there, brushing the grass from my skirt, watching myself, like a girl after her first loverturning slowly at the bathroom mirror, naked, looking for a sign. But nakedness in women is always a pose. I was not transfigured. I would never be free. Unknown
Surprised by joy- impatient as the WindI turned to share the transport-- Oh! with whom But thee, deep buried in the silent tomb, That spot which no vicissitude can find? Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind-- But how could I forget thee? Through what power, Even for the least division of an hour, Have I been so beguiled as to be blind To my most grievous loss? -- That thought's return Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore, Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn, Knowing my heart's best treasure was no more; That neither present time, nor years unborn Could to my sight that heavenly face restore. William Wordsworth
In this quiet place on a quiet streetwhere no one...
In this quiet place on a quiet streetwhere no one ever finds usgently, lovingly, freedom gives back our pain.--from poem In a Quiet Place on a Quiet Street Aberjhani
And when I stand in the receiving linelike Jackie Kennedywithout the pillbox hat, if Jackie were fat and had taken enough Klonopinto still an ox, and you whisper I think of youdon't finish withbecause I've been going to Weight Watcherson Tuesdays and wonder Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
Why can't I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply. Patti Smith
Why write wrong if the writing won’t right the wrong?...
Why write wrong if the writing won’t right the wrong? (90) Sandra M. Gilbert
Tears are a river that takes you somewhere… Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better. Unknown
The more we know, the more we grief.
The more we know, the more we grief. Lailah Gifty Akita
The quest for knowledge is what makes humans survive, even if it hurts.” I have trouble imagining that this éminence grise was once a sixteen-year-old Hungarian boy in a death camp. “There’s a troublesome verse from Ecclesiastes about this, ” he tells me. “It says that the more we know, the more pain we have. But because we are human beings, this must be. Otherwise we become objects rather than subjects.” He pauses for a moment to let this sink in. “Of course, it hurts when we see pictures of people throwing themselves out of windows, children who are orphaned, the widows, ” Wiesel says. “But there is no way out of what we’ve seen.” “And how do we live with what we know?” I ask “How can we live with not knowing?. Mark Matousek
You can never recover from losing a person you love,...
You can never recover from losing a person you love, but you can find a way to let it be part of your life rather than letting it take over every part of you Darien Gee
How do people know they are sane? Can a person...
How do people know they are sane? Can a person be gripped by lunacy, only to be released a short time later, never to relive the episode again? Dee Remy
Journey becomes difficult when we know the destination but not...
Journey becomes difficult when we know the destination but not aware of the right path, may be the supreme power testing your moral and physical stamina. Durgesh Satpathy
The opposite of grief is not laughter or happiness or...
The opposite of grief is not laughter or happiness or joy. It is love. It is love. It is love. Akif Kichloo
You see yourself as a shipwreck, but we see your...
You see yourself as a shipwreck, but we see your treasure glowing inside, beneath the oceans in your eyes. Curtis Tyrone Jones
They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the...
They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite Cassandra Clare
There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rulebook that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. That after 42 days you will no longer turn with your heart racing, certain you have heard her call out your name. That there will be no fine imposed if you feel the need to clean out her desk; take down her artwork from the refrigerator; turn over a school portrait as you pass - if only because it cuts you fresh again to see it. That it's okay to measure the time she has been gone, the way we once measured her birthdays. Jodi Picoult
It's funny, how one can look back on a sorrow...
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
... Now to die of griefwould mean, I'm afraid, to...
... Now to die of griefwould mean, I'm afraid, to die belatedly, while latecomersare unwelcome, particularly in the future.... Joseph Brodsky
Somehow everything always came down to time, she realized with perfect lucidity. There was either too much or too little. It either passed too quickly or too slowly. It didn’t belong to anyone–it was simply a gift, bestowed by God, and yet eternally taken for granted. She closed her eyes for a moment, wishing Time could be tamed–reigned in–and tethered, synchronized with human needs and wants. But that wasn’t the case, was it? . R. W. Patterson
But, over time, grief fades. And so did my lust...
But, over time, grief fades. And so did my lust for vengeance. Catherine Jones Payne
He felt that he could not turn aside from himself the hatred of men, because that hatred did not come from his being bad (in that case he could have tried to be better), but from his being shamefully and repulsively unhappy. He knew that for this, for the very fact that his heart was torn with grief, they would be merciless to him. He felt that men would crush him as dogs strangle a torn dog yelping with pain. He knew that his sole means of security against people was to hide his wounds from them. Leo Tolstoy
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 YouWas broken, long ago. Vera Brittain
13) Have you had your own, personal earthquake? Here is what it feels like. Your insides feel like they are stretched, ready to explode. And from outside, there is a crushing pressure that is holding you down, pinning you with a force that you’ve never known. You cannot breathe. You cannot move. You cannot understand any of the words that are being said to you. A water curtain falls in front of your face, as tears drench your eyes blurring everything in sight. . Kirthi Jayakumar
Surviving makes other people’s tears unbearable. You might drown in them. Marceline LoridanIvens
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
Tides washed the wounds but the scars remained and continued to burn whenever a similar wind blew... Parna Chowdhury
Creation is filled with soul-sick folks, colored and white, never knowing where they belong. They tangle everybody else up in their grief. Jonathan Odell
I looked at the woman crying over the doll and felt something else. I was sick of people acting against their own interests. Mooing about how to refinance the slaughterhouse. Putting skylights in the killing pen and pretending the bolt in the brain was a pathway to a better field. I paid my bill. Save your fucking pennies for a gun and a history book, I thought. Vanessa Veselka
I am beginning to believe that we know everything, that all history, including the history of each family, is part of us, such that, when we hear any secret revealed, a secret about a grandfather, or an uncle, or a secret about the battle of Dresden in 1945, our lives are made suddenly clearer to us, as the unnatural heaviness of unspoken truth is dispersed. For perhaps we are like stones; our own history and the history of the world embedded in us, we hold a sorrow deep within and cannot weep until that history is sung. Susan Griffin
[Grief] is everything. It is the fabric of selfhood, and beautifully chaotic. It shares mathematical characteristics with many natural forms. Max Porter
You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it. J.k. Rowling
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
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
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
We are not strong enough to stand up against endless grief, And yet pain is the constant drone of life. So if we are to have any happiness at all, it is only in the passing instant. Charles Frazier
...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
One fire burns out another's burning, One pain is lessen'd by another's anguish. William Shakespeare
And even if Amina didn't yet know what it was to love like that, to burn until your spine has no choice but to try to wind itself around an empty shirt, she understood for sure that the people who said it was better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all were a bunch of dicks. Mira Jacob
Remember that grief is a necessary pain. It’s your only way to heal. To starve it will destroy you.”~ The Grimoire S.M. Boyce
Let the tears which fell, and the broken words which were exchanged in the long close embrace between the orphans, be sacred. A father, sister, and mother, were gained, and lost, in that one moment. Joy and grief were mingled in the cup; but there were no bitter tears: for even grief arose so softened, and clothed in such sweet and tender recollections, that it became a solemn pleasure, and lost all character of pain. Charles Dickens
What made losing someone you loved bearable was not remembering but forgetting. Forgetting small things first.. it's amazing 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 was still there, like old barbed wire embedded in a tree's heartwood. Ron Rash
We both know that pain comes for us all. It's almost a relief. Because if all of us are going to someday lose the people we love most, or be lost by them, then what is there to do but live? Emily Henry
Grief isn't always a knife-sharp twist in your heart or a dull bludgeon in your stomach, sometimes it's a net, cast suddenly and silently over your soul so that you feel trapped and suffocated by its grasp. I feel the loss in the deepest recesses of myself, hidden parts of my mind and my matter, united in missing someone I will never see again. Non Pratt
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
Night has enveloped, to give me some reliefnow invisible are walls of separation, and thy griefwhere blood quenches the thirstdisloyalty is faith last and firstis the religion my beloved belongs to I beckoned, red and black robed lady with a wandlet me take her by the handheard of her about sorceryher powers useless, and witch now about to succumbfrom just a gaze of eyes filled with Kohl of Leilamy nights worthless, body breathlessevery moment, feeling restlessbe silent and hear, hear me, my criesdon't forget the promise you swore I have lost my childhood over youdon't know, how these years left me alonesufferings, separation, theft me alone I never knew how pain excrutiatessometimes, i enlivened you my dear Love is a blessing, and not a fearin a melancholy cloudy day, I mournglistening eyes, weeping sky, and heart torn I gaze from a window in KashmirFor a moment, condoling the tragedy, sighing In sombre time, lifeless, as if dying . Unknown
He won't remember any of this, he's too young and it's too painful. Children are wonderfully self-preserving. They filter memory, cleanse and sanitise it, unless it's too awful to renounce. And this isn't. Or is it? These gummy spots of time that inextricably adhere when so much more is erased, how do we account for their tenacity? Rick Gekoski
You know nothing about my grief", said Anastasia. " So speak nothing of it. Claire Legrand
The sharp, superficial pain at being spoken to unkindly had obscured the deeper pain, which had not yet turned into something hard and heavy. Olivia Sudjic
The question of desirable grief and pain or the necessity for it must also be faced. [Are] growth and self-fulfillment possible at all without pain and grief and sorrow and turmoil? If grief and pain are sometimes necessary for growth of the person, then we must learn not to protect people from them automatically as if they were always bad. Not allowing people to go through their pain, and protecting them from it, may turn out to be a kind of overprotection, which in turn implies a certain lack of respect for the integrity and the intrinsic nature and the future development of the individual. Abraham H. Maslow
Love does not always end well. Rachel L. Schade
The clouds were gathering over Mary, too--deep and dark, but of altogether another kind from those that enveloped Letty: no troubles are for one moment to be compared with those that come of the wrongness, even if it be not wickedness, that is our own. Some clouds rise from stagnant bogs and fens; others from the wide, clean, large ocean. But either kind, thank God, will serve the angels to come down by. In the old stories of celestial visitants the clouds do much; and it is oftenest of all down the misty slope of griefs and pains and fears, that the most powerful joy slides into the hearts of men and women and children. . George MacDonald
Think about it. There isn't heartache if there hasn't been joy. I wouldn't feel loss if there hadn't been love. You couldn't take my pain away without removing Bailey from my heart. I would rather have this pain now then never have known him. I just have to keep reminding myself of that. Amy Harmon
Each person is alone with his pain, even when others share the same fate. Dorthe Binkert
I don't want to die anymore. I am up to the challenge of bearing the guilt and the grief up to facing the difficulties that life has put in my path. Some days are harder than others, but I am ready to live each one of them. I can't sacrifice myself this time. Veronica Roth
There's a threshold of pain, a person loses consciousness in order not to die. And there's a threshold of grief, it suddenly stops hurting. And you feel nothing. Nothing at all. Mikhail Shishkin
Whether you deny your wounds or see them clearly, they bring a great source of power because they lived in the same place as your heart. Shannon L. Alder
A love where no one gets hurt doesn't exist. Mika Yamamori