150+ Quotes about Grief, Life Loss and Coping

Quotes about Grief and Loss:

Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness. – Albert Camus


As you say goodbye to lingering disappointments and unattended grief, you will discover that every person, situation and painful incident comes bearing gifts. – Debbie Ford


Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief? – William Blake


Deem no man happy until he passes the end of his life without suffering grief. – Sophocles


Denial helps us to pace our feelings of grief. There is a grace in denial. It is nature’s way of letting in only as much as we can handle. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. – Swami Sivananda


Do not suffer pain and torment without reason. Somebody All -Powerful and All -Compassionate owns everything. Rely on His Power and do not accuse His Compassion. Renounce grief and anxiety ad accept relief. – Said Nursi


Each organ is related to an emotion, and the lungs are related to grief. When you clear your lungs, you eliminate grief and sadness. – Mandy Ingber


Especially with grief and heartbreak, you can go through these things and think, ‘I will never be whole again. – Adam Silvera


Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. – Henry David Thoreau


Every night when I go to bed, I hope that I may never wake again, and every morning renews my grief. – Franz Schubert


Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. – Xenophon


For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear. – Lord Byron


Good grief, we’re getting offended by everything these days! People can’t say anything without offending somebody. – Hillary Clinton


Good horror is about so much more than slashing: it’s a way of examining grief and loss of self. – Lucy Boynton


Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


 

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


Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom. – Rumi


Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. – Mark Twain


Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.                 – Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Grief changes shape, but it never ends. – Keanu Reeves


Grief comes and goes, but depression is unremitting. – Kay Redfield Jamison


Grief doesn’t have a plot. It isn’t smooth. There is no beginning and middle and end.           – Ann Hood


Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen. – Pliny the Elder


Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. It is originally an unlearned feeling process. Keeping grief inside increases your pain. – Anne Grant


Grief is a process, not a state. – Anne Grant


Grief is like a moving river, so that’s what I mean by it’s always changing.                         – Michelle Williams


Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. – Vicki Harrison


Grief is perhaps an unknown territory for you. You might feel both helpless and hopeless without a sense of a ‘map’ for the journey. – Anne Grant


Grief is sort of the allowance of feeling. – Carrie Brownstein


Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.                      – Benjamin Disraeli


Grief jumps out at you when you’re least expecting it. – Dominic Cooper


Grief releases love and it also instills a profound sense of connection.                                 – Jacqueline Novogratz


Grief seems at first to destroy not just all patterns, but also to destroy a belief that a pattern exists.-  Julian Barnes


Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure.                    – William Congreve


Hamlet’ is the best description of grief I’ve read because it dramatizes grief rather than merely describing it. – Meghan O’Rourke


Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.      – Marcel Proust


Humans have a sense of spontaneity and emotion. We have a dichotomy between grief and happiness. – Morena Baccarin


I don’t move away from grief, rather through it. – Taya Kyle


I have learned that grief is a vital part of my heart and accept it as a gift that exists alongside joy. – Mandy Ingber


I know there are five stages of grief, but my parents raised me to pull up my socks when times get tough. – Tom Steyer


I lost myself in the fear, I found myself in the grief. – Jeremy Limn


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


I think you have to deal with grief in the sense that you have to recognize that you have it, and say that it’s OK to have all the sadness. – Ann Richards


I wasn’t prepared for the fact that grief is so unpredictable. It wasn’t just sadness, and it wasn’t linear. Somehow I’d thought that the first days would be the worst and then it would get steadily better – like getting over the flu. – Meghan O’Rourke


If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. No one has the right to go croaking about society, or what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief. – Benjamin Disraeli


If the condition of grief is nearly universal, its transactions are exquisitely personal.           – Meghan O’Rourke


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


If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself. – Horace


In grief, after even the happiest of relationships, we go over things again and again.           – Laurie Graham


It is better to die than to preserve this life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life causes but a moment’s grief, but disgrace brings grief every day of one’s life. – Chanakya


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


It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward. – Patti Davis


It’s a hard thing to imagine how somebody copes with grief and at the same time has to build a new life. – Caitriona Balfe


I’ve tried so hard to tell myself that you’re gone, but though you’re still with me, I’ve been alone all along. – Evanescence


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


Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes. – Euripides


My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief. – Isabel Allende


No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why. – Unknown


No one can tell you what to expect or can offer a guide to grief. Because every relationship is so unique, no two people grieve the same way. And you have no idea how you are going to grieve till you are grieving. – Alysia Reiner


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


None of us are immune to grief, and everyone who has suffered loss understands that grief changes, but you never wake up one morning and you’ve moved on. – Terri Irwin


Nothing becomes so offensive so quickly as grief. When fresh it finds someone to console it, but when it becomes chronic, it is ridiculed, and rightly. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


People in grief need someone to walk with them without judging them. – Gail Sheehy


Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. – Robert Frost


Save yourself some grief. Check with the publicist you hire to see what other books he/she has coming out at the same time as yours. – M. J. Rose


Since grief only aggravates your loss, grieve not for what is past. – Walker Percy


Some pain is simply the normal grief of human existence. That is pain that I try to make room for. I honor my grief. – Marianne Williamson


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


Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. – Christian Nestell Bovee


Tears are the silent language of grief. – Voltaire


The belief that a person can and should only feel grief over one sad event at a time is a truly disturbing estimate of our emotional capacity. – Jennifer Armintrout


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


The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company? – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous. – Niccolo Machiavelli


The hopeless grief of those poor colored people affected me more than almost anything else. – Gideon Welles


The interesting thing about grief, I think, is that it is its own size. It is not the size of you. It is its own size. And grief comes to you. – Stephen Colbert


The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot. – E. M. Forster


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


The spoken word is man’s physician in grief. For this alone has soothing charms for the soul. – Menander


The thing about grief is that it’s a roller coaster – it’s up, it’s down. The emotions sometimes take over. – Brent Sexton


The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others. – Anton Chekhov


The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.                              – Kristina McMorris


There are many stages of grief. – Jennifer Aniston


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


There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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


There’s no road map. There’s no textbook on how grief works and when your heart will be open – or if it ever will. – Taya Kyle


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


Time takes away the grief of men. – Desiderius Erasmus


Time they said… Time will heal all wounds but they lied… – Tilicia Haridat


To me, death is dark, pain, grief. – Mary Roach


To rejoice in another’s prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another’s grief is to alleviate or dispel your own. – Tryon Edwards


To touch a sore is to renew one’s grief. – Terence


Toil is man’s allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that’s more than either, the grief and sin of idleness. – Herman Melville


Wayward, disobedient children cause their parents grief and anxiety. – Joseph B. Wirthlin


When grief is deepest, words are fewest. – Ann Voskamp


Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates. – Samuel Johnson


With grief, you have reason to despair; it’s a human thing. – Kay Redfield Jamison


You cut off the capacity for grief in your life, and you cut off the joy at the same time. They both come up through the same tunnel. You don’t have one without the other.                   – William Hurt


You have moments of grief in life, and if you can put pen to paper and capture that, that’s something wonderful. I can revisit actual songs about past deaths, and I know that emotion is as true now as it was then. – John Lydon


Your grief path is yours alone, and no one else can walk it, and no one else can understand it. – Terri Irwin


Quotes About Grief and Loss of Loved One:

Even with my father and brother dying, I didn’t quite process the grief. – Marc Forster


Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. – Marcus Tullius Cicero


Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.   – Jean de la Bruyere


Grief is the price we pay for love. – Queen Elizabeth II


The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom. – Khalil Gibran


There’s nothing that symbolizes loss or grief more than a mother losing a child.                 – David LaChapelle


Quotes about Cope Grief and Loss:

And when I am gone, just carry on, don’t mourn, and rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice. Just know that I am looking down on you smiling and I didn’t feel a thing, so baby don’t feel no pain, just smile back. – Firas Khalifa


Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them. – Paulo Coelho de Souza


Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream. – Euripides


Death is tough for the people left behind on earth. – Prateeksha Malik


Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss


Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form. – Rumi


For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. – Kalil Gibran


Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. – Marcus Tullius Cicero


Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.  – Jean de la Bruyere


Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. – Anne Roiphe


Grief is my shadow, Love is my light, I keep the pain where it belongs, behind me, as I move forward loving with my all, smiling. – Vladislas Nikilovic


Grief, no matter where it comes from, can only be resolved by connecting to other people. – Thomas Horn


Grieving is a necessary passage and a difficult transition to finally letting go of sorrow – it is not a permanent rest stop. – Unknown


Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.    – Marcel Proust


I believe that faith always triumphs over hopelessness.  Hope is more powerful than disappointment, laughter is the cure for grief and love is much stronger than hate.             – Anurag Prakash Ray


I think loss can fuel how you lead your whole life. – Martin Hayter Short


I work grief and sadness out of my body when I dance, and I bring in joy and rhythm.        – Inga Muscio


If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. – James O’Barr


If you ever lose someone dear to you, never say the words they’re gone. They’ll come back. – Prince


It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward. – Patti Davis


It’s not the winning that teaches you how to be resilient. It’s the setback. It’s the loss.       – Beth Brooke-Marciniak


It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.    – Fyodor Dostoevsky


Life is about surviving loss. – Mary Nell Steenburgen


Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome. – Isaac Asimov


Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go. – Katharine Weber


Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature’s delight. – Marcus Aurelius


Lucky is the spouse who dies first, who never has to know what survivors endure.               – Sue Grafton


Never take life for granted. Savor every sunrise, because no one is promised tomorrow…or even the rest of today. – Eleanor Brownn


Occupation – pressing occupation that will not be said nay – is a sovereign remedy for grief. – William Godwin


Remember that people are only guests in your story – the same way you are only a guest in theirs – so make the chapters worth reading. – Lauren Klarfeld


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


Something terrible can happen to you, and yet, the day after this something terrible, the sun still rises, and life goes on. And therefore, so must you. – Martin Short


Sometimes a loss is the best thing that can happen. It teaches you what you should have done next time. – Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr.


The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.                       – Thomas van Kempen


The darkest nights produce the brightest stars. – Unknown


The dead never truly die. They simply change form. – Suzy Kassem


The death of a beloved is an amputation. – C. S. Lewis


The experience of pain or loss can be a formidably motivating force.                                  – John Calvin Maxwell


The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. – Marcus Tullius Cicero


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


The only way to get over a death is by seeing it as a life completed, instead of a life interrupted. – Anonymous


The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives. – Rob Liano


There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse. – Sappho


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


They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. Death cannot kill what never dies. – William Penn


Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.                         – Terri Guillemets


Though my heart may be heavy with grief, I will keep my head up and smile about the good things despite tears. Staying strong so that the light within burns bright. – Unknown


Through all those times I lived in sorrows, I learned that grief isn’t the answer, but staying happy is what keeps life going. – Simphiwe Scientist Dumi


To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. – Thomas Campbell


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


We never truly get over a loss, but we can move forward and evolve from it.                      – Elizabeth Berrien


What is crucial in dealing with loss is not to lose the lesson. That makes you a winner in the most profound sense. – Dayananda Saraswati


What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller


When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.                   – Madeline Miller


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


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


Your tears are just temporary release of the pain, sorrow and grief; but don’t you worry because God’s going to wipe every tear away!!! –  Nishan Panwar



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