Grief Quotes for Comfort and Quiet Thought


Here we've put together a selection of our favourite grief quotes.  These are mainly literary ones.  Whether you use them as condolence quotes for sympathy cards, or just enjoy reading them as sympathy sayings for comfort and quiet moments, we hope that they will be moving and meaningful for you. 

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Grief Quote by Stephanie Ericsson

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

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” Jacques Prevert

“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 life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.” Cicero

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” Emily Dickinson

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

"As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now are a part of us; as we remember them." Jewish Prayer

“Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.” Anon

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Anon

“Mourning is the constant re-awakening that things are now different”. Stephanie Ericsson

“Tears water our growth.” Shakespeare


The quotes by Stephanie Ericsson on this page are from Companion through the Darkness


Bereavement quote by Cicero

More favourite grief quotes

“The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” Thornton Wilder

“Sympathy does not think. It acts. It acts to remove the ceaseless sufferings of the world” Sri Chinmoy

“What my tongue dares not that my heart shall say.” William Shakespeare

“Sorrow was like the wind. It came in gusts.” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

“A sympathetic heart is like a spring of pure water bursting forth from the mountain side.” Anon

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.” Leonardo Da Vinci

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

“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the future.” Jan Glidewell

“Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.” Albert Einstein

“Our sorrows are like thunder clouds, which seem black in the distance, but grow lighter as they approach” Jean Paul Richter

“Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” William Wordsworth

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

Wordsworth Quote on White Rose

A few more lovely quotes to inspire healing

“Time alone does not heal. It is the loyalty to life that heals.” Stephanie Ericsson

“The darkest hour is just before the dawn.” Anon

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.” Charles Dickens

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

“Grief rolled across the space between us like a wash of salt water.” Sue Grafton

“Everything I loved was taken away from me, and I did not die.”  James Patterson

“Say not in grief 'he is no more' but in thankfulness that 'he was'.” Hebrew Proverb

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway

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

“The 'gift' of grief is that it presents us with the opportunity to heal and grow.” Jewish Proverb

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

“Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart.” Anon

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

“He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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