Category Grief

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If I subtract my grief from my joy, what is the balance? ~ Joseph Stroud (paraphrased)

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You never get away, you only get someplace else.

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Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.

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We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, ‘Why did this happen to me?’ unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way. ~ Phillip E. Bernstein

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Tears have a wisdom all their own. They come when a person has relaxed enough to let go and to work through his sorrow. They are the natural bleeding of an emotional wound, carrying the poison out of the system. Here lies the road to recovery. ~ F. Alexander Magoun

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Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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That’s the reason they’re called lessons, because they lessen from day to day. ~ Lewis G. Carroll

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Sometimes too much to drink isn’t enough.

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I measure every grief I meet with narrow, probing eyes I wonder if it weighs like mine — or has an easier size. ~ Emily Dickinson

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Sometimes, when one person dies, it leaves the whole world empty. 

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I am haunted by humans. ~ Markus Zusak

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Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life? ~ Havelock Ellis

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And with the morn those angel faces smile Which I have loved long since and lost awhile. ~ John Henry Newman

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Not all those that wander are lost. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.  ~ H.L. Mencken

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Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

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

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

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The woods are lovely dark and deep but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. ~ Robert Frost  

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…if you’re too loyal to your own suffering, you forget that others suffer, too. ~ Teju Cole  

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Some men die in shrapnel Some go down in flames Most men perish inch by inch Playing little games. ~ from “Business Beyond the Box” by John O’Keeffe  

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Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. ~ John Steinbeck  

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But everyone disappears, no matter who loves them. ~ Dave Eggers  

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And it’s not “clever lonely” (like Morrissey) or “interesting lonely” (like Radiohead), it’s “lonely, lonely” like the way it feels when you’re being hugged by someone and it somehow makes you sadder. ~ Chuck Klosterman  

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In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage. ~ John Steinbeck  

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…each gravestone has a few things on it:  a date of birth, a dash, and a date of death.  Well, that dash is our life. ~ Lt. Terry Roberts, U.S.N.  

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Sometimes I imagine conversations that I know we would have had.  

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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  

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Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved. ~ Iris Murdoch  

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Beaten paths are for beaten men. ~ Eric Johnston

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He who sees the calamity of other people finds his own calamity light. ~ Arabian Proverb  

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No hand can make the clock strike for me the hours that are passed. ~ Lord Byron  

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You don’t have to hold on to the pain, to hold on to the memory. ~ Janet Jackson  

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If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved. ~ George Santayana  

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There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.  ~ Tennessee Williams  

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Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy. ~ C. R. Fenwick  

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Death and taxes are inevitable, but at least death doesn’t get worse every year. ~ Erwin Griswold [paraphrased]  

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In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons. ~ Croesus  

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If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?  

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My greatest fear in life is that no one will remember me once I die. ~  Some dead guy  

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Since the Creator has made the facts of the after-life inaccessible to man, He must not have required that man understand death in order to live fruitfully. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin  

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Making men live in three worlds at once–past, present, and future has been the chief harm organized religion has done.  ~ Elbert Hubbard  

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Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  

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…and I wonder during these days how God felt when He lost His son. ~ Kyle Matthews

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If I can make just one person laugh, then it must’ve been a pretty good eulogy. ~ Wade Kwon  

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Mamma always said, “Dying is a part of life.” I sure wish it wasn’t. ~ Forrest Gump  

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Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.  Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it.  Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it.  Bitterness sickens life; love heals it.  Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick