A Thought-provoking Collection
of Quotes on Grief

Memorial quotes on grief


Why do I love quotes? They make you think. Halfway between poetry and non-fiction, they are well worth your time. Many important scholars have penned delightful and thought-provoking quotes through the ages.

Below is our collection of popular quotes related to death, grief and bereavement. But, we also invite you to explore Pearls from the Forums, our own huge collection of great thoughts, ideas and words of wisdom from visitors to the Grief Blog. You can access the Pearls by signing up for membership in the exclusive Grief Club, a great resource where grief is shared and support and advice is freely given.

Memorial quotes...

  • "The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?" -- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
  • "You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present." -- Jan Glidwell
  • "We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey". -- Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933)
  • "The pain passes, but the beauty remains". --Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

Memorial quotes...

  • "Grief is itself a medicine". --William Cowper (1731-1800)
  • "Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell." -- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
  • “To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness” -- Erich Fromm (1900-1980)
  • "Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose"-- from The Wonder Years

Memorial quotes...

  • "He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it". -- Turkish Proverb
  • “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief -- But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” -- Hilary Stanton Zunin
  • “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak” --- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
  • “Every one can master a grief but he that has it” -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Memorial quotes...

  • "Love is a fabric that never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the waters of adversity and grief". -- Anon.
  • “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 (1709-1784)
  • "Grief is a process, not a state"-- Anne Grant (1755-1838)
  • "I don't mind dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens". - Woody Allen

Memorial quotes...

  • "You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair". -- Old Chinese Proverb
  • "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted"-- Jesus Christ on the Mount, Matthew 5:4
  • "Do not protect yourself from grief by a fence, but rather by your friends".-- Czech Proverb
  • "Mourning is one of the most profound human experiences that it is possible to have... The deep capacity to weep for the loss of a loved one and to continue to treasure the memory of that loss is one of our noblest human traits".-- Shneidman (1980)

Memorial quotes...

  • "Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyhow". -- John Wayne
  • "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step"-- Chinese Proverb
  • "Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys"-- Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869)
  • "The suicide does not play the game, does not observe the rules. He leaves the party too soon, and leaves the other guests painfully uncomfortable".--Joyce Carol Oates (1978)

Memorial quotes...

  • "And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up!"-- Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
  • "Look well into thyself. There is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou will always look there". -- Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
  • "Mourning is love with no place to go"-- anon.
  • "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 (1828-1910)

Memorial quotes...

  • "We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely, it nevertheless remains something else". --- Sigmund Freud (1961)
  • "Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o'er-wrought heart and bids it break." -- William Shakespeare (MacBeth)
  • "The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of confusion or despair, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing... not curing... that is a friend indeed." --Henri Nouwen
  • "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 the messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love." -- Washington Irving

Memorial quotes...

  • "Grief shared is grief diminished"-- Rabbi Grollman
  • "Why is it when we talk to God we are said to be praying, and when God talks to us, we're said to be schizophrenic?" -- Lily Tomlin
  • "At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; A wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity." -- Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • "As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope." -- Ursula K. LeGuin

Memorial quotes...

  • "If you're going through hell, keep going." ~Winston Churchill
  • "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal". ~From a headstone in Ireland
  • “Quiet and sincere sympathy is often the most welcome and efficient consolation to the afflicted. Said a wise man to one in deep sorrow, ‘I did not come to comfort you; God only can do that; but I did come to say how deeply and tenderly I feel for you in your affliction." ---Tyron Edwards

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