A Compilation Of Grief Quotes To Uplift Your Sadness

By Joanna Smykowski

Updated December 13, 2018

Reviewer Deborah Horton

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Grief is one of the strongest human emotion that a person can feel in their lifetime. The worst thing about it is-it is never fleeting. We can wallow in grief for hours, days, months, and some even in years. Some people learn to move on, but will never be the same. There are those who just can't seem to find the light beyond the dark tunnel. One thing is for sure though, dealing with grief is never easy.

There will be times, no matter how surrounded you are with people, you just want to be alone with your grief. You just want to surrender to the tears and rewinding cherished memories in your head; this is fine. We need time to deal with the loss, the pain, and saying goodbye to the memories of the person who left us. And in times like these, here are grief quotes to help you accept your grief, your loss, and to see that there is life beyond this. That there is hope and that there is happiness after all the sadness you have been through. Grief quotes help you understand what you are going through and to show you that you are not alone.

Many people have already experienced grief as you do. People who are well known, kings and queens, and even ordinary men like you and me have one thing in common-we all have experienced grief. So, let's make use of their experience to glean some insights into what grief is, its passage, the experience, and so much more about it. May these grief quotes alleviate the pain as you become more philosophical.

Grief Quotes: As Seen Through the Eyes of Others

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"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

"I'll be OK… just not today."


"You will lose someone you can't live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn't seal back up. And you come through. It's like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly-that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp."

~Anne Lamott

"I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence."

~Alyson Noel, Evermore

"Grief I've learned is just love. It's all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go."


"Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim."

~Vicki Harrison

"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, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." ~Washington Irving

"Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion to death."

~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand."

~Patti Smith

"There are no happy endings.

Endings are the saddest part,

So just give me a happy middle

And a very happy start."

~Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

"Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated."

~Alphonse de Lamartine, Méditations Poétiques

"The darker the night, the brighter the stars,

The deeper the grief, the closer is God!"

~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

"It's the kind of heartache you can feel in your bones."


"Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind." ~Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

"I think I'll miss you forever, like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies.


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Grief Quotes from Famous Entities

"Grief is the price we pay for love."

~Queen Elizabeth II

"To weep is to make less the depth of grief."

~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act II

"Everyone can master a grief but he that has it."

~William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

"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

Tears are the silent language of grief."


"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

~Winnie the Pooh

"Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad."

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion

"There is no grief like the grief that does not speak."

~Henry Wordsworth

"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

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Advice via Grief Quotes

"Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form."


"Grief is the last act of love we can give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love."


"No matter how long it's been, there are times when it suddenly becomes harder to breathe." ~Anonymous

"When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time-the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes-when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever-there comes another day, and another specifically missing part."

~John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

"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

"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey."

~Kenji Miyazawa

"The pain passes, but the beauty remains."

~Pierre Auguste Renoir

"It is perfectly okay to admit you're not okay."


"Grief never ends… But it changes.

It's a passage, not a place to stay.

Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…

It is the price of love."


"That's all it takes. The smallest reminder and in an instant, it feels like your stomach has fallen thirty storeys and crashed into the steel roof of a truck. Loss is cruel like that, the days you think you're finally past it are the days it will punish you most."

~Beau Taplin/ The Punishment

"The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not 'get over' the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal, and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but, you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to."

~Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and John Kessler

"A feeling of pleasure or solace can be so hard to find when you are in the depths of your grief. Sometimes it's the little things that help get you through the day. You may think your comforts sound ridiculous to others, but there is nothing ridiculous about finding one little thing to help you feel good in the midst of pain and sorrow!"

~Elizabeth Berrien, Creative Grieving: A Hip Chick's Path from Loss to Hope

"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, Eat, Pray, Love

Grief Quotes from the Bible

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

~Jesus, in Matthew 5:4

"Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope."

~Romans 5:3-4

"What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later."

~Romans 8:18

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, there will no longer be any mourning, crying, or pain, for the old order of things have passed away."

~Revelation 21:4

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