Grief Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old grief quotes, grief sayings, and grief proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

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

And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.     

William Cullen Bryant

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

The reality is that we don't forget, move on, and have closure, but rather we honor, we remember, and incorporate our deceased children and siblings into our lives in a new way. In fact, keeping memories of your loved one alive in your mind and heart is an important part of your healing journey.     

Harriet Schiff

No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.     

C.S. Lewis

You give yourself permission to grieve by recognizing the need for grieving. Grieving is the natural way of working through the loss of a love. Grieving is not weakness nor absence of faith. Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired or sneezing when your nose itches. It is nature's way of healing a broken heart.     

Doug Manning

For some moments in life there are no words.     

David Seltzer

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

Henry Wordsworth

Grieving is a journey that teaches us how to love in a new way now that our loved one is no longer with us. Consciously remembering those who have died is the key that opens the hearts, that allows us to love them in new ways.     

Tom Attig

He wept, and it felt as if the tears were cleansing him, as if his body needed to empty itself.     

Lois Lowry

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

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

William Shakespeare

He sought to transform the grief that looks down into the grave by showing it the grief that looks up to the stars.     

Victor Hugo

Even hundredfold grief is divisible by love.     

Terri Guillemets

Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Emily Dickinson

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


No one can keep his griefs in their prime; they use themselves up.     

E.M. Cioran

Grief is a species of idleness.     

Samuel Johnson

Grief is itself a medicine.     

William Cowper

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


Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us.      

Orison Swett Marden

Grief is light that is capable of counsel.     


All things grow with time, except grief.     

Jewish Proverb

The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company.     


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.     


Grief fills the room up of my absent child, lies in his bed, walks up and down with me, puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words.     

William Shakespeare

Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.     

Jean De La Bruyere

Grief is only the memory of widowed affections.     

James Martineau