Loss Sayings and Quotes

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

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.      

Norman Cousins

There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.      

Michael J. Fox

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.      

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

When you lose something in your life, stop thinking it's a loss for you... it is a gift you have been given so you can get on the right path to where you are meant to go, not to where you think you should have gone.      

Suze Orman

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.     

Winston Churchill

Nothing on earth can make up for the loss of one who has loved you.     

Selma Lagerlöf

It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn't have something in the first place. I guess that's what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.     

Deb Caletti

Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That's the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what's left, that's the part you have to make up as you go.     

Katharine Weber

The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.     

Søren Kierkegaard

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.      

Marcus Aurelius

The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends.      

Abraham Lincoln

Loss is a significant force that can serve as a catalyst for change. It can bring about an awakening, drawing out something sacred within us.     

Mark Ireland

Being prepared for loss is never the same as being ready for it.      

R. K. Milholland

Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size.      

Mark Twain

With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have.     

Mitch Albom

Everyone who lives long enough to love deeply will experience great losses. Don't let fear of loss, or the losses themselves, take away your ability to enjoy the wonderful life that is yours.      

Barbara Cooper

I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one's self-respect.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.     


Loss alone is but the wounding of a heart; it is memory that makes it our ruin.      

Brian Ruckley

There is no teacher more discriminating or transforming than loss.      

Pat Conroy

In loss itself I find assuagement: having lost the treasure, I've nothing to fear.      

Juana Inés de la Cruz

Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss.     

Anderson Cooper

Loss is like a closed road that forces us to turn around and find another way to our destination. Who knows what we will discover and see along the way.      

Gerald Lawson Sittser

At least at times of loss, we are reminded of our priorities, of our many blessings. In times of gain, we can so often lose our way.     

Mindy Starns Clark

In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.      

Gautama Buddha

No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.     

Al Gore

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.     

Robert Southey

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. It is originally an unlearned feeling process. Keeping grief inside increases your pain.     

Anne Grant

We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.      

James M. Barrie

A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.      

Paul Valery