Top 275 Grief Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Grief Quotes from famous people such as Terence, Clint Smith, James Wolcott, Rick Warren, Alicia Garza, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

To touch a sore is to renew one's grief.

To touch a sore is to renew one’s grief.
In my hometown of New Orleans, grief is a public spectacle that, somewhat paradoxically, necessitates celebration. The dead are not mourned so much as they are posthumously venerated with music and dance.
Clint Smith
Who elected Larry King America’s grief counselor? We, the viewing public, did, by driving up his ratings whenever somebody famous passes.
James Wolcott
During my days of deepest grief, in all of my shock, sorrow and struggle, I sat at the feet of God. I literally spent hours each day reading God’s word, meditating on scripture and praying. I intentionally spent a significant amount of time being still before God.
Rick Warren
The night that George Zimmerman was acquitted, I think, for black people all over the world, there was a collective feeling of incredible grief and incredible rage. And that verdict not only let George Zimmerman go home to his family, but it sent a message to black people everywhere that our lives did not matter.
Alicia Garza
Learning about all those different things psychologically – about grief and my own addictions and problems and stuff like that, and really getting an education on it, I think it was part of the process of it, learning about it and trying to lick it.
Richie Sambora
My father’s passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, for my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters. He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long.
Meghan McCain
Having some form of structure to process and manage grief collectively surely helps: as someone put it to me, grief is like a landscape without a map. Another suggested that grief makes you a stranger to yourself.
Owen Jones
I lost my father and went into a process of grief with it that was all about how to replace that grief, how to fill it, and I think there was something very desperate in the way that I was replacing it.
Justin Kurzel
Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Mark Twain
Do not suffer pain and torment without reason. Somebody All-Powerful and All-Compassionate owns everything. Rely on His Power and do not accuse His Compassion. Renounce grief and anxiety ad accept relief. Be rid of your troubles and find serenity.
Said Nursi
Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.
Jean de la Bruyere
Our people know that if they are sick, we will take care of them. If there are occasions of grief or joy, we will be there with them. They know that we value them as people, not just cogs in a machine.
Herb Kelleher
When someone dies instantly, then I think the well of grief and disbelief all mixed in with it is unfathomable. And when murder is involved, that just takes it into a whole new place. There is an extra dimension you just can’t compute or deal with.
Andrew Buchan
In minor crises, the preacher can extract himself emotionally and allow others to express grief and fear and doubt while he remains strong.
James A. Forbes
Verse is not written, it is bled; Out of the poet’s abstract head. Words drip the poem on the page; Out of his grief, delight and rage.
Paul Engle
I felt I couldn’t be a good mom anymore, but I didn’t want my children to grow up without a mom. I felt I had to end our lives to protect us from any grief or harm.
Susan Smith
No one can tell you what to expect or can offer a guide to grief. Because every relationship is so unique, no two people grieve the same way. And you have no idea how you are going to grieve till you are grieving.
Alysia Reiner
After an eternity of seeking the sudden threshold of seeing and finding leaves one filled with a strange paradox of ecstasy and grief. I was born to see.
Joy Page
Grief causes suffering and disease.
Daniel D. Palmer
It’s really important for us as a band, that when someone is giving us grief on stage, to show our fans how important it is that they stand up for themselves and that they feel confident in themselves.
Andy Biersack
If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. No one has the right to go croaking about society, or what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief.
Benjamin Disraeli
I just always wanted to study human behavior because every psychologist that I would talk to would tell me I was bipolar, and I know I’m not bipolar, so I had to perform a psychoanalysis on myself to find out that I have unresolved grief.
Kevin Gates
Grief is a bad moon, a sleeper wave. It’s like having an inner combatant, a saboteur who, at the slightest change in the sunlight, or at the first notes of a jingle for a dog food commercial, will flick the memory switch, bringing tears to your eyes.
Meghan O’Rourke
You can’t go to Amazon and order a book on how you handle grief. There’s books on it, sure. But there’s no tried and true manual. You just have to live that out. There’s no formula to heal.
Jim Ross
Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain.
Christopher Morley
I couldn’t have foreseen all the good things that have followed my mother’s death. The renewed energy, the surprising sweetness of grief. The tenderness I feel for strangers on walkers. The deeper love I have for my siblings and friends. The desire to play the mandolin. The gift of a visitation.
Mary Schmich
I hear music that comes out of need, out of grief, sorrow, suffering and out of overcoming these things, as well. That journey to freedom still goes on today. It’s an incremental change, the culmination of many events in your own life and the lives of your children and grandchildren.
Kathleen Battle
More and more teams are, in the vernacular, ‘going small,’ with only one big man down deep. Good grief, the position of power forward is in the process of going the way of short shorts.
Frank Deford
At the age of five, of six, at the age of seven, I used to begin weeping sometimes without warning, simply for the sake of weeping, my eyes open wide to the sun, to the flowers… I wanted to feel an immense grief inside me, and it came.
Violette Leduc
Denial helps us to pace our feelings of grief. There is a grace in denial. It is nature’s way of letting in only as much as we can handle.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.
Family is so central to Afghan life that all Afghan stories are family stories. Family is something I simply can’t resist because all the great themes of human life – duty, grief, sacrifice, love, envy – you find all those things within families.
Khaled Hosseini
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
Robert Fulghum
I work grief and sadness out of my body when I dance, and I bring in joy and rhythm.
Inga Muscio
I came from a hard, working-class world which, since my mother’s death, had been dominated by men. I hadn’t been encouraged to talk about the burden of grief, and because I was severely underdeveloped when it came to sharing my emotions, I mustn’t have been the most communicative husband.
Marco Pierre White
I haven’t written adult fiction, but I do not sugarcoat grief – or what I expect grief to be.
Adam Silvera
I guess I’m curious about how people process grief and how they process loss. And I’m also interested in the ways in which an event can have long-reaching consequences and a life over the course of years.
Dan Chaon
They say seven stages of grief. I think it’s more like 77.
Joely Fisher
When Michael died I was tipped over the edge. I was beyond grief.
Paula Yates
The Backstreet Boys posted a cover of our single ‘Good Grief.’ It was so cool, and they reached out to us, saying, ‘When you’re in town, come to the show.’
Dan Smith
Grief is a world you walk through skinned, unshelled.
Ariel Levy
Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.
Joseph Addison
Everyone deals with grief in their own way.
Alex Roe
Grief is never something you get over. You don’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’ve conquered that; now I’m moving on.’ It’s something that walks beside you every day. And if you can learn how to manage it and honour the person that you miss, you can take something that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity.
Terri Irwin
The struggle through the grief was a huge growing process for me. There were gifts that came from it. I learned a lot about myself. I got into a mode very much like my father’s own mode of seeking – seeking solutions, seeking teachers, seeking information – to try to alleviate my own suffering.
Shannon Lee
We can alleviate physical pain, but mental pain – grief, despair, depression, dementia – is less accessible to treatment. It’s connected to who we are – our personality, our character, our soul, if you like.
Richard Eyre
Some pain is simply the normal grief of human existence. That is pain that I try to make room for. I honor my grief.
Marianne Williamson
First of all, a lot of people, a lot of women and men, have lost their children. I’m not the only one. But I happen to be blessed that my son gave me all these things to work with so that I get to work out my grief in a way that other people are not able to. So I can’t possibly be downtrodden about that.
Afeni Shakur
There are many stages of grief.
Jennifer Aniston
‘Hamlet’ is a play about a man whose grief is deemed unseemly.
Meghan O’Rourke
I like pubs too, but it’s hard for me to go and get proper bladdered in the way I used to. I don’t want to moan about being recognised but I do get a bit of grief sometimes.
Alan Davies
As you say goodbye to lingering disappointments and unattended grief, you will discover that every person, situation and painful incident comes bearing gifts.
Debbie Ford
I know I get a lot of grief about some of the things I’ve said about Coach Saban, but working under him was like going back to school and getting another degree.
Lane Kiffin
I think it’s okay to talk about grief and sorrow. Especially for women, when you lose a child or have a miscarriage, it’s good to talk about it, as a lot of people don’t want you to speak about those things. It makes people sad, but sometimes you’ve got to.
Margo Price
Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.
None of us are immune to grief, and everyone who has suffered loss understands that grief changes, but you never wake up one morning and you’ve moved on. It stays with you, and, you know, you ebb and flow.
Terri Irwin
A good president needs a big comfort zone. He should be able to treat enemies as opportunities, appear authentic in joy and grief, stay cool under the hot lights.
Nancy Gibbs
For me, grief is a static thing, and my movies have an extremely dynamic sort of movement.
Susanne Bier
If I talk about my father’s funeral, as I did when I was promoting the last novel, ‘Being Dead,’ I’m not going to tell any lies, but there are certain things I’m not going to tell you, and I’m certainly not going to tell my grief.
Jim Crace
My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief.
Isabel Allende
The belief that a person can and should only feel grief over one sad event at a time is a truly disturbing estimate of our emotional capacity.
Jennifer Armintrout
Occasionally, Americans in large numbers are moved by a

Occasionally, Americans in large numbers are moved by a vanquished athlete’s grief. Larry Bird with a towel over his head in 1979 comes immediately to mind. But more often, sports fans do the opposite – they delight in the desolation of a defeated archrival.
Steve Rushin
I discovered on my own that I could cope better with the crippling effects of grief by taking care of myself, eating right, and working out.
Terri Irwin
My journey with grief, with learning how to grow through it, rather than get over it, will be a lifelong one.
Zoe Buckman
They have – they do still hit me occasionally, and it’s an overwhelming grief for what – even though my life is so good now, even including going through treatment for cancer, my life is incredible.
Lynn Redgrave
In New York, people are pretty cool, and you don’t catch a lot of grief. But in certain spots, man, it’s over. If I stand in the same place for more than 20 minutes or 10 minutes or something, there’ll be 40 people standing there, all screaming something different.
Orlando Jones
Well the themes for me were and remain sex and love and grief and death – the things that make us and undo us, create and destroy, how we breed and disappear and the emotional context that surrounds these events.
Thomas Lynch
Abortion does not just hurt women. Abortion hurts a family, and it has a domino effect of hurting those related and close to those families through the grief and reality of losing a child to abortion.
Abby Johnson
Gallows humor is part of our coping mechanism. It’s part of our grief process. If we don’t know what else to do, we laugh. That’s a very real thing.
James Roday
It is better to die than to preserve this life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life causes but a moment’s grief, but disgrace brings grief every day of one’s life.
As a parent, it’s my responsibility to equip my child to do this – to grieve when grief is necessary and to realize that life is still profoundly beautiful and worth living despite the fact that we inevitably lose one another and that life ends, and we don’t know what happens after death.
Sam Harris
But there is a discomfort that surrounds grief. It makes even the most well-intentioned people unsure of what to say. And so many of the freshly bereaved end up feeling even more alone.
Meghan O’Rourke
I feel truth, beauty, love, grief, anger, intimacy & alive in my body… Women in the global south live in their bodies much more than we in the global north. Not as distracted by patriarchy’s controlling images – They know power is in their bodies. I am deeply grateful for the women who showed me the way home.
Jodie Evans
There is a kind of euphoria of grief, a degree of madness.
Nigella Lawson
Grief, no matter where it comes from, can only be resolved by connecting to other people.
Thomas Horn
Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
Benjamin Disraeli
There are moments when the grief comes bubbling up. The first time I saw Chris’s chair empty, that was really hard. And it was hard when I started folding up some of his sweaters that I so imagine him wearing.
Dana Reeve
Politicians… talk in generalities and lies, and I think they’ve caused all our grief. They’re so awful, they’re really funny. I hate thinking this because my dad loved politics.
Paul Lynde
We may thank God that we can feel pain and know sadness, for these are the human sentiments that constitute our glory as well as our grief.
Eugene Kennedy
The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, I woke up determined to make a success of Brexit. I was surprised by how quickly I went to acceptance of the result, without passing through any of the prior stages of grief.
Jo Johnson
Grief is like a moving river, so that’s what I mean by it’s always changing. It’s a strange thing to say because I’m at heart an optimistic person, but I would say in some ways it just gets worse. It’s just that the more time that passes, the more you miss someone.
Michelle Williams
My mother died in 1997 and I spiralled into this self-destructive vortex of trying to annihilate my consciousness. I was afraid to face the grief of losing her, because she was somebody I loved more than anybody else in the world.
Panos Cosmatos
I believe in the importance of individuality, but in the midst of grief I also find myself wanting connection – wanting to be reminded that the sadness I feel is not just mine but ours.
Meghan O’Rourke
All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward.
Johann Georg Hamann
To mourn is to wonder at the strangeness that grief is not written all over your face in bruised hieroglyphics. And it’s also to feel, quite powerfully, that you’re not allowed to descend into the deepest fathom of your grief – that to do so would be taboo somehow.
Meghan O’Rourke
No one feels another’s grief, no one understands another’s joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by.
Franz Schubert
I think everyone understands grief, the journey it takes us on, whether it’s the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a disappointment. Some people don’t deal with it, the power of it. Some do. Some feel the weight of it and it informs their choices. I’ve had to open up to grief in different contexts.
Tori Amos
I have always fought for ideas – until I learned that it isn’t ideas but grief, struggle, and flashes of vision which enlighten.
Margaret Anderson
I think writers process their own experiences through the characters and situations they write. So for Batman, I used my own experience of losing a loved one. Grief is a strange place; it’s like an altered state. You might sleep too much, so you can see the dead in your dreams.
Ann Nocenti
You cut off the capacity for grief in your life, and you cut off the joy at the same time. They both come up through the same tunnel. You don’t have one without the other.
William Hurt
The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
A King and Queen can comfort the people in times of grief, and provide a nationalist camaraderie. That is the gift that royalty can give back.
Martha MacCallum
'Hamlet' is the best description of grief I've read bec

‘Hamlet’ is the best description of grief I’ve read because it dramatizes grief rather than merely describing it.
Meghan O’Rourke
I think that no human gets away unscathed in this old life. We’ve all experienced loss and grief and pain and tragedy.
Sissy Spacek
The first thing I tried to do in the months after losing my mother was to write a poem. I found myself turning to poetry in the way so many people do – to make sense of losses. And I wrote pretty bad poems about it. But it did feel that the poem was the only place that could hold this grief.
Natasha Trethewey
Deem no man happy until he passes the end of his life without suffering grief.
There’s no road map. There’s no textbook on how grief works and when your heart will be open – or if it ever will.
Taya Kyle
Writing helps me to create order out of chaos and make sense of things. It helps me to understand what I’ve experienced, what I’ve felt and seen, so it becomes a little easier to handle. On the other hand, I don’t want it to be just a cathartic experience, an outpouring of grief or whatever it is.
Miriam Toews
And remember, it’s also very funny, because side by side with grief lies joy.
Fran Drescher
Nothing I read about grief seemed to exactly express the craziness of it; which was the interesting aspect of it to me – how really tenuous our sanity is.
Joan Didion
If you want to connect with people who are in distress and great grief and scared, you need to do it in a certain way. I move kind of slow. I talk kind of slow. I let them know that I respect them.
James Nachtwey
In spite of overwhelming grief and terror, I left Westboro in 2012.
Megan Phelps-Roper
Each organ is related to an emotion, and the lungs are related to grief. When you clear your lungs, you eliminate grief and sadness.
Mandy Ingber
Poets have always celebrated grief as one of the deepest human emotions.
Edward Hirsch
It’s a hard thing to imagine how somebody copes with grief and at the same time has to build a new life.
Caitriona Balfe
I made the decision to go on stage after my father died. And he would have wanted me to. But I won’t try and plug huge grief up with the false world of show-business ever again.
Les Dennis
For me as an American, the most painful aspect of this is that I believe that that administration has taken the events of 9/11 and has manipulated the grief of the country and I think that’s reprehensible.
Dustin Hoffman
The criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief.
Daniel Cameron
The spoken word is man’s physician in grief. For this alone has soothing charms for the soul.
I wasn’t prepared for the fact that grief is so unpredictable. It wasn’t just sadness, and it wasn’t linear. Somehow I’d thought that the first days would be the worst and then it would get steadily better – like getting over the flu. That’s not how it was.
Meghan O’Rourke
There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
I would hate for people to think that ‘Strong Island’ is just about a family’s grief. It is about a family’s grief, yes, but it is also an interrogation of our criminal justice system.
Yance Ford
Nothing can bring my Jordan back but I have learned to channel my grief into action to honor my son.
Lucy McBath
If you’ve got to my age, you’ve probably had your heart broken many times. So it’s not that difficult to unpack a bit of grief from some little corner of your heart and cry over it.
Emma Thompson
Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Love has a cost, and it’s grief. Because we will always be separated from things we love. That’s the nature and price of life, right? But, when you love something deeply, then you’re courageous.
Gail Bradbrook
Too many people I’ve loved dearly have left this earth. And some I’ve lost are still here breathing the same air. That grief can be comparable if not worse in its consumption.
Aunjanue Ellis
Grief is bizarre territory because there’s no predicting how long it’ll take to get over certain things. You just don’t know how long it’s going to resound in your life.
Sam Shepard
Generally, the younger the victim, the greater the grief. Yet even when the elderly or infirm have been afforded merciful relief, their loved ones are rarely ready to let go.
Russell M. Nelson
Grief falls upon human beings as the rain, not selecting good or evil, visiting the innocent, condemning those who have done no wrong.
Richard Jefferies
I will never shave off my beard and moustache. I did once, for charity, but my wife said, ‘Good grief, how awful, you look like an American car with all the chrome removed.’
Rolf Harris
When I’m talking about depression, I’m talking about the more severe forms of depression, and I think that conceptualising as a form of grief is probably not the most effective way of looking at it. I mean, at the end of the day, people suffer enormously, and you want to treat it.
Kay Redfield Jamison
None of us get to divorce ourselves from the world. We walk into the theater and bring all of our grief and our pain and our joy with us.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
I want my music to be accessible to every listener beca

I want my music to be accessible to every listener because I know that I really have something to say in terms of really, you know, removing thorns from people, thorns that really makes us unaware that we are bleeding with these thorns, like pain, grief, jealousy and so on.
Vusi Mahlasela
Few of us will forget the wail of mingled grief, rage and horror which rose from the camp when the Indians returned to it and recognized their slaughtered warriors, women, and children.
John Gibbon
ABBA: The Movie; I got a lot of grief for working on that.
Lasse Hallstrom
Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
Samuel Johnson
Having your heart broken is like going through grief, it’s really hard.
Nadine Coyle
Grief is the price we pay for love.
Queen Elizabeth II
With grief, you know, the only way to get through it is through it.
Dana Reeve
But the thing about grief is that it doesnt have a timescale. So I can sit here today and say to you that its got easier in some ways, and then all of a sudden itll just hit you so hard all over again, and you dont know where it comes from.
Davina McCall
My heart burnt within me with indignation and grief; we could think of nothing else. All night long we had only snatches of sleep, waking up perpetually to the sense of a great shock and grief. Every one is feeling the same. I never knew so universal a feeling.
Elizabeth Gaskell
Aircraft do not crash of themselves. They come to grief because men are foolish, or vain, or lazy, or irresolute or reckless. One crash in a thousand may be unavoidable because God wills it so – not more than that.
Nevil Shute
If the condition of grief is nearly universal, its transactions are exquisitely personal.
Meghan O’Rourke
The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.
Niccolo Machiavelli
Pity speaks to grief More sweetly than a band of instruments.
Bryan Procter
It was among farmers and potato diggers and old men in workhouses and beggars at my own door that I found what was beyond these and yet farther beyond that drawingroom poet of my childhood in the expression of love, and grief, and the pain of parting, that are the disclosure of the individual soul.
Lady Gregory
Grief is exhausting.
Ciaran Hinds
Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes.
I remember tearing up the first time I read Nabokov’s description, in ‘Speak, Memory,’ of his father being tossed on a blanket by cheering muzhiks, with its astonishingly subtle foreshadowing of grief and mourning.
Michael Chabon
I dislike religion quite intensely. It’s been the cause of all the grief in the world ever since they discovered the first stone to worship.
I don’t believe in God, so I’d say that laughter is one of the only true weapons for fighting against real darkness, grief and loss.
David Baddiel
My heart is so light that it’s amazing. I get to play all this grief, all this loss, all this disaster and chaos. It’s hysterically funny. I am very light.
Linda Hamilton
Poetry is emotion, passion, love, grief – everything that is human. It is not for zombies by zombies.
F. Sionil Jose
In my experience as an actor over so many years, I don’t know when I have been touched so deeply on so many levels as I have been by ‘The Leftovers’ in my three years there. It is a profound exploration of life, of grief, of loss.
Ann Dowd
Grief is like wandering through a minefield, as my mother puts it: however carefully you tread, a sudden detonation can happen out of nowhere. A song played in a supermarket; an overheard phrase; someone in the distance who your mind cruelly suggests is your loved one for a fleeting moment.
Owen Jones
The Holocaust remains unique in contemporary Jewish consciousness for its capacity to engender the most visceral grief and abject pain.
Ephraim Mirvis
To me, it feels like every time I’m watching some trans story, it’s about their grief around their gender. And there’s not really a lot of opportunity for them to explore stories outside of that. It’s just really frustrating. It’s really one dimensional.
Patti Harrison
A full accounting of adoption as an option would not underestimate its emotional challenges – the grief and loss for birth mothers, the uncertainties for adoptive parents operating under a patchwork of state laws.
Nina Easton
After the Boston Marathon bombings, people shared grief and outrage on social media.
Roxane Gay
The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.
Khalil Gibran
I decided to write ‘True Refuge’ during a major dive in my own health. Diagnosed with a genetic disease that affected my mobility, I faced tremendous fear and grief about losing the fitness and physical freedom I loved.
Tara Brach
It’s a different kind of grief when you lose a parent.
Luke Campbell
Abortion, more than not, leaves women with an aftermath of grief, guilt, and emotional overload. In a lot of cases, this can last a lifetime.
Abby Johnson
I'm a woman, and I see women get put through an awful l

I’m a woman, and I see women get put through an awful lot of grief and be subjected to the kind of criticism, remarks, and suggestions that no woman should ever have to tolerate. And I think we should be helping each other and supporting each other.
Marcia Clark
You can be experiencing the worst, most gut-wrenching grief and still laugh or feel something positive or even fall in love, and it doesn’t diminish the depth and sincerity of your grief.
Jennifer Ashton
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, 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 who cares.
Henri Nouwen
Most people deal with grief in an awkward way, and that can be funny.
John Cho
I grew up in a very healthy nuclear family, and I was fortunate enough to not have to deal with loss and grief as a child.
Mike Flanagan
The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.
E. M. Forster
We may not commit a lesser Sin under pretence to avoid a greater, but we may, nay we ought to endure the greatest Pain and Grief rather than commit the least Sin.
Mary Astell
The only cure for grief is action.
George Henry Lewes
I feel that writers think with their noses to the ground, and the dark stuff kind of comes to me more, even though I really am sort of an upbeat guy. It’s an honest descent into darkness. And you can’t have the joy without the grief – it’s why we listen to Mozart’s ‘Requiem.’
Andre Dubus III
Grief comes and goes, but depression is unremitting.
Kay Redfield Jamison
Grief is sort of the allowance of feeling.
Carrie Brownstein
Burnout is grist to the mill. I write every day, for most of the day, so it’s just about turning into metaphor whatever’s going on in my life, in the world, and in my head. Every nightmare, every moment of grief or joy or failure, is a moment I can convert into cash via words.
Grant Morrison
When you’ve been touched by sadness and grief, it makes you vulnerable. And because I am vulnerable, I try to be positive. And when I say ‘try,’ I really do mean try, because it’s an effort.
Marie Helvin
Good horror is about so much more than slashing: it’s a way of examining grief and loss of self.
Lucy Boynton
In Maori culture there’s a lot of humor and just as quickly we are able to express grief.
Rachel House
I think what I was unconsciously expressing in ‘Black Rainbow’ was a very abstract and metaphorical grief, in the way I had suppressed my grief about my mother dying. In retrospect I realise I started writing ‘Mandy’ as a sort of antidote to that, to sort of express those emotions, to purge that grief.
Panos Cosmatos
Grief jumps out at you when you’re least expecting it.
Dominic Cooper
It’s important that people understand that ‘Strong Island’ is just as much about this claim of reasonable fear and our need to interrogate reasonable fear as it is about my family’s grief.
Yance Ford
Grief is a room without doors – but somehow, with its tinsel and cliches, Christmas finds a way in.
Simon Van Booy
There’s been no end to the grief Mitch McConnell’s taken for his declaration early in Barack Obama’s first term that his party’s top goal was to make Obama a one-term president.
Steve Kornacki
As much sorrow and grief as came from 9/11, there have also come positives.
Mack Wilberg
There is a drunkenness to grief, which is good.
Mike Mills
No one could save me from the grief of losing my child or losing my first marriage. I had to do that on my own.
Ariel Levy
Time takes away the grief of men.
Desiderius Erasmus
I don’t move away from grief, rather through it.
Taya Kyle
Perhaps grief is not about empty, but full. The full breath of life that includes death. The completeness, the cycles, the depth, the richness, the process, the continuity and the treasure of the moment that is gone the second you are aware of it.
Alysia Reiner
When we assume that ‘normal’ people need ‘time to heal,’ or discourage individuals from making any decisions until a year or more after a loss, as some grief counselors do, we may be giving inappropriate advice. Such advice can cause people who feel ready to move on to wonder if they are hardhearted.
Stephanie Coontz
Grief is the great equalizer.
Kari Skogland
When I talk to people about going sugar-free, they almost go into a state of grief! But there are still options out there – like the sugar-free brownies in my book.
Davina McCall
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.
Alphonse de Lamartine
I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Wendell Berry
Of course, I also hear from critics who detest what I d

Of course, I also hear from critics who detest what I do, and while sometimes I feel rather proud of having made various the loathsome people or groups angry, at other times I wonder why I put up with such grief.
Orson Scott Card
Grief is like mending a knee. You can mend the knee and make it function, but the knee never actually heals.
Jason Reynolds
Humans have a sense of spontaneity and emotion. We have a dichotomy between grief and happiness.
Morena Baccarin
Grief and memory go together. After someone dies, that’s what you’re left with. And the memories are so slippery yet so rich.
Mike Mills
Grief reveals itself in the most mundane activities, like eating. It’s never when you’re looking at old pictures.
David Lowery
Our culture has become increasingly intolerant of that acute sorrow, that intense mental anguish and deep remorse which may be defined as grief. We want to medicate such sorrow away.
Edward Hirsch
Grief, like Covid-19, mutates and escapes the inoculation of both time and the reassurance of loving friends. It is less sledgehammer and more screwdriver, drilling little holes in your head and heart, leaving you haunted by the ifs and buts of your decisions.
Barkha Dutt
Since grief only aggravates your loss, grieve not for what is past.
Walker Percy
I think it’s too easy to recount your unhappy memories when you write about yourself. You bask in your own innocence. You revere your grief. You arrange your angers at their most becoming angles.
Margo Jefferson
Despite the fact that every sport this side of badminton worries about concussions that result in brain damage, CTE, the National Hockey League refuses to accept the overwhelming medical science. Good grief – the NHL still permits fights.
Frank Deford
I know from experience that one of the first things to drop off during great transitions, such as dealing with grief or loss, is taking care of our bodies.
Mandy Ingber
Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of.
Emmylou Harris
I only really fake it anymore with sommeliers who are being really snotty to me and I don’t want to take their grief and so I try to do something to kind of throw them off or put them on the defensive, even if I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Alton Brown
It’s a Cyprus of misery and soup kitchens and a state which cannot meet basic obligations. It can only cause me grief.
Nicos Anastasiades
It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward.
Patti Davis
It would be impossible to estimate how much time and energy we invest in trying to fix, change and deny our emotions – especially the ones that shake us at our very core, like hurt, jealousy, loneliness, shame, rage and grief.
Debbie Ford
To me, death is dark, pain, grief.
Mary Roach
Grief is a terrible, painful place. You can’t grind away on grief in a solid way and say, ‘I’m going to work on this until it’s over’ because it will be with you for the rest of your life, whatever you do. So, you deal with it and move on.
Pam Ferris
Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
For years I have engaged with this ecological crisis on an intellectual level, the mounting evidence, the science… but now I have engaged with the potential destruction of this world on an emotional level and there is a fundamental difference. There is huge feeling of grief, of loss.
Gail Bradbrook
I just try to write what I think would really happen, and with grief and tragedy, there are these naturally occurring moments of levity and humor and absurdity. I think that’s what life is really like. Sadness gets interrupted, and happiness gets interrupted.
Kaui Hart Hemmings
It’s a very performative thing, grief. As with so much in modern life, I think there’s a whole performative layer to what we do because we feel like there’s a private TV show viewing our lives.
Darin Strauss
Sadness, irritability, fatigue, and distractedness are among the most common side effects of grief while parenting.
Rachel Simmons
Self-pity, a dominant characteristic of sociopaths, is also the characteristic that differentiates heroic storytelling from psychological rumination. When you talk about your experiences to shed light, you may feel wrenching pain, grief, anger, or shame. Your audience may pity you, but not because you want them to.
Martha Beck
For many people who face anxieties, depression, trauma or grief that dominate their lives, a vital source of support may be a counsellor or psychotherapist.
Luciana Berger
Grief is only the memory of widowed affections.
James Martineau
I think people from Northern Ireland have some kind of unspoken general feeling of what it is to be around segregation. You have an awareness of it because you know how much grief it’s caused.
Jamie Dornan
‘The Babadook,’ written and directed by a woman, is a gorgeously told female-focused story of grief, longing, loneliness, and what mourning can become.
Emily V. Gordon
One thing I’ve heard that makes sense to me about grief is that there’s this conception that it’s a thing that you process, and then you’re done processing it. But really it’s not a thing that has an end, it’s just what life is like now. You are living with this now, probably forever.
Phil Elverum
For me, often, there’s such a cloud of melancholia about knowing I’m going to have to leave my daughter on her own. I don’t know what age that is going to be, thank God. It just doubles me up in grief.
David Bowie
I’m human, we all are – all doctors are – and grieving is a natural part of medicine. As a doctor, grieving is a natural part of medicine. If you deny that, again, you’d get into this trap of curing and victory. I think grief is very important.
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grieva

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
Robert Frost
Grief is so human, and it hits everyone at one point or another, at least, in their lives. If you love, you will grieve, and that’s just given.
Kay Redfield Jamison
The weird thing about grief, for me at least, was when each of my parents died, for a year or two afterwards I was pretty wildly brave – just willing to take life on.
Mike Mills
I learned that, with grief, you have to take it one day at a time and learn how to find the happiness amid the heartbreak.
Adrienne C. Moore
It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
That’s the great test: if you’re going to be a great comic writer, not a humorist, you’ve got to take it into the throat of grief. Can you make laughter and seriousness so close that they are the same thing?
Howard Jacobson
Grief doesn’t have a plot. It isn’t smooth. There is no beginning and middle and end.
Ann Hood
Our best selves tell us that ‘there but for the grace of God… ‘ and that, in the end, there is no distance, really, between us and them. It is just us. Our best and noble hope is to imitate the God we believe in. The God who has abundant room in God’s grief and heart for us all.
Greg Boyle
I was initially planning to write about grief in terms of Eurydice and the myth thereof. By that point the overall metaphor of height and depth and flat and falling and rising was coming into being in my mind.
Julian Barnes
My parents moved to England with that immigrant ethos of self-betterment, but I don’t think they expected the kind of grief they experienced.
Naveen Andrews
These displays of affection mean a lot to our family and are a reminder of the heart that my people have. In this time of grief we ask for a little privacy and space to digest this news; our sister was our sun and we are broken by her departure.
Amaury Nolasco
During my grief, I realised there was nothing I could do for my mother, but I did have a child.
Namie Amuro
We’ve lost our sense of outrage, our anger, and our grief about what’s going on in our culture right now, what’s going on in our country, the atrocities that are being committed in our names around the world. They’ve gone missing; these feelings have gone missing.
Chris Jordan
Really, the arc for the first season of ‘Luke Cage’ is ‘hero.’ How does one become a hero? What does one feel about being a hero? How does one live their life and eventually go through the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross stages of grief until the acceptance is, ‘Fine, I’m a hero.’ This is what it is.
Cheo Hodari Coker
For a kid who’s lost his mom and all the rage and grief that no one was able to talk out of me, football was a very therapeutic sport. Very.
Jon Hamm
Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength.
The grief of the keen is no personal complaint for the death of one woman over eighty years, but seems to contain the whole passionate rage that lurks somewhere in every native of the island.
John Millington Synge
The work of the artist is to express what is repressed or even to speak the unspoken grief of society.
Michael Leunig
We want to take the energy surrounding the Sandy Hook anniversary that might otherwise be consumed by grief or anger – or this week in San Bernardino by fear – and channel some of that to honor our common humanity and love each other.
Elizabeth Esty
This book, conceived in sorrow, composed in grief, and constructed at the brink of despair, contains my mind’s best thoughts, and my soul’s triumph over the powers of darkness.
Isaac Mayer Wise
Grief is a process, not a state.
Anne Grant
One of the things that happens to people in grief is they secretly think they’re crazy, because they realize they are thinking things that don’t make sense.
Joan Didion
You have moments of grief in life, and if you can put pen to paper and capture that, that’s something wonderful. I can revisit actual songs about past deaths, and I know that emotion is as true now as it was then.
John Lydon
Grief is a bit of a journey, and it is evolving all the time but I am very functional.
Andrew Strauss
When sadness happens in the middle of work, I separate my personal grief from my train of thought.
Sergio Aragones
I can laugh at my own grief.
Neena Gupta
I was in New York City on 9/11. Grief remains from that awful day, but not only grief. There is fear, too, a fear informed by the knowledge that whatever my worst nightmare is, there is someone out there embittered enough to carry it out.
Teju Cole
The world, post-Katrina, was a hard time for my city. The hardest time. For people who didn’t live through it, no words can fully express the pain, the rage, the grief, and the futility we New Orleanians felt. For the people who did, words seemed like a feeble protest against a relentless night without end.
Wendell Pierce
Occupation – pressing occupation that will not be said nay – is a sovereign remedy for grief.
William Godwin
Sometimes, I get afraid it has defined me, that sense of grief, loss and illness. But actually, it is about allowing myself to take hold and say: ‘This is part of who I am, but not only who I am.’
Sam Taylor-Johnson
Love remembered and consecrated by grief belongs, more clearly than the happy intercourse of friends, to the eternal world; it has proved itself stronger than death.
William Inge
The biggest problem is the funerals that don't exist. P

The biggest problem is the funerals that don’t exist. People call the funeral home, they pick up the body, they mail the ashes to you, no grief, no happiness, no remembrance, no nothing. That happens more often than it doesn’t in the United States.
Caitlin Doughty
The five stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Save yourself some grief. Check with the publicist you hire to see what other books he/she has coming out at the same time as yours.
M. J. Rose
If I’m feeling outraged, grief, disbelief, frustration, sympathy, that gets channeled through me and into my pictures and hopefully transmitted to the viewer.
James Nachtwey
It works both ways: there are victims of tragedy who come to me who have experienced grief of such magnitude that they cannot reconcile. Likewise, I cannot change the mentality of those who committed the crimes or the fools who followed them.
Paddy Ashdown
I rarely get recognized, and whenever I do, it has to do with ‘The Leftovers’ because it came into someone’s life at a particularly important time for them – if they were dealing with grief or loss or whatever tragedy – and they just caught it. And there is no rhyme or reason to the kind of person it is.
Carrie Coon
He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
I know there are five stages of grief, but my parents raised me to pull up my socks when times get tough.
Tom Steyer
I like big doses of grief when I read: Richard Yates, Flannery O’Connor, Kenzabaro Oe, Thomas Bernhard.
Ben Marcus
Set your compass to beauty, humor, and grief; stay the course no matter what, and I’ll support you with everything I’ve got.
Chris Jordan
Wayward, disobedient children cause their parents grief and anxiety.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
Long before I ever got incarcerated, I should’ve been able to access services that help me deal with the grief and the loss of my son, that help me deal with the trauma, the abuse that I experienced as a child.
Susan Burton
Grief is a very complicated monster. There’s no real exorcising of it. It has a different form every day.
Yance Ford
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.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I know the pride of carrying our nation’s flag abroad – and I have felt the grief of burying too many friends beneath that flag at home.
Eric Greitens
The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others.
Anton Chekhov
People respond differently to people who are grieving. They reach out. But depression is so very isolating. It’s hard to explain to anyone who has never been depressed how isolating it is. Grief comes and goes, but depression is unremitting.
Kay Redfield Jamison
Your grief path is yours alone, and no one else can walk it, and no one else can understand it.
Terri Irwin
Grief changes shape, but it never ends.
Keanu Reeves
I’m a huge fan of Richard Curtis – there’s real grief, real compassion in his films as well as cheekiness; it’s a wonderful cocktail.
Susanne Bier
For better and for worse, I feel like sorrow and grief are really transformative personal experiences for me, and I question what I would be had I decided to take a different path and not embrace that kind of pain.
Karyn Kusama
I think you have to deal with grief in the sense that you have to recognize that you have it, and say that it’s OK to have all the sadness.
Ann Richards
Grief is characterized much more by waves of feeling that lessen and reoccur, it’s less like stages and more like different states of feeling.
Meghan O’Rourke
It’s a dynamic of grief within any family, and I found, after we lost Steve, his dad just began distancing himself. And I think it’s a coping mechanism. I found it very confusing.
Terri Irwin
Some women lose their husbands, and their worlds change because their financial circumstances change. All I have in common with them is a grief.
Ruth Rendell
‘The Invitation’ is a meditation on grief and loss carried within a suspense drama. At its core, it’s about a dinner party gone horribly wrong and about the consequences of denying our pain.
Karyn Kusama
People in grief need someone to walk with them without judging them.
Gail Sheehy