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Concealed griefs are the most consuming, as secret maladies are the most fatal.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life.


grief is a house that disappears
each time someone knocks at the door
or rings the bell
a house that blows into the air
at the slightest gust
that buries itself deep in the ground
while everyone is sleeping

JANDY NELSON, The Sky is Everywhere

It's funny, how one can look back on a sorrow one thought one might well die of at the time, and know that one had not yet reckoned the tenth part of true grief.


Compare your griefs with other men's, and they will seem less.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

All the joys of earth will not assuage our thirst for happiness, while a single grief suffices to shroud life in a sombre veil, and smite it with nothingness at all points.

MADAME SWETCHINE, "Airelles," The Writings of Madame Swetchine

Receding from grief, it seems necessary to retrace the same steps that brought us there.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, Tender Is the Night

You cannot die of grief, though it feels as if you can. A heart does not actually break, though sometimes your chest aches as if it is breaking. Grief dims with time. It is the way of things. There comes a day when you smile again, and you feel like a traitor. How dare I feel happy. How dare I be glad in a world where my father is no more. And then you cry fresh tears, because you do not miss him as much as you once did, and giving up your grief is another kind of death.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, A Stroke of Midnight

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

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

Grief does not change you.... It reveals you.

JOHN GREEN, The Fault in Our Stars

The person who grieves, suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.

EDMUND BURKE, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.

SARAH DESSEN, The Truth About Forever

Faded smiles oft linger in the face,
While grief's first flakes fall silent on the heart!

ALFRED AUSTIN, "Unseasonable Snows", Soliloquies in Song

For wherein is life sweet to him who suffers grief?

AESCHYLUS, fragment, Hoplon Krisis

Excess of grief for the deceased is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.

XENOPHON, attributed, Day's Collacon

My tears fall inward on my heart,
And, dew-like, keep its memories green:
Sad strains, unheard by other ears,
Break forth for me from lips unseen.

ALBERT LAIGHTON, "The Veiled Grief"

But grief is also a tonic. It is a healing elixir, made of tears that lubricate the heart.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

The only cure for grief is action.


Grief is just so scary.... If we finally begin to cry all those suppressed tears, they will surely wash us away like the Mississippi River. That's what our parents told us. We got sent to our rooms for having huge feelings. In my family, if you cried or got angry, you didn't get dinner.

ANNE LAMOTT, Salon, Nov. 3, 2014

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