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  • #1
    Dean Koontz
    “Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.”
    Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year

  • #2
    C.S. Lewis
    “I once read the sentence 'I lay awake all night with a toothache, thinking about the toothache an about lying awake.' That's true to life. Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.”
    C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

  • #3
    Chad Pelley
    “From the day after we lose someone, how we lost them doesn't matter. All that matters now is that they're gone, and there's absolutely no more interacting with that person. There's just the memories. And those memories will come pelting at you at random for a while, before you realize it can be beautiful to let them run through you.”
    Chad Pelley, Every Little Thing

  • #4
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “Imagine how you’d feel if your whole life turned into a job you couldn’t stand.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

  • #5
    Margaret Atwood
    “Home is where the heart is, I thought now, gathering myself together in Betty's Luncheonette. I had no heart any more, it had been broken; or not broken, it simply wasn't there any more. It had been scooped neatly out of me like the yolk from a hard-boiled egg, leaving the rest of me bloodless and congealed and hollow.
    I'm heartless, I thought. Therefore I'm homeless.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

  • #6
    Aisha Tyler
    “Wounds turn into scars and scars make you tough.”
    Aisha Tyler

  • #7
    Leo Tolstoy
    “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

  • #8
    Haruki Murakami
    “No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #9
    Nicholas Sparks
    “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”
    Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

  • #10
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “We opened our hearts. Hear me, heal me, save me, believe me.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

  • #11
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
    The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • #12
    “In the end, there was only Brandenburg.”

  • #13
    Gayle Forman
    “And I bet she'll be a stronger person because of what she's lost today. I have a feeling that once you live through something like this, you become a little bit invincible.”
    Gayle Forman, If I Stay

  • #14
    Markus Zusak
    “Often I wish this would all be over, Liesel, but then somehow you do something like walk down the basement steps with a snowman in your hands.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

  • #15
    “It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ”

  • #22
    Anne McCaffrey
    “The tears I feel today
    I'll wait to shed tomorrow.
    Though I'll not sleep this night
    Nor find surcease from sorrow.
    My eyes must keep their sight:
    I dare not be tear-blinded.
    I must be free to talk
    Not choked with grief, clear-minded.
    My mouth cannot betray
    The anguish that I know.
    Yes, I'll keep my tears til later:
    But my grief will never go.”
    Anne McCaffrey, Dragonsinger

  • #26
    Arthur Golden
    “Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.”
    Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

  • #29
    “Love is an engraved invitation to grief.”
    Sunshine O'Donnell, Open Me

  • #36
    Charles Frazier
    “We are not strong enough to stand up against endless grief, And yet pain is the constant drone of life. So if we are to have any happiness at all, it is only in the passing instant.”
    Charles Frazier

  • #38
    Dana Fuller Ross
    “Her grief still burdened her, and she knew she would bear it the rest of her days.”
    Dana Fuller Ross, Independence!
    tags: grief

  • #40
    Samuel Johnson
    “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
    tags: grief

  • #42
    Sylvia Plath
    “God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of "parties" with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces we all wear. And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter - they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship - but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

  • #44
    Nicholas Sparks
    “Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face - I know it's an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.”
    Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

  • #46
    Sarah Dessen
    “Isn't it weird," I said, "the way you remember things, when someone's gone?"
    What do you mean?"
    I ate another piece of waffle. "When my dad first died, all I could think about was that day. It's taken me so long to be able to think back to before that, to everything else."
    Wes was nodding before I even finished. "It's even worse when someone's sick for a long time," he said. "You forget they were ever healthy, ever okay. It's like there was never a time when you weren't waiting for something awful to happen."
    But there was," I said. "I mean, it's only been in the last few months that I've started remembering all this good stuff, funny stuff about my dad. I can't believe I ever forgot it in the first place."
    You didn't forget," Wes said, taking a sip of his water. "You just couldn't remember right then. But now you're ready to, so you can."
    I thought about this as I finished off my waffle.”
    Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

  • #48
    Christopher Moore
    “There's a fine edge to new grief, it severs nerves, disconnects reality--there's mercy in a sharp blade. Only with time, as the edge wears, does the real ache begin.”
    christopher moore

  • #49
    Karen Kingsbury
    “Three years? That's a thousand tomorrows, ma'am.”
    Karen Kingsbury

  • #50
    Julian Barnes
    “(on grief) And you do come out of it, that’s true. After a year, after five. But you don’t come out of it like a train coming out of a tunnel, bursting through the downs into sunshine and that swift, rattling descent to the Channel; you come out of it as a gull comes out of an oil-slick. You are tarred and feathered for life.”
    Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

  • #51
    Jodi Picoult
    “Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn't yours. But grief comes from losing something you've already had.”
    Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match

  • #52
    Andrew Solomon
    “Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance.”
    Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

  • #53
    Patti   Davis
    “Life Lesson 3: You can't rush grief. It has its own timetable. All you can do is make sure there are lots of soft places around -- beds, pillows, arms, laps.”
    Patti Davis, Two Cats and the Woman They Own: or Lessons I Learned from My Cats
    tags: grief

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