Best Quotes About Grief

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

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty. -John Cheever

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

Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. -Ovid

What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless. -Ovid

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

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

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. -Robert Frost

Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. -Christian Nestell Bovee

One often calms one's grief by recounting it. -Pierre Corneille

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

I am certain that I speak on behalf of my entire nation when I say: September 11th we are all Americans – in grief, as in defiance. -Benjamin Netanyahu

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 only cure for grief is action. -George Henry Lewes

Tears are the silent language of grief. -Voltaire

Time takes away the grief of men. -Desiderius Erasmus

To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own. -Tryon Edwards

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. -Washington Irving

Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief? -William Blake

For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear. -Lord Byron

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

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. -C. S. Lewis

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

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

Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life. -Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. -Swami Sivananda

When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart. -Horace Mann

Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness. -Herman Melville

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

Since grief only aggravates your loss, grieve not for what is past. -Walker Percy

Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes. -Euripides

To be bowed by grief is folly; Naught is gained by melancholy; Better than the pain of thinking, Is to steep the sense in drinking. -Alcaeus

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

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

We have been filled with grief as we have witnessed the decline of the North American Church that was once filled with missionary zeal and yet now seems determined to bury itself in a deadly embrace with the spirit of the age. -Peter Akinola

And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper. I have an affection for it, for it was the offspring of happy days, when death and grief were but words, which found no true echo in my heart. -Mary Shelley

Striving to tell his woes, words would not come; For light cares speak, when mighty griefs are dumb. -Samuel Daniel

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

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

Laughter and grief join hands. Always the heart Clumps in the breast with heavy stride; The face grows lined and wrinkled like a chart, The eyes bloodshot with tears and tide. Let the wind blow, for many a man shall die. -Karl Shapiro

They which have no hope of a life to come, may extend their griefs for the loss of this, and equal the days of their mourning with the years of the life of man. -John Pearson

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

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

Pity speaks to grief More sweetly than a band of instruments. -Bryan Procter

And remember, it's also very funny, because side by side with grief lies joy. -Fran Drescher

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

There is a kind of euphoria of grief, a degree of madness. -Nigella Lawson

You don't go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be. -Nigella Lawson

When Michael died I was tipped over the edge. I was beyond grief. -Paula Yates

The hopeless grief of those poor colored people affected me more than almost anything else. -Gideon Welles

During my grief, I realised there was nothing I could do for my mother, but I did have a child. -Namie Amuro

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

I feel like the writer observing the grief, but it is difficult to be detached from it. -Hugh Leonard

Allowing children to show their guilt, show their grief, show their anger, takes the sting out of the situation. -Martha Beck

ABBA: The Movie; I got a lot of grief for working on that. -Lasse Hallstrom

By the breaking in of enraged merciless armies, flourishing countries have been laid waste, great numbers of people have perished in a short time, and many more have been pressed with poverty and grief. -John Woolman

All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward. -Johann Georg Hamann

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

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

Every night when I go to bed, I hope that I may never wake again, and every morning renews my grief. -Franz Schubert

Therefore I do pray and entreat you in the name of Jesus Christ to do so much as to make my being here in Japan known to my poor wife, in a manner a widow and my two children fatherless; which thing only is my greatest grief of heart and conscience. -William Adams

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

When sadness happens in the middle of work, I separate my personal grief from my train of thought. -Sergio Aragones

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

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

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

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how. -James Russell Lowell

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

Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates. -Samuel Johnson

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. -Aeschylus

If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself. -Horace

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. -Marcel Proust

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

The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others. -Anton Chekhov

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. -Chanakya

Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it? -Henry David Thoreau

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

Whoever happens to give birth to mischievous children lives always with unending grief in his spirit and heart. -Hesiod

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

Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves. -Blaise Pascal

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

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. -Chanakya

I hope that tomorrow we can all, wherever we are, join in expressing our grief at Diana's loss, and gratitude for her all-too-short life. It is a chance to show to the whole world the British nation united in grief and respect. -Queen Elizabeth II

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

Going through the grief period of my dad and losing him – that was the worst thing because you know when you get that call. When you are seven, eight years old, you have that almost vision in your mind of what that's going to be like and what your going to feel like and it doesn't prepare you. -Richie Sambora

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

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

In our culture I think most people think of grief as sadness, and that's certainly part of it, a large part of it, but there's also this thorniness, these edges that come out. -Anthony Rapp

'The Killing' has a really great combination of qualities: Even though it's very sad and deals with mourning and grief, it's still exciting. It's about real people and it doesn't shy from the painful points of life. -Joel Kinnaman

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 just think that gay men have much better taste than any straight man I have met. I have never gotten any grief about having a good time, being unapologetic, and irreverent from a gay man. -Kesha

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

What happens when you have great grief in your life is the arteries of that heart begins to spasms down, just literally squeezes down like this because you're feeling the tension of your life and then the heart muscle itself will also begin – to get stressed out. -Mehmet Oz

Viewed from a distance, or through the eye of the All-Knowing CEO of the Universe, the crash of 2008 followed the usual pattern. A long-lived boom driven by cheap credit, going back as far as 1982 (though subject to interruptions in the mid-1980s and 1990s, and in 2001), came to grief because of a rise in the cost of borrowing money. -James Buchan

I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire, but at the same time, there's a real lightheartedness about just the recoverability of life, of how things change, how they're not the same, ever again. -Alice Walker

We live in grief for having left the womb, for having left the teat, then school, then home. In my case, it was leaving marriages, and the death of my wife. -William Shatner

The interesting thing about grief, I think, is that it is its own size. It is not the size of you. It is its own size. And grief comes to you. -Stephen Colbert

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

My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief. -Isabel Allende

Who elected Larry King America's grief counselor? We, the viewing public, did, by driving up his ratings whenever somebody famous passes. -James Wolcott

There are many stages of grief. -Jennifer Aniston

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

Everybody has their burdens, their grief that they carry with them. -Elizabeth Edwards

My grief is that the publishing world, the book writing world is an extraordinary shoddy, dirty, dingy world. -V. S. Naipaul

Let us be honest with each other. The threat to marriage is not the gays. It is a lack of loving commitment – whether it is found in the form of neglect, indifference, cruelty or adultery, to name just a few manifestations of the loveless desert in which too many marriages come to grief. -Malcolm Turnbull

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country. -Kevin Rudd

Shock, confusion, fear, anger, grief, and defiance. On Sept. 11, 2001, and for the three days following the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, President George W. Bush led with raw emotion that reflected the public's whipsawing stages of acceptance. -Ron Fournier

As a child I had dealt with a lot of loss and grief. I was constantly losing my parents, losing my home, constantly moving around, living with this stranger, that stepfather, or whatever. -Erin Gray

I have an eight-year-old child, and I literally can't wrap my mind around the kind of grief that must be felt when you lose a child. -Rainn Wilson

Memories of the last nine years have turned Ground Zero from a site of horror, to a reminder of grief, to an occasion for ludicrous artistic posturing – and now to something very close to parody. -John Podhoretz

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

If the condition of grief is nearly universal, its transactions are exquisitely personal. -Meghan O'Rourke

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

This is part of the complexity of grief: A piece of you recognizes it is an extreme state, an altered state, yet a large part of you is entirely subject to its demands. -Meghan O'Rourke

'Hamlet' is the best description of grief I've read because it dramatizes grief rather than merely describing it. -Meghan O'Rourke

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

'Hamlet' is a play about a man whose grief is deemed unseemly. -Meghan O'Rourke

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

Television has never known what to do with grief, which resists narrative: the dramas of grief are largely internal – for the bereaved, it is a chaotic, intense, episodic period, but the chaos is by and large subterranean, and easily appears static to the friendly onlooker who has absorbed the fact of loss and moved on. -Meghan O'Rourke

My experience, with both my parents, is that grief has a lot of down, sad things, but I was also really emotionally raw, in the first year after each of them passed. Flowers smelled more intensely, my relationships were hotter, and I was more willing to risk. I was going for it a lot more. I was 'unsober' and I wasn't playing by my rules. -Mike Mills

There is a drunkenness to grief, which is good. -Mike Mills

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 can no more reread my own books than I can watch old home movies or look at snapshots of myself as a child. I wind up sitting on the floor, paralyzed by grief and nostalgia. -Francine Prose

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

The grief of losing my father has come in waves over the years, as it does with most people. His love and devotion as a father provided my closest, most intimate relationship. Dad, and our time together, is in my bones. While reflecting on him, the memories themselves seem to boil down into certain 'essences of Dad.' -Jennifer Grant

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

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

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

I work grief and sadness out of my body when I dance, and I bring in joy and rhythm. -Inga Muscio

One might expect that the families of murder victims would be showered with sympathy and support, embraced by their communities. But in reality they are far more likely to feel isolated, fearful, and ashamed, overwhelmed by grief and guilt, angry at the criminal-justice system, and shunned by their old friends. -Eric Schlosser

Even with my father and brother dying, I didn't quite process the grief. -Marc Forster

Humans have a sense of spontaneity and emotion. We have a dichotomy between grief and happiness. -Morena Baccarin

There's nothing that symbolizes loss or grief more than a mother losing a child. -David LaChapelle

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

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

I like big doses of grief when I read: Richard Yates, Flannery O'Connor, Kenzabaro Oe, Thomas Bernhard. -Ben Marcus

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

It is proper to ask for sorrow with Christ in sorrow, anguish with Christ in anguish, tears and deep grief because of the great affliction Christ endures for me. -Saint Ignatius

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

I do kabbalistic meditation. It's not unlike time travel; it can change the past and not just the future. You can look at what was lost and go beyond the grief of what was lost. -Roseanne Barr

Deem no man happy until he passes the end of his life without suffering grief. -Sophocles

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

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

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

Having dealt with a lot of real firefighters, I know there are a lot of guys who, for lack of a better term, become addicted to the grief because it has kept them connected to these guys that they felt responsible for having lost. -Denis Leary

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

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

If trees can create art, if they can encircle the globe seven times in one year, if prisoners can grow plants and raise frogs, then perhaps there are other static entities that we hold inside ourselves, like grief, like addictions, like racism, that can also change. -Nalini Nadkarni

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

I think faith is incredibly important because you will become overwhelmed with what's happening and you will have waves of grief, but when you turn to your faith, I believe God will give you waves of grace to get through it. -Joel Osteen

Michael Jackson fundamentally altered the terms of the debate about African American music. Remember, he was a chocolate, cherubic-faced genius with an African American halo. He had an Afro halo. He was a kid who was capable of embodying all of the high possibilities and the deep griefs that besieged the African American psyche. -Michael Eric Dyson

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

Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness. -Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

I think the worst kind of grief is unacknowledged grief. -Gerry Adams

In writing, I'm totally anti-plans of any kind. All my attempts to plan and plot novels have come to grief, and in expensive ways. -Peter Temple

I'm not sure many writers are trying to reconcile all the things that are separated in our culture – body and mind, urban and pastoral, lyricism and hardboiled, men and women, joy and grief. I tried to do quite a lot, but I wanted to create a serious work of literature. -Nicola Griffith

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

Poetry is emotion, passion, love, grief – everything that is human. It is not for zombies by zombies. -F. Sionil Jose

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 grief is deepest, words are fewest. -Ann Voskamp

One feels as if it could never, never be less. And yet all griefs, when there is no bitterness in them, are soothed down by time. -Jane Welsh Carlyle

While I am aware of no counsel on whether kissing should be reserved only for post-mission dating or courtship, I am aware of plenty of counsel concerning honesty in our actions and treating others with respect and kindness. Casual attitudes about expressions of affection such as kissing can cause much grief and heartache. -John Bytheway

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

I think the heartbreak of September 11 – America's grief not only over the loss of life but also the loss of our own innocence – has expanded us as people because it has tenderized our hearts. On a psychological level, the American people have matured as a result of that awful day. -Marianne Williamson

A deep, black grief gripped Robert Kennedy in the months following his brother's assassination. He lost weight, fell into melancholy silences, wore his brother's clothes, smoked the cigars his brother had liked, and imitated his mannerisms. -Thurston Clarke

There seem to be many causes of depression. One cause is profound loss, grief. Economic hardship we know is linked to depression. We don't have a full picture. -Irving Kirsch

Wayward, disobedient children cause their parents grief and anxiety. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

The thing about grief is that it's a roller coaster – it's up, it's down. The emotions sometimes take over. -Brent Sexton

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

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

I dance. A lot. I work grief and sadness out of my body when I dance, and I bring in joy and rhythm. -Inga Muscio

I got plenty of grief for 'Blackwater,' because in the books, there's this huge chain across the harbor that features prominently in the battle. And we simply weren't able to do it with our budget and do it any justice, so we had to lose it. -Neil Marshall

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

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

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

The work of the artist is to express what is repressed or even to speak the unspoken grief of society. -Michael Leunig

If the nose has become a deeply disillusioned and grief-stricken organ in the modern world, then what of the ear? The poor little ear – such an innocent, intelligent and sensitive creature; in these times of such flagrant sonic brutality, the sense within the ear has much to contend with. -Michael Leunig

I'm part of the tribe who have said goodbye to one parent and are feeling a sense of responsibility for the one who remains – in my case, my mother. How do I make her time smoother, happier? How do I try to ease her, a widow, away from the dark well of grief without dishonoring the necessity of that grief? -Patti Davis

It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward. -Patti Davis

It's very shocking, I think, for people caring for the dying to realise how unsaintly they feel, how much anger is mixed up with their grief. In fact, often I think the anger that they feel is a form of grief; it's a kind of raging against what's happening. -Helen Garner

People talk about grief as if it's kind of an unremittingly awful thing, and it is. It is painful, but it's a very, very interesting sort of thing to go through, and it really helps you out. At the end of the day, it gets you through because you have to reform your relationship, and you have to figure out a way of getting to the future. -Kay Redfield Jamison

In some cases, some people do get depressed in the middle of their grief, and they really need to be treated for depression. -Kay Redfield Jamison

With grief, you have reason to despair; it's a human thing. -Kay Redfield Jamison

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

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

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

In grief, after even the happiest of relationships, we go over things again and again. -Laurie Graham

Social media reactions to celebrity death have taken on a predictable pattern: an outpouring of shock with expressions of grief, followed by a ghoulish need to know all the details, to see the scene of the death and the family in mourning. Then a post-mortem dissection of all the perceived flaws the celebrity had. -Jennifer Armintrout

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

People in grief need someone to walk with them without judging them. -Gail Sheehy

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

To me, death is dark, pain, grief. -Mary Roach

For me, grief is a static thing, and my movies have an extremely dynamic sort of movement. -Susanne Bier

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

After the Boston Marathon bombings, people shared grief and outrage on social media. -Roxane Gay

War isn't just about bravery and courage and jingoism and patriotism. It's also fundamentally about grief. And the people that go and do the fighting and the dying are never the people who actually benefit from the fighting and the dying. -Russell Crowe

More often writing soliloquies of suffering and consolation than collective songs like the dirge, elegists have discovered that lyric sequences can provide a powerful means of addressing the tensions between grief's inchoate emotion and social rituals of mourning. -Susan Stewart

The power of elegy, even in the face of an unbounded grief, to provide a containing form is vividly embodied by Anne Carson's 'Nox,' a nocturne with carefully controlled visual and tactile properties. -Susan Stewart

'Cinderella' touches on loss, and there was definitely a strong sense of grief in my life. -Lily James

God's not complicated – He's really not. And He helps people in their everyday life so that they can get better in relationships, in their job situations, in getting through grief. -Victoria Osteen

One of the biggest challenges of writing for middle-grade or even young-adult readers is that I don't want to have too much violence in it – which really limits what you can do. It's important that they're not just bloodbaths or glorifying violence. I always try to show that a person who dies leaves a hole. There's grief in my books. -Alane Ferguson

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

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

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

A few weeks before the jubilee began in 2002, Queen Elizabeth died, and the public outpouring of grief and affection, with hundreds of thousands of people queuing for hours to pass by her coffin, showed how widely and deeply loved she was. -William Shawcross

Death has its revelations: the great sorrows which open the heart open the mind as well; light comes to us with our grief. As for me, I have faith; I believe in a future life. How could I do otherwise? My daughter was a soul; I saw this soul. I touched it, so to speak. -Victor Hugo

A man will speedily sit down and sympathize with a friend's griefs, but if he sees him honored and esteemed, he is apt to regard him as a rival and does not so readily rejoice with him. This ought not to be; without effort, we ought to be happy in our brother's happiness. -Charles Spurgeon

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

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

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

Acknowledgment of grief – well, it makes feeling the grief easier, not harder. -Elizabeth McCracken

I was struck after 9/11 by what seemed the assumption that everyone bereaved by that event was suffering the same thing. I wanted to explore how individual grief is, how complicated, how colored by the complexity of the mourner's relationship with the person who's died. -Sue Miller

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 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

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

As crime writers, we put these characters, year after year, book after book, through the most horrendous trauma, dealing with grief and death and loss and violence. We can't pretend that these things don't affect these characters; they have to. If they don't, then you're essentially writing cartoons. -Mark Billingham

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

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

One of the things that happens to everyone who is grief-stricken, who has lost someone, is there comes a time when everyone else just wants you to get over it, but of course you don't get over it. You get stronger; you try and live on; you endure; you change; but you don't get over it. You carry it with you. -Edward Hirsch

I think ancient cultures incorporated death into the experience of life in a more natural way than we have done. In our obsessive focus on youth, on celebrity, our denial of death makes it harder for people who are grieving to find a place for that grief. -Edward Hirsch

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

Poets have always celebrated grief as one of the deepest human emotions. -Edward Hirsch

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

'Hard Hit,' a YA collection of poems, explores the country of grief and survival. Mark, a 16-year-old boy and skilled pitcher, must confront the coming death of his beloved father with the help of his friends, family, baseball, and an idiosyncratic belief in God. I used my own experience of my parents' deaths to inform this journey. -Ann Turner

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

I don't move away from grief, rather through it. -Taya Kyle

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

Good grief, we're getting offended by everything these days! People can't say anything without offending somebody. -Hillary Clinton

When a network passes, you really mourn the show. The official state of grief in Hollywood is saying you're taking around a dead pilot. -Rachel Bloom

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

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

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

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'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

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

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.

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

Occupation – pressing occupation that will not be said nay – is a sovereign remedy for grief. -William Godwin

If a poet does not tell the truth about time, his or her work will not survive it. Past or present, there is a human dimension to time, human voices within it, and human griefs ordained by it. -Eavan Boland

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

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

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 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

I was working the Gulf of Mexico on oil rigs, flying helicopters. I'd lost my family to my years of failing as a songwriter. All I had were bills, child support, and grief. And I was about to get fired for not letting 24 hours go between the throttle and the bottle. It looked like I'd trashed my act. But there was something liberating about it. -Kris Kristofferson

The Holocaust remains unique in contemporary Jewish consciousness for its capacity to engender the most visceral grief and abject pain. -Ephraim Mirvis

In American culture we are supposed to take a pill when we're depressed or in grief as opposed to actually feeling. -Laura Dern

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

My mom is my biggest support and critic. I've tried to be a good son, and I don't think I've given her a single day of grief. I want her to know she has my unconditional love. -Tiger Shroff

Especially with grief and heartbreak, you can go through these things and think, 'I will never be whole again.' -Adam Silvera

I haven't written adult fiction, but I do not sugarcoat grief – or what I expect grief to be. -Adam Silvera

People deal with grief in many different ways. And some people in show business parade their relationships around like an accessory, and others like to keep it separate from business and commerce. It's perfectly fine to say, 'I actually don't want to talk about my love because that's not part of the fantasy world I created in commerce.' -RuPaul

The spoken word is man's physician in grief. For this alone has soothing charms for the soul. -Menander

I tried to avoid anything that caused me frustration or grief or duress. I played FarmVille and procrastinated like all teenagers. -Hozier

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

I am a troll. And do you know what? I really don't like social media apart from that aspect of it. Posting pictures of me doing this or that is really boring, but I enjoy engaging with people. I tell them it's just a laugh and to stay in touch if you're getting any grief. They're just opinions. -James Blunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why would you want to be be counseled in your grief? It's too private. -Sam Shepard

Most people deal with grief in an awkward way, and that can be funny. -John Cho

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

My mother, who is nearly ninety now, still talks continually about my father. All my life, I've been aware of her grief about his absence and her strong pride in his conduct. -Derek Walcott

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

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 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

'Hiraeth' means homesickness to a home to which you cannot return: the grief of the lost places of your past. I fell in love with the word and instantly connected to it. It reminded me of the days when I had left my home in Gwalior, and I had that strange pull in my stomach, and now I can so relate to this word. -Harshvardhan Rane

The journalist confines himself to the clean, gentlemanly work of exposing the griefs and shames of others. -Janet Malcolm

Kevin Williamson and I wrote a show about loss and grief that just so happened to have vampires in it. -Julie Plec

I know there are five stages of grief, but my parents raised me to pull up my socks when times get tough. -Tom Steyer

'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

'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

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

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

You never say and do the things you wish you had said or done when someone close to you may not be around in awhile. Closure is impossible; that's the heart of the grief you will carry with you for the rest of your life. -Jesse Andrews

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

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

Sadness, irritability, fatigue, and distractedness are among the most common side effects of grief while parenting. -Rachel Simmons

Social media forces girls to bear witness to painful realities of relationship that were previously hidden from view. It is a new kind of TMI, or 'too much information': publicly posted photographs of an outing or party you did not attend, or a personal web page like Formspring, can send a girl into paroxysms of anxiety and grief. -Rachel Simmons

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

It would have been great if there were a trauma center located in our community, where you could access grief counseling and be able to address it in a healthy manner. -Susan Burton

I do a lot of book signings and conventions every year, and I meet a great many readers who are struggling… they're working through illness, injury, addiction, depression, grief, or some other trauma. It seems to me that there's a lot of heroism in fighting those things as well, as best you can. -Gail Simone

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

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

I have learned that grief is a vital part of my heart and accept it as a gift that exists alongside joy. -Mandy Ingber

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

Your grief path is yours alone, and no one else can walk it, and no one else can understand it. -Terri Irwin

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

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

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

When we lost Steve, the grief was understandable, but I wasn't prepared for how scary everything became – that fear factor of 'Now I'm doing this on my own.' -Terri Irwin

As much sorrow and grief as came from 9/11, there have also come positives. -Mack Wilberg

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

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

Black Lives Matter started from a post that I put on Facebook after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. I woke up in the middle of the night sobbing, just trying to process what had happened and wanting to find community around being in a lot of grief and having a lot of rage. -Alicia Garza

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

There's a competitive grief atmosphere in acting classes. Like, whoever has the biggest trauma is sort of like the winner of the day today or gets the A+. That, I could identify with from when I sort of dabbled with method acting classes when I was a teenager. -Sarah Goldberg

When I was in my late teens, a couple of friends passed away suddenly. This was quite distressing, but after a while, as tends to happen when one is once or twice removed from grief, I stopped thinking about them all the time. -Ayobami Adebayo

In my own life, I have found grief to be enormously distorting, particularly if it's sudden or extreme in nature. -Laura van den Berg

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

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

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

After I quit the U.S. Ski Team, there was a fair amount of, you know, grief that follows that, and I just wanted to take a year off. And I had a friend that lived in Los Angeles, said I could crash on his couch. And so I just kind of did the first really spontaneous thing I'd done in my young adult life. -Molly Bloom

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

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. -Lemmy

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

Blast my record out the windows of your Honda Accord. And if anyone gives you grief, you look them right in the eye and tell them Rick Ross told you wealth begins in the heart. -Rick Ross

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

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

Good horror is about so much more than slashing: it's a way of examining grief and loss of self. -Lucy Boynton

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

An actor's job is to find variations of the same emotion in his being so that every time he expresses grief or joy, it doesn't look the same. -Naseeruddin Shah

I always noticed that in art school, that grief was considered more profound than happiness. But why? -Brad Bird

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

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

They say seven stages of grief. I think it's more like 77. -Joely Fisher

I can do glamour, but I can also play something like I did in the play 'Wild Justice,' where I was demented with grief and anger, and there was snot coming out of my nose, and my clothes were all over the place. -Anita Dobson

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

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

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

Being reminded of your past doesn't mean that you have to live with constant grief. It simply means that you have been given the opportunity to transform your past into something positive. -Abby Johnson

When I was 12, my mother passed away from heart failure, leaving us in grief and in debt from her medical bills. -Arnel Pineda

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

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