30 Grief Quotes on Grieving and Finding the Strength to Carry On

Grief comes in many forms but arises from something we fear the most – loss. Lost chances, possibilities, and relationships, they all set us to a path of grief. When we lose someone precious to us, we grieve even more. We grieve the life that was taken from us, the light that was lost, and the future that will be forever changed.

If you are dealing with any type of grief, here are 30 grief quotes that we hope would help you feel less alone in your sorrow.

Grief Quotes

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 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. – Rumi

Grief is the price we pay for love – Queen Elizabeth II

grief love quotes

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

Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. – Vicki Harrison

grief ocean quotes

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

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

Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive. – Haruki Murakami

grief losing quotes

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

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not “get over” the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to. – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross & John Kessler

Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything. – C.S. Lewis

grief absence quotes

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

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while & leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same. – C.C.Scott

What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller

grief lose quotes

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

Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can’t even cry. – Charles Bukowski

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. – Rumi

grief grieve quotes

Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people. – Orson Scott Card

Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief. – Nicholas Sparks

Grieving is a necessary passage and a difficult transition to finally letting go of sorrow – it is not a permanent rest stop. – Dodinsky


No matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief. – Faraaz Kazi

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart. – José N. Harris

They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite. –  Cassandra Clare


Tears are the silent language of grief. – Voltaire

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. – Franz Schubert

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. – Anne Roiphe


When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity, when your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion. – Stephen Levine

Grief is not a disorder, a disease or sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve. – Earl Grollman


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

Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them. – Paulo Coelho

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