Quotations on Grief

Alas! I have not words to tell my grief;
To vent my sorrow would be some relief;
Light sufferings give us leisure to complain;
We groan, we cannot speak, in greater pain.

Light griefs are plaintive, but great ones are dumb.—Seneca.

If the internal griefs of every man could be read, written on his forehead, how many who now excite envy would appear to be the objects of pity?—Metastasio.

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

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

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.

What an argument in favor of social connections is the observation that by communicating our grief we have less, and by communicating our pleasure we have more.—Greville.

They truly mourn that mourn without a witness.—Byron.

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

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

Grief is the culture of the soul, it is the true fertilizer.—Madame de Girardin.

It is folly to tear one's hair in sorrow, as if grief could be assuaged by baldness.—Cicero.

Dr. Holmes says, both wittily and truly, that crying widows are easiest consoled.—H.W. Shaw.

Great grief makes sacred those upon whom its hand is laid. Joy may elevate, ambition glorify, but sorrow alone can consecrate.—Horace Greeley.

Every one can master a grief but he that has it.—Shakespeare.

Who fails to grieve, when just occasion calls,
Or grieves too much, deserves not to be blest:
Inhuman, or effeminate, his heart.