Quotations About
grief

We gather here in memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America.

Speech at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil, December 16, 2012
Posted in: Barack Obama

In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you’ve looked out for each other, and you’ve cared for one another, and you’ve loved one another. This is how Newtown will be remembered. And with time, and God’s grace, that love will see you through.

Speech at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil, December 16, 2012
Posted in: Barack Obama

“I know it. I know everything.”
She waited a moment. “What do you know?”
“No use making more people. People die.”
His voice was very calm and quiet and almost sad.
“That’s everything.”

I answer the question, ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with here in my heart and mind and memories.

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Posted in: Maya Angelou

Coach Taylor: Give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable and we will all at some point in our lives fall; we will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts…that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us and that when it is taken from us we will be tested…we will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times…it is this pain that allows us to look inside ourselves.

When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.

Posted in: Twilight

Kurt: I’m going. I need to see him. I haven’t seen him since. I’m not sleeping. I’m living off of Ambien and The Notebook.

Posted in: Glee

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

In Memoriam A.H.H. (1849)
Posted in: Alfred Tennyson

Between grief and nothing I will take grief.

The Wild Palms (1939)
Posted in: William Faulkner

I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind — and that of the minds who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.

As I Lay Dying (1930)
Posted in: William Faulkner

C.S. Lewis: Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers any more. Only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I’ve been given the choice: as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.

Posted in: Shadowlands

Jack: What’s happening to me, Warnie? I can’t see her anymore. I can’t remember her face.
Warnie: I expect it’s shock.
Jack: I’m so afraid of never seeing her again–thinking that suffering is just suffering after all. No cause, no purpose, no pattern.
Warnie: I…I don’t know what to tell you, Jack.
Jack: Nothing, there is nothing to say. I know that now. I’ve just come up against experience, Warnie. Experience is a brutal teacher…but you learn. My God you learn.

Posted in: Shadowlands

Her absence is no more emphatic in those places than anywhere else. It’s not local at all. I suppose if one were forbidden all salt one wouldn’t notice it much more in any one food more than another. Eating in general would be different, every day, at every meal. It is like that. The act of living is different all through. Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.

Posted in: A Grief Observed

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.

My mother had a look on her face that I’ll never forget. It was one of complete despair and horror, for losing Bing, for being so foolish as to think she could use faith to change fate.

The Joy Luck Club (1989)
Posted in: Amy Tan

Adama: Are they the lucky ones? That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it? We’re a long way from home. We’ve jumped way beyond the Red Line, into uncharted space. Limited supplies, limited fuel. No allies, and now, no hope? Maybe it would have been better for us to have died quickly, back on the Colonies with our families, instead of dying out here slowly, in the emptiness of dark space. Where shall we go? What shall we do? Life here began out there.

Miniseries, Part 2

Stop dying. Am trying to write a comedy.

Telegram to his brother, upon the news that Addison was fatally ill.
Posted in: Wilson Mizner

Sam: Don’t go where I can’t follow.

…if you opposed Thatcher’s ideas it was likely because of their lack of compassion, which is really just a word for love. If love is something you cherish, it is hard to glean much joy from death, even in one’s enemies.

The Guardian, Tuesday 9 April 2013
Posted in: Russell Brand

Accept loss forever

"Belief & Technique For Modern Prose: List of Essentials" in a letter to Don Allen (1958)
Posted in: Jack Kerouac