Quotations About
loss

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

Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?

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

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

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

Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death… others through sheer inability to cross the street.

The Waves (1931)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

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

And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.

The Arrow and the Song (1845)

Accept loss forever

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

I have discovered a goodness and decency in people as exhibited in all the letters, e-mails, flowers, gifts and prayers that have been directed my way. I am overwhelmed and humbled. I offer you my most sincere thanks and my deep and abiding gratitude. If I ever write my memoirs, I have some spellbinding material. How does the Joni Mitchell song go? “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? One thing I’ve discovered is that I love my job more than I thought I did, and I love my wife even more!

"Roger writes to readers" Chicago Sun Times (11 October 2006)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

Flynn Rider: You were my new dream.
Rapunzel: And you were mine.

Posted in: Tangled