When you are unsure of the right words to share, offering a meaningful quote about sorrow and grief can help bring the right amount of comfort.

The quotes below are arranged topically. After some general quotes, the topics are categorized with specific quotes based on the subjects of death, grief, inspiration and strength, memories, mourning, offering words of condolence, and tribute.

  • Death

    “Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.”

    Theodore Roosevelt

    “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

    Woody Allen

    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

    Mark Twain

    “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

    Mitch Albom, “Tuesdays With Morrie”

    “‘Tis after death that we measure men.”

    James Baron Hope

  • Grief

    “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

    John Green, “The Fault in Our Stars”

    “Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.”

    Anne Roiphe

    “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

    Queen Elizabeth II

    “Grief cannot be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.”

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.”

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

    “Tears are the silent language of grief.”


    “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 a normal and natural response to loss. It is originally an unlearned feeling process. Keeping grief inside increases your pain.”

    Anne Grant

    “No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.”

    C.S. Lewis

    “You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the future.”

    Jan Glidewell

    “Grief and sadness knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can and common sufferings are far stronger than common joys.”

    Alphonse de Lamartine

    “Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.”

    Christian Bovee

    “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.”

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it.”

    Turkish Proverb

    “Tears are the silent language of grief.”


    “Grief makes one hour ten.”


    “Bereavement unravels like a piece of cloth, the fabric of your life over time you will be able to reweave your piece of cloth, but the cloth will have a new pattern.”


    “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.”


    “Man, when he does not grieve, hardly exists.”

    Antonio Porchia

    “Sorrow makes us all children again – destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Time is a physician that heals every grief.”


  • Inspiration and Strength

    “Honest listening is one of the best medicines we can offer the dying and the bereaved.”

    Jean Cameron

    “Life after loss is … a new normal.”

    Ted Bowman

    “The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.”

    Mignon McLaughlin

    “Have courage for the great sorrows in life, and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

    Victor Hugo

    “Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.”

    Dan Rather

  • Memories

    “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”

    Antonio Porchia

    “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

    Thomas Campbell

    “We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

    Cesare Pavese

    “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, (protecting its sanity), covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.”

    Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

  • Mourning

    “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquntly than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of grief and unspeakable love.”

    Washington Irving

    “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are the sign of a pure heart.”

    Jose N. Harris

    “Tears water our growth.”


  • Offering Words of Condolence

    “At all crucial moments in our lives we want to speak without knowing what to say.”

    Joyce Carol Oates

    “There are times when there are too few words left to heal us, when what we wish for is to be carried, when all we have left is the hope that tomorrow will be a more gentle place to land than today.”

    Author Unknown

  • Tribute

    “The best tribute you can make to a loved one is the life you live after the death.”


  • General

    “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”

    Leo Tolstoy

    “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 without knowing … not healing, not curing … that is a friend who cares.”

    Henri Nouwen

    “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

    Satchell Paige

    “The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”

    Abraham Lincoln

    “The most I ever did for you, was to outlive you, but that is much.”

    Edna St Vincent Millay

    “The presence of that absence is everywhere.”

    Edna St Vincent Millay

    “Fighting the entropy of life can make peace feel elusive, but it is always somewhere inside of us, waiting for our attention. Even when we can’t find the moments, we can believe in its ongoing presence.”

    Cendra Lynn

    “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

    Soren Kierkegaard

    “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

    Winston Churchill


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