Loss Quotes


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

Change    Grief    Loss    Revelation

If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.

Factotum

Charles Bukowski

Factotum
Fire    Flame    Isolation    Laughter    Loss    Sacrifice

You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.

Grief    Loss    Recovery

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

Grief    Grieving    Hope    Loss    Love    Pain    Sadness    Strength    Tears

The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we'd done were less real and important than they had been hours before.

Grief    Loss    Memory

Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.

Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.

For One More Day

Mitch Albom For One More Day

For One More Day

I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.

Evermore

Alyson Noel

Evermore
Alyson    Evermore    Immortals    Loss    Noel

You’ll get over it… It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?

Written on the Body

Jeanette Winterson

Written on the Body
Loss    Love

It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.

Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That's the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what's left, that's the part you have to make up as you go.

The Music Lesson

Katharine Weber

The Music Lesson
Life    Loss

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?

Democracy    Fascism    Liberty    Loss    Politics    Society    Totalitarianism    War

Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it's time for them to be hurt.

Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood
Endurance    Life    Loss    Love

We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.

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.

Life    Loss

Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.

No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it

Eleven Minutes

Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes

My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That's just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.

Death    Grief    Grieving    Loss    Love    Sadness

That what I need to survive is not Gale's fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that.

Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay
Fire    Life    Loss

It all goes away. Eventually, everything goes away.

She's not here," I tell him. Buttercup hisses again. "She's not here. You can hiss all you like. You won't find Prim." At her name, he perks up. Raises his flattened ears. Begins to meow hopefully. "Get out!" He dodges the pillow I throw at him. "Go away! There's nothing left for you here!" I start to shake, furious with him. "She's not coming back! She's never ever coming back here again!" I grab another pillow and get to my feet to improve my aim. Out of nowhere, the tears begin to pour down my cheeks. "She's dead, you stupid cat. She's dead.

Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay

Losing me will hurt; it will be the kind of pain that won't feel real at first, and when it does, it will take her breath away.

If I Stay

Gayle Forman

If I Stay

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth
Bereavement    Grief    Loss    Mourning    Sadness    Sorrow    Words

When You Are Old"
WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Age    Loss    Love

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.

Attachment    Death    Loss    Worth

It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn't have something in the first place. I guess that's what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.

The heaviness of loss in her heart hadn't eased, but there was room there for humour, too.

Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.

Death    God    Loss    Purpose    Understanding

You never knew the last time you were seeing someone. You didn't know when the last argument happened, or the last time you had sex, or the last time you looked into their eyes and thanked God they were in your life.
After they were gone?
That was all you thought about.
Day and night.

Lover Mine

J.R. Ward

Lover Mine
Life    Loss    Love    Shit happens    Suck it up

It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed. If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven't, you cannot possibly imagine it.

The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning
Death    Grief    Loss

She took a step and didn't want to take any more, but she did.

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

It sucks that we miss people like that. You think you've accepted that someone is out of your life, that you've grieved and it's over, and then bam. One little thing, and you feel like you've lost that person all over again.

Grief    Loss

Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.

Broken    Broken hearts    Comforting    Crying    Doctor    Father    God    Healing    Heart    Heartbreak    Heavenly father    Hurt    Listen    Listening    Loss    Pain    Recovery    Tears

You never know what you have till you've lost it.

Evermore

Alyson Noel

Evermore

You don't know who is important to you until you actually lose them.

So that's how we live our lives. No matter how deep and fatal the loss, no matter how important the thing that's stolen from us--that's snatched right out of our hands--even if we are left completely changed, with only the outer layer of skin from before, we continue to play out our lives this way, in silence. We draw ever nearer to the end of our allotted span of time, bidding it farewell as it trails off behind. Repeating, often adroitly, the endless deeds of the everyday. Leaving behind a feeling of immeasurable emptiness.

It’s the same with people who say, ‘Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ Even people who say this must realize that the exact opposite is true. What doesn’t kill you maims you, cripples you, leaves you weak, makes you whiny and full of yourself at the same time. The more pain, the more pompous you get. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you incredibly annoying.

Loss    Love    Pain

In time, in time they tell me, I'll not feel so bad. I don't want time to heal me. There's a reason I'm like this.
I want time to set me ugly and knotted with loss of you, marking me. I won't smooth you away.
I can't say goodbye.

The Scar

China Miéville

The Scar
Death    Healing    Loss

In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.

My Sister's Keeper

Jodi Picoult

Child    English    Inadequacy of words    Language    Lose    Loss    Mourning    Parent

Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

The Road
Allegory    Brooks    Creation    Destruction    Earth    Environment    Fish    Glens    Loss    Man    Maps    Mystery    Nature    Parable    Past    Trout    Wonder    World

Adam is crying and somewhere inside of me I am crying, too, because I'm feeling things at last. I'm feeling not just the physical pain, but all that I have lost, and it is profound and catastrophic and will leave a crater in me that nothing will ever fill.

If I Stay

Gayle Forman

If I Stay
Death    Loss

Issac:"I dislike living in a world without Augustus Waters."
Computer: "I don't understand-"
Issac: "Me neither. Pause

Greif    Loss    Sadness

Everyone keeps telling me that time heals all wounds, but no one can tell me what I’m supposed to do right now. Right now I can’t sleep. It’s right now that I can’t eat. Right now I still hear his voice and sense his presence even though I know he’s not here. Right now all I seem to do is cry. I know all about time and wounds healing, but even if I had all the time in the world, I still don’t know what to do with all this hurt right now.

Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that's lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O Never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.

Whoever said that loss gets easier with time was a liar. Here's what really happens: The spaces between the times you miss them grow longer. Then, when you do remember to miss them again, it's still with a stabbing pain to the heart. And you have guilt. Guilt because it's been too long since you missed them last.

But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.

For One More Day

Mitch Albom For One More Day

For One More Day
Alone    Back up    Death    Death of a loved one    Dying    Fight    Loss    Parents

My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.

Watership Down

Richard Adams

Watership Down
Death    Grief    Loss

Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks. Once my eyes open, I'm heavy, like there's to much gravity on my heart.

Twenty Boy Summer

Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer
Grief    Loss    Love

Relationships take up energy; letting go of them, psychiatrists theorize, entails mental work. When you lose someone you were close to, you have to reassess your picture of the world and your place in it. The more your identity was wrapped up with the deceased, the more difficult the loss.

Death    Grief    Identity    Loss    Mourning    Relationships

Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering.

Death    Grief    Loss    Mourning    Suffering

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