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When we suffer anguish we return to early childhood because that is the period in which we first learnt to suffer the experience of total loss. It was more than that. It was the period in which we suffered more total losses than in all the rest of our life put together.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comet in the morning. [Psalms 30:5]

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless.

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Profession: British Poet

Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality.

Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Profession: American Writer

Pain hardens, and great pain hardens greatly, whatever the comforters say, and suffering does not ennoble, though it may occasionally lend a certain rigid dignity of manner to the suffering frame.

Author: Antonia S. Byatt (1936)

Profession: British Writer, Critic

No one can keep his grieves in their prime; they use themselves up.

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

There is immunity in reading, immunity in formal society, in office routine, in the company of old friends and in the giving of officious help to strangers, but there is no sanctuary in one bed from the memory of another. The past with its anguish will break through every defense-line of custom and habit; we must sleep and therefore we must dream.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

One often calms one's grief by recounting it.

Author: Pierre Corneille (1606-1684)

Profession: French Dramatist

Grief is the agony of an instant. The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.

Author: Sufi Epigram


Time takes away the grief of men.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

In all the silent manliness of grief.

Author: Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright

In private grief with careless scorn. In public seem to triumph and not to mourn.

Author: Grannville