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]
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.