Quotes on Death And Loss

The only true borders lie between day and night, between life and death, between hope and loss. Erin Hunter

On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world. Henry David Thoreau

Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. Rossiter W. Raymond

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. Washington Irving

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not "get over" the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

When the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. Khalil Gibran

The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost. Arthur Schopenhauer

Men sooner forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony Niccolo Machiavelli

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Leo Buscaglia

He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A human life is a story told by God. Hans Christian Andersen

Ours is a society of denial that conditions us to protect ourselves from any direct difficulty and discomfort. We expend enormous energy denying our insecurity, fighting pain, death and loss and hiding from the basic truths of the natural world and of our own nature. Jack Kornfield

If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. James O'Barr

Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. Steve Jobs

I walked a mile with Pleasure; She chattered all the way. But left me none the wiser For all she had to say. I walked a mile with Sorrow And ne'er a word said she; But oh, the things I learned from her When Sorrow walked with me! Robert Browning

in the context of loss, each child is an only to her or his parents. Human relationships do not fill in for, do not substitute for, do not replace each other. Marcia Falk

I never lost as much but twice, And that was in the sod. Emily Dickinson

And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up! Charles Dickens

It is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life; 'tis rather an embrio state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals? Benjamin Franklin

And with the morn those angel faces smile Which I have loved long since and lost awhile. John Henry Newman

Tears are God's gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow. Rita Schiano

Friends share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. Henri Nouwen

Life and death appear more certainly ours than whatsoever else; and yet hardly can that be called ours, which comes without our knowledge, and goes without it. Walter Savage Landor

Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days That are no more, and shall no more return. Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed; I stay a little longer, as one stays To cover up the embers that still burn. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. Samuel Johnson

Die happily and look forward to taking up a new and better form. Like the sun, only when you set in the west can you rise in the east. Rumi

Fungi are the interface organisms between life and death. Paul Stamets

I knew that time would now pass for me differently than it would for him-that I, like everyone in that room, would go on accumulating loves and losses while he would not. And for me, that was the final and truly unbearable tragedy: Like all the innumerable dead, he'd once and for all been demoted from haunted to haunter. John Green

This was another item about growing up: you encountered all the cliches of love and loss and heartbreak. Sylvia Brownrigg

Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back. Marcus Aurelius

Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity. Mother Teresa

Am I incapable of living with the one sole guarantee, that I'm still here? Am I afraid of living because I fear death? Hildegard Knef

You don't die in the United States, you underachieve. Jerzy Kosinski

the anxiety arising from the perpetual activity of the death instinct, though never eliminated, is counteracted and kept at bay by the power of the life instinct. Melanie Klein

A poem's life and death dependeth still Not on the poet's wits, but reader's will. Alexander Brome

Death is not a self-evident phenomenon. The margins between life and death are socially and culturally constructed, mobile, multiple, and open to dispute and reformulation. Margaret M. Lock

Would words shatter the immensity of life and death so close to one another? Susan Abulhawa

Death, which hateth and destroyeth a man, is believed; God, which hath made him and loves him, is always deferred. Walter Raleigh

In this world, there is life and death; he who misses the life shall never die anymore, because he is already a dead! Mehmet Murat Ildan

Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

He kept at true good humor's mark The social flow of pleasure's tide: He never made a brow look dark, Nor caused a tear, but when he died. Thomas Love Peacock

Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains. Khalil Gibran

I think of death as some delightful journey that I shall take when all my tasks are done. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

When great loss happens - deaths close to you or your own approaching death - this is an opportunity for stepping completely out of identification with form and realizing the essence of who you are, or that the essence of anyone who is suffering or dying is beyond death. Eckhart Tolle

The fight between life and death is to the finish, and death ultimately is the victor . . . I do not deplore the passing of these crude old days. Jack Johnson

The difference between trying to be fit and not being fit really means the difference between life and death. Bruce Willis

Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Life and death, union and separation, follow hard upon one another. Nothing is steadfast but the will, nothing endures but one's achieve-ments. These alone count in life. Yoshida Shoin

But only agony, and that has ending; And the worst friend and enemy is but Death. Rupert Brooke

Everywhere we shine death and life burn into something new... Aberjhani

No one can keep his griefs in their prime; they use themselves up. Emile M Cioran

I try to make my characters kind of ordinary, somebody that anybody could be. Because we've all had loves, perhaps love and loss, people can relate to my characters. Maeve Binchy

At one hundred, surely you learn to overcome loss and grief-or do they hound you till the bitter end? Andre Aciman

Antoine St. Exupery once mourned the loss of a man and the secret treasures that he held inside him. I loved Exupery; I will read him again, and he will talk to me, not being dead, or gone. Is that life after death - mind living on paper and flesh living in offspring? Maybe. I do not know. Sylvia Plath

For some moments in life there are no words. David Seltzer

We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love Madame De Stael

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness Erich Fromm

Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. Robert Louis Stevenson

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Death is close enough at hand so we do not need to be afraid of life. Friedrich Nietzsche

Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives. John Galsworthy

Mourning is one of the most profound human experiences that it is possible to have... The deep capacity to weep for the loss of a loved one and to continue to treasure the memory of that loss is one of our noblest human traits. Edwin S. Shneidman

We are ignorant of the Beyond because this ignorance is the condition of our own life. Just as ice cannot know fire except by melting and vanishing. Jules Renard

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colours of life in all their purity. George Santayana

Death makes no sense except to people who have passionately loved life. How can one die without having something to part from? Detachment is a negation of both life and death. Whoever has overcome his fear of death has also triumphed over life. For life is nothing but another word for this fear. Emile M Cioran

Regarding love what can you say? It's not the quantity of your sexual relations that counts. It's the quality. On the other hand if the quantity drops below once every eight months, I would definitely look into it. Woody Allen

The mature, forty-five-year-old woman, quite experienced in matters of life and death, knows that it was 'for the best,' but Daddy's girl, who hung onto his belt and danced fox trots on the tops of his shoes, cannot accept that Daddy is not here anymore. Mary-Lou Weisman

To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one's own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there. Friedrich Nietzsche

Death ends a life, not a relationship. Jack Lemmon

The song is ended, but the melody lingers on... Irving Berlin

We can't hold on to anyone or anything, you know. We lose everything except that which we carry within us. Lisa Unger

Love may precede respect but it cannot survive the loss of it. Joe L. Wheeler

Little losses amaze, great tame. George Herbert

The greatest losses are unknown and unknowable. W Edwards Deming

Lately we have had many losses. Quintilian

Man, when he does not grieve, hardly exists. Antonio Porchia

God's finger touched him, and he slept. Alfred Lord Tennyson

What protects you in this world from sadness and from the loss of an ability to do something? ... Work and love. Maira Kalman

A man is not completely born until he is dead. Benjamin Franklin

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