"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness,
but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
They are messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love."
- Washington Irving
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
- C. S. Lewis
"If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble."
"Those things that hurt, instruct."
- Benjamin Franklin
"Happiness is beneficial for the body,
but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind."
- Marcel Post
"If you’re going through hell, keep going."
- Winston Churchill
"There is no grief which time does not lessen and soften."
"Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can;
and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys."
- Alphonse de Lamartine
"The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair and
confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement,
who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing...
that is a friend who cares."
- Henri Nouwen
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that
which has been your delight."
- Kahlil Gibran
"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly,
acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still
know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
- Agatha Christie
"Every joy will follow in grief’s footsteps."
- A Malawian Proverb
"Have faith in your dreams, and someday,
your rainbow will come smiling through.
No matter how your heart is grieving,
if you keep on believing,
the dreams that you wish will come true"
- Emily Bronte
- dedicated to J and K, my rocks, who never stop
smiling through their years pain.