Quotations About / On: GRIEF
Some crave grief like strong drink.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
After desolation, grief brings back our humanity.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
Like love, grief fades in and out.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
(C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), British author. A Grief Observed (1961).
Opening words of Lewis's book of mourning for his dead wife.)
I have always fought for ideasuntil I learned that it isn't ideas but grief, struggle, and flashes of vision which enlighten.
(Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969).)
The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in An Evil Night, Works, vol. 5, p. 386, "Nauka" (1976).
About characters' reaction to a fire.)
Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.
(Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of the Heart," aph. 40, Characters (1688).)
Jealousy is a grievous passion that jealously seeks what causes grief.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1830).)
Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 12, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," (1897).)
Paris: a city of pleasures and amusements where four-fifths of the people die of grief.
(Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 496 (1796, trans. 1926).)