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It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.

SOPHOCLES, Oedipus Rex

Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief,
And not seek for kind relief?

WILLIAM BLAKE, On Another's Sorrow

Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.


Joy and grief were mingled in the cup; but there were no bitter tears: for even grief itself arose so softened, and clothed in such sweet and tender recollections, that it became a solemn pleasure, and lost all character of pain.


Forbear to trifle longer with thy grief,
Which, vulture-like, consumes thee in this den.

Great grief is a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched.

VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables

Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break.


In life there is not time to grieve long.

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.

ALEXANDRE DUMAS, The Count of Monte Cristo

All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.


If my neighbors manage to survive without killing themselves, without going mad, maintaining an interest in political parties, not yielding to despair, resolutely pursuing the fight for existence, can their griefs really be genuine?

OSAMU DAZAI, No Longer Human

The way through grief is grief itself.

JANE HAMILTON, A Map of the World

The closest bonds we will ever know are bonds of grief. The deepest community one of sorrow.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, All the Pretty Horses

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