Thursday, January 15, 2009

13 Quotes on Sadness

Just 13 quotes on sadness, etc, for the Thursday Thirteen. Dear God, Grandaddy getting sick does NOT equal a good birthday present. Thanks. May I return it?

13 Quotes on Sadness

[1] It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ~Colette

[2] Sorrow you can hold, however desolating, if nobody speaks to you. If they speak, you break down. ~Bede Jarrett

[3] Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

[4] 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

[5] The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep. ~Henry Maudsley

[6] 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. ~George Eliot

[7] As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us. As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us. ~Sascha, as posted on

[8] I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. - Joseph Addison

[9] However long the night, the dawn will break. -African Proverb

[10] The silence that guards the tomb does not reveal God's secret in the obscurity of the coffin, and the rustling of the branches whose roots suck the body's elements do not tell the mysteries of the grave, by the agonized sighs of my heart announce to the living the drama which love, beauty, and death have performed. -Kahlil Gibran

[11] Out of sorrow entire worlds have been built Out of longing great wonders have been willed. -Nick Cave

[12] Hey God, can this world really be as sad as it seems? -Nine Inch Nails

[13] For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.' -John Greenleaf Whittier


  1. "...weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5

    Scripture has even more on sadness - that could be another "13" list all by itself. Interesting how close the above is to the Africa proverb you quoted...

  2. "When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. 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 know you already have a quote by him, but I love this one. Praying for you in this hard time!!


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