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- Employment is the surest antidote to sorrow.
- Ann Radcliffe (1764 - 1823), The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764
- It is light grief that can take counsel.
- Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
- Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)
- These days grief seems like walking on a frozen river; most of the time he feels safe enough, but there is always that danger he will plunge through.
- David Nicholls, One Day, 2010
- Grief is Newark. It's there. Can't avoid it. The idea is to hold your nose, hope the traffic's not too bad and get on to Manhattan as quickly as possible.
- Eli Attie, House M.D., Dying Changes Everything, 2008
- Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
- Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
- The only cure for grief is action.
- George Henry Lewes
- Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.
- Homer (800 BC - 700 BC), The Odyssey
- Grief does not change you, it reveals you.
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012
- It seems the misfortune of one can plow a deeper furrow in the heart than the misfortune of millions.
- Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky, 2006
- Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have someone to divide it with.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.
- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
- Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.
- Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Antigone
- The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.
- Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Oedipus Rex
- I just realized that there's going to be a lot of painful times in life, so I better learn to deal with it the right way.
- Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Raisins, 2003
- What's gone and what's past help
Should be past grief.
- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "The Winter's Tale", Act 3 scene 2