Quotes to Ease a Grieving Heart

If you’ve been around here before, or you ever came across my Top 5 Reasons 2012 Changed Me post, you’ve read about my dear friend Courtney passing on. This last weekend marked the one year anniversary of her passing, and I’ve come to the conclusion that February is just not my month. I’ve been absent from the blog for almost three weeks now (I know I’ve posted things, but my mind hasn’t been fully in it) and I’ve been searching for peace and acceptance of not only this situation but any negative situation in my life. I wasn’t aware the anniversary was going to mess with my emotions as much as it did, but it took so much control that I essentially ended up getting suspended from my job because my head was just not there at all.

So I got to thinking.

Instead of dwelling, instead of being so upset (especially over the suspension), why not put positive energy into where all the negative was festering? So I pulled out my Quotationary and looked up some helpful quotes, and here are some that I decided have helped me, and may get you through some hard times too.

“Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us.” — Marcus Aurelius

“Bless your uneasiness as a sign that there is still life in you.” — Dag Hammarskjold

“No one has ever written or painted, sculpted, modeled, built, invented, except to get out of hell.” — Antonin Artaud

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” — Winston Churchill

“May God deny you peace, but give you glory.” — Miguel de Unamuno

“Let us remember that God burdens none of us with a heavier cross than he can bear.” — Franz Jagerstatter

“The great hope of society is individual character.” — William Ellery Channing

“Everything depends upon circumstances; you must sail according to the wind.” — Piconnerie de la Bugeaud

“To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man. The coward despairs.” — Euripides

“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” — Henry A. Kissinger

“Do not turn away, through cowardice, from despair. Go through it…Pass beyond. On the other side of the tunnel you will find light again.” — Andrew Gide

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” — Thomas Alva Edison

“Emotion is the moment when steel meets flint and a spark is struck forth, for emotion is the chief source of consciousness. There is no change from darkness to light or from inertia to movement without emotion.” — Carl G. Jung

“There are only two kinds of people who fail: Those who listen to nobody, and those who listen to everybody.” — Thomas M. Beshere, Jr.

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller

“Hope is a beacon that constantly shines.” — Yours Truly 😉

“The greatest tragedy is indifference.” — Red Cross Motto

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” — Jesus

“Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learnt to walk.” — Cyril Connolly

“Life, like art, should be the celebration of a vision.” — Michael Larsen

“The truth is — and it’s merciful — that in memory, humiliations and failures tend to vanish and successes are magnified.” — Bertrand Russell

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” — Elbert Hubbard

“Man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.” — Eric Hoffer

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns, the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.” — Kahlil Gibran

“In the presence of God we speak too much; we do not listen enough.” — Joseph Roux

“The solution of the problem changes the nature of the problem.” — John Peers

“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.” — Albert Einstein

“The living self has one purpose only: to come into its own fullness of being.” — D.H. Lawrence

“Start each day with a smile — and get it over with.” — W.C. Fields

“The growth of the soul may be compared to the growth of a plant. In both cases, no new properties are imparted by the operation of external causes, but only the inward tendencies are called into action and clothed with strength.” — George Ripley

“The world breaks everyone, and afterwards many are strong at the broken places.” — Ernest Hemingway

“It is only the strong who are strengthened by suffering; the weak are made weaker.” — Lion Feuchtwanger

“And what if you were told: One more hour?” — Elias Canetti

“There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.” — James Russell Lowell

“Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.” — Voltaire

I know there are a lot of these, but the Quotationary is 1000 pages and I didn’t want to just hit the first 2 letters of the alphabet ;). If you’re having a down day, week, month, year, anything, I encourage you to look at quotes in the subject of your problems and work through them instead of oppressing them. Because, to reiterate, “Do not turn away, through cowardice, from despair. Go through it…Pass beyond. On the other side of the tunnel you will find light again.” — Andrew Gide

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