A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Quotes: Suffering and Grief

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom!”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

“…in these reflections of a detached spirit, of an uncorrupted soul whom life could not bamboozle, because life had not offered her a trinket of the slightest value; not a curl, smile, lip, cheek, nose; nothing whatever.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

“When people are happy, they have a reserve…upon which to draw, whereas she was like a wheel without a tyre…jolted by every pebble.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

“To lie sleepless with pain at night, or to wake every morning and feel the return of grief, yet to get up and carry on as best one can, is courage itself.”
A.C. Grayling, Meditations for the Humanist

“Life and death, joy and sorrow, gain and loss…these dualities cannot be avoided. Learn to accept what you cannot change and give up sorrow.”
Ranchor Prime, adaption of The Ramayana by Valmiki

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