Quotes for
the Journey:


If we are willing, the experience
of grief can deepen and widen 
our ability to participate in life.

John Claypool


The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge of life, and then the promise of future accomplishments.        -Gustave Flaubert


It is not ignoble to feel that the fuller life which a sad experience has brought us is worth our personal share of pain. The growth of higher feeling within us is like the growth of faculty, bringing with it a sense of added strength.  We can no more wish to return to a narrower sympathy than painters or musicians can wish to return to their cruder manner, or philosophers to their less complete formulas.       -George Eliot

God can heal your heart. God can rescue you from despair and give you something to rejoice about again. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen. All you have to do is be willing to give every piece of your broken heart to God.        -Barbara Johnson

And this I do believe above all, especially in times of greater discouragement, that I must believe--that I must believe in my fellow people--that I must believe in myself--that I must believe in God--if life is to have any meaning.
-Margaret Chase Smith

So much pleasure, and so little joy; so much learning, and so little wisdom. . . the one divine thing left to us is sadness. . . . Without sadness, where were brotherliness? . . . She is the Spartan sauce which gives gusto to the remainder-viands of life, the broken meats of love. . . . All things take on beauty which pass through the hueless flame of her aureole.       -Francis Thompson

If it weren't for the dark days, we wouldn't know what it is to walk in the light.        -Earl Campbell
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.        -Anne Frank
Sadness is related to the opening of your heart.  If you allow yourself to feel sad, especially if you can cry, you will find that your heart opens wider and you can feel more love and more joy.       -Shakti Gawain
How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses, who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.  Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
    So you must not be frightened, dear Mr. Kappus, if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud-shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall.       -Rainer Maria Rilke
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
Give sorrow words:  the grief that does not speak Whispers the o'er- fraught heart, and bids it break.      - William Shakespeare
Those who have suffered much are like those who know many languages; they have learned to understand and to be understood by all.       -Mme. Swetchine
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can, and common suffering is a far stronger link than common joy.        -Alphonse de Lamartine
Just as you cannot escape life's problems, you cannot avoid painful feelings and emotions. What can you do with sorrow and grief?  You can accept them into your life the way water is accepted into the ground and taken up by the tree. Let these emotions become a part of your life without asking why. Accept life and death, experience the rituals of grief and sorrow, and free yourself to live. Grief and sorrow bring forth the tears that are the water the soul needs to survive. If you feel no sorrow and no grief, you will dry up and wither away as the tree does in a time of drought.       -Bernie Siegel

The weariest night, the longest day, sooner or later must perforce come to an end.       -Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Suffering accepted and vanquished. . . . will give you a serenity which may well prove the most exquisite fruit of your life.       -Cardinal Mercier
Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.       -De Profundis

The Rainy Day

The day is cold and dark and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the moldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold and dark and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the moldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining:
Thy fate is the common fate of all:
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy.       -Robert Pollok
Instead of allowing yourself to be so unhappy, just let your love grow as God wants it to grow; just seek goodness in others, love more persons more; love them more impersonally, more unselfishly, without thought of return.  The return, never fear, will take care of itself.       -Henry Drummond
A mountain or river is always there, waiting to be seen.  But if you're not holding your experience in your awareness, its power is not available to you.  We are easily caught up in emotional storms that cloud the heart and harm ourselves and others without our really knowing what we're doing or seeing things as they are.  Part of our soul work is to honor the pain and grief we all carry and not to think it is a door to someplace else.  It's a doorway to right here, right now, this moment.  Suffering is part of the human condition.  It needs to be held in the same way that joy and uplift need to be held--wakefully, as a mature adult.       -Jon Kabat-Zinn
What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.        -Jewish proverb
Sorrow is better than laughter:  for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.       -Ecclesiastes 7:3
Defeat may serve as well as victory
To shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind,
The boughs drink in new beauty and the trunk
Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture.  Sorrows come
To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.

Edwin Markham
I've gone through more pain in the last four years than I ever thought possible:  my son died, my family became shattered.  I had to begin again, one more time, and I wasn't sure I wanted to.  But I've also learned more about life and my soul and heart than I ever dreamed possible.  In doing so, I've discovered the most ancient message of all:  even when people tell you there isn't any hope, there is.  There is always hope, purpose, and a new magical lesson.       -Melody Beattie

The soul would have no rainbow had the eye no tears.       -John Vance Cheney
Joys are our wings, sorrows our spurs.       -Jean Paul Richter
Grief is a matter of relativity; the sorrow should be estimated by its proportion to the sorrower; a gash is as painful to one as an amputation to another.       -Francis Thompson
There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course.  Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.  It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.       -Carl Gustav Jung
Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.       -Leo Tolstoy

Depression has played a major role in my life.  In some ways, I wish that I had never had to go through it, but in others, I know that my life is richer because of the time that I've spent deep in pain.  Winston Churchill called it a big black dog that sat in the corner, watching him all the time; to me, it was more like a fog that every once in a while would roll in over me, blocking my view of everything bright and beautiful.  I felt horrible that the people who knew me thought it was something I could control, something I was doing by choice--never would I be so masochistic as to put myself through that kind of anguish.

But the most important thing about depression was that it passed.  Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, but it always passed.  And because of it, I have some gifts that I know will serve me my whole life long:  I have compassion, for I've been through horrible emotional pain; I have a great appreciation for feeling good and looking for all the positive aspects of life; I have insight, for the depression drew me deep, deep inside myself to places where I never would have chosen to go; I have joy, for the greatest joys come when I compare the times when I'm feeling good to those terrible feelings I've had before.

Depression is terrible--there's no doubt about that.  My depression hurt me, and hurt and even destroyed some of my friendships and relationships.  But we've been given a great deal of strength and resilience, and we always have to remember that no matter how dark the night, the sun will always rise.  Even on the darkest, stormiest days, we know that the sun is there behind the clouds, and it will come to us once more.

Tom Walsh


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I think there is something beautiful in reveling in sadness.  The proof is how beautiful sad songs can be.  So I don’t think being sad is to be avoided.  It’s apathy and boredom you want to avoid.  But feeling anything is good, I think.  Maybe that’s sadistic of me.     -Joseph Gordon-Levitt
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing.     -Agatha Christie
Sadness is the ground in which love and compassion grow.     -Christina Feldman
"Life is not all sadness," Old Hawk continued.  "Yet, without sadness we would not yearn for joy, and strive to find it, and treasure it when it comes.  It is also a fact that neither sadness nor joy is with us constantly.  And how often one of the other is part of our journey is not always within our control.  We all want joy more than sadness and rare is the person who wants sadness at all."
   "I will be happy if I never know sadness ever again," said Jeremy.  "But then I know I'm not the first to wish that, and I won't be the last."
   "Yes.  All of us wish that at one time or another.  We wish it because we know there will be sadness," replied the old man.  "In part we acknowledge the reality of sadness, and in part we reject it.  The reality of the sun shining today does not eliminate the reality of gray skies and rain tomorrow."     -Joseph M. Marshall III
The deeper the sorrow, the less tongue it has.     -the Talmud
The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.     -Eudora Welty
Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.     -Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.     -Khalil Gibran

The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with the noise; like diseases that are treated superficially and foolishly, they just withdraw and after a short interval break out again all the more terribly; and gather inside us and are life, are life that is unlived, rejected, lost, life that we can die of.     -Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world.  If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain, but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire.  You might find it difficult to see anything but your own sadness, the way smoke can cover a landscape so that all anyone can see is black.  You may find that if someone pours water all over you, you are damp and distracted, but not cured of your sadness, the way a fire department can douse a fire but never recover what has been burnt down.     -Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning


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