Friday, February 14, 2014

My life closed twice before its close
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third Event to me.
So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these which twice befell!
Parting is all we know of Heaven,
And all we need of Hell.

~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

"Grief is the price we pay for love."

~ Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain


  1. God was in your first "hello".

    Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!



  2. FT,
    Happy Valentine's Day!

    A perfect choice of verse for today. There always seems to be appropriate verse for every day -- from the pen of Emily.

    Oh, and those words from Queen Elizabeth II are profound. I'm not sure that's much given to such profound statements. Do you happen to know the context of those words?


  3. If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile. ― Santosh Kalwar

    Grief is the price we pay for love. – Queen Elizabeth II

    Every one can master a grief but he that has it. - William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act III, scene 2

    Even hundredfold grief is divisible by love. - Terri Guillemets

    Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. – Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

    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

    Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion to death.- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

    What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. - Helen Keller

    The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief - But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love. - Hilary Stanton Zunin

    There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. -Henry Wordsworth

    Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand. - Patti Smith

    There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. - Washington Irving

    Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them. – Leo Tolstoy

    Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form. – Rumi

    The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

    No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.- C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

    To weep is to make less the depth of grief. - William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act II

    To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness. -- Erich Fromm

    We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. - Kenji Miyazawa

    The pain passes, but the beauty remains. - Pierre Auguste Renoir

  4. I never lost as much but twice
    And that was in the sod.
    Twice have I stood a beggar
    Before the door of God.

    Angels twice descending
    Reimbursed my store.
    Burglar! Banker! -- Father! --
    I am poor once more.

    ~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)



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