100+ Best Mourning Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational mourning quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Mourning Quotes

When my husband Charles passed away in 2000, I took over as chair of our family’s foundation. As I was mourning his loss, I also had to keep the foundation moving forward and to chart a course into what was then a very male-dominated philanthropic world. — Lynn Schusterman

She saw justice as a birthright and lent her voice as a relentless advocate for all fair-minded Americans, gay or straight, black or white. We join the nation in mourning the loss of a great hero and give enormous gratitude for all that she’s left behind. — Joe Solmonese

It was a huge shock. I’ve never had hair that short in my life! I think the rest of the cast and crew were mourning my haircut more than I was! But after a while, I felt liberated, I learned to embrace it. — Camilla Belle

Sentimentalising is anathema, as far as I am concerned. It leads you into ethical problems about violence and killing and eating meat. The whole world becomes topsy-survy if you impose moralities that were evolved within human society on what a blowfly or what a parasite does… there are lots of emotions you can deduce from an animal’s behaviour that are correct, but when you start saying it’s feeling guilty or thinking or a loved one or mourning, you must be very careful of those feelings. — David Attenborough

Depression is a feeling without a cause. Mourning has a cause. — Edward Hirsch

Great were the lamentation and the cry when the news of this mischance was noised about the city. Such a tumult of mourning was never before heard, for the whole city was moved. — Marie de France

The man who follows Christ in solitary mourning is greater than he who praises Christ amid the congregation of men. — Isaac of Nineveh

He kept running from her bedroom and running back to the other side of the house; which is where the fire originated. But we didn’t know at that time. He kept making very bizarre sounds that she never heard before; mourning almost. And she thought something’s not right. — Janelle Berry

There is the understanding of the music and culture of the area. The band has studied the idea of the jazz funeral procession and how New Orleans residents use that as a time of mourning and a celebration of life. — Wade Presley

My parents were mourning the death of my sister. She was killed in a car accident before I was born, and I didn’t know she existed until I was 13 or 14 years old. I knew I was growing up in a house where people were angry and sad. — Andrew Hudgins

In the great glasshouses streaming with condensation, the children in mourning-dress beheld marvels. — Arthur Rimbaud

They which have no hope of a life to come, may extend their griefs for the loss of this, and equal the days of their mourning with the years of the life of man. — John Pearson

I always thought I’d be the one to go first. The world might be mourning an Everly Brother, but I’m mourning my brother Phil. — Don Everly

Yet if you should forget me for a while And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad. — Christina Rossetti

Not only was Walter a prominent figure in the financial community, he played an invaluable role on our Board and was well-known in the gaming industry for his brilliant business sense. The MGM Mirage family is mourning his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family. — Terry Lanni

Mourning Ruby is not a flat landscape: it is more like a box with pictures painted on every face. And each face is also a door which opens, I hope, to take the reader deep into the book. — Helen Dunmore

When we neglect the artist in ourselves, there is a kind of mourning that goes on under the surface of our busy lives. — Pat Schneider

Mourn if you must, but don’t stop fighting. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I’m in mourning for my life. — Anton Chekhov

Whether I’m writing a novel about a guy mourning the death of his father or whether I’m writing a show about people killing each other, you want to hear characters speak and be funny and witty. — Jonathan Tropper

As a citizen of the post-historical variety, I am in continual mourning and prepared for worse. — Kate Braverman

Mourning your first love is as important as meeting your first love. It’s the whole cycle. — Jane Anderson

Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow. — Catherynne M. Valente

Let’s face it, I could have killed myself, and my family, my mother who means so much to me, would have spent the rest of her life mourning me. Or worse yet, I could have killed some innocent people and their families would have then suffered a great loss. Lay awake at night and think about that for a while. If that doesn’t scare you, then something’s wrong with you. — Koren Robinson

My first novel was called ‘Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald,’ about the difficulties of graduating from college, the longing and mourning you feel when all your promise seems to float away. — Ron Carlson

The most important part of the process of mourning is regularly reciting kaddish in a synagogue. Kaddish is a doxology, which Jewish tradition has mandated children to recite daily in a synagogue during the year of mourning for a deceased parent and then on the anniversary of his or her death thereafter. — David Novak

When the past dies, there is mourning, but when the future dies our imaginations are compelled to carry it on. — Gloria Steinem

I didn’t know anything else but growing up with a blind person in the house. When we found out Andrew was blind, we had 20 minutes of mourning and feeling sorry for ourselves, and then we said, ‘Look at my brother.’ I knew what was ahead. I knew he was going to be just a regular member of the family. — Jackie Johnson

We see these adolescents mourning for a lost childhood. — David Elkind

We are presenting the emptiness and mourning the Holocaust left behind. — Judit Molnar

Sometimes you have to find the strength to forgive someone every time you think of them. It might get easier over time, but you have to allow the emotions to wash over you. It’s almost like mourning the loss of someone who never passed. — Nicole Hastings

We need better information on survival rates and recruitment rates of mourning doves. But we have to look at the availability and efficiency of non-toxic shot. — Jay Roberson

Middle age went by while I was mourning for my lost youth. — Mason Cooley

We’re not mourning a loss. We’re celebrating a victory: his victory in life over forces that would hurt his people, his victory in terms of letting us know that love is more powerful than hate. — Michael Harris

I think the first thing we have to do is grieve, … We lost a colleague and a friend. And I think all the members of the council, our staff and his staff, have to join with the members of his family and the rest of the city in mourning his loss. It’s a terrible, terrible loss. — Gifford Miller

For us, this is very much ending our mourning period and trying now to start fresh, to aggressively get back into the game. Peter’s legacy is everywhere, in everything we do. — Jon Banner

In the custom of mourning, the fabric of the night had been ripped, revealing a star at each tiny tear. — Jodi Picoult

It’s The Mourning Show. Is it true that the theme song is going to be Taps? — Steve Friedman

There’s only one way to do it, … That is to put yourself in the hands of the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Mother. You will see heartbreaks as well as days of great joy. There will be celebration as well as days of mourning in this church. But with the Holy Spirit behind you and the Holy Mother inspiring you, these will be great years. — Theodore Hesburgh

When Princess Diana died, I couldn’t understand why people were mourning her death in such an enormous, hysterical way when they didn’t actually know her for real. — Alison Jackson

Mourning doves are ground feeders. They also are sight feeders, picking up visible seeds. They don’t scratch or dig. When snow covers a field, they have a hard time foraging. — Jay Roberson

You know, the press has kind of imposed upon me the title of Mourning Brother, and because I haven’t been vocal about it, the assumption is that I’m holding onto this (stuff) that’s just not there. — Joaquin Phoenix

I consider that 9/11 was the day when war was started against my own work and against myself. Even though we are not sure of the links, Iraq was one of the countries that did not lower its flags in mourning on 9/11. — Adam Michnik

I did not know the work of mourning Is a labor in the dark We carry inside ourselves — Edward Hirsch

Mourning after an absent God is an evidence of a love as strong, as rejoicing in a present one. — Frederick William Robertson

You know what it’s like. Sometimes, you meet a wonderful person, but it’s only for a brief instant. Maybe on vacation or on a train or maybe even in a bus line. And they touch your life for a moment, but in a special way. And instead of mourning because they can’t be with you for longer, or because you don’t get the chance to know them better, isn’t it better to be glad that you met them at all? — Marian Keyes

And in the afternoon they entered a land – but such a land! A land hung in mourning, darkened by gigantic cypresses, submerged; a land of reptiles, silence, shadow, decay. — George Washington Cable

To be sure, those who are actually engaged in combat – those who actually see the maimed bodies and mourning mothers – struggle more than the rest of us to make sense of the reality of war. — Stanley Hauerwas

The most heaven-like spots I have ever visited, have been certain rooms in which Christ’s disciples were awaiting the summons of death. So far from being a house of mourning, I have often found such a house to be a vestibule of glory. — Theodore L. Cuyler

When someone we love dies, we get so busy mourning what died that we ignore what didn’t. — Ram Dass

Marry a widdow before she leave mourning. — George Herbert

You do not see the river of mourning because it lacks one tear of your own. — Antonio Porchia

When I am dead, no pageant train shall waste their sorrows at my bier. Nor worthless pomp of homage vain stain it with hypocritic tear. — Edward Everett

Today is a day of pain and mourning and solidarity with the families who lost loved ones. — Jose Bono

Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing. — Bible Bible

‘The Killing’ has a really great combination of qualities: Even though it’s very sad and deals with mourning and grief, it’s still exciting. It’s about real people and it doesn’t shy from the painful points of life. — Joel Kinnaman

We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead. — Jane Austen

Ruins stood for what was lost, and yet there were beautiful-peaceful, historic, intellectual. Not tragic or regrettable. Lena tried to keep hers that way too, and she succeeded to some extent. Why not celebrate what you had rather than spend your time mourning its passing? There could be joy in things that ended. — Ann Brashares

I think it’s appropriate to take a breath and commemorate Chief Justice Rehnquist, … To rush forward with the hearings during this period of mourning would be somewhat disrespectful. — Charles Schumer

Family members have a personal stake in honoring and mourning their dead and objecting to unwarranted public exploitation that, by intruding upon their own grief, tends to degrade the rites and respect they seek to accord to the deceased person who was once their own. — Anthony Kennedy

All of our Hawaii joins the Mink ohana (family) in mourning the passing of John Mink, — Ed Case

Doesn’t the devil live forever; who ever heard that the devil was dead? Did you ever see any person wearing mourning for the devil? — Herman Melville

Do not mourn the dead with the belly. — Homer

After that I could never pass a dead man without stopping to gaze on his face, stripped by death of that earthly patina which masks the living soul. And I would ask, who were you? Where was your home? Who is mourning for you now? — Ernst Toller

Surviving – that is the other name of a mourning whose possibility is never to be awaited. — Jacques Derrida

In the interest of security and out of a sense of deep mourning for the national tragedy that has occurred today, all major league baseball games for today have been canceled. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the families and victims of this horrendous series of events. — Bud Selig

Like as the culver on the bared bough Sits mourning for the absence of her mate — Edmund Spenser

While mourning for Wang, we hope the legacy left by Koo and Wang can be cherished by both sides and that negotiations can be resumed soon. — Joseph Wu

Around the globe, millions more are mourning the death and celebrating the life of Pope John Paul II . Could any other world leader have drawn so many people to one place? — Chris Matthews

We’ve enshrined the purity, sanctity, value, and importance of bringing children into the world, yet we don’t discuss death. There used to be an enshrined period where mourning was a necessary part of going through the process of grieving; death wasn’t considered morbid or antisocial. But that’s totally gone. — Cate Blanchett

The mourning process is not over. That will go on for a long period of time. I think he felt there were things he had to accomplish still this year, and he had to get back to the task of doing it. — Denny Green

One friend dies and we remain indifferent; another dies, perhaps less intimate, and we see ourselves as dead, and weep, mourn, tear our hair or find ourselves caught up in the madness of the wake, competing with others as to who was closest, now suffers most. — Fay Weldon

I’ve had some interesting roles along the way, but they tend to be cause-driven. They’re always about something. There isn’t time for character work as an actor because you’re fighting the cause or mourning the child or fighting the disease, etc. — Bonnie Bedelia

Good Hobbinoll, what garres thee greete? What! hath some wolfe thy tender lambes ytorne? Or is thy bagpype broke, that soundes so sweete? Or art thou of thy loved lasse forlorne? — Edmund Spenser

I had lots of opportunities to survive this [popularity] madness. Madame de Staël said, Glory is the bright mourning of happiness. — Brigitte Bardot

We recommend three days of mourning and that all schools get under way on Monday. The children seem to be eager to go back to school. I think the focus in the lives of these children has to be re-established. — Frank Evans

A great many people who spend their time mourning over the brevity of life could make it seem longer if they did a little more work. — Don Marquis

I’m more interested in the meaning of funerals and the mourning that people do. It’s not a retail experience. It’s an existential one. — Thomas Lynch

That probably greatest of narcissistic wounds — not to have been loved just as one truly was — cannot heal without the work of mourning. — Alice Miller

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. — John Taylor

When something that occupies a giant space in your life comes to an end, then you have to go through a mourning period. I loved ‘The Shield.’ It was one of the hardest and one of the greatest experiences of my life. But having said that, I’m always thinking about what’s next. — Michael Chiklis

There’s going to be quite a period of mourning once we lose one, just one. We know these creatures, these robotic creatures on Mars, pretty well now. It is going to take some digesting to get used to them not being there everyday. — Albert Haldemann

In Asia, red is the colour of joy; red is the colour of festivities and of celebration. In Chinese culture, blue is the colour of mourning. — Vincent Tan

When someone died in the wilderness of frontier America, that person’s physical remains were buried and the handcarts continued west, but the mourning survivors had hope for their loved one’s eternal soul. However, when someone dies spiritually in the wilderness of sin, hope may be replaced by dread and fear for the loved one’s eternal welfare. — James E. Faust

Once again, the humanitarian community is mourning a friend and colleague who died trying to help others in a place that has already seen far too much sadness and violence. — Antonio Guterres

The Black Lives Matter movement can be read as an attempt to keep mourning an open dynamic in our culture because black lives exist in a state of precariousness. Mourning then bears both the vulnerability inherent in black lives and the instability regarding a future for those lives. — Claudia Rankine

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a religion of mourning and gloom. — Joseph B. Wirthlin

I like a book. I like to read for four hours at a stretch. I think very few are the young people who are even capable of reading for four hours at a stretch, because it’s such a bizarre thing for them to do. I am mourning this. — Lee Smith

When asked, Why do you always wear black?, he said, I am mourning for my life. — Anton Chekhov

There were days I could barely struggle into a size 46 or 48, months of larges and XXLs, and endless rounds of leggings with the elastic at the waist stretched to its limit and beyond – topped with the fashion equivalent of a tea cozy. And always black, because I was in mourning for my slimmer self. — Carrie Fisher

On behalf of the government and the state of Israel, I would like to express condolences on the passing of Pope John Paul II, and to share in the mourning of millions of Christians and believers in both the state of Israel and around the Christian world. Pope John Paul II was a man of peace and a friend of the Jewish people, who was familiar with the uniqueness of the Jewish people and who worked for an historic reconciliation between the peoples and for the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Vatican in late 1993. …Yesterday, the world lost one of the most important leaders of our generation, whose great contribution to rapprochement and unity between peoples, understanding and tolerance will be with us for many years. — Ariel Sharon

Loneliness is something we [all people] go through. We go through mourning and longing. We make some bad choices sometimes because we’re desperate for something, and that’s okay. That’s part of life. — Jennifer Lee

This is a time of grief and mourning for the courthouse community. We’re going to respect that. There will be plenty of time for us later to lay out our legal arguments, and examine the evidence and search for answers in this case. — Chris Adams

To die quickly in one’s eighth decade at the very top of one’s powers is an enviable end, and not an occasion for mourning. — Brendan Gill

Medvienko: Why do you always wear black? Masha: I am in mourning for my life. I am unhappy. — Anton Chekhov

I have a number of friends who died at the World Trade Center, so I feel personally involved in it, … The mourning and grief and sorry that emanates from that attack is not over by any means, and maybe will never be over. — Rudi Giuliani

As traditions of mourning wane, women’s role as designated mourners has also vanished. In consequence, the woman elegist must summon her own resources as an artist. — Susan Stewart

Life is a farce, and should not end with a mourning scene. — Horace Walpole

The delay in the public ceremony — a private funeral had been held for family and close friends — allowed the initial shock to wear off, making the event as much a celebration of Jennings’ life as a mourning of his death. — Howard Kurtz

Why do we not care to acknowledge them? The cattle, the body count. We still don’t like to admit the war was even partly our fault because so many of our people died. A photograph on every mantlepiece. And all this mourning has veiled the truth. It’s not so much lest we forget, as lest we remember. Because you should realise the Cenotaph and the Last Post and all that stuff is concerned, there’s no better way of forgetting something than by commemorating it. — Alan Bennett

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