Thursday, November 17, 2011


“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses.”

“Sorrow you can hold, however desolating, if nobody speaks to you. If they speak, you break down.”
--Bede Jarrett

“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

“Man, when he does not grieve, hardly exists.”
--Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from the Spanish by W.S. Merwin

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