Quotes Can Hit Hard…

I’ve been reblogging various quotes that have resonated with me for the past few months on my tumblr. Thought I’d share some. Some cut deep, some have comforted me, all feel like they took words from my gut and lay them out there, whether or not they originally applied to grief or not. Also included one of the songs I’ve been listening to on repeat a lot lately. Fittingly enough, it’s from a game soundtrack. I heard the song before playing the game, but even after I still find it therapeutic to listen to.

“Everyone who terrifies you is sixty percent water.
And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes
you cannot even breathe deeply, and
the night sky is no home, and
you have cried yourself to sleep enough times
that you are down to your last two percent, but

nothing is infinite,
not even loss.

You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day
you will find yourself again.”

— F. Butler

“Eventually something you love is going to be taken away. And then you will fall to the floor crying. And then, however much later, it is finally happening to you: you’re falling to the floor crying thinking, “I am falling to the floor crying,” but there’s an element of the ridiculous to it — you knew it would happen and, even worse, while you’re on the floor crying you look at the place where the wall meets the floor and you realize you didn’t paint it very well.”

— Richard Siken

“Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle,
Everything I do is stitched with its color.”

— from W.S. Merwin, “Separation”

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”

— Roald Dahl

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“If someone comes into your life and has a positive impact on you, but for some reason they can’t stay, be thankful that your paths crossed and that they somehow made you happy, even if it was just for a short while. Life is change. People really do, come and go. Some come back, some don’t, and that’s okay. And just because one person leaves, doesn’t mean you should forget about everyone else who’s still standing by your side. Continue to appreciate what you have, and smile about the memories.”

— ??

“And then I felt sad because I realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can’t ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older, as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it’s already happened.”

— Douglas Coupland, “Life After God”

“It is all that is left unsaid upon which tragedies are built.”

— Kreia, from Knights of the Old Republic

“The interesting thing about grief, I think, is that it is its own size. It is not the size of you. It is its own size. And grief comes to you. You know what I mean? I’ve always liked that phrase “He was visited by grief,” because that’s really what it is. Grief is its own thing. It’s not like it’s in me and I’m going to deal with it. It’s a thing, and you have to be okay with its presence. If you try to ignore it, it will be like a wolf at your door.”

— Stephen Colbert

Mother, I’m Here – by Darren Korb

“I set my sail
fly the wind it will take me
back to my home, sweet home

Lie on my back
clouds are making way for me
I’m coming home, sweet home

I see your star you left it burning for me
Mother, I’m here

Eyes open wide
feel your heart and it’s glowing
I’m welcome home, sweet home

I take your hand
now you’ll never be lonely
not when I’m home, sweet home

I see your star, you left it burning for me
Mother, I’m here”

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