I've always loved how quotes are able to succinctly articulate thoughts and emotions so well at certain, sometimes painful, periods in our lives. It's kind of fun to think about how the simple organization of a few words can have such an impact, but, at least for me, I've found them to be tremendously useful.
With that in mind, I've created this list of pet loss quotes to help anyone out there that is experiencing sorrow right now. We hope it will help boost your spirits and speed up your path to recovery.
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
"Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again!"
- Author Unknown
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."
- Winnie The Pooh
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
- Anatole France
"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
- Kahlil Gibran
"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow."
- Author Unknown
"... what we have enjoyed, we can never lose ... all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."
- Helen Keller
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
- From an Irish Headstone
"Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity."
- Terri Guillemets
"A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life."
- Bob Barker
"And they all said 'I'm sorry for your loss,' as if you were someone who could ever be taken from me."
- Robert Brault
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
- Thomas Campbell
"One lives in the hope of becoming a memory"
- Antonio Porchia
"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melody Beattie
"Unlike some people who have experienced the loss of an animal, I did not believe, even for a moment, that I would never get another. I did know full well that there were just too many animals out there in need of homes for me to take what I have always regarded as the self-indulgent road of saying the heartbreak of the loss of an animal was too much ever to want to go through with it again.
To me, such an admission brought up the far more powerful admission that all the wonderful times you had with your animal were not worth the unhappiness at the end."
- Cleveland Amory
"One often calms one's grief by recounting it."
- Pierre Corneille
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
- Dr. Seuss
"Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."
- Rossiter Worthington Raymond
"The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude."
- Thornton Wilder
Of all the earthly music, that which reaches farthest into heaven is the beating of a truly loving heart.
Henry Ward Beecher
"Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good."
- Harriet Beacher Stowe
"Think not so much of 'moving on' but of 'moving forward.' And as you move forward, you always do so with your loved one by your side, in your heart, within your very breath. They are part of you now and always. You move forward with them and continue to engage life because of their inspiration."
- Ashley Davis Bush
"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle."
- Saint Francis of Assisi
"Even out of unspeakable grief, beautiful things take wing."
- A.R. Torres, "The Lessons of Loss"
"Until now I had been able only to grieve, not mourn. Grief was passive. Grief happened. Mourning, the act of dealing with grief, required attention."
- Joan Didion
"A rose will still be a rose in heaven, but it'll smell ten times sweeter."
- Meg Woodson
"While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil."
- John Taylor
"I know God would never give me something that I could not handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much."
- Mother Teresa
"If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them."
- Pam Brown
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
- Will Rogers
"If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people."
- James Thurber
"Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends."
- Richard Bach
"We only part to meet again."
- John Gay
"Sorrow is how we learn to love. Your heart isn't breaking. It hurts because it's getting larger. The larger it gets, the more love it holds."
- Rita Mae Brown, Mrs. Murphy
"Grief drives men into habits of serious reflection, sharpens the understanding, and softens the heart."
- John Adams
"Our trials, our sorrows, and our grief develop us."
- Orison SwettMarden
"Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind."
- Marcel Proust
"The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind."
- Washington Irving
"Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow limbs too weak to bear it."
- Victor Hugo
"Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good."
"Dogs don't know about beginnings, and they don't speculate on matters that occurred before their time. Dogs also don't know or at least don't accept the concept of death. With no concept of beginnings or endings, dogs probably don't know that for people having a dog as a life companion provides a streak of light between two eternities of darkness."
- Stanley Coren
"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
- Author Unknown
"The strongest have their moments of fatigue."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
- Roger Caras
"No heaven will not ever Heaven be. Unless my cats are there to welcome me."
"Death ends a life, not a relationship."
- Jack Lemmon
"I know for certain that we never lose people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love."
- Leo Buscaglia
"Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone."
- Mitch Albom
"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality."
- Emily Dickinson
What do you think? Do you have a favorite quote that has helped you during difficult times? Did we miss any?
Matt @ Pet Memory Shop
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