Widow Quotes

I'm going to call this "Widow Quotes," but really, they can be quotes for anyone experiencing a loss, needing some inspiration, etc. etc. It's a boring day here, my mommy is still sick, I guess I was wrong about today being her day. She has gone into the doctor and I am praying they can make her and my dad all better. They are both so miserable right now and I just want them to be un-sick! So with this down time I have searched some quotes. Some I've found on friend's facebook pages, some I found on the interwebs... and of course any comments I have are in italics.

So without further ado, I give you,
Mrs. P's Widow Quotes:

"Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world which I find myself walking around in the daytime and falling into at night. I miss you like hell."
- Edna St. Vincent Millay, Letters (This is basically the first quote that I found that perfectly described how I feel, especially the difference between day and night time)

"All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee to me."
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet XLIII (I pray every night to see him in my dreams but have only gotten a couple... I hold onto those with clenched fists and beg for more)

"If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden"
- Claudia Ghandi

"To live in hearts we leave behind,
is not to die"
- Thomas Campbell (I will never let you die, my love)

"Your absense has gone through me
Like thread through a needle
Everything I do is stitched with its color"
- W. S. Merwin, Seperation (Every single thing is tinted with the knowing that you're gone...)

"If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remeber. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you."
- Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh (This quote is my strength on some days)

"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."
- Khalil Gibran

"He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"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

"I know you are a woman of sorrowful spirit, yet be comforted, though your sorrows be great for your husband going out of this world, yet your pains shall be the less in bringing your child into this world; you shall be a joyful mother, though you be a sad widow; God hath many mercies in store for you; the prayer of a dying husband, for you, will not be lost."
- Christopher Love

"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er fraught heart and bids it break"
- William Shakespeare (Maybe a good quote for when people ask why/how I still blog... I need to get it out)

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

"Lost love is still love, Eddie. It just takes a different form, that's all. You can't hold their hand, you can't tousle their hair. But when those senses weaken, another one comes to life. Memory. Memory becomes your partner, you hold it, you dance with it. Life has to end, Eddie, Love doesn't."
- Marguerite, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

"In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing."
- Robert Ingersoll

"It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward"
- Dolores Ibarruri

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

"...But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."
- Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

"I love you more than any man can love any woman.
I love you with all my heart, mind, soul, and body"
- Jonathan Porto to his wife. I love you too baby, more than it seems possible, with everything, everything that I am.


  1. These are great, I'm glad you found them =)

  2. Thanks for making me cry babe. I appreciate it!!

    Jonny's quote made me cry the hardest. I pray for you every day!!!

    Here is a poem, hell, I may have found it on your blog... But I saved it in my "Memorial" folder for when I finally get a picture of my dad and Davids mom on the wall. I have a couple quotes and stuff, but I'll have to copy some of these for the wall!!! ANYWAY here is the poem

    God looked around His garden
    And found an empty place.
    He then looked down upon the earth
    And saw your tired face.
    He put his arms around you
    And lifted you to rest.
    God’s garden must be beautiful
    He always takes the best.
    He saw the road was getting rough
    And the hills were hard to climb,
    So He closed your weary eyelids
    And whispered "Peace be thine".
    It broke our hearts to lose you
    But you didn’t go alone,
    For part of us went with you
    The day God called you home.

  3. Check out holliesquotes.com

    she has a lot of really good ones

  4. *hugs* In your darkest hour you are the brightest star that shines in the night sky. As night turn to dawn I know that he is watching over you. From far away I send my prayers and all the love and hopeful whispers your way.
    Keep the memory strong and alive. He is with you forever...

  5. I like them, but I am glad you didnt start saying that sh*t last night because it would have made me cry, and I didnt want to do that in front of you!

  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. Things like your blog often make me realize that I'm an asshole for the things I complain about on a daily basis. Stay strong and know that your husband is a hero.

  7. Awh, The last one broke my heart and made me cry. That was so sweet of him. All the quotes pitched in, but the one your husband said made me break in tears. Stay strong, your doing amazing!

  8. Im new to the blogging community and ran across your blog not to long ago..I cannot even begin to tell you how inspirational you are. Im sure you hear this all the time, but you really are surviving a nightmare. You have lived the unthinkable and still stand to be a strong woman. You should be honestly proud of yourself, from eveything you have written about your husband, he would be.

  9. I always have collected quotes and you have some of my favorite ones here. I have a whole book full of them that I have kept since high school, writing one down a day if I can.

    The 5 People You Meet in Heaven is also wonderful.

  10. Some are so beautiful and some are so sad. :( My heart's confused. Haha.

    Coming by to let you know that I had you on a milspouse list, and I'm transferring over to a new plug-in version where you link yourself up. If you'd like to put your site up stop by: http://www.etceteralife.com/p/links.html


  11. All great quotes. When I lost my mother suddenly, she was 47 I was at a loss. What bothered me the most was people didn't seem to want to talk about her anymore, like talking about her was some sort of taboo and I shouldn't do it. I felt like if I stopped talking about her it would be like she was never here to begin with .. so I did and still do, 19 years later. I totally get your need to blog and tell people about you, your daughter and your Jonny. You keep talking, we'll keep listening.

  12. I really love sonnet XLIII. Its so moving.

    And yeah, those all made me cry :P

  13. I admire you. I admire how strong you are.

  14. Okay this just made me bawl. I've read a lot of these before and each one reminds me the beauty an grace and feeling of words and of language. Absolutely beautiful. That very first one and the Pooh Bear one have actually been some of my favorite sayings ever since my best friend died back in high school. Beautiful thoughts Rachel.

  15. The last quote is my favorite!

  16. Again, my friend. you have brought me to tears.

  17. Holyyy bringing me to tears before bed! You are so admirable, Rachel. I loved this post.


  18. Wow! Thank you for sharing these. I haven't even looked at quotes yet in this journey, but some of these just speak to me directly tonight. It's just what I needed. It's amazing to read something that someone else writes and be able to claim the feeling as if you came up with the words yourself. Great blog.

  19. those were all grwt, but the last one...wow...tears
    still praying for you!

  20. Hello, Met you through kiwis and how highly she speaks of you. I'm your newest follower, and I know it's that little girl that keeps you going every day.

    I'll pray for your broken heart. Please thank your husband for us, in your prayers, for the ultimate sacrifice of a soldier.

    Thank you.

  21. i just lost my husband who is a marine on august 19, 2010 so it has been almost 3 weeks. we have been together since we were 14, married when we were 18, and we are now 22. we also have identical twin boys who are 2 years old. i just joined your blog because i dont know any other widows

  22. "It is difficult to become accustomed to the loss of happiness."
    ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

    It's been eight years... but when I think of him looking at me with delighted eyes... it's fresh again.
    I'm aware that I was blessed to have what I had with him... We had perfect.


  23. I lost my husband in a chemical accident at work, at the time our son was three months old he is now four years old and I still miss my Joe like it was yesterday. Thank you for your blog

  24. We don't know each other, I randomly came across your blog while googling quotes that would somehow put into words how I feel. I lost my husband March 25,2011 after 1 yr and 9 months of marriage. I was 10 wks pregnant at the time with our first child. He was in a boating accident while in Texas,6 hrs from home. Him and his working buddies go on a big fishing trip every year bc they all fish tournaments. I pray God gives you and both peace and that we will see our husbands again one day.

  25. Thank you so much. The quotes are wonderful. I lost my husbband on 1.31.11. When we met I was 15 and. Last month I turned 55. With every passing year I. Only loved him more than before.

  26. Thank you so much for finding such words of comfort. My husband passed on 1.31.11

    We met an in 1975 when I was 15. I am now 55 and hove only loved him more as each day passed.

  27. just found this site. hun this is a wonderful site and i love the part where you don't like the word"war widow" the term married to a camo angel is even better. mine left on aug.28th 2010 while on his 2nd tour during OEF, the day was our 4th wedding ann. and now my son is almost 4.i just thank you for being there for other gold star family members. and sorry for your loss hun. and one sweet day.

  28. my husband died 11-7-11...this helps

  29. I was 24 when my husband died in a plane crash.. i was married for 8 months.. my son now 16 months old came three months after this. I was bitter and angry and lost. then i found this site. thankyou for making this. Its helping me get past my anger. May God bless you and your beautiful daughter.

  30. You are amazing, my husband passed away almost 5 weeks ago, a USN Seabee. I too am a 24 year old widow. I am so happy you are fortunate to have part of him with you, your beautiful daughter. I wish I could have that. I hope you are coping well at this time.

  31. I lost my husband 8/26/11 and we were married 2/18/11. He was in a motorcycle accident. Our daughter was 2 at the time... Today, wound have been our 2nd anniversary... Thank you for the quotes...

  32. your an inspiring strong women! loved your quotes. my husband just passed away in a motorcycle accident on 2-3-13 he was 22 he passed away two weeks before our baby boy was born I'm 19 and now married to an angel..

  33. I recently lost my husband on 2/3/13 he was in a motorcycle accident. two weeks before our baby boy was born my husband was 22 I am 19 and married to an angel. Your quotes are very inspiring thank you!

  34. "The widow. She is blessed with memories and and haunted by them. She finds sweet memories that overwhelm her life with sadness, but she wouldn't give them up for anything. Alone in her quiet reflective moments is where her true grief lies. But it is with in these moments, where her true and authentic courage and strength are born." Catherine Capra-Leaf"

  35. I found this page, and it is of great comfort!! Strange, but the first many comments were posted the day of my husband's death...June 24th... Coincidence? I don't think so...

    Thank you for making this page. It's amazing...


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