Loss Quotes

Most popular loss quotes

We only keep what we lose.
No man can lose what he never had.
You must lose a fly to catch a trout.
He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.


One knows what one has lost, but not what one may find.
Our losses should frequently be put on the credit side.
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
The loss of love is a terrible thing;
They lie who say death is worse.


Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.
Loss is the great unifier, the terrible club to which we all eventually belong.
The lives we lead are determined, for better and worse, by our loss experiences.
We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.
A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.


God never removes something from our lives without replacing it with something far better.

hopeful religious

Losing is the price we pay for living. It is also the source of much of our growth and gain.
As there is no worldly gain without some loss, so there is no worldly loss without some gain.
He that is robbed, not wanting what is stol'n,
Let him not know't, and he's not robbed at all.
The only infallible truth of our lives is that everything we love in life will be taken from us.
Every loss recapitulates earlier losses, but every affirmation of identity echoes earlier moments of clarity.


Where there is chance of gain, there is also chance of loss.  Whenever one courts great happiness, one also risks malaise.


I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.
Blessings may appear under the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let him have patience, and he will see them in their proper figures.

disappointment patience

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

happiness opportunity

We begin life with loss.  We are cast from the womb without an apartment, a charge plate, a job or a car.  We are sucking, sobbing, clinging, helpless babies.
In middle age we are apt to reach the horrifying conclusion that all sorrow, all pain, all passionate regret and loss and bitter disillusionment are self-made.

middle age

Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size.

Losing one glove
is certainly painful,
but nothing
compared to the pain,
of losing one,
throwing away the other,
and finding
the first one again.


There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.

disappointment failure

If you sit down crying because the sun has set, you miss the privilege of seeing the stars.  Sorrow for what you have lost should not make you neglect that which comes in its place.
The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all.  No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss—an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc.—is sure to be noticed.

the self

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife.  But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him?  Here every language is silent.


When we think of loss we think of the loss, through death, of people we love.  But loss is a far more encompassing theme in our life.  For we lose not only through death, but also by leaving and being left, by changing and letting go and moving on.
I thought grief was a simple, wrenching realm of sadness and longing that gradually receded.  What that definition left out was the body blow that loss inflicts, as well as the temporary madness, and a range of less straightforward emotions shocking in their intensity.