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A Grief Observed Quotes

26 of the best book quotes from A Grief Observed
  1. #1
    “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
  2. #2
    Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is of coming to believe such dreadful things about Him. The conclusion I dread is not ‘So there’s no God after all,’ but ‘So this is what God’s really like. Deceive yourself no longer.
  3. #3
    Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.
  4. #4
    Aren’t all these notes the senseless writings of a man who won’t accept the fact that there is nothing we can do with suffering except to suffer it?
  5. #5
    There is one place where her absence comes locally home to me, and it is a place I can’t avoid. I mean my own body. It had such a different importance while it was the body of H.‘s lover. Now it’s like an empty house.
  6. #6
    Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask - half our great theological and metaphysical problems - are like that.
  7. #7
    The time when there is nothing at all in your soul except a cry for help may be just that time when God can’t give it: you are like the drowning man who can’t be helped because he clutches and grabs. Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear.
  8. #8
    No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
  1. #9
    We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for.
  2. #10
    I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.
  3. #11
    For in grief nothing “stays put.” One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?
  4. #12
    But if a spiral, am I going up or down it?
  5. #13
    The death of a beloved is an amputation.
  6. #14
    God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.
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    C.S. Lewis
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    God
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    A Grief Observed
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    faith
  7. #15
    Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.
  8. #16
    You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.
  1. #17
    It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it?
  2. #18
    Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.
  3. #19
    I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, hoever, turns out to be not a state but a process.
  4. #20
    It doesn’t really matter whether you grip the arms of the dentist’s chair or let your hands lie in your lap. The drill drills on.
  5. #21
    Knock and it shall be opened.′ But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac?
  6. #22
    My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself.
  7. #23
    Feelings, and feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead.
  8. #24
    What do people mean when they say, ‘I am not afraid of God because I know He is good’? Have they never even been to a dentist?
  9. #25
    I see people, as they approach me, trying to make up their minds whether they’ll ‘say something about it’ or not. I hate if they do, and if they don’t.
  10. #26
    This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.