Showing sympathy toward someone in grief is no easy task… Sometimes we get so overwhelmed ourselves that we become speechless. We feel like there’s nothing else we can do to ease their pain.

However, having something to say, no matter how simple, shows that we care. You may not know exactly what someone who us mourning is going through, but you can find ways to provide some peace of mind. We can always let them know that we are there to help with whatever we can.

A shoulder to cry on and an encouragement that everything is going to be ok are the two easiest, yet most impactful things you can offer someone. Even if they’re not that close to you, you can still express your sympathy — after all, there’s no effort in showing kindness.

Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right words that bring comfort. The purpose of the following sympathy quotes is to emphasize on the importance of showing compassion. Saying something to a grieving heart is better than not saying anything at all.

Here are 25 sympathy quotes to help you find the right words:

Sympathy does not think. It acts. It acts to remove the ceaseless sufferings of the world.

SRI CHINMOY

What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, Stardust or sea foam, Flower or winged air.

THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

HELEN KELLER (more Helen Keller quotes)

A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.

MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)

Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Apathy perishes us, while sympathy empowers us.

GHASSAN SHAHROUR

Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.  

TERRI GUILLEMETS

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

VIVIAN GREENE

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.  

KENJI MIYAZAWA

Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.

RENEE O’NEILL

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.

LEO BUSCAGLIA

Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.

JONI MITCHELL

Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also.

BRIAN JACQUES

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 (more Kahlil Gibran quotes)

There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.

MAHATMA GANDHI (more Mahatma Gandhi quotes)

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. 

JOHN TAYLOR

Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.

CHARLES HENRY PARKHURST

The law of sympathy is one of the most basic parts of magic. It states that the more similar two objects are, the greater the sympathetic link. The greater the link, the more easily they influence each other.

PATRICK ROTHFUSS

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathize with the color, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life’s sores the better. 

OSCAR WILDE

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man. 

ANTOINE DE SAINTEXUPERY

Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. 

EMILY DICKINSON (more Emily Dickinson quotes)

To live in hearts we leave behind. Is not to die. 

THOMAS CAMPBELL

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  

FROM A HEADSTONE IN IRELAND

The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. 

EILEEN ELIAS FREEMAN

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. 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. 

WINNIE THE POOH (more Winnie the Pooh quotes)