Loss quotes

  • How long does getting thin take?
    -- A. A. Milne

    #Loss #Weight Loss #Long

  • The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.
    -- A. C. Benson

    #Fear #Loss #Reality

  • In the light of what Proust wrote with so mild a stimulus, it is the world's loss that he did not have a heartier appetite. On a dozen Gardiner's Island oysters, a bowl of clam chowder, a peck of steamers, some bay scallops, three sauteed soft-shelled crabs, a few ears of fresh picked corn, a thin swordfish steak of generous area, a pair of lobsters, and a Long Island Duck, he might have written a masterpiece.
    -- A. J. Liebling

    #Loss #Islands #Light

  • Where but in the very ***** of comedown is redemption: as where but brought low, where but in the grief of failure, loss, error do we discern the savage afflictions that turn us around: where but in the arrangements love crawls us through
    -- A. R. Ammons

    #Grief #Loss #Errors

  • I am tortured too. I am tortured by belly fat and magazine covers about how to please everyone but myself. I am tortured by sheep who click on anything that will guarantee a ten-pound loss in one week. Sheep who will get on their knees if it means someone will like them more. I am tortured by my inability to want to hang out with desperate sheep. I am tortured by ***** yearbooks full of bullshit. I met you when. I'll miss the times. I'll keep in touch. Best friends forever. Is this okay? Are you all right? Are you tortured too?
    -- A.S. King

    #Life #Mean #Loss

  • Over the past few years, the road to confrontation has shown its consequences: loss of innocent lives, destruction and fear. Most costly, however, was the loss of hope. The most precious gift that you can present to your peoples over the coming weeks is renewed hope born out of tangible progress on the ground.
    -- Abdallah II

    #Loss #Past #Years

  • Within a bony labrinthean cave, Reached by the pulse of the aerial wave, This sibyl, sweet, and Mystic Sense is found, Muse, that presides o'er all the Powers of Sound.
    -- Abraham Coles

    #Sweet #Loss #Pulse

  • The loss of enemies does not compensate for the loss of friends.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Friendship #Loss #Enemy

  • If we have no friends, we have no pleasure; and if we have them, we are sure to lose them, and be doubly pained by the loss.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Loss #No Friends #Pleasure

  • It is vital that people "count their blessings:" to appreciate what they possess without having to undergo its actual loss.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Loss #Blessing #People

  • The loss of illusions and the discovery of identity, though painful at first, can be ultimately exhilarating and strengthening.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Loss #Discovery #Identity

  • To make a discovery is not necessarily the same as to understand a discovery. Not only Planck but also other physicists were intially at a loss as to what the proper context of the new postulate really was.
    -- Abraham Pais

    #Loss #Discovery #Physicist

  • There is no doubt that the Americans losses are very heavy because they are deployed across a wide area and among the people and because it is easy to procure weapons. All of which makes them easy and mouth watering targets for the believers.
    -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

    #Loss #People #Doubt

  • Someday, I have no doubt, the dead from today's wars will be seen with a similar sense of sorrow at needless loss and folly as those millions of men who lie in the cemeteries of France and Belgium - and tens of millions of Americans will feel a similar revulsion for the politicians and generals who were so spendthrift with others' lives.
    -- Adam Hochschild

    #Lying #War #Loss

  • ...Almost everything inside was filled with sugar, cheese, and weight-loss tips.
    -- Adam Rex

    #Loss #Weight #Sugar

  • A little rain, a little blood. Black fingernails in August; and going berserk, going bananas. As if entrapped in a tropical heatwave, with dozens of whirlwinds swirling in one’s mind, one thinks of a way out, or a way in: out of the scorching bosom of a volcano, and in – into the centre of a raging hurricane. And tracing the labyrinthine ways of your mind, the haphazard vagaries of your thoughts at ease, the odds and ends of your mental surplus you carelessly throw at the world, one wants to be at a loss, in a maze; amazed, and amazingly unabashed.
    -- Adam Zagajewski

    #Rain #Loss #Thinking

  • When I spoke, I was listened to; and I was at a loss to know how I had so easily acquired the art of commanding attention, and giving the tone to the conversation.
    -- Adelbert von Chamisso

    #Art #Loss #Talking

  • It must never be forgotten that nothing that is really great in this world has ever been achieved by coalitions, but that it has always been the success of a single victor. Coalition successes bear by the very nature of their origin the germ of future crumbling, in fact of the loss of what has already been achieved. Great, truly world-shaking revolutions of a spiritual nature are not even conceivable and realizable except as the titanic struggles of individual formations, never as enterprises of coalitions.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Spiritual #Struggle #Loss

  • A single blow must destroy the enemy... without regard of losses... a gigantic all-destroying blow.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Military #Loss #Blow

  • Blood mixture and the result drop in the racial level is the sole cause of the dying out of old cultures; for men do not perish as a result of lost wars, but by the loss of that force of resistance which is continued only in pure blood. All who are not of good race in this world are chaff.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #War #Loss #Men

  • It made me have a much greater understanding of loss, of loneliness, and the level of intense tragedy that so many people have experienced in this world, I take a lot less for granted.
    -- Adrien Brody

    #Loneliness #Loss #People

  • The issue of terrorism must be dealt with firmly. We must work very hard to avoid loss of life. We must work very hard to avoid civilian casualties. And those terrorists and Baathists are holding the people of Fallujah hostage. We must release the hostages.
    -- Ahmed Chalabi

    #Loss #Issues #People

  • The cross where Jesus died became also the cross where His apostle died. The loss, the rejection, the shame, belong both to Christ and to all who in very truth are His. the cross that saves them also slays them, and anything short of this is a pseudo-faith and not true faith at all.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Jesus #Loss #Rejection

  • It is all about numbers. It is all about sequence. It's the mathematical logic of being alive. If everything kept to its normal progression, we would live with the sadness-cry and then walk-but what really breaks us cleanest are the losses that happen out of order.
    -- Aimee Bender

    #Life #Sadness #Loss

  • Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid. This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc: it is us.
    -- Al Gore

    #Inspirational #Cutting #Loss

  • One tragic example of the loss of forests and then water is found in Ethiopia. The amount of its forested land has decreased from 40 to 1 percent in the last four decades. Concurrently, the amount of rainfall has declined to the point where the country is rapidly becoming a wasteland.
    -- Al Gore

    #Country #Loss #Land

  • No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.
    -- Al Gore

    #Failure #Loss #Political

  • If I use the media, even with tricks, to publicize a black youth being shot in the back in Teaneck, New Jersey... then I should be praised for it, and it's more of a comment on them than me that it would take tricks to make them cover the loss of life.
    -- Al Sharpton

    #Loss #Media #Black

  • There is a longing for a return to a time without the need for choices, free of the regret at the inevitable loss that all choice (however wonderful) has entailed.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Regret #Loss #Choices

  • In the midst of the sense of tragedy or loss, sometimes laughter is not only healing, it's a way of experiencing the person that you've lost again.
    -- Alan Alda

    #Laughter #Healing #Loss

  • Every day the word 'gift' is used to define talent, ability, and performance. Being gifted has an even deeper meaning, a meaning that isn't always measured in points per game or win/loss records - it's measured by heart, effort, and desire.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Heart #Athlete #Loss

  • If we could be freed from our aversion to loss, our whole outlook on risk would change.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Loss #Risk #Aversion

  • If we can embrace the adventure and risk and equip our churches to lay down their lives and abandon their inherent loss-aversion, who knows what innovation, what freshness, what new insights from the Spirit will emerge.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Adventure #Loss #Innovation

  • There is no 'slippery slope' toward loss of liberty, only a long staircase where each step down must first be tolerated by the American people and their leaders.
    -- Alan K. Simpson

    #Freedom #Loss #Long

  • As often happens during a war, some parts of the country prospered, notwithstanding the constant loss.
    -- Albert Bushnell Hart

    #Country #War #Loss

  • The loss of love is the loss of all rights, even though one had them all.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Loss #Love Is #Rights

  • ...my boredom might be described as a malady affecting external objects and consisting of a withering process; an almost instantaneous loss of vitality--just as though one saw a flower change in a few seconds from a bud to decay and dust.
    -- Alberto Moravia

    #Flower #Loss #Dust

  • The markets are unforgiving, and emotional trading always results in losses.
    -- Alexander Elder

    #Loss #Emotional #Results

  • The loss of candor is grievous, and in my opinion it may yet prove to be mortal, because if we cannot discuss our problems in plain speech that describes reality, it is unlikely that we will be able to solve them.
    -- Alexander Haig

    #Truth #Loss #Reality

  • The loss of liberty to a generous mind is worse than death.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Loss #Mind #Liberty

  • There can be no profit in the making or selling of things to be destroyed in war. Men may think that they have such profit, but in the end the profit will turn out to be a loss.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #War #Loss #Men

  • Whatever may be the immediate gains and losses, the dangers to our safety arising from political suppression are always greater than the dangers to that safety arising from political freedom. Suppression is always foolish. Freedom is always wise. That is the faith, the experimental faith, by which we Americans have undertaken to live.
    -- Alexander Meiklejohn

    #Wise #Loss #Safety

  • I discovered early that the hardest thing to overcome is not a physical disability but the mental condition which it induces. The world, I found, has a way of taking a man pretty much at his own rating. If he permits his loss to make him embarrassed and apologetic, he will draw embarrassment from others. But if he gains his own respect, the respect of those around him comes easily.
    -- Alexander P. de Seversky

    #Respect #Loss #Men

  • Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense. There are forty men of wit for one man of sense; and he that will carry nothing about him but gold, will be every day at a loss for want of readier change.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Loss #Men #Common Sense

  • False happiness is like false money; it passes for a time as well as the true, and serves some ordinary occasions; but when it is brought to the touch, we find the lightness and alloy, and feel the loss.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Happiness #Loss #Ordinary

  • No louder shrieks to pitying heaven are cast, When husbands or lap-dogs breathe their last.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Dog #Husband #Loss

  • Missing someone has to be one of the worst human emotions. All the other feelings like anger and fear and horror get some much more airplay, as if their intensity gives them more value, but whereas those emotions come in violent bursts and are gone again, the gnawing ache of loss has to be simply endured. It's like background noise, it's always there, it never goes away. You just have to try to block it out, distract yourself, hope that tomorrow the hole they left behind has grown a little smaller.
    -- Alexandra Potter

    #Missing Someone #Block #Loss

  • The fact of the matter is, this is a very dynamic economy we have, and in this dynamic economy, you have a lot of job gains, but you also have job loss.
    -- Alexis Herman

    #Jobs #Loss #Gains

  • It's been suggested that most women fail to write significantly because the female mind is viscerotonic, and occupied almost exclusively with the moment-to-moment reality of emotions. If this is true, literature's loss is science fiction's gain, for Out of Bounds, Judith Merril's collection of short stories, is a warm and colorful rendering of the minutiae of the future.
    -- Alfred Bester

    #Writing #Loss #Reality

  • Modern American literature was born in protest, born in rebellion, born out of the sense of loss and indirection which was imposed upon the new generations out of the realization that the old formal culture-the "New England idea"-could no longer serve.
    -- Alfred Kazin

    #Loss #Ideas #Generations

  • Competition is the final price determinant and competitive prices may result in profits which force you to accept a rate of return less than you hoped for, or for that matter to accept temporary losses
    -- Alfred P. Sloan

    #Loss #Competition #Finals

  • In vertebrate paleontology, increasing knowledge leads to triumphant loss of clarity.
    -- Alfred Romer

    #Knowledge #Loss #Paleontology

  • Hemorrhoids can bleed, typically after a bowel movement, producing blood-streaked stool or toilet paper, .. The blood may turn water in the toilet bowl red. However, the amount of blood is usually small, and hemorrhoids rarely lead to severe blood loss or anemia.
    -- Alfred the Great

    #Loss #Blood #Water

  • My loss may shine yet goodlier than your gain When Time and God give judgment.
    -- Algernon Charles Swinburne

    #Time #Loss #Giving

  • Behind weight gain are the larger hurts and questions that have to be explored, probed, and understood before weight loss and maintenance is a possibility. It's a bigger issue than just calories in, calories out.
    -- Ali Vincent

    #Hurt #Health #Loss

  • When weight loss becomes a goal in your life, eating right and exercising are just two pieces of the puzzle. Figuring out why you've put on the extra weight is the hardest part.
    -- Ali Vincent

    #Health #Loss #Exercise

  • It is an immense loss to have all robust and sustaining expletives refined away from one! At. moments of trial refinement is a feeble reed to lean upon.
    -- Alice James

    #Loss #Reeds #Trials

  • Stop and reflect on what your diet is doing for you.
    -- Alice McCall

    #Loss #Weight Loss

  • The Christian will be sure to make enemies. It will be one of his objects to make none; but if doing what is right and believing what is true should cause him to lose every earthly friend, he will regard it as a small loss, since his great Friend in heaven will be even more friendly and will reveal Himself to him more graciously than ever.
    -- Alistair Begg

    #Christian #Believe #Loss

  • Capitalism without failure is like religion without sin. Bankruptcies and losses concentrate the mind on prudent behavior.
    -- Allan H. Meltzer

    #Loss #Mind #Liberty

  • Death itself is too big to take in, she already sees that; the loss comes at you instead in an infinite number of small installments that can never be paid off.
    -- Allison Pearson

    #Loss #Numbers #Infinite

  • Because I feel no anger toward my mother. Only loss, and loss is a feeling you can’t fight your way out of as easily.
    -- Ally Condie

    #Mother #Fighting #Loss

  • The loss of a mother is always keenly felt, even if her health be such as to incapacitate her from taking an active part in the care of the family. She is the sweet rallying-point for affection, obedience, and a thousand tendernesses. Dreary the blank when she is withdrawn!
    -- Alphonse de Lamartine

    #Mother #Sweet #Loss

  • St. Augustine and St. Thomas define mortal sin to be a turning away from God: that is, the turning of one's back upon God, leaving the Creator for the sake of the creature. What punishment would that subject deserve who, while his king was giving him a command, contemptuously turned his back upon him to go and transgress his orders? This is what the sinner does; and this is punished in hell with the pain of loss, that is, the loss of God, a punishment richly deserved by him who in this life turns his back upon his sovereign good.
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Kings #Pain #Loss

  • As a group, housewives to-day suffer more from social isolation and loss of purpose than any other social group, except, perhaps, the old.
    -- Alva Myrdal

    #Loss #Wife #Suffering

  • The biggest tragedy I had was the loss of my daughter from neuromuscular disease in 2000, at age 46.
    -- Alvin Toffler

    #Daughter #Mother #Loss

  • I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.
    -- Alyson Noel

    #Inspirational #Missing Someone #Loss

  • You never know what you have till you've lost it.
    -- Alyson Noel

    #Inspirational #Losing A Loved One #Loss

  • Sometimes--sometimes it just hits me, you know? And, it's not getting any easier." I choke, my eyes flooding all over again. "I'm not sure that it will. I think you just get used to the feeling, the hollowness, the loss, and somehow learn to live around it
    -- Alyson Noel

    #Eye #Loss #Thinking

  • LIFE, n. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay. We live in daily apprehension of its loss; yet when lost it is not missed.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Life #Spiritual #Loss

  • If you are black, the only roads into the mainland of American life are through subservience, cowardice, and loss of manhood. These are the white man's roads.
    -- Amiri Baraka

    #Loss #Men #White

  • I know that right choices by definition are the means by which life crystallizes loss.
    -- Amor Towles

    #Mean #Loss #Choices

  • There isn't heartache if there hasn't been joy. I wouldn't feel loss if there hadn't been love.
    -- Amy Harmon

    #Loss #Heartache #Joy

  • The worst of it is over now, and I can't say that I am glad. Lose that sense of loss--you have gone and lost something else.
    -- Amy Hempel

    #Loss #Gone #Lost

  • The most important lesson I've learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship.
    -- Amy Van Dyken

    #Sports #Loss #Winning

  • Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss.
    -- Anderson Cooper

    #Life #Loss #Empathy

  • I think if you've suffered, if you've experienced loss, you're probably more open to understanding it and more comfortable talking about it and experiencing it.
    -- Anderson Cooper

    #Loss #Thinking #Talking

  • At one hundred, surely you learn to overcome loss and grief—or do they hound you till the bitter end?
    -- André Aciman

    #Grief #Loss #Overcoming

  • Now that I've won a slam, I know something very few people on earth are permitted to know. A win doesn't feel as good as a loss feels bad, and the good feeling doesn't last long as the bad. Not even close.
    -- Andre Agassi

    #Loss #Winning #Long

  • There's a gentle sigh which descends like billowing silk upon the soul that accepts its coming death. It's a gentle pocket of air in the turbulence of everyday life... the silk settles around you as if it has been drifting towards the earth forever and has finally found it's target. The flag of defeat has been mercifully dropped and, in this action, the loss is not so bad. Defeat itself is defeated by the embrace of defeat, and death is swallowed up in victory.
    -- Andrew Davidson

    #Loss #Air #Forever

  • After an All-Blacks surprise loss to the French in the 1999 Rugby World Cup: “The French are predictably unpredictable.
    -- Andrew Mehrtens

    #Loss #World #Cups

  • Listening is not merely not talking...it means taking a vigorous human interest in what is being told to us.
    -- Andrew Miller

    #Mean #Loss #Talking

  • Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue. And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil.
    -- Andrew Murray

    #Humility #Pride #Loss

  • A good balance of winning and losing is important. If you just win all the time, you won't get anything out of it; having some tough losses can be really important.
    -- Andrew Shue

    #Loss #Winning #Balance

  • After a devastating loss, your whole perspective shifts, and you're kind of in a blank space. You feel like on one side nothing matters, and on the other side a freedom because nothing matters.
    -- Andrew Shue

    #Loss #Space #Perspective

  • When you have a tough loss, go through it and agonize. I had one loss that I still want to change, but at the same time I realize it is an important part of who I am.
    -- Andrew Shue

    #Loss #Who I Am #Important

  • Teenagers too often have to deal with loss and death. You had to cope with the untimely death of your brother; how can young people deal with such tragedies?
    -- Andrew Shue

    #Brother #Teenager #Loss

  • Depression is the flaw in love. There's no such thing as love without the anticipation of loss. And that specter of despair can be the engine of intimacy.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Loss #Despair #Anticipation

  • I had always thought of myself as fairly tough and fairly strong and fairly able to cope with anything. And then I had a series of personal losses. My mother died. A relationship that I was in came to end, and a variety of other things went awry.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Mother #Strong #Loss

  • That, in essence, is the catastrophe of suicide for those who survive: not only the loss of someone, but the loss of the chance to persuade that person to act differently, the loss of the chance to connect.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Suicide #Loss #Essence

  • Freedom has become a commodity whose availability, paradoxically, keeps society in check. The threat of its loss seems to enable us to tolerate its imposition.
    -- Andrzej Stasiuk

    #Loss #Availability #Commodity

  • Remember, whatever you focus upon, increases...When you focus on the things you need, you'll find those needs increasing. If you concentrate your thoughts on what you don't have, you will soon be concentrating on other things that you had forgotten you don't have-and feel worse! If you set your mind on loss, you are more likely to lose...But a grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person's life.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Grateful #Loss #Perspective

  • The Rolling Stones suffered a great loss with the death of Ian Stewart, the man who had for so many years played piano quietly and silently with them on stage.
    -- Andy Peebles

    #Funny #Loss #Men

  • I think I've always had a decent perspective on wins and losses on the tennis court.
    -- Andy Roddick

    #Loss #Thinking #Winning

  • The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books - how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Book #Loss #Cooks

  • Looking and not finding is certainly one of the most frustrating ways to spend time.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Loss #Way #Frustrating

  • But human nature cannot be content on a diet of honey and if there is nothing in one's life that requires pity, one must invent it; for to go through life unpitied would be an unthinkable loss.
    -- Angela Thirkell

    #Loss #Would Be #Honey

  • The loss of a child is my greatest nightmare.
    -- Angelina Jolie

    #Children #Loss #Nightmare

  • The weight of his losses finally too much to bear. But not before he has known the unforgiving light of the equator, a love that exists only in his imagination, and the enduring struggle to capture in words the infinite possibilities of a life not lived.
    -- Anita Shreve

    #Struggle #Loss #Light

  • Sydney discovers that she minds the loss of her mourning. When she grieved, she felt herself to be intimately connected to Daniel. But with each passing day, he floats away from her. When she thinks about him now, it is more as a lost possibility than as a man. She has forgotten his breath, his musculature.
    -- Anita Shreve

    #Loss #Men #Thinking