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Words of Inspiration: Wife

Quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a wife

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Updated June 18, 2014

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While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here, you will find a select collection of quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a wife. You might find these lines helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

William Shakespeare, English playwright
O my love, my wife!
Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.

Andrew Jackson, U.S. president
Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.

Andre Maurois, French author
A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.

Matt Damon, American actor
My wife is my soul mate. I can't imagine being without her.

Mignon McLaughlin, American author and journalist
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything and two minus one equals nothing.

Ernest Hemingway, American author
There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.

Johnny Cash, American singer
When my wife died, I booked myself into the studio just to work, to occupy myself.

C.S. Lewis, Irish author, literary critic and poet
One flesh. Or if you prefer, one ship. The starboard engine has gone. I, the port engine, must chug along somehow till we make harbour. Or rather, till the journey ends.

Hugh Leonard, Irish playwright and author
I'm a much nicer person since my wife died. I found out what pain is, so on that level I'm much nicer.

Gerald Brenan, English author
In a happy marriage, it is the wife who provides the climate, the husband the landscape.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author
The death of a dear friend, wife, brother, lover, which seemed nothing but privation, somewhat later assumes the aspect of a guide or genius; for it commonly operates revolutions in our way of life, terminates an epoch of infancy or of youth which was waiting to be closed, breaks up a wonted occupation, or a household, or style of living, and allows the formation of new ones more friendly to the growth of character.

William Shatner, American actor
My beautiful wife is dead. She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy will remain with me the rest of my life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and author
The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity.

Nicholas Sparks, American author
My wife, my family, my friends -- they've all taught me things about love and what that emotion really means. In a nutshell, loving someone is about giving, not receiving.

Fawn Weaver, American entrepreneur and business owner
Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til' death do us part is the length.

George Eliot (aka Mary Anne Evans), English author and journalist
What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting.

Additional Reading:
How to Cope with the Death of Your Spouse
Words of Inspiration: Mothers
Book Reviews for Widowers
Can a Widower Overcome Guilt and Start Dating Again?

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