Top 10 Best Sympathy Quotes that Are Not About Death

It’s hard to find the right words to share with someone who has just lost a loved one. We want to express condolences in words that also express our love and care for them, and hopefully lift their spirits even if for a short moment. The best sympathy quotes are those that focus on the life that was lived, however many of the sympathy quotes we find online focus on the death that occurred.

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After the death of my husband, I found the most comforting sympathy notes had a mix of wisdom with a personal touch. It doesn’t have to be long, but enough to convey the simple message that you care. As far as personal notes, if you knew the person who passed away, then focus on a special memory you have of him/her. If you didn’t know the person who passed away, then focus on the grieving person you want to comfort and a special moment you shared with them. Below I have included the top 10 best sympathy quotes for inspiring your personal note. Hopefully they help you find the words you want to convey in such a difficult time.

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”” ― Abraham Lincoln

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ― Tom Bodett

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ― John Lennon

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance.” ― Osho Rajneesh

“If you've got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.” ― Melody Carstairs

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu

“Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can't get any better, it can.” ― Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

“Where there is love there is life.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald

Maybe these quotes remind you of the person who passed away, about how much they are loved or how well they lived, or the character of the survivors? The idea here is to use a quote to inspire you to write a personal note like the examples below.

Example

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” -- John Lennon

Dear Ana,

In this difficult time, I want you to know how much I care for you. You have always been a great friend to me, for which I am always so grateful. Please know that I am here for you, ready to share the tears and the smiles.

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“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” -- Tom Bodett

Dear Ana,

I am truly saddened by the passing of Tom. Tom was an incredible guy and a great friend. I am going to miss talking to him. He was always happy and I am sure it was because of all the love and support he had from you, the kids, and his friends who loved him. He will be never forgotten.

Have you found these quotes to be inspirational? Are there others you look to when comforting a grieving loved one? If so, please share below.