quote by Ernest Hemingway

If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.

— Ernest Hemingway

Cheerful Widowhood quotations

the final lesson of learning to be independent - widowhood ... is the hardest lesson of all.


What armies and how much of war I have seen, what thousands of marching troops, what fields of slain, what prisons, what hospitals, what ruins, what cities in ashes, what hunger and nakedness, what orphanages, what widowhood, what wrongs and what vengeance.

[Hermogenes] despises God's law in his painting, maintains repeated marriages [almost certainly a reference to remarrying after divorce or perhaps even widowhood, which Tertullian, who became a Montanist, opposed], alleges the law of God in defense of lust [likely same reference], and yet despises it in respect of his art.

Men should think twice before making widowhood women's only path to power.

One step at a time, over the years, as I sought to plumb the mystery of suffering (which cannot be plumbed), I began to see that there is a sense in which everything is a gift. Even my widowhood.


When the moon, after covering herself with darkness as in sorrow, at last throws off the garments of her widowhood, she does not at once expose herself impudently to the public gaze; but for a time remains veiled in a transparent cloud, till she gradually acquires courage to endure the looks and admiration of beholders.

The unmarried woman seldom escapes a widowhood of the spirit.

There is sure to be some one, parent, brother, sister, friend, more comfortable to her than the day, with whom her life is so entwined that the wrench of parting leaves a torn void never entirely healed or filled.

Anybody can become a widow. There aren't any special qualifications. It happens in less time than it takes to draw a breath. It doesn't require the planning, for example, that it takes to become a wife or a mother or any of the other ritual roles of womanhood.

You evidently feel that brevity is the soul of widowhood.

Being a rock widow is not my job, so I would hire people to do it for me.


There are many women whose lives would be immeasurably improved by widowhood, but one should not always point that out.

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.

Widowhood had done nothing to curb my smart mouth. So much for diplomacy.

When my mother died, my father's early widowhood gave him social cachet he would not have had if they had divorced. He was a bigger catch for the sorrow attached.

In the name of religion, we force widowhood upon our three lakh girl-widows who could not understand the import of the marriage ceremony.


Widowhood imposed by religion or custom is an unbearable yoke and defiles the home by secret vice and degrades religion.

If we would be pure, if we would save Hinduism, we must rid ourselves of this poison of enforced widowhood.

Widowhood provided Mama with a higher form of being.

In refusing to recover from my father's death she had discovered that her life was endowed with a seriousness her years in the kitchen had denied her. She remained devoted to this seriousness for thirty years. She never tired of it, never grew bored or restless in its company, found new ways to keep alive the interest it deserved and had so undeniably earned.

I don't believe in divorce. I believe in widowhood.