Lines in books that make your throat catch

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pongping Sun 25-Aug-13 08:50:52

Just been re-reading When We Were Very Young, and the lines in the last poem, Vespers, bring a tear to my eye every time:

Hush, hush, whisper who dares,
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers

I'm not sure why - I think it's the beauty of the innocence, the image of a lost world (the book is all nurses and stockings)?

In fact, just the title of the collection gives me a shiver.

MissMarplesBloomers Sun 25-Aug-13 09:40:02

We loved all the poems & stories of AAMilne when my DD's were young.

There's a pooh & piglet line that always gets me....hang on I'l find it!

JassyAlconleigh Sun 25-Aug-13 09:44:49

Please don't post the line at the very end about always being there. It was on the radio last week, I had to pull over.

There's a bit at the end of Oliver's Story (sequel to Love Story) where he says all the things he is doubt with his life and asks what he would 'be if Jenny were still alive? The answer, I also would still be alive.'

AlpacaPicnic Sun 25-Aug-13 09:45:04

A very sad book that I read a few years ago - the name eludes me - one of the characters is a albino teenage boy who hasn't made any friends. His mother makes him go out to try to meet some people...

'He sat there in his new blue shirt, sipping at a diet coke. He spoke to nobody and nobody spoke to him'

That scene has stuck with me much longer than the rest of the story did.

Monroe Sun 25-Aug-13 09:46:13

Not so much makes my throat catch but makes me sob out loud. Every time. Philip Pullman, The Subtle Knife, the scene where Lee and Hester die.

"Then she was pressing her little proud broken self against his face, as close as she could get, and then they died.”

MissMarplesBloomers Sun 25-Aug-13 09:46:47

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you.” 

MrsWolowitz Sun 25-Aug-13 09:47:09

Les Mis whilst being introduced to Gavroche:

"The pavements he slept on were neither as cold or as hard as his mother's heart towards him"

Or words to that effect sad

He's my favourite literary character.

marvingay Sun 25-Aug-13 09:49:45

The first sentence of A Prayer for Owen Meany.

“I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice – not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.”

MissMarplesBloomers Sun 25-Aug-13 09:50:29

...and of course the line at the end of The Railway Children....
"Daddy Daddy"

and "I love you to the moon & back"

Oooh OP what have you started!!!!

( leaves tissues)

Chubfuddler Sun 25-Aug-13 09:53:53

The ending of the Pursuit of Love

^But I think she would have been happy with Fabrice,' I said. 'He was the great love of her life, you know.'
Oh, dulling,' said my mother, sadly. 'One always thinks that. Every, every time.^

mayaswell Sun 25-Aug-13 09:55:38

MissMarples that's the one that came to mind for me.

daisygatsby Sun 25-Aug-13 09:56:07

I recently read the Paris wife by Paula MacLaine about Hemingway and his first wife in Paris (and subsequent break up of that marriage ) then I read a moveable feast which is hemingways account of that time. There's a really moving passage about his affair and hadleys innocence from the whole thing which starts ' the bulldozing of three people's hearts to destroy one happiness and build another ...' He talks about his wife's subsequent happiness and marriage to another man as 'the one good thing that came out of that year '

Not very well rephrased by me but its an honest account of an affair and its impact

bittenipples Sun 25-Aug-13 09:57:20

Black Beauty, when Ginger dies and is taken away.

Also not a line from a book but the title of a famous painting of a soldier with his dying horse in WW1

'Goodbye Old Friend'

Just writing that has bought tears to my eyes!

daisygatsby Sun 25-Aug-13 09:57:25

chub that's a great quote. I don't know that book - who's it by ?

tywysogesgymraeg Sun 25-Aug-13 09:58:06

The Railway Children one, definitely

Chubfuddler Sun 25-Aug-13 09:58:30

Oh daisy give yourself the treat of your life and order it from amazon now. Nancy Mitford. You'll love it.

Repeatedlydoingthetwist Sun 25-Aug-13 10:00:03

Another request not to post the last line from Winnie The Pooh. That's definitely one but even thinking about it has made me well up! confused

LadyVader Sun 25-Aug-13 10:00:41

Wuthering Heights

After the death of Cathy, Heathcliff says "do not leave me in this abyss where I cannot find you"

Yes, a violent & obsessive relationship but I think this line captures that raw, ache of losing someone you love.

Repeatedlydoingthetwist Sun 25-Aug-13 10:01:05

Oh, and YY to 'Daddy my Daddy'! I start crying about 10 minutes before that part of the film because I know it's coming!

CaptainJamesTKirk Sun 25-Aug-13 10:03:06

<sniffs> stop it you lot!

daisygatsby Sun 25-Aug-13 10:04:14

Thanks chub

It's a toddler book blush Wishmoley and the little piece of sky.

'Why are you sad?' Baby asked.

'Because some day you'll fly higher than high and the blue will fill your eyes, and maybe you'll forget to come down' said Wishmoley.

Baby snuggled next to him. 'I'll never forget' she said.

I cry like a baby everytime!

CaptainJamesTKirk Sun 25-Aug-13 10:11:05

Where did my <sniffs> go?

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 10:13:48

"And then Bella did a very kind thing". We generally have to pause a while there while mummy gets her composure back.

mayaswell Sun 25-Aug-13 10:16:03

daisy I really enjoyed The Paris Wife, but now can't read Hemingway as I feel so bloody cross with him. I tried to justify his selfishness as necessary for Art, but I just can't.

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 10:20:00

Also "That is Susan through and through, just like me, just like you" at the end of Susan Laughs.

scaredysausage Sun 25-Aug-13 10:27:40

I can't do the last bits of What colour is love, in a normal voice.

What colour is love?
I'll tell you little one.
It's a dark as the night and as bright as the sun.
Imagine a colour, and love is right there.
It is every colour, everything, everywhere.
What colour is love?
Every colour, all around,
because nothing else matters when it's love that you've found.


colafrosties Sun 25-Aug-13 10:34:55

I love When We Were Very Young as well.

James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree
Took great care of his mother though he was only three

TSSDNCOP Sun 25-Aug-13 10:37:19

There's a chapter in Call The Midwife where a mother and her children enter the workhouse.

It describes how the children thought having their heads shaved was fun, but that the mother had none as she had sold her hair and her teeth already. Then they huddle one last time on a straw mattress before being separated.

I reac that 18 months ago and it still catches my throat.

ItWasLightCreamCheese Sun 25-Aug-13 10:38:00

All of The Heart In The Bottle. My DM died while I was pregnant with DTs, and I absolutely cannot read it to them at all.

Till one day she found an empty chair
And the chair was no longer empty. But the bottle was

Pinupgirl Sun 25-Aug-13 10:38:37

So many. The bit in Anne of Green gables when Matthew dies and calls Anne "my girl". Or in To kill a mockingbird-the line about how they never saw their neighbour Boo radley again. Sob.

LoopyLupo Sun 25-Aug-13 10:41:01

Post that last line of WTP. I can't remember it

MrsBradfield Sun 25-Aug-13 10:43:55
BraveNewLife Sun 25-Aug-13 10:53:34

Quasimodo saying to the gargoyles, "I wish that I were made of stone like you."

And later, after he watches esmarelda and the priest both die: "oh! All that I loved!"

And of course, Charlotte's Web..."nobody was with her when she died."

ButtonBoo Sun 25-Aug-13 10:57:40

The Book Thief - has me sobbing every time:

“Finally, in October 1945, a man with swampy eyes, feathers of hair, and a clean-shaven face walked into the shop. He approached the counter. "Is there someone here by the name of Leisel Meminger?"
"Yes, she's in the back," said Alex. He was hopeful, but he wanted to be sure. "May I ask who is calling on her?"

Heart breaking and heart warming at the same time...

lifeissweet Sun 25-Aug-13 11:01:13

"Now I am six I'm as clever as clever

So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever'

There was a little girl in my class who died during the summer after I taught her. She was six. This was read at her funeral and it kills me now - every time.

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Sun 25-Aug-13 11:02:25

LauraChant - that line in Dogger gets me every time.


"Still they shine in the evening skies
Love, like starlight, never dies"

in No Matter What by Debi Gliori

RandallPinkFloyd Sun 25-Aug-13 11:08:38

On The Night You Were Born, I bought it for DS as he was born at night.

The whole thing is a challenge to get through but the last bit that starts "So whenever you doubt just how special you are, and you wonder who loves you, how much and how far....."

And ends with

"For never before in story or rhyme, not even once upon a time,
has he world ever known a you my friend;
and it never will, not ever again."


Madcaplady Sun 25-Aug-13 11:09:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

scaredysausage Sun 25-Aug-13 11:16:02

Also, the Kent's last lines in King Lear

I have a journey, sir, shortly to go.
My master calls me; I must not say no.

I had to read Kent's part in class at school once and couldn't physically speak these lines.

scaredysausage Sun 25-Aug-13 11:18:40

No Matter What was read at my son's funeral. I think I ruined that story for everyone there that day. sad

PurpleGirly Sun 25-Aug-13 11:23:05

This poem has always made me sob .. (Last few lines here)

I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: Put out every one
Pack up the moon, dismantle the sun
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood,
For nothing now can eve come good.

And then this one ...

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

PurpleGirly Sun 25-Aug-13 11:26:26

scaredysausage so sad. Beautiful words though x

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 25-Aug-13 11:28:48

Scaredy, v sorry about the occasion, but what a wonderful thing to read. You won't have ruined it, just added anothet layer of meaning. I use that book so much.

For me, Beth's death, " the tide went out peacefully', in Little Women. What I hope for us all, when it comes.

And The Velveteen Rabbit, both the bit about what real love is and also the end..

kaytola Sun 25-Aug-13 11:29:31

The Winnie the pooh one. Makes me weep every time I read it.

So sorry about your son, Sausage.

Agh Monroe - that one gave me shivers. Poor Lee and Hester. sad

What's the line in Harry Potter describing Colin Creevey lying dead? It's something like, 'He was small in death' and it made me absolutely howl on first reading.

oinkling Sun 25-Aug-13 11:34:35

Huge tracts of One Hundred Years of Solitude; Remedios the Beauty's ascent to heaven, the yellow butterflies, the climax. When I read it, I couldn't believe it was possible to write something like this.

This from Twelfth Night:

She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,
Feed on her damask cheek. She pined in thought,
And with a green and yellow melancholy
She sat like patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed?

The last verse of Funeral Blues:

The stars are not wanted now, put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

The e.e.cummings poem "it may not always be so;and i say"

The Betjeman poem "Death in Leamington"

Some of my others have already been mentioned. There are bits of A Prayer for Owen Meany, the His Dark Materials trilogy, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the way The Unbearable Lightness of Being ends which I can't get through dry-eyed. Oh, and Breakfast of Champions.

moreyear Sun 25-Aug-13 11:55:24

Oh LauraChant I have to read the rest of Dogger with tears welling after that line.

And I adore e.e.cummings oinkling

Most of Oscar Wilde's short stories see me weeping uncontrollably but especially The Nightingale and the Rose.

'But the Nightingale's voice grew fainter, and her little wings began to beat, and a film came over her eyes. Fainter and fainter grew her song, and she felt something choking her in her throat.

Then she gave one last burst of music. The white Moon heard it, and she forgot the dawn, and lingered on in the sky. The red rose heard it, and it trembled all over with ecstasy, and opened its petals to the cold morning air. Echo bore it to her purple cavern in the hills, and woke the sleeping shepherds from their dreams. It floated through the reeds of the river, and they carried its message to the sea.'

I can barely read the page by the time I get to these lines.

oinkling Sun 25-Aug-13 12:01:44

moreyear I've only ever read Wilde's plays. Something tells me that is going to be changing very soon. That was so wistfully beautiful.

e.e.cummings and Virginia Woolf are so important to me. They both made me see writing and poetry for its art rather than its craft. A little light bulb went on in my head! smile

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 12:02:36

I just looked it up and I got the Bella line wrong! But it's along those lines!

This poem had me crying in Waterstones, something I generally don't do! It's exquisite.

SPBisResisting Sun 25-Aug-13 12:05:53

"And all the cars had their lights on" in tiger who came to tea

Winnicas Sun 25-Aug-13 12:09:54

From One Day, "and then Emma Morely dies, and everything that she thought or felt vanishes and is gone forever"

There's just something about the finality that breaks my heart.

LydiasLunch Sun 25-Aug-13 12:10:07

LauraChant is your name from The Changeover by Margaret Mahy? I love her books.

moreyear Sun 25-Aug-13 12:39:50

Oh you will love them oinkling - especially The Selfish Giant, The Nightingale and the Rose and The Happy Prince.

I think what you wrote about Woolf and cummings is very true.

minsmum Sun 25-Aug-13 12:52:46

I found a copy of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales as a gift for a child being born but they never got it because I couldn't bear to part with it

JuliaScurr Sun 25-Aug-13 12:54:13

you made me cry

Cantdothisagain Sun 25-Aug-13 12:59:55

The Matthew line in Anne of Green Gables here as well. Loved that book...

SoleSource Sun 25-Aug-13 13:14:54

Chub i'm going to buy the book too. The ending line got me sad because for me it is so true.

EnjoyEverySandwich Sun 25-Aug-13 13:18:19

I am not going looking for it but in Stephen King's Dark Tower

<possible spoiler>


the death of Oy

magimedi Sun 25-Aug-13 13:27:50

The last line from "The Museum of Innocence" by Orhan Pamuk:

"Let everyone know, I lived a very happy life."

When I read that book for the first time I howled when I finished it.

And yes to The Pursuit of Love - I can't count the times I've re-read it.

ProphetOfDoom Sun 25-Aug-13 13:39:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Greythorne Sun 25-Aug-13 13:57:28

Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney
I sat all morning in the college sick bay
Counting bells knelling classes to a close.
At two o'clock our neighbors drove me home.

In the porch I met my father crying--
He had always taken funerals in his stride--
And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow.

The baby cooed and laughed and rocked the pram
When I came in, and I was embarrassed
By old men standing up to shake my hand

And tell me they were "sorry for my trouble,"
Whispers informed strangers I was the eldest,
Away at school, as my mother held my hand

In hers and coughed out angry tearless sighs.
At ten o'clock the ambulance arrived
With the corpse, stanched and bandaged by the nurses.

Next morning I went up into the room. Snowdrops
And candles soothed the bedside; I saw him
For the first time in six weeks. Paler now,

Wearing a poppy bruise on his left temple,
He lay in the four foot box as in his cot.
No gaudy scars, the bumper knocked him clear.

A four foot box, a foot for every year.

bassetfeet Sun 25-Aug-13 13:57:59

That was the only time, as I stood there, looking at that strange rubbish, feeling the wind coming across those empty fields, that I started to imagine just a little fantasy thing, because this was Norfolk after all, and it was only a couple of weeks since I’d lost him. I was thinking about the rubbish, the flapping plastic in the branches, the shore-line of odd stuff caught along the fencing, and I half-closed my eyes and imagined this was the spot where everything I'd ever lost since my childhood had washed up, and I was now standing here in front of it, and if I waited long enough, a tiny figure would appear on the horizon across the field, and gradually get larger until I'd see it was Tommy, and he'd wave, maybe even call. The fantasy never got beyond that I didn't let it and though the tears rolled down my face, I wasn't sobbing or out of control. I just waited a bit, then turned back to the car, to drive off to wherever it was I was supposed to be.”
&#8213; Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

This tears me up every time. Very close to a personal memory and time in my life .

Kazuo Ishiguro. Never Let Me Go .

Capitola Sun 25-Aug-13 14:08:03

The Selfish Giant -

'And the child smiled on the Giant, and said to him, "You let me play once in your garden, to-day you shall come with me to my garden, which is Paradise."
And when the children ran in that afternoon, they found the Giant lying dead under the tree, all covered with white blossoms.'

It kills me, every time.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Sun 25-Aug-13 14:08:05

Just the title of AA Milne's 'When We Were Very Young'.

Also from Pooh, 'feeling all sunny and careless'.

'Nothing gold can stay' from The Outsiders (for some reason, more moving than the original Robert Frost poem).

Bloody Neruda destroys me. Everything he wrote. But particularly this, from 'The Dead Woman':

'if you have died,
all the leaves will fall in my breast,
it will rain on my soul night and day,
the snow will burn my heart,
I shall walk with frost and fire and death and snow,
my feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping'

MissMarplesBloomers Sun 25-Aug-13 14:08:09

Ok to really finish us all off.......

But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that
enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.


Armi Sun 25-Aug-13 14:27:28

You complete gits; am now a total wreck.

I always have a good howl at 'Stand up - your father is passing.' in To Kill A Mockingbird. And in Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson - the narrator Ruby is speaking about the concept of having a bottom drawer in preparation for marriage or for keeping precious things safe. She says something like, 'Now I know what I would put into my bottom drawer - I would put my sisters.' Which so accurately expresses how I feel about my sisters that I'm weeping like a fool now whilst typing this!

<blows nose>

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sun 25-Aug-13 14:35:02

Another AA Milne quote. I love this:

“What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.

picnicbasketcase Sun 25-Aug-13 14:36:00

The Seamus Heaney poem is heartbreaking sad

Fillyjonk75 Sun 25-Aug-13 14:39:11

I don't really remember lines/scenes from books very well, though I do remember Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin growing up and going to school.

I am reading The Light Between Oceans at the moment though and there is some really lovely prose. I have the feeling it's realy going to touch my heart.

"Oh little one," Isabel crooned, "poor, poor little one," as the baby nuzzled her face in towards her breast. Tom could hear tears in her voice, and the memory of an invisible presence hung in the air between them.

"One day I gave Clifford a bath. And I combed his hair and took him to the dog show. I'd like to say Clifford won first prize...but he didn't. I don't care. You can keep all your small dogs. You can keep all your black, white, brown, and spotted dogs. I'll keep Clifford...Wouldn't you?'

SoleSource Sun 25-Aug-13 14:46:52

At the end of the book the writer states

Even though I hadn't seen him in more than ten years, I know I will miss him forever.

I never had any friends like the ones I had when I was twelve.

Jesus, does anyone?

"'You must be a friend,' said Corduroy. 'I've always wanted a friend.'

'Me too,' said Lisa, and gave him a big hug."


The Dark Tower. This one: sad

Then he closed the blue hood around the boy's face against the rain of earth that must follow.

Fillyjonk75 Sun 25-Aug-13 14:50:09

The Seamus Heaney poem is heartbreaking

Especially as it is autobiographical and about his little brother.

ThistleDown Sun 25-Aug-13 14:53:06

The last Harry Potter book when Harry turns the stone and his parents, friends and family appear. He deals to his father and says
"Will you stay with me?"
"Until the end"
Makes me cry every time.

ThistleDown Sun 25-Aug-13 14:54:06

Deals?! Turns!! Stupid phone.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 25-Aug-13 15:02:02

Oh God the end of Some Dogs Do....where the little dog who can fly (nobody believes him) asks his Dad why the other dogs are laughing...he's lost his belief and his Daddy flies up with him and says "Some dogs do and some dogs don't" (fly that is)

Also a little book called Beegu about a small alien who is mistreated on earth and when his parents collect him they ask what earth is like...he says that the people are cold but that he remembers the small ones...and that they "seemed hopeful".

The bit when Helen Burns dies in Jane Eyre and the teacher finds her and Jane all cuddled up in bed. Jane is asleep and Helen is dead <<sob>>

I couldn't have No matter what in the house now. I adapted the last bit slightly and use it in a memorial service at work last year. It was perfect but I can't read the book anymore.

blueemerald Sun 25-Aug-13 15:10:13

"How lucky I am to have somebody that makes saying goodbye so hard."
Another A. A. Milne quote I heard at a child's funeral. Makes me cry even now.

Mhw02 Sun 25-Aug-13 15:11:05

Watership Down: "My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today." So beautiful, so poignant.

Les Miserables, though this has to be taken on context of the whole of Fantine's story: "We shall have no further need to speak of M. Felix Tholomyes. We will only say here, that twenty years later, under King Louis Philippe, he was a fat provincial attorney, rich and influential, a wise elector and rigid juryman; always, however, a man of pleasure."

And finally, at the end of The Diary of Anne Frank, where it is simply printed "Anne's Diary ends here." As a child I used to re-read the end of the book, over and over, hoping that one day I would turn to the final page and find that those words, and the epilogue, had gone.

Shlurpbop Sun 25-Aug-13 15:12:54

Mine are from the lovely bones by Alice Sebold. My friend was murdered and this book both comforts and upsets me.

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.” 

“The dead are never exactly seen by the living, but many people seem acutely aware of something changed around them. They speak of a chill in the air. The mates of the deceased wake from dreams and see a figure standing at the end of thier bed, or in a doorway, or boarding, phantomlike, a city bus.” 

“Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, "Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world.” 

Winnicas Sun 25-Aug-13 15:18:01

God, I love Never Let Me Go. It's awesome!

Crying like a baby reading this thread. The end of 'I am David' still gets me:

Then David said in French, "Madame, I'm David. I'm..."
He could say no more. The woman looked into his face and said clearly and distinctly, "David...My son David..."

And the end of The Phantom of the Opera where there's a note in the newspaper that just says, 'Eric is dead.' <sobs>

mothersapron Sun 25-Aug-13 15:26:41

My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it.—My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being. So don't talk of our separation again: it is impracticable.
Wuthering Heights

VerySmallSqueak Sun 25-Aug-13 15:26:49

In 'The Truce' by Primo Levi.

There is a section talking about a little boy who lived and died (aged 3) in Auschwitz . His name was Hurbinek,and Primo Levi writes:

"Nothing remains of him:he bears witness through these words of mine."

From A Thousand Splendid Suns:

"Mariam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over her. She thought of her entry into this world, the harami child of a lowly villager, an unintended thing, a pitiable, regrettable accident. A weed. And yet she was leaving the world as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. A person of consequence at last. No. It was not so bad, Mariam thought, that she should die this way. Not so bad. This was a legtimate end to a life of illegitimate beginnings."

PlotTwist Sun 25-Aug-13 15:32:36

There's a book by James Patterson (The notebook maybe?) that's written from a father to a son and he's talking about the last time he saw his wife before she got in the car. She died in a car accident shortly after. The lines reads something like "your mother didn't wave, her arms were full. They were full of you". Dear reader, I bawled.

EverSoNear Sun 25-Aug-13 15:33:29

“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.”


TheDoctrineOfPositivityYes Sun 25-Aug-13 15:33:46

And the trumpets sounded for her on the other side.

Busman's honeymoon, DLSayers.

toomanyeasterbunnies Sun 25-Aug-13 15:35:49

"But in the corner, leaning against the wall, sat the little girl with red cheeks and smiling mouth, frozen to death on the last evening of the old year. The New Year's sun rose upon a little pathetic figure. The child sat there, stiff and cold, holding the matches, of which one bundle was almost burned."

<sobs pathetically>

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sun 25-Aug-13 16:36:55

Fillyjonk I'm not going to spoil it for you, but there's even more tears to come further on, almost at the very end of the book. Don't turn to the end and read it yet though! I love The Light Between Oceans.

Totally agree with Winnie the Pooh, and lots of other quotes in this thread.

I think someone must be chopping onions wink

TroublesomeEx Sun 25-Aug-13 16:48:25

"But the mothers stayed up to prepare the food for the journey with tender care, and washed their children and packed the luggage; and at dawn the barbed wire was full of children's washing hung out in the wind to dry. Nor did they forget the diapers, the toys, the cushions and the hundred other small things which mothers remember and which children always need. Would you not do the same? If you and your child were going to be killed tomorrow, would you not give him to eat today?"

TroublesomeEx Sun 25-Aug-13 16:57:01

Actually. It doesn't make my throat catch. It breaks my heart. Every time.

hereshecomesnowsayingyoniyoni Sun 25-Aug-13 16:58:52

A Long Way From Home
"when moz woke,his fluff was frozen and he was cold to the bone.shivering in his lonely bed,he thought about his snugly sister Tam,squeezed into the nest with all the cosy night-snufflings of his family.even his tears he longed to go home.

Just remembered Owl Babies. Can't remember the line as the dds are v old now, but it was something like, 'And she came!' when mother comes back from finding food. It's v sweet.

motherinferior Sun 25-Aug-13 17:07:39

Another one here for ' "Miss Jean-Louise, stand up, your father's passin'."'

MairzyDoats Sun 25-Aug-13 17:11:58

There's a bit from Margaret Forster's Hidden Lives, just before her mother dies. She's worked her fingers to the bone all her life to try and better her family, and she quietly says something like 'well. It's not been much of a life.' It's so sad. I bawled.

PaperSeagull Sun 25-Aug-13 17:19:30

Charlotte's Web: "No one was with her when she died."

Understood Betsy: "She had said her 'Now I Lay Me' every night since she could remember, but she had never prayed till she lay there with her face on the rock, saying over and over, 'Oh, God, please, please, please make Mr. Pond adopt 'Lias."

To Kill a Mockingbird: "Well, it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?" and "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."

From a wonderful book called Among Schoolchildren: "Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who can never fully know the good that they have done."

happygirl87 Sun 25-Aug-13 17:26:59

Theres a war poem that makes me weep, by a you g woman whose husband was killed in service:

"We planned to shake the world together, you and I
Being young, and very wise
We shall never shake the world together, you and I
For you gave your life away"

Also Christina Rosetti
"If by chance you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve
For if the darkness and corruption leave a vestige of the thought that once I had
Better by far you should forget me for a while
Than that you should remember and be sad"

iliketea Sun 25-Aug-13 17:57:48

The winnie the pooh ones make me cry.

As does the whole of The Velveteen Rabbit - i bought it for dd as it's one of my very very favourite stories and have never read it to her as I start sobbing at the beginning and cry the whole way through!

Weirdly, i don't cry at much but the velveteen rabbit gets me every time!

Greythorne Sun 25-Aug-13 18:21:03


Yes, yes, that's not quite in the same league as Owl Babies. Utterly devastating.

topbannana Sun 25-Aug-13 18:23:25

Not one who is prone to too much emotion while reading but, having been heavily invested in the Harry Potter series I almost had a breakdown at,
"Albus Severus Potter. You were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew"

MexicanHat Sun 25-Aug-13 18:38:51

Not the book but Les Miserables musical/film

Cosette: You will live, Papa you're going to live. It's too soon too soon to say goodbye.

Jean Valjean: Yes Cosette, forbid me now to die I'll obey. I,lll try.

It really gets to me. I think about my own Dad and how I will cope when he isn't here anymore.

PiddlingWeather Sun 25-Aug-13 18:41:33

Oh sod you all, I had a glass of wine with my Sunday dinner, read this thread, and now I'm weeping into a tea towel.

scampidoodle Sun 25-Aug-13 18:42:25

A story rather than a book, The Little Match Girl , almost at the end when she dies - the version I had said "her grandmother took her up to paradise where the cold and hunger and fear could never hurt her again". It makes me cry just thinking about it.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Sun 25-Aug-13 18:43:35

Les Miserables, when Eponine dies, and she says to Marius "I believe I was a little bit in love with you".

And the first time I read Mole's Sunrise, the ending "Mole was blind, but at last he'd seen the sunrise. He didn't see it with his eyes; he saw it in his mind. And it was even more beautiful than anyone could imagine" gave me a huge lump in my throat.

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saadia Sun 25-Aug-13 18:54:19

What a lovely thread, the one that springs to my mind is the end of The Snail and the Whale, "and on crawled snail after snail after snail".

Also was reading the dcs a book called "Blue Sky Freedom" about apartheid era South Africa and there were numerous times when I couldn't go on and dcs had to take over.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Sun 25-Aug-13 18:56:55

iliketea I was given The Velveteen Rabbit to read when I was babysitting.

I knew I'd be a wreck, but "Mummy never reads it to me" so I felt like I should. I know exactly why Mummy never reads it to you! I didn't exactly read it to her either, I sobbed it.

Quangle Sun 25-Aug-13 19:03:02

Lovely thread.

Love Margaret Forster who doesn't get anywhere near enough coverage.

And "I am David" - I must have read it twenty times. Total heartbreaker.

We also love all AA Milne poems. They are just perfect about small children.

MamaMary Sun 25-Aug-13 19:04:51

Was going to quote Cathy's words to Nelly about her love for Heathcliffe, but mothersapron already did.

Folkgirl, that quote from the Auschwitz account is devastating.

The Seamus Heaney poem is also quietly tragic, isn't it?

Wilfred Owen poem (last lines):

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 19:08:03

LydiasLunch Sorry for the late reply, yes it is. I love that book. Keep trying to persuade people to call their sons Sorensen but no luck so far...

VerySmallSqueak Sun 25-Aug-13 19:08:56

Oh Folkgirl that would make anyone stop and think.

There is more preceding my quote, making it so much harder to read,but tbh I think it's just too distressing for some to want to read unknowingly.
They're words that'll stay with me,for sure.

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 19:13:12

Oh yes to "dulce et decorum est", we had to read that aloud in school for an English oral test, quite hard to do.

And yes to the Busman's Honeymoon line and Some Dogs Do.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sun 25-Aug-13 19:13:21

There's a Julia Donaldson picture book about paper dolls, can't remember the name. But I heard dd's friend read it at her father's funeral, and hope I never do again.

MamaMary Sun 25-Aug-13 19:16:20

Oooh, just remembered a lovely line from Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)

And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be— and whenever I look up, there will be you.
-Gabriel Oak”

Whyamihere Sun 25-Aug-13 19:16:36

'Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart and the fall through the air of a true wise friend called Piggy' from Lord of the Flies.
For some reason these lines have always stayed with me, I think because they made such an impression on me when I read them

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Bloody love Lord of the Flies. heartbreaking. Simon. sad

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 25-Aug-13 19:23:37

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in
reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving
how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel!
in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the
world! The paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is
this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me; no,
nor Woman neither; though by your smiling you seem
to say so.

That KILLS me when Withnail does it in Withnail and I. So ironic that this struggling actor gives a killer performance in a rain washed London park with no audience but those wolves...

TroublesomeEx Sun 25-Aug-13 19:24:02

VerySmallSqueak yes, there's more before my quote too, nothing major, just setting the scene and giving more of a context. Those couple of paragraphs describing people in their last hours of freedom, humanity and (often) life are just so utterly devastating, as MamaMary said.

It's the final line in my quote that gets me the most. Because it's true. We would - every single one of us.

And the fact that there are people around the world today experiencing similar levels of desperation and they don't feel any differently either...

VerySmallSqueak Sun 25-Aug-13 19:29:17

Absolutely, FolkGirl. sad

Hassled Sun 25-Aug-13 19:35:05

That Christopher Robin poem makes me well up every time - it is all about the innocence, isn't it?

For me it's the end of To Kill A Mockingbird - the bit where Scout is on Boo's porch seeing the street and events as Boo would have seen them (there's something about how Summer came, and he watched his children's hearts break), and then right at the end about Atticus - "he would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning".

Hassled Sun 25-Aug-13 19:36:51

Oh my word - yes, the end of Lord of the Flies. I read it to the DSs and sobbed embarrassingly.

oinkling Sun 25-Aug-13 19:46:17

There's a bit in Captain Corelli's Mandolin where the occupying German army takes control of the island and is instructed to round up the previously jointly-occupying Italian army (their staunch friends for months) and execute them all by firing squad. Leutnant Gunter Weber protests but gets nowhere apart from having his protest recorded. He also tries to delay shooting his friends but is urged on, with word that more Italians who need to be cut down by rifle fire are soon to arrive. When the crucial time inevitably comes, there are a couple of lines I struggled to read:

"Very well," said Weber, and he closed his eyes and prayed. It was a prayer that had no words, addressed to an apathetic God.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 20:04:30

Ben Jonson 'Part Of An Ode' written about the loss of his own child-

"IT is not growing like a tree
In bulk, doth make man better be;
Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
A lily of a day
Is fairer far in May,
Although it fall and die that night;
It was the plant and flower of light.
In small proportions we just beauties see;
And in short measures, life may perfect be"

The author Susan Hill had 'A Lily of a Day' from this poem engraved on the headstone of her daughter Imogen, born too premature to survive. I cry whenever I read this poem.

I also cry at 'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn' when Francie loses her Father. And at Raymond Brigg's 'Ethel And Earnest' when they go to see Ethel's body at the morgue and there's a pot of bleach on the table next to her body. Then later on the drawings of Earnest eating his solitary lunch.....'Where The Wind Blows' is heartbreaking too.

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 20:16:00

Oh, I forgot my favourite children's book, The Children of Green Knowe, where Tolly and his grandmother hear a voice singing Lulla Lullay.

"Why are you crying, Granny? It's lovely."
"It is lovely, only it is such a long time ago. I don't know why that should be sad, but it sometimes seems so."
She played, but it was Tolly who sang alone, while, four hundred years ago, a baby went to sleep.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 25-Aug-13 20:24:55

Laura how lovely.

Astr0naut Sun 25-Aug-13 20:30:31

Oh, the places you'll go. Dr Suess.

Can't remember exact lines, but I can't read it to DS, 3, because of the double edged sword of memories it conjures and the thoguth that that'll be my dcs one day.

pongping Sun 25-Aug-13 20:36:58

If we're moving into other forms (and we should, we should, this thread is giving me goosebumps and i've made a few purchases on Amazon while reading) - Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon:

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on--on--and out of sight.

Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away ... O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.

Some BASTARD included that as one of the poems on the underground and made me weep on my way to work.

pongping Sun 25-Aug-13 20:46:24

Oh, and the play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, about the struggle of parents to cope with their daughter's disability. There's a wonderful monologue where the mother, Sheila, talks about Joe as a baby - her desperate, desparate hope that Joe knocking over a tower of bricks was deliberate and means progress. Great play.

MairzyDoats Sun 25-Aug-13 20:47:24

Laura that's my favourite children's book too, and my favourite line smile

Quangle Sun 25-Aug-13 20:47:28

I love that Sassoon one. There's a very naff Christmas song that evokes the same in me - the Johnny Matthis song, "When a child is born". It's the line about "For a spell or two, no one feels forlorn". Total sobber.

FriskyHenderson Sun 25-Aug-13 20:54:07

"Not now, Bernard" grin That poor neglected boy!

Not a book but a song, The Dark is Rising by Mercury Rev:
I dreamed that I was walking
And the two of us were talking
Of all life's mysteries
But words that flow between friends
Winding streams, without end
I wanted you to see
But it can seem surprising
When you find yourself alone
And now the dark is rising
And a brand new moon is born
I always dreamed I'd love you
I never dreamed I'd lose you
In my dreams, I'm always strong

It was on a radio once in the background when I was heavily pregnant and all of a sudden it got very dark outside and I burst into tears and knew I'd be playing it at the baby's funeral. Freaked me right out and I can't hear it without sobbing despite the baby being very grown up now!

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 20:54:49

Hurrah for the Green Knowe love.

Quangle I am the same with When A Child is Born. And Beautiful Boy - when Lennon sings "I can hardly wait/ To see you come of age". And, embarassingly, "did you think I would leave you dying" in Two Little Boys - because I have two little boys. Oh and finally if we are talking about songs: "Goodnight children everywhere, your mummy thinks of you tonight".

oinkling Sun 25-Aug-13 20:55:10

mignonette When The Wind Blows kills me every time. The blithe optimism, especially. Odd parts of it really upset me. Like when Hilda says the grass is a funny colour. It upsets me that they don't understand enough about what's going to happen in what little remains of their lives, even though I don't want them to.

bassetfeet Sun 25-Aug-13 20:55:47

I am loving this thread so much . Thank you from me for all these words . flowers

LydiasLunch Sun 25-Aug-13 20:56:25

LauraChant have you read Memory by Margaret Mahy? Another favourite.

oinkling Sun 25-Aug-13 20:57:44

If we're including songs then "In The Ghetto".

...and his mama cries.

When The Wind Blows sad

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 21:01:21

I haven't Lydia but I shall look out for it. I have tead The Haunting, but ages ago.

bassetfeet Sun 25-Aug-13 21:04:46

Sassoon again

“Who's this—alone with stone and sky?
It's only my old dog and I—
It's only him; it's only me;
Alone with stone and grass and tree.

What share we most—we two together?
Smells, and awareness of the weather.
What is it makes us more than dust?
My trust in him; in me his trust.”
&#8213; Siegfried Sassoon

How about Owen's 'Futility?'

Oh what made fatuous sunbeams toil to break earth's sleep at all?

oinkling Sun 25-Aug-13 21:11:08

Doesn't give me the catch in the throat, but Stevenson's Requiem always make me wistful.

Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie:
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you 'grave for me: 5
Here he lies where he long'd to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

Asheth Sun 25-Aug-13 21:11:51

The end of lord of the rings always makes me cry. But especially these words of Gandalf.

Well here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.

In Pet Cemetary by Stephen King when the Dad is having a lovely day flying the kite with his little boy Gage and it says '...and Gage, who now had less than three months to live...'.

It's just the way it's dropped casually into the sentence, and its such a shock to the reader. Although to be fair it is a Stephen King book so I couldn't really hope for a book just filled with happy father-son kite-flying sessions smile

SuperLemonCrush Sun 25-Aug-13 21:23:26

Vitai Lampada
("They Pass On The Torch of Life")
There's a breathless hush in the Close to-night --
Ten to make and the match to win --
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it's not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season's fame,
But his Captain's hand on his shoulder smote --
'Play up! play up! and play the game!'

The sand of the desert is sodden red, --
Red with the wreck of a square that broke; --
The Gatling's jammed and the Colonel dead,
And the regiment blind with dust and smoke.
The river of death has brimmed his banks,
And England's far, and Honour a name,
But the voice of a schoolboy rallies the ranks:
'Play up! play up! and play the game!'

This is the word that year by year,
While in her place the School is set,
Every one of her sons must hear,
And none that hears it dare forget.
This they all with a joyful mind
Bear through life like a torch in flame,
And falling fling to the host behind --
'Play up! play up! and play the game!'

Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938)

MabliD Sun 25-Aug-13 21:27:59

"These are just the... the unfound" when she could speak again "from the whole war?"
The man shook his head. "Just from these fields"
Elizabeth sat on the step. "No-one told me. My God no-one told me"

from Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes.

I read these lines for the first time at Thiepval at 18. They make me sob every single time.

Monroe Sun 25-Aug-13 21:29:54

I remember reading a book as a teenager that has always stayed with me. About a boy and his younger brother surviving a nuclear attack. It goes on to describe how they get by day to day. The younger brother dies from radiation sickness and they bury him. I'm pretty certain the book was called brother, in the ground. I know it's a bit of a give away but it wasn't until I got to that part in the book and they talk about laying him in the ground that I got the significance of the title. I know I sobbed when I got there.

CaptainJamesTKirk Sun 25-Aug-13 21:31:44

I think you mean Brother in the land.

Notmoreschoolholidays Sun 25-Aug-13 21:32:34

Asheth, that most definitely catches in my throat.

Folkgirl, I can't stop the tears after reading your quote. It reminded me of a bit in 'Charlotte Grey' which has me weeping for half a day. I can't find it now so i'll just describe it. When Andre and Jacob get on the train to the concentration camp with the other children (adults being left behind) one of the boys sees an adult staring with such intensity at another child that he thinks the look is full of hatred. Then he realises that the parent is trying fiercely to imprint that moment in their memory so as never to forget their child.

Monroe Sun 25-Aug-13 21:32:46

Yes you're right. I was just coming back on to correct myself. It's brother in the land.

Kirk1 Sun 25-Aug-13 21:33:43

Damn you lot, i need a new box of tissues now....

I Struggle reading The Selfish Giant and The Happy Prince. I Sob at Hans Anderson's Little Match Girl and also (I don't think it's been mentioned) the ORIGINAL version of The Little Mermaid. Not the bastardised Disney version (That makes me cry for a quite different reason.)

I have a book I used to read the children called The Mousehole Cat which I had a catch in my throat when I got to the end.

I had to scroll fast past Mid-Term Break. That last line breaks me every single time.

I'm sure there are others, mostly childrens books. Fortunately I'm not able to think of them offhand right now ;)

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sun 25-Aug-13 21:35:04

There is a bit in Jilly Cooper's Pandora where she quotes: 'Do not weep, Little Dog - at the Resurrection thou too shall have a golden tail'. Makes me HOWL.

I also start sobbing when Dobby dies and barely recover by the end of Deathly Hallows - there are about six snorting snotty moments there, even though I have read it fifteen times.

I also struggle with the end of Of Mice and Men, which is a bugger as I have to read it out loud every single sodding year..

ThereGoesTheYear Sun 25-Aug-13 21:36:09

I am sobbing reading these. Yy to Oscar Wilde's fairy tales, especially The Selfish Giant: '"Who hath dared to wound thee?" cried the Giant;' always sets me off. Actually it doesn't; I'll have been crying from about the second paragraph in anticipation of the ending.

Notmoreschoolholidays Sun 25-Aug-13 21:40:23

Found it:

Andre heard his name and moved with Jacob towards the bus. From the other side of the courtyard, from windows open on the dawn, a shower of food was thrown towars them by women wailing and calling out their names, though none of the scraps reached as far as the enclosure.

Andre looked up, and in a chance angle of light he saw a woman's face in which the eyes were fixed with terrible ferocity on a child beside him. Why did she stare ass thought she hated him? Then it came to Andre that she was not looking in hatred, but had kept her eyes so intensely open in order to fix the picture of her child in her mind. She was looking to remember, for ever.

MrsAbernethy Sun 25-Aug-13 21:41:27

Gertrude. Why seems it so particular with thee?
Hamlet. "Seems," madam? Nay, it is; I know not "seems."
'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,
Nor customary suits of solemn black,
Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,
No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,
Nor the dejected 'havior of the visage,
Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief,
That can denote me truly: these indeed seem,
For they are actions that a man might play:
But I have that within which passeth show;
These but the trappings and the suits of woe.
Cue bubbling wreck of teacher at the front of the class. Every bloody time.
And my son's book about a little robin that gives away all his vests to other needy animals. Santa rescues him and Mrs Clause knits him a new red vest. I always feel the need to do Santa's voice in a Welsh accent, which makes me think of my much loved Grandpa...I now have something in my eye too.

froubylou Sun 25-Aug-13 21:42:53

Oh god Monroe. There is a line in brother in the land where someone is pregnant and the sister is asked if she is hoping for a boy or a girl.

She replies 'I hope it is a boy or a girl'.

We did it in year 7 at school which was 20 odd years ago and it haunts me. Especially as the baby was stillborn and affected by the radiation.

VerySmallSqueak Sun 25-Aug-13 21:43:24

Don't know about catch in the throat, Notmore.
That actually hurt in my chest.

TroublesomeEx Sun 25-Aug-13 21:44:31

Notmoreschoolholidays sad That people could, and can still, inflict such suffering on their fellow humans is shameful.

VerySmallSqueak Sun 25-Aug-13 21:45:16

froubylou that's a bit of a shocker for year 7 isn't it?

It's a very chilling book through and through.

TroublesomeEx Sun 25-Aug-13 21:46:01

Just read your quote Notmore sad sad sad

I am now at the point where I'e taught M&M so many bloody times that I can get through it without crying. smile

AvonCallingBarksdale Sun 25-Aug-13 21:46:21

properly crying now!

One that sets me off is Caliban in the Tempest "When I woke, I cried to dream again" - think I read that at a "difficult" time and it was so perfect at summing things up. It's really stayed with me.

I really shouldn't have started reading this thread. I am in bits especially at the Seamus Heaney poem. It's funny - I learned that poem in school for my Junior Cert (many moons ago) and thought it was sad but nothing more. But now, it just makes me bawl because it makes me think of my little godson who passed away 2 years ago. Completely different circumstances but still...

Reading the Hunger Games, I burst into tears when Rue died.

John Proctor - “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Weep.

theluckiest Sun 25-Aug-13 21:49:32

Oh yes to all of these. And I love The Children of Green Knowe too!

I read the account of the battle of the Somme on a long bus journey. Had to bite the collar of my coat so I didn't sob like a baby.

It was this bit....

'Names came pattering into the dusk, bodying out the places of their forebears, the villages and town where the telegrams would be delivered, the houses where the blinds would be drawn, where low moans would come in the afternoon behind closed doors; and the places that had borne them, which would be like nunneries, like dead towns without their life or purpose, without the sound of fathers and their children, without young men at the factories or in the fields, with no husbands for the women, no deep sound of voices in the inns, with the children who would have been born, who would have grown and worked or painted, even governed, left ungenerated in their fathers’ shattered flesh that lay in stinking shellholes in the beet-crop soil, leaving their homes to put with only granite slabs in place of living flesh, on whose inhuman surface the moss and lichen would cast their crawling green indifference.'

And the priest who is watching the horror unfold.....

'He fell to his knees but did not pray…Horrocks pulled the silver cross from his chest and hurled it from him…Jack knew what had died in him.'

Anything about war gets me. I don't know how I held it together when my class studied WW2.... One child brought in letters written by his great grandad following D Day, France, 1944. I read a beautiful, very moving poem he had written to his wife to a silent, mesmerised bunch of 8 yr olds. (Thankfully, he survived the experience....the great grandad that is, not the kids listening to the poem!!)

froubylou Sun 25-Aug-13 21:50:44

It gave me nightmares very. We also watched a film about nuclear war filmed in Sheffield which is the next city to us. Can't remember the name of it.

But was a baptism of fire to big school.

We also visited the plague village in Derbyshire. This was in year 5.

No wonder I worried a lot as a child.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 21:53:10

Willsing- That King line is a shocker especially when he talks of the wind bloom in his baby son's cheeks from the kite flying and "Kite Flying Daddy. Kite flying in the sky".

Nevil Shute's 'On The Beach' is a killer book. Basically they all die from radiation sickness and people have to administer euthanasia to their babies and children. Terrible. My Father told me about it and said he read it with tears pouring down his face.

Notmoreschoolholidays Sun 25-Aug-13 21:53:18

I know, I wish I hadn't looked it up now sad I first read it when ds2 was newborn and i couldn't get it out of my mind (or my chest IYKWIM) for days. The Caliban quote also resonates with me, I can very much identify with that sense of anguish.

Katla Sun 25-Aug-13 21:54:21

One line that sticks with me comes from an unexpected source. A recent Jack Reacher book where he and his brother go to France to visit their dying mother. She's got cancer, invites them to visit to say goodbye as she's dying. Reacher says something about her not getting treatment - does she not want to stick around - but she says to him 'no-one ever sees the end'. And that idea of life being a movie that you never see the end of the story of life brought a real lump to my throat as I looked at my ten month old daughter and realised I wouldn't see her whole life, as my deceased grandad didn't see her, and how my own mum and dad wouldn't be around forever to see how things turn out. Lee Child isn't one for fabulous prose but that image has really stuck.

dementedma Sun 25-Aug-13 21:55:45

"Passions beat around Simon on the mountaintop with awful wings." Lord of the Flies.

christinarossetti Sun 25-Aug-13 21:57:54

Thanks for this thread. I googled Pooh and Piglet quotes because the one up thread reminds me so much of my dd and found these -

Alambil Sun 25-Aug-13 22:00:26

“She looked up. "What I can't figure out is why the good things always end."
"Everything ends."
"Not some things. Not the bad things. They never go away."
"Yes, they do. If you let them, they go away. Not as fast as we'd like sometimes, but they end too. What doesn't end is the way we feel about each other. Even when you're all grown up and somewhere else, you can remember what a good time we had together. Even when you're in the middle of bad things and they never seem to be changing, you can remember me. And I'll remember you.”

Torey Hayden - One Child

It has me sobbing; the child speaking is a very young, very disturbed child in a special class for severely disturbed children after severe abuse; the responder, Torey is her teacher (and saviour)

VerySmallSqueak Sun 25-Aug-13 22:03:31

froubylou that was Threads.

EnjoyEverySandwich Sun 25-Aug-13 22:03:34

a film about nuclear war in Sheffield

Threads <shudders>

the whole film is on youtube. Anyone who saw it probably won't want to watch it again .....

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 22:03:43

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”
&#8213; A.A. Milne

MissMarplesBloomers Sun 25-Aug-13 22:05:06

If we're talking about songs too.......this afternoon snuggled up on the sofa with DD1 ,who is about to go of to Uni, watching Mama Mia (again)

Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile
I watch her go with a surge of that well known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while
The feeling that I'm losing her forever
And without really entering her world
I'm glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Bloody Meryl Streep.......always gets me !

Monroe Sun 25-Aug-13 22:05:28

I know there are much more harrowing stories and quotes on here but sometimes it's the simplest things that set me off.

A children's book that I can't actually get through is Sylvia and bird by Catherine Rayner. When faithful little bird topples from the sky because she is too exhausted to carry on I loose the ability to speak.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 22:07:08

That's 'War Games' isn't it? Remember my school film club showing this just after the ban on it ended. Chilling.

Lovecat Sun 25-Aug-13 22:07:21

From my favourite children's book ever, The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge:

"For sometimes in her dreams at night she stood beneath the branches of a mysterious wood, and looked down a moonlit glade, her eyes straining after something that she could not see. And when she woke up, there would be tears on her cheeks because her longing had been unsatisfied.

Yet she was not unhappy; she knew that one day, when she was a very old woman, she would dream this dream for the last time, and she would see the little white horse, and he would not go away from her. He would come towards her and would carry her upon his back away and away, she did not quite know where, but to a good place, a place where she wanted to be."


YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sun 25-Aug-13 22:07:57

remus I've been teaching it for twenty years, nearly. But when my lovely old dog died, I put my head by his as the vet gave him his injection, and told him we were off on his favourite walk, describing what we could see on the way. So to me, When George tells Lennie to look across the river, I am there with the boy again.

DH was in bits - we came out and he said 'I was fine til you started talking to him!'

The end of Skellig gets me, too 'we called her Joy'. Sniff.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sun 25-Aug-13 22:09:11

“Can love help a person to get better?’ I asked.”
&#8213; David Almond, Skellig

Always made one of the pupils read this bit out in class, as I found I had important paper-rearranging to do. Same as the bit where Topthorn dies in War Horse, the bit where Rue dies in The Hunger Games, and the bit in Buster Fleabags where Rolf says "he was my dog, and I was his human."

carabos Sun 25-Aug-13 22:09:45

“I have nothing now but praise for my life. I'm not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more...What I dread is the isolation. ... There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready.”

Maurice Sendak - Where the Wild Things Are

Skellig is just beautiful - I adore it.

TroublesomeEx Sun 25-Aug-13 22:11:36

MissMarples I watched that this afternoon with my 7 year old. That song sets me off every time blush

Monroe Sun 25-Aug-13 22:13:15

Lovecat - that made me well up and I've never read the book.

I mostly definitely have a soft spot for anything animal related

sameoldIggi Sun 25-Aug-13 22:16:48

Pongping so glad you posted this - I've been singing a version of Vespers to my dcs most nights since they were little, without ever knowing that was what it was called thanks

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Sun 25-Aug-13 22:18:23

“You’ll get over it…” It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never loses. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?

KD0706 Sun 25-Aug-13 22:18:51

I've been sobbing at these. I read 'no matter what' for the first time just a few days after my dad died and I struggled to read the "love like starlight never dies" bit.

The two that stick in my mind are the time travellers wife, where at the end of the book she is waiting for him. And in atonement (spoiler!) where you find out that the sister and boyfriend/Gardener chap didn't actually live happily ever after.

I saw somebody up thread mentioned ginger dying in black beauty. I think the copy I had may have been an abridged version, but mine said something like "some months later I saw a Cart with the body of a ginger horse on it. I hoped that it was my old friend ginger because then her suffering would be over". Sob!!

twistyfeet Sun 25-Aug-13 22:19:05

A short story I found in a magazine. I cant read it without sobbing
'All Wounds

The boys are playing upstairs. Some game that involves toy soldiers, plastic dragons, and shouting. Mainly shouting.

The noise grates. I try to tell myself it's the noise, and not the happiness. I'm out of my chair, halfway to the stairs, about to tell them to keep it down, to tell them not to wake the baby. But she's dead. It hits me mid-stride. Hits up from below, striking through my diaphragm into my chest. My baby's dead, and if noise could wake her I'd scream until my lungs bled.

And so I stand, like so often, numb, surprised, again, a prickle in my eyes. I know she's dead. I watched a little coffin roll away through black curtains. We saw the smoke rise from the high chimney at the crematorium, black, as if the cardinals still couldn't agree. I know she's dead. My soft child. But my hands forget. My legs will take me to the places where she lay. My fingers look for her hair.

David's in the doorway, waiting for me to look up. I can sense him there. But the carpet holds my eyes. The words he needs, I can't speak them. My teeth are locked too tight. The muscle in my jaw is stone. Any tighter, and something will break. Shatter.

There's a thought circling in my head. Tight little circles at the back of my mind. Just out of reach. I should speak to David, look up at least, but I can't, I've got to catch that thought, it could be important. The strangest things seem important these days. I draw breath at last, and it shudders in like a sob. He comes to me, and I shove him away. No.

And that's it. There's a hole in my life. A fucking hole, and I'm bleeding through it. Melodrama cheapens it, words won't frame it.

You were looking for a story maybe? Now you're feeling cheated? Robbed?

Time heals all wounds.'

LydiasLunch Sun 25-Aug-13 22:20:46

Can I mention the end of Rivals by Jilly Cooper when Taggie meets Rupert at the airport and he kisses her and they know everything is going to be alright for them?

hermioneweasley Sun 25-Aug-13 22:23:06

From "paper dolls" by Julia Donaldson

"and they flew...into the little girl's memory. Where they found white mice and a butterfly hairclip and a kind granny"

Had no idea that was coming the first time I was reading it out loud. Started crying out loud.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 25-Aug-13 22:26:41

This poem...sorry it's not a line but an entire poem...brings back all the pain of my early teens in a poor, industrial town which was suffering the effects of the closure of the steelworks. I so related to the descriptions and poetry really helped me.

Another afternoon, after a rotten day at school
Hating this place, hating them, and feeling like a fool
Sweat on my fingers, pages dirty with smears
I stumbled up the street, still swallowing my tears
Held my head high in pride I walked on the hot concrete
I blinked out to the sunlight, exhausted from the heat
At the gate they stood. Same old looks thinking I chose to stay
I looked back with disgust. Shouted swear words and walked away
"****" they called me. "Freak!" they yelled and ran
It hurt and I didn't understand. But I tried to keep it in as hard as I can
I didn't want to seem weak. And that anger started to build up
I thought I was right, yet I was punished when I tried to make it stop
that's when I knew, only I take care of myself but don't get caught.
More anger and more violence. No other choice. It was the place's fault
Time could not fix that, nothing could make these wounds heal
That's just how they damage you, my innocence they did steal
There was nothing there for me. Nothing I haven't had to learn.
Nothing I'd care to teach. A childhood lost with no return.

Phillip Hobsbaum

BonaDea Sun 25-Aug-13 22:26:58

Christ. I'm sobbing reading this thread you vipers!

Yy to the death of Oy, whoever mentioned that and also some of the Potter stuff mentioned.

MissMarplesBloomers Sun 25-Aug-13 22:29:25

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his"

From Marley & Me.....(sniff)

papalazaru Sun 25-Aug-13 22:32:30

For children's stories "Ill love you forever" by Robert Munsch always has me bawling when I try to read it to the kids.
And the end of "never let me go" - I sobbed for hours after finishing that book. Oh and Grapes of Wrath too.....
Of course "Stand up - your father's passing" from To Kill a Mockingbird too

VerySmallSqueak Sun 25-Aug-13 22:35:19

"All the animals took up the cry of 'Get out Boxer,get out!' But the van was already gathering speed and drawing away from them.It was uncertain whether Boxer had understood what Clover had said.But a moment later his face disappeared from the window and there was the sound of a tremendous drumming of hoofs inside the van.He was trying to kick his way out.The time had been when a few kicks from Boxer's hoofs would have smashed the van to matchwood.But alas!his strength had left him;and in a few moments the sound of drumming hoofs grew fainter and died away."

Later it goes on to say:
"Boxer was never seen again."

from Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Doneinagain Sun 25-Aug-13 22:35:33

“And after a long time the boy came back again.
"I am sorry, Boy," said the tree, "but I have nothing left to give you-
My apples are gone."
"My teeth are too weak for apples," said the boy.
"My branches are gone," said the tree.
"You cannot swing on them-"
"I am too old to swing on branches," said the boy.
"My trunk is gone," said the tree.
"You cannot climb-"
"I am too tired to climb," said the boy.
"I am sorry," sighed the tree.
"I wish that I could give you something... but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry..."
"I don't need very much now," said the boy, "just a quiet pleace to sit and rest. I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
"well, an old stump is a good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.”
― Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree
Has me sobbing every.single.time

OldRoan Sun 25-Aug-13 22:42:43

I might have missed it, but we cannot have this thread without Harry Potter 7 "after all this time?" "always."

When Odysseus arrives home in The Odyssey it says of Penelope "her white arms around his neck never quite let go" - I had to read it in front of my classics class and nearly fell apart.

Villette "But solitude is sadness" "Yes; it is sadness. Life, however, has worse than that. Deeper than melancholy lies heart-break." It seems I owe a lot to my A Level teachers.

Also, not quite a teary moment, but in Perks of Being a Wallflower "So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be." They are the words I spent my whole adolescence searching for.

OldRoan Sun 25-Aug-13 22:44:39

Donein I have just this second gone to look for my copy of The Giving Tree, because this thread is making me want it.

BramshawHill Sun 25-Aug-13 22:48:14

Oh good grief, I'm in bed with my 11 month old, trying not to wake her by sobbing. Especially KD0's post.

I can't find a particular line right now but How To Talk To A Widower made me cry, every single time

racmun Sun 25-Aug-13 22:48:45

For me it's a book called ten little fingers and ten little toes.

It's a toddler book and it takes you to children all round the world saying they have ten little fingers and ten little toes. There is a line which says

'The next baby born was truly devine a sweet little child that was mine all mine'.

It chokes me up every time

MadameGazelleIsMyMum Sun 25-Aug-13 22:51:45

Yy to lots of these. I howled at the end of The Boy In The Stripped Pyjamas. Can't remember the line.

And on a plane I read the appendix to Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise and the air steward came to check on me I was sobbing that much.

Maryz Sun 25-Aug-13 22:52:48

There is a poem on my dc's exam syllabus by Seamus Heaney about the death of his little brother. The last line always gets me:

"A four foot box, a foot for every year"

Even typing it makes me cry.

Maryz Sun 25-Aug-13 22:55:36

And I can't believe no-one has mentioned Goodbye Mog, which should be banned.

sameoldIggi Sun 25-Aug-13 22:56:26

Mid term break sad I remember the bit about men shaking his hand and saying sorry for your trouble - a typical under-stated N Irish response to tragedy!

ThursdayLast Sun 25-Aug-13 22:58:12

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green.

I can't remember exactly, but when the narrator is so ill that they fear she won't recover, but she overhears her mum sob something like...

"But I won't be a mom anymore"


I wasn't even pg when I read that. Now I have a son, and I'm welling up thinking about it.

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 22:59:51

I just Googled Goodbye Mog to see if it was the same Mog as Mog the Forgetful Cat and even the synopsis made me cry!

Maryz Greythorne posted the entire poem further up the thread. Heartbreaking.

Maryz Sun 25-Aug-13 23:04:20

And having read the thread properly, I see I'm not the only one to cry at Seamus Heaney blush

I cried through the hunger games, and much of the last couple of Harry Potters.

I am a wimp.

Maryz Sun 25-Aug-13 23:07:15

x-posted Hiberno

I think I am getting a lot more out of the poetry my children are doing at school than I did when I was studying it.

Laura, Goodbye Mog should be banned. It was awful. I bought it without knowing, having read the faintly amusing other Mog books because ds loved them. I think it is the only book ds cried about (he has Asperger's and doesn't do grief). We all, me and all three of the children, sat on my bed and howled. I only ever read it the once.

"She gazed at the sky, the sea, the land,
The waves and the caves and the golden sand,
She gazed and gazed amazed by it all,
And said to the whale, I feel so small"


Mintyy Sun 25-Aug-13 23:11:09

I am always very moved by the All The World's A Stage soliloquay from As You Like It, which is one of my favourite Shakespeares.

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything."

I find it incredibly moving, perhaps because I come from a theatrical family. It would make a poignant funeral reading imo.

My best friend was with a friend of hers in hospital the night before he died of Aids in 1986. He was one of the first to die of the disease in this country. She read him Winnie The Pooh stories.

From "The Baby who Wouldn't Go to Bed"

Then the Mother picked up the Baby with one arm, and pushed the car with the other... (She was a very strong Mother).

I think this makes me cry because I had a rough start with DD and didn't feel like a strong mother. The mother is just doing what every mother would do and what has to be done. You have no choice but to seem like a strong mother to your children even when you don't feel strong.

LaVitaBellissima Sun 25-Aug-13 23:11:38

OMG I didn't know Mog died (my mum did not buy that book!) I loved the series as a child, I was already in tears reading this thread but now I'm inconsolable sad

DevastatedD0G Sun 25-Aug-13 23:13:37

"Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be."
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Gets me every time.

lottieandmia Sun 25-Aug-13 23:13:39

The bit that always gets me with Lord Of The Rings is the bit where Frodo tries to attack Sam because he is so overcome by the evil of the ring and Sam says;

'It's me. It's your Sam. Don't you know your Sam?' and he snaps him out of it.

Maryz Sun 25-Aug-13 23:17:48

Sam and Frodo are soooooooo gay best friends grin

BraveNewLife Sun 25-Aug-13 23:20:32

"I am glad that you are here with me, Sam. Here, at the end of all things."

Such a good line that he repeats it when the scene picks up again!

CorrineFoxworth Sun 25-Aug-13 23:22:30

"When Andre and Jacob get on the train to the concentration camp with the other children (adults being left behind) one of the boys sees an adult staring with such intensity at another child that he thinks the look is full of hatred. Then he realises that the parent is trying fiercely to imprint that moment in their memory so as never to forget their child"

Oh. I haven't even read that book but I am sobbing!

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 25-Aug-13 23:23:18

So many of these.

Your father's passing

Not the bit above quoted from The Children of Green Knowe, but when Tolly is told they all died of plague.

Yes, Black Beauty and the death of Helen Burns. Yes to Kent.

The bit in the Pilgrim's Progress when the trumpets sounded for him on the other side, where it is death not love.

Also, Isaac Walton's ending of the life of John Donne

" But I shall see him reanimated."

All of I heard the Owl Call My Mame ( can't recall who it's by) and most of Sick Heart River by Buchan.

Am now going to weep myself to sleep!

BraveNewLife Sun 25-Aug-13 23:23:25

Oh funny - I hadn't refreshed the thread and didn't see the Sam and Frodo references until I'd posted mine! Great minds...

WeAreSeven Sun 25-Aug-13 23:26:52

I am reading the Anne of Green Gables books to ds3. I had read them when younger and I don't know how but I had forgotten this bit in Anne's House of Dreams

"At sunset the little soul that had come with the dawning went away, leaving heartbreak behind it. Miss Cornelia took the wee, white lady from the kindly but stranger hands of the nurse, and dressed the tiny waxen form in the beautiful dress Leslie had made for it. Leslie had asked her to do that. Then she took it back and laid it beside the poor, broken, tear-blinded little mother."

We lost our own baby girl almost two years ago now and I don't know if I would have dared to read it if I'd remembered. I could barely get the words out and then ds3 came over and hugged me.

DanicaJones Sun 25-Aug-13 23:30:56

Bits of books that have had me bawling are the Mirror of Erised in the first Harry Potter. The workhouse/Mrs Jenkins bit in Call the Midwife. The bit in Shadows of the Workhouse where the little girl thinks that the philanthropist chap is her father but her spirit is broken by the workhouse master. Too sad. Heidi - The bit in Germany where she sleepwalks because she misses the mountains and her grandfather. Birdsong.

Oh, WeAreSeven sad flowers

DanicaJones Sun 25-Aug-13 23:32:30

Sorry you lost your baby girl WeAreSeven

LittleMouseontheDairy Sun 25-Aug-13 23:38:07

sad I didn't know Goodbye Mog existed!

17 mo DS loves 'Mog the Forgetful Cat'. Was planning on getting a few more in the series. Might leave Goodbye Mog' for a few years yet..

Have been trying to remember where my most 'throat catching' moments have been. Melanie dying in Gone With The Wind was one, but I'd have to look up the actual lines. I've also found 'Ulysses' by Tennyson profoundly affecting although I know that's a poem.

... and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

FiteFuaite Sun 25-Aug-13 23:39:44

I love this one,but can't read it very often because it reminds me of my sister...

ee cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

MrsHoarder Sun 25-Aug-13 23:41:21

WeAreSeven flowers

What always brings me to tears is the ending of the Amber Spyglass when (spoilers) Lyra and Will realise they can't exist in the same universe. I first read it as a teen thinking love could overcome all obstacles and that it didn't broke me straight in two.

MrsFionaCharming Sun 25-Aug-13 23:45:12

A line from "The Fault in Our Stars":
"The only person I wanted to talk to about Augustus Waters' death was Augustus Waters"
It entirely captured how I felt when a close friend died, and the utter hopelessness I felt.

BoreOfWhabylon Sun 25-Aug-13 23:51:22

Well, I've sobbed my way through this thread and now offer you a poem: High Flight by John Gillespie Magee. He was a WWII pilot and wrote this about how he felt when piloting his spitfire

 Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
 And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
 Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
 of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
 You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
 High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
 I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
 My eager craft through footless halls of air....

 Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
 I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
 Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
 And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
 The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
 - Put out my hand, and touched the face of God

He was killed in a flying accident over Lincolnshire a few months later. He was 19.

saffronwblue Sun 25-Aug-13 23:51:23

Here lies Dobby, a free elf.

Oh god. I just googled the end of Winnie The Pooh.

How beautifully sad.


Maryz Sun 25-Aug-13 23:53:21

I spent quite a bit of The Amber Spyglass crying. And when Roger died in Northern Lights. That, for me, moved the book up a notch from just a children's book.

LiegeAndLief Sun 25-Aug-13 23:53:29

Whereever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in the enchanted place on the top of the forest a little boy and his bear will always be playing.

123rd Sun 25-Aug-13 23:55:56

Fite-I read that ee Cummings poem at my sisters wedding as it is bitter sweet for us too. It acknowledges our other sister who died. sad

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sun 25-Aug-13 23:59:59

AA Milne will be causing a flood after tonight. sad

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

“Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.”

“How do you spell 'love'?" - Piglet
"You don't spell feel it." - Pooh”

“If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

What a writer!

FiteFuaite Mon 26-Aug-13 00:01:46

123rd ,I am sorry you have also lost a sister.

I will miss mine until the day I die. It overwhelms me sometimes when I remember that I will never see her again.

ElvisJesusAndCocaCola Mon 26-Aug-13 00:05:45

The part in the boy in the striped pyjamas when Bruno and Shmuel die. I read it every year to two classes and I cry every time. The kids are quite kind about it.

ElvisJesusAndCocaCola Mon 26-Aug-13 00:08:47

Despite the mayhem that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel's hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.”

BCBG Mon 26-Aug-13 00:11:15

OK then, with a warning that this might be very painful for some...

Prayer For A Very New Angel

God, God, be lenient for her first night there,
the crib she slept in was so near my bed;
Her blue and white wool blanket was so soft;
Her pillow hollowed so to fit her head.

Teach me that she'll not want small rooms or me
When she has you and Heaven's immensity!
I always left a light out in the hall;
I hoped to make her fearless in the dark.
And yet - she was so small - one little light,
Not in the room, it scarcely mattered. Hark1

No, No! She seldom cried! God, not too far
For her to see, this first night, light a aster!

And, in the morning, when she first woke up,
I always kissed her on the left cheek where
The dimple was. And oh, I wet the brush!
It made it easier to curl her hair!
Just - just tomorrow morning, God, I pray,
When she wakes up, do things for her my way!

It's from a book of prayers I have, written by an American called Violet Alleyn Storey sad

Rowlers Mon 26-Aug-13 00:12:46

This from All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
“But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?” 

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 26-Aug-13 00:22:29

Bye Bye Baby by Janet and Alan Ahlberg...about a baby with no Mother...

he goes looking for a Mummy...and wanders miles picking up a teddy and a hen along the way...eventually he gets tired and falls over sad and wails...and it begins to rain and then around the corner came..."A Mummy! And she was pushing a pram...and he told her, "I am a little baby with no Mummy...will you be my Mummy? And she says "I am a Mummy with no baby!"

Gosh that's a sad but happy one....they go home together.

SarahAndFuck Mon 26-Aug-13 00:23:34

Has anyone mentioned the first line of Peter Pan yet?

"All children, except one, grow up." It makes me cry every time because it isn't true. They don't all grow up.

Lines from Christmas songs can have me weeping too. "Someday soon we all may be together, if the fates have yourself a Merry little Christmas now" and "Sleep in heavenly peace..." get me every time I hear them. They always have.

But O Holy Night is the one that really makes me cry right from the very start. "O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining, it is the night of our dear Saviours birth..."

Our daughter was born while this song played on the hospital radio. She died shortly afterwards and this song was probably the only beautiful thing she ever knew in her life.

I've set myself off now, I'm crying just typing the words out. Whenever I hear the song I think of her and replace "Saviour" with "daughter" in my head. I'm glad though that she heard it.

Maryz Mon 26-Aug-13 00:26:49

Oh, Sarah sad. I just want to give you a (((((((((((((((hug))))))))))))))))

CelticPromise Mon 26-Aug-13 00:31:07

I'm so sorry Sarah. I was going to post about hymns, and Christmas ones in particular really get me. O Holy Night is beautiful.

I love John Betjeman's poem Christmas, it's something like this:

And is it true? and is it true?
this most tremendous tale of all?
seen in a stained glass window's hue
and a baby in an ox's stall?
the maker of the stars and sea
become a child on earth for me?

And the whole of Good Wives more or less, especially when Jo refuses Laurie.

And yy to Grapes of Wrath, I must read that again.

Kirk1 Mon 26-Aug-13 00:31:39

From The Color Purple

I'm so scared I don't know what to do.Feel like my mind stuck. I try to speak, nothing come. Try to git up, almost fall. Shug reach down and give me a helping hand. Albert press me on the arm.
When Nettie's foot come down on the porch I almost die. I stand swaying, tween Albert and Shug. Nettie stand swaying tween Samuel and I reckon it must be Adam. Then us both start to moan and cry. Us totter toward one nother like us use to do when us was babies. Then us feel so weak when us touch, us knock each other down. But what us care? Us sit and lay there on the porch inside each other's arms.
After while she say Celie
I say Nettie.

Brief pause while I wipe tears away...

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 26-Aug-13 00:36:25

Ah....The Colour Purple....

Lovecat Mon 26-Aug-13 00:47:34

In floods of tears now. ((((Sarah))) and (((Weareseven)))

My Uncle was a sea captain - this was read at his funeral and it was so fitting and beautiful - not a dry eye in church.

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home!

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our bourn of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

(Crossing The Bar - Tennyson)

GredandForge Mon 26-Aug-13 00:56:34

Lots of my books have been said, different lines though.

Of Mice and Men: "No Lennie. I ain't mad. I ain't never been mad. I want you to know that." Cry like a baby EVERY year!

To Kill a Mockingbird: "Boo was our neighbour. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbours give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we ha given him nothing, and it made me sad."

A Thousand Splendid Suns: "The film playing on the screen is Walt Disney's Pinocchio. Laila does not understand."

Bunnygotwhacked Mon 26-Aug-13 01:03:58

You're all buggers I'm properly sobbing now going to have to risk waking up dc's to give them a hug

CelticPromise Mon 26-Aug-13 01:11:07

Ruth Picardie's letters to her children in Before I Say Goodbye, and her husband's account of her last days. It just seems so very honest, it's heroic in such an everyday way.

NightLark Mon 26-Aug-13 01:24:09

Death of a son - John Miller
the last verse

He turned over on his side with his one year
Red as a wound
He turned over as if he could be sorry for this
And out of his eyes two great tears rolled, like
stones, and he died

It probably needs the rest of the poem for context, but it makes me weep, every single time.

EugenesAxe Mon 26-Aug-13 01:43:36

SarahandFuck sad I'm very moved by your story, and all the others of real life death-related loss.

Lots have been mentioned but in terms of books I read to my children, these lines really do make me clam up:

"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
"And there in the corner of the blanket, Sophie spun in her very own heart"
" go with the sandals and gown, of the Kindest Giant in Town"
"...but today you shall be with me in my garden, which is Paradise"

peachesandpickles Mon 26-Aug-13 02:07:58

There is a book called The Bog Baby about little girls who find a creature in the woods and take it home. My dds have borrowed it from the library several times but I just can't read it to them.

It is about letting go of something you love and it just breaks my heart when I think of having to let my girls go out into the world.

I've listened in when Dh reads it to them and he barely makes it through it.

Cantdothisagain Mon 26-Aug-13 07:12:22

This is a beautiful thread. Sarah and others, I am sorry for your losses.

Can I add the children's book There Are Giants In Our House? No single line but several different ones catch my throat.

As does the account of Beth's death in Little Women.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Mon 26-Aug-13 07:26:01

How sad and moving this thread is. A good old son restores the soul, I think.

Have any of you read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness? It had every girl in my Year 9 class sobbing last year, and some of the boys too.

I also sobbed my way through Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle this year.

Mumzy Mon 26-Aug-13 07:27:14

“I do not think I responded immediately, for it took me a moment or two to fully digest these words of Miss Kenton. Moreover, as you might appreciate, their implications were such as to provoke a certain degree of sorrow within me. Indeed- why should I not admit it? - at that moment, my heart was breaking.” Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Mon 26-Aug-13 07:30:32

Oh, and since my Mum died, I can never get through the "and yea, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death" bit in psalm 23. We had our wedding videoed and at that bit I just stop. My heart breaks a bit for the girl in that video every time I see it, as the pain was so very raw. DD won't watch it again as she says "your wedding was too sad."

Keenoonvino Mon 26-Aug-13 07:38:14

The end of "A Tale of Two Cities" always gets me:

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.

Such self sacrifice....

'There must be candles.'

Michael Rosen's Sad Book. Well, all of it really.

I'm sure I've read all the Winnie the Pooh books, and here I am, reeling from reading those quotes. What beautiful, emotive writing.

nightlark, we studied that Death of a Son poem (John Silkin, btw) at school. All these flinty hearted 14 year old girls, reduced to silence and the occasional muffled sob. Incredibly moving. I still find myself thinking of it now, many years later.

Jaynebxl Mon 26-Aug-13 07:52:22

Argh so many of these have made me sob in the past.

To add some of my own, the song Two Little Boys ... I leap to turn it off if ever I hear it because I sob from the very beginning.

The Little Prince pretty much the whole way through but especially when he dies at the end. My big confession is that I read this book to a class each afternoon for the last week of term before I was leaving the school. On the last afternoon as they were about to go home and we would all be saying goodbye we got to the very last part. I totally chickened out and knew I couldn't read what was written so I changed the ending! So a whole class of children grew up thinking the Little Prince has a happy ending!

And one final one ... Don't suppose anyone knows a French book called La Petite Fille de M. Linh? I read it for a book club I was in, about an old Asian man who comes as a refugee to Europe with his baby granddaughter after the rest of the family have been blown up. The twist at the end made me sob so loudly I woke my DH up. Then the next day I tried to tell a colleague about the book and broke down sobbing! I suspect this was partly because I was about 8 months pregnant at the time!

pongping Mon 26-Aug-13 08:03:26

Nightlark, could you post the other verses? I've googled it but can't find anything.

My heart goes out to those of you who have experienced loss. The line above about the only person you need to talk to about your loss is the person is the one who is gone is so, so true. What a marvellous insight into the human heart.

pongping Mon 26-Aug-13 08:07:57

Mynameisnotmichaelcaine, I haven't read that, but I have read (and loved) The Knife of Never Letting Go and wept buckets at the love and loss and beauty of the relationship between the protagonist and his faithful dog. Have you read it? Heartbreaking.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Mon 26-Aug-13 08:20:22

Pongping, I have. Loved them, they're fab. A Monster Calls is very different in lots of ways, but absolutely brilliant. There are two versions - the one with the pictures is much better imo.

shrunkenhead Mon 26-Aug-13 08:47:21

So glad someone mentioned Flanders Fields, gets me every time as does most war poetry. The Giant's Necklace by Michael Morpurgo, think it's included in his anthology From Hereabouts Hill.

shrunkenhead Mon 26-Aug-13 08:53:02

Before there were Giants, and the hymn How Great thou art sung at my Grandad's funeral, always gets me going My friend had her wedding in a church and choose this as one of her hymns (I was a mess! Told her I was just so happy for her on her special day!)

DuffyMoon Mon 26-Aug-13 09:00:44

Mog was tired. Mog was dead tired. sad

BikeRunSki Mon 26-Aug-13 09:07:08

Owl Babies..... "And she came"

There's a Lewis Carol poem I can't read anymore, since I tried to read it at my father's funeral.

lucamom Mon 26-Aug-13 09:14:43

Another beautiful Xmas song that gets me blarting every time..

'Mary, did you know?', by Hayley Westenra:

Mary did you know, that your baby boy would one day walk on water
Mary did you know, that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters
Did you know, that your baby boy has come to make you new
And the child that you delivered, will soon deliver you

I came across it the Xmas I was 8 months pregnant with my first child (who I knew was a boy), and I used to sob uncontrollably.

TartanRug Mon 26-Aug-13 09:25:27

But now that I am old and grey
My dancing nights are done
I've chosen you, great grandchild
To take my place, so come ...

Let me give you Tiger's hand
The moon is rising high
I'll sit and watch you dancing both
Beneath the starbright sky.

The Dancing Tiger, Malachy Doyle - Was DS's favourite book when he was a toddler and I could never get to the end of it without catching my breath! smile

DontActuallyLikePrunes Mon 26-Aug-13 09:28:04

This is a wonderful thread but I am hiding it now because I have to go out in ten minutes and I am SOBBING LIKE A LOON grin

("I just wanted to be sure of you" I think of that every time I hold my husband's hand for the split second he allows it.) (He's just not very romantic!)

TartanRug Mon 26-Aug-13 09:28:56

Peaches we have the Bog Baby too it's a gorgeous book. smile

papalazaru Mon 26-Aug-13 09:35:01

Thank goodness someone else cries to "two little boys" too - it was on the radio recently and I bawled my way home in the car...
I had forgotten Death of a Son but now remember it from school. So so sad.
Also "the almond tree" by Jon Stallworthy and one of Emily Dickinsons about the 'industry in a house after death'. My best friend sent it to me when my Dad died and I sent it to her DP when she died a couple of years ago....

MrsDavidBowie Mon 26-Aug-13 09:35:59

So many beautiful memories here...especially Boo Radley , Mog and The Selfish Giant.
Not a line from a book but the Bomber Command prayer which is inscribed at the memorial at Runnymede...

If I climb up into heaven thou art there
If I go down to hell thou art there also
If I take the wings of the morning
and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea
Even three also shall thy hand lead me
And thy right hand shall hold me.

Half of Bomber Command were dad was a pilot, and lost 4 of his 7 man crew.

papalazaru Mon 26-Aug-13 09:40:05

The Bustle in a House

The Bustle in a House
The Morning after Death
Is solemnest of industries
Enacted opon Earth –

The Sweeping up the Heart
And putting Love away
We shall not want to use again
Until Eternity –

TroublesomeEx Mon 26-Aug-13 09:41:07

I know this is a bit naff, but my grandma used to have the Footprints in the Sand poem on her living room wall. I'm not in the slightest bit religious, but that always made me well up.

TroublesomeEx Mon 26-Aug-13 09:42:04

Oh and Eric Bogle's The Green Field's of France.

I have yet to get to verse 2!

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 26-Aug-13 10:02:31

England's Green and Pleasant Land gets me every's so evocative of the England of the past.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 26-Aug-13 10:39:00

The Steadfast Tin Soldier right at the end.

When she sees in the stove, the little tin heart, and the blackened spangle. That page is always blurred for me.

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 26-Aug-13 10:51:27

Sarah and others, I'm sorry for your losses.

Every night I sing the chorus of 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow' to DS, he knows all the words now and sings it with me. I well up every bedtime (knobber that I am!).

I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
For his eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches me

I'm not even religious! For me it just encompasses the feeling of safety a child should have, the absolute certainty that someone is watching over them. I think of it as all the people we have loved and lost, the feeling that they never truly leave us.

twistyfeet Mon 26-Aug-13 10:56:43

I'm still wiping tears at this thread, Goodbye Mog I still cant read and I have to make DH do it.

From 'Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper'
'Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes, each one delicate and differed, each one melting untouched by my hands.
Deep within me, words pile up in huge drifts. Mountains of phrases and sentences. Clever expressions, jokes, love songs...
But only in my head.
I have never spoken a single word. I am almost eleven years old.'

Its about a young girl with cerebral palsy who everyoe assumes doesnt understand and treats accordingly. Breaks my heart.

Follyfoot Mon 26-Aug-13 11:02:01

The children's book 'Something Else' - all of it, cant pick a line.

The cover even makes me cry.

nowwhat Mon 26-Aug-13 11:10:48

Have been trying to remember the title of the book about the nuclear war for about ten years, reading this thread has given me the answer, brother in the land!

All Quiet on the Western Front, several parts in the book but especially when Paul carries Kat on his back only to find that when they arrive at the field hospital (I think) he is dead. Also when Paul goes to visit his friends mother and she is begging for the truth about how her son died, but he refuses to be honest and tells her he died instantly, thinking that she is a silly woman because what difference does it make how he died. I can't remember the wording but that's the gist of it!

joanofarchitrave Mon 26-Aug-13 11:12:22

[wet hands from wiping face]

In the spirit of the original OP [stern looks at those who are posting things that break your heart], there is a line in The Accidental Tourist which made me stop in my tracks. I can't find the exact line sad but [spoiler] Macon and Muriel are in bed together and she shows him her Caesarean scar to make him understand that she knows what pain is like. It really got to me.

Benaberry Mon 26-Aug-13 11:24:23

The end of The Mousehole Cat gets me every time, about the lights on Mousehole harbour every winter

And "that'll do Pig" from The Sheep-Pig/Babe

VerySmallSqueak Mon 26-Aug-13 11:25:57

I am so sorry for the loss of your baby girls Sarah and WeAre.

AmberLeaf Mon 26-Aug-13 11:38:22

My children are older now, but Im remembering that 'stuck' feeling in my throat and hot eyes then realising their little faces were looking up at mine expectantly waiting for the next line...

Dogger was difficult!

As a child my heart was broken by The little match girl.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 26-Aug-13 11:49:06

saffron that Dobby quote got me.

Poor poor Dobby. sad

mypavlova Mon 26-Aug-13 12:04:10

The end of Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones. She leaves you with this little sliver of hope that Sirius and Kathleen can somehow find a way.

I have read through this thread and there is a pile of tissues next to me now.

Has anyone read The Enchanted Horse by Magdalen Nabb? I had the book and a recording on cassette tape and there was this bit where the main character, Irena, is calling to her horse Bella when she runs away and the narrator sounded so choked up as she called "Bella! Bella!" and sad music swelled and then Irena had to walk home barefoot in the cold. Oh, it made me cry every time I listened to it!

TheNaughtySausage Mon 26-Aug-13 12:17:03

Someone has already mentioned Anne's House of Dreams but this is the part that makes me sob, it's when Anne realises.

At first she was too weak and too happy to notice that Gilbert and the nurse looked grave and Marilla sorrowful. Then, as subtly, and coldly, and remorselessly as a sea-fog stealing landward, fear crept into her heart. Why was not Gilbert gladder? Why would he not talk about the baby? Why would they not let her have it with her after that first heavenly-happy hour? Was -was there anything wrong?

"Gilbert," whispered Anne imploringly, "the baby -is all right -isn't she? Tell me -tell me."

Gilbert was a long while in turning round; then he bent over Anne and looked in her eyes. Marilla, listening fearfully outside the door, heard a pitiful, heartbroken moan, and fled to the kitchen where Susan was weeping.

BestIsWest Mon 26-Aug-13 12:18:30

Marking this thread for later. Only got halfway down page 1 and my eyes are leaking. Better touch up my masacara before I go out.

scaredysausage Mon 26-Aug-13 13:10:10

YY to Snape and Dobby.

And the bit at the end of the first book when Dumbledore gives Neville house points for standing up to his friends and Gryffindor win the house cup.

Maryz Mon 26-Aug-13 13:12:16

I was actually more upset about Hedwig than anything else in HP. It was just so sudden.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 26-Aug-13 13:14:47

Shit,of all the daft things (because he's not really real is he ?),that Dobby quote is really preying on my mind.

pongping my brother flat out refuses to read the other two books in that trilogy because of what happened to Manchee.

Bastard lent me the first book though and didn't warn me!

MrsCliveStanden Mon 26-Aug-13 13:47:11

Death is just another path… One we must all take. The gray rain-curtain of this world falls back, and all changes to silver glass… And then you see it." "What? Gandalf? …See what?" "White shores…and beyond. The far green country under a swift sunrise. "Well, that isn't so bad." "No…No, it isn't."

Heard this in movie format just after my Mum died. Still slays me.

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Mon 26-Aug-13 14:32:39

A bloke writes: We don't do weepy very much, but all my male friends agree that it's the two scenes in Gladiator:

"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife, and I will have my vengeance in this world or the next."

And the final scene as he opens the door in the wall and they're running down the hill...

AvonCallingBarksdale Mon 26-Aug-13 15:16:33

Not a book, but from some Rob Ryan art:

"I used to live in one of those little houses down there and I still remember every road and field and every brick and stone. Every single thing that you can see was a part of the map of my entire life. The raging battle ground of all my victories and defeats from up here just looks like a pretty pattern. Every single minute was a struggle, but not one second goes by when I don't wish that I was back down there mixing it up on good old planet Earth."

Can barely make it to the end of that without collapsing.

“the loss pressed down on her chest and came up into her throat. it was a fine cry -- loud and long -- but it had no bottom and no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.”
&#8213; Toni Morrison, Sula

Oops Cut & Paste Fail grin

SarahAndFuck Mon 26-Aug-13 15:43:45

Thank you everyone. And you know, this sort of crying is the good sort. If that makes sense.

There's a bit in Lord of the Rings, too much to quote, when they are in the mines of Moria and they read the account of the dwarves who have died there and it says that there's something in the dark with them and repeats "we can't get out...we can't get out" that you can just feel how desperate and awful it was to be trapped.

There was a book I read when I was about six or seven, can't even remember the title now. But a boy finds an orphaned mouse and takes care of it. And then his parents make him let it go because it's a wild creature, so he takes it out to the woodpile and puts it down and he cries, and the mouse sits there waiting to be picked up again but the boy walks away and the mouse doesn't know why his friend has left him. It's thirty years later and I'm still not recovered from the upset of that book.

EverSoNear Mon 26-Aug-13 15:51:37

“Shooting stars are not stars at all. They re just rocks that enter the atmosphere and catch fire under friction. What we wish on when we see one is only a trail of debris.”

“In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who loses a child.”

My Sisters Keeper. J. Picoult

I started re-reading Anne's House of Dreams this afternoon.

Gilbert says 'I've found a nest for us, Anne.'

That made my throat catch a little.
As opposed to breaking down into gut wrenching sobs of trauma like AA Milne.

There are some very sad, real stories on this thread. I'm so sorry to all of you who have suffered such awful losses.

BestIsWest Mon 26-Aug-13 16:33:24

As one who has older teenage/ young adult children, this, by C Day Lewis, always makes me cry.

It is eighteen years ago, almost to the day –
A sunny day with leaves just turning,
The touch-lines new-ruled – since I watched you play
Your first game of football, then, like a satellite
Wrenched from its orbit, go drifting away

Behind a scatter of boys. I can see
You walking away from me towards the school
With the pathos of a half-fledged thing set free
Into a wilderness, the gait of one
Who finds no path where the path should be.

That hesitant figure, eddying away
Like a winged seed loosened from its parent stem,
Has something I never quite grasp to convey
About nature’s give-and-take – the small, the scorching
Ordeals which fire one’s irresolute clay.

I have had worse partings, but none that so
Gnaws at my mind still. Perhaps it is roughly
Saying what God alone could perfectly show –
How selfhood begins with a walking away,
And love is proved in the letting go.

DolphinnosePotatoes Mon 26-Aug-13 16:34:21

Another Harry Potter line from me... I always found Dumbledore's speech following Cedric Diggory's death very moving:

'Remember Cedric. Remember, if the time should come when you have make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.'

I am also incapable of reading Goodbye Mog without bursting into tears!

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 26-Aug-13 16:43:20

“It’s dark now and I am very tired. I love you, always. Time is nothing.”

Time Travellers Wife.

I have to say I cried whilst reading this thread before posting my own quote.

EnjoyEverySandwich Mon 26-Aug-13 16:45:23

An old man I knew used to recite this poem in the pub when he had had a few. smile I eventually tracked it down, and it's by Thomas Campbell.

On the green banks of Shannon, when Sheelah was nigh,
No blithe Irish lad was so happy as I;
No harp like my own could so cheerily play,
And wherever I went was my poor dog Tray.

When at last I was forced from my Sheelah to part,
She said (while the sorrow was big at her heart),
"Oh, remember your Sheelah when far, far away;
And be kind, my dear Pat, to our poor dog Tray."

Poor dog! he was faithful and kind, to be sure,
And he constantly loved me, although I was poor;
When the sour-looking folks sent me heartless away,
I had always a friend in my poor dog Tray.

When the road was so dark, and the night was so cold,
And Pat and his dog were grown weary and old,
How snugly we slept in my old coat of grey,
And he licked me for kindness, my poor dog Tray.

Though my wallet was scant, I remembered his case,
Nor refused my last crust to his pitiful face;
But he died at my feet on a cold winter day,
And I played a sad lament for my poor dog Tray.

Where now shall I go, poor, forsaken, and blind?
Can I find one to guide me, so faithful and kind?
To my sweet native village, so far, far away,
I can never return with my poor dog Tray.

Chubfuddler Mon 26-Aug-13 16:45:23

I started crying when reading that passage to DS dolphin, but I was pregnant so I choose to blame hormones.

bassetfeet Mon 26-Aug-13 16:59:20

BestisWest that poem is one I read and reread . Lovely poem.

TheChocolateTeapot Mon 26-Aug-13 17:01:50

Mine doesn't work too well out of context and it catches because it is so full of optimism. It comes close to the end of one of my favourite books (which I abandoned twice before finally getting into!) - The Shipping News:
“And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery.”

Tabby1963 Mon 26-Aug-13 17:02:59

“Dogs' lives are short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion.”
&#8213; Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year

....and then she (Nickie, the amazing retriever who I loved so much in the book) dies.

I had to stop reading the book at this point because I was so upset (on the bus lol).

DharmaLovesDraco Mon 26-Aug-13 18:12:03

Life of Ma Parker She's lost her grandson and is reminiscing but it's too painful and she has to keep stopping herself, until it gets to the point where she can't stop herself from breaking down, but realises she has nowhere to go where she is safe to go to pieces.

The bit that makes me cry is this bit:

"Well, what'll you give your gran?"
He gave a shy little laugh and pressed closer. She felt his eyelid quivering against her cheek. "I ain't got nothing," he murmured...

This whole thread has made me cry sad

spiderlight Mon 26-Aug-13 18:29:51

DS recreated 'Daddy - my Daddy' the first time I was well enough to pick him up from school myself, having been very ill in hospital when he started Reception and for several weeks afterwards. I was standing in the playground, feeling very weak and wobbly and not knowing a soul, and then he came to the classroom door and saw me (he wasn't expecting me), shouted 'Mummy!' and then turned to his teacher with the hugest grin ever and said 'My mummy!' You can imagine the aftermath.... blush

this poem makes me weep - the highwayman

Heard it recited by an 85 year old lady at an ICA weekend (Irish equivalent of the WI). She also had some recitations that she had written herself, she was brilliant.

Strokethefurrywall Mon 26-Aug-13 18:44:27

Annnnnnd....... bawling.

TheUglyFuckling Mon 26-Aug-13 18:53:05

Can we add quotes from films?

In Gladiator, when Russell Crowe is dying and his eyesight fades, and he thinks he sees his dead wife and son walking towards him, and his Roman ex love whispers to him 'Go to them, Maximum, you can go to them now.'

And in the final scene when his friend buries the little statues of his family that Russell Crowe treasured, in the same spot where he died, and his friend whispers 'We shall meet again one day my friend. But not yet. Not yet.'

TheUglyFuckling Mon 26-Aug-13 18:58:31

And from The Stand by Stephen King 'She looked across at Stu and, as always, was moved by the simple certainty of her love for him.'

Sums up how I feel about my husband.

Stropzilla Mon 26-Aug-13 19:04:12

Bastards the lot of you. My husband is sitting there clearly wondering if he needs to cut off my internet access as I sniffle quietly into my phone.

ssd Mon 26-Aug-13 19:05:58

this makes me cry...I found it folded inside my 85 yr old mums purse just after she died.


What do you see nurses, what do you see?
What are you thinking when looking at me–

A crabbit old woman, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with far-away eyes,
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice - "I do wish you d try."
Who seems not to notice the things that you do,
And forever is losing a stocking or shoe.
Who unresisting or not, lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill.
Is that what you are thinking, is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse, you’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still;
As I use at your bidding, as I eat at your will,
I’m a small child of ten with a father and mother,
Brother and sisters, who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen with wings on her feet,
Dreaming that soon now a lover she’ll meet;
A bride soon at twenty - my heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows that I promised to keep;
At twenty-five now I have young of my own,
Who need me to build a secure, happy home;
A woman of thirty, my young now grow fast,
Bound to each other with ties that should last;
At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone,
But my man’s beside me to see I don’t mourn;
At fifty once more babies play round my knee,
Again we know children, my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead,
I look at the future, I shudder with dread,
For my young are all rearing young of their own,
And I think of the years and the love that I’ve known.

I’m an old woman now and nature is cruel –
’Tis her jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body it crumbles, grace and vigour depart,
There is now a stone where I once had a heart;
But inside this old carcase a young girl still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
And I’m loving and living life over again.
I think of the years all too few - gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, nurses, open and see
Not a crabbit old woman, look closer - see ME !

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Mon 26-Aug-13 19:07:15

Oh gosh Alvis, the WHOLE of The Time Traveller's Wife just had me bawling. I was devastated for about a fortnight after the end, just couldn't get it out of my head.

In fairness, it's quite unusual that I don't cry at a book. Laughter, sadness, whatever I think it's probably only recipe books that I don't weep all over...

ElvisJesusAndCocaCola Mon 26-Aug-13 19:23:14

But the Nightingale's voice grew fainter, and her little wings began to beat, and a film came over her eyes. Fainter and fainter grew her song, and she felt something choking her in her throat.

From the nightingale and the rose, Oscar Wilde

Chubfuddler Mon 26-Aug-13 19:37:53

Ssd my mum was a nurse and she had that poem written in her diary.

LoopyLupo Mon 26-Aug-13 19:45:06

Oh dear god Ssd, what are you trying to do to me? <<sob>> I wonder if your mum ever showed that to a nurse or a carer?

chubfuddler I love that your mum had that in her purse.

I used to teach Crabbit Old Woman, years ago. I'd forgotten all about it!

I think I had a version of it set to music too.

The response to Crabbit Old Women has often summed up my experience of being a nurse.

What do we see, you ask, what do we see?
Yes, we are thinking when looking at thee!
We may seem to be hard when we hurry and fuss,
But there’s many of you, and too few of us.
We would like far more time to sit by you and talk,
To bath you and feed you and help you to walk.
To hear of your lives and the things you have done;
Your childhood, your husband, your daughter, your son.
But time is against us, there’s too much to do -
Patients too many, and nurses too few.
We grieve when we see you so sad and alone,
With nobody near you, no friends of your own.
We feel all your pain, and know of your fear
That nobody cares now your end is so near.
But nurses are people with feelings as well,
And when we’re together you’ll often hear tell
Of the dearest old Gran in the very end bed,

And the lovely old Dad, and the things that he said,
We speak with compassion and love, and feel sad
When we think of your lives
and the joy that you’ve had,
When the time has arrived for you to depart,
You leave us behind with an ache in our heart.
When you sleep the long sleep, no more worry or care,
There are other old people, and we must be there.
So please understand if we hurry and fuss -
There are many of you,
And so few of us.

MamaMary Mon 26-Aug-13 21:01:59

Catching up on this thread and sobbing, especially at Sarah's story. What a beautiful song for your daughter to hear, Sarah. It is one of my favourite carols.

Also, YY to Remains of the Day ('my heart was breaking'), Boxer's departure in Animal Farm, Catcher in the Rye, and Sassoon poem.

There is a a poem by Andrew Motion that I am trying to remember. It is about his father visiting his mother in hospital: his mother was paralysed after falling from her horse. One line goes something like: 'And this is what love looks like'. Can anyone quote it for me? I can't put my hands on the poetry book of his that it's in.

looselegs Mon 26-Aug-13 21:25:08

..the last line in Sister Lupton by Rosamund

"I miss you.I love you. I always will"

this thread is making me cry!

looselegs Mon 26-Aug-13 21:25:47

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Moln Mon 26-Aug-13 22:42:52

I read the Nightingale and the Rose as a child, it made me cry so much I've never dare even look at it again

There are others that had made my throat catch, but I can't recall them right now I'm afraid

longingforsomesleep Mon 26-Aug-13 23:21:25

"If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat and we should die of that roar that lies on the other side of silence. As it is the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity."

George Eliot - Middlemarch

riverboat Mon 26-Aug-13 23:58:19

Good call Chubbfuddler re 'one always thinks that...every every time' from The Pursuit of Love. Such an interesting and moving last line.

I have never cried more from a book than at Gone With the Wind 'My dear, I don't give a damn'. I read that when I was a teenager, and hadn't seen or heard much about the film. I couldn't BELIEVE they didn't end up together, it felt like a horrible trick...

riverboat Tue 27-Aug-13 00:01:39

Oh, and Gandalf counselling Frodo:

"Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them?"

Sarah McLachlan's Arms of the Angel (song not a book I know!) is incredibly sad.

But I think the saddest song ever is her song "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2 - played over the montage of Jessie the Cowgirl thinking her owner has taken her out of the attic to play with - but actually she's giving Jessie to charity (Goodwill). Snotty sobs here whenever that one comes on.

Oh posted this before - I love Oscar Wilde's fairy tales & bought them for DD when she was about 9. But hadn't read them myself for years. She started reading them in the back of the car on our way home - 20 mile commute - and 3 miles in we had to pull over for hugs as she was so upset. Am in bed & can see the book from here - haven't read it since ... Might take it out now...

theluckiest Tue 27-Aug-13 00:23:20

I found Yeats a bit hard going when I studied him for A- level. Except this.....

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven

HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Just perfection.

This also makes my heart ache....'For sale: baby shoes, never worn' sad

lottieandmia Tue 27-Aug-13 00:23:35

ooh, can't believe I forgot about the ending of Of Mice And Men. The Red Pony is very sad too, I seem to remember sad

ILovePonyo Tue 27-Aug-13 15:39:43

Bumping this thread, it's been interesting and sad in equal measure.

I can't find my copy of lord of the flies, but simon's death really shocked me, even as a grumpy 16 year old!

lottieandmia Tue 27-Aug-13 16:46:00

This thread made me cry - it should be a classic for that grin

ssd Tue 27-Aug-13 21:55:12

that's a lovely poem alexreids

dementedma Tue 27-Aug-13 22:01:34

A lovely picture book called Emily's letters to James about two little friends who live far away from each other and only visit each other during the holidays. They miss each other so Emily writes letters to James and releases a red balloon in the hope it will get to him. The book goes through the changing seasons until one day Emily opens the door to see a red balloon. The last page simply says "James is here. James has come back!" and it gives me goosebumps every time.

SunshineMMum Tue 27-Aug-13 22:11:25

Lovely thread, lots of my favourites, particularly from 'No matter what' Not sure if this one has been mentioned ...

“And you, Mom. I loved you. You've asked if i felt and understood that you loved me. of course I did. And you know this. I loved your love because it kept me safe and happy and wanted, and it existed beyond words and hugs and eyes.”
&#8213; Lisa Genova, Love Anthony

crumpet Tue 27-Aug-13 22:21:36

I don't cry at books. But was very hot behind the eyes at "It is a far, far, better thing I do...". I was on a train at the time.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Tue 27-Aug-13 22:30:15

I was on a train when I read the bit where Rue dies in The Hunger Games. I think dh wanted the ground to swallow him up!

FunnyLittleFrog Tue 27-Aug-13 22:40:23

‘She walked rapidly in the thin June sunshine towards the worst horror of all’

The final line from Brighton Rock. It's the words 'rapidly' and 'thin' somehow that really get me

FunnyLittleFrog Tue 27-Aug-13 22:47:50

This is a poem, but the final lines make me cry every time. I made one of the students read it aloud when I had to teach it to my AS Lit class when I went back to work after having DD.

'Demeter' by Carol Ann Duffy

Where I lived – winter and hard earth.
I sat in my cold stone room
choosing tough words, granite, flint,

to break the ice. My broken heart –
I tried that, but it skimmed,
flat, over the frozen lake.

She came from a long, long way,
but I saw her at last, walking,
my daughter, my girl, across the fields,

In bare feet, bringing all spring’s flowers
to her mother’s house. I swear
the air softened and warmed as she moved,

the blue sky smiling, none too soon,
with the small shy mouth of a new moon.

TheUglyFuckling Tue 27-Aug-13 23:10:51

I love the line "Grow old with me, the best is yet to be" from the poem by Robert Browning.

2kidsintow Tue 27-Aug-13 23:24:53

Oh, I had to read Charlotte's Web as the class book to my class.
The line "Nobody was with her when she died" made me choke up when reading to my 10 and 11 year olds.

Capitola Tue 27-Aug-13 23:26:32

TheUglyFuckling, I bought my dh a sun dial with that line inscribed!

goodasitgets Tue 27-Aug-13 23:28:00

From the book "Chosen by a horse"

"I had lost love before, but even worse, I had lost the memory of love, all traces that it had ever existed"

"I looked down at the huge unmoving body and felt a moment of pure horror. What had we done? I wanted her to finish her apple, to have her get up. I wanted her back"

Clary Tue 27-Aug-13 23:32:11

So many wonderful quotes here. And sorry to so many of you for your losses sad

"A mother with a baby, just like him" totally ambushed me the first time I read it and I would cry now I don't doubt (tho there is little demand here for Peepo now, sadly).

I also well up at "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." (Gatsby)

gremlindolphin Wed 28-Aug-13 00:02:32

Such a lovely thread, am sitting here in tears and I should have gone to bed ages ago!

I cry at all sorts of things but the only book I haven't been able to read to my dd was one we got from the library and when I read it for the first time it was about a little girl and her best friend a cat and the girl had to move to the city and leave the cat behind with her aunt and could only come and see it once a year and they always remembered they were friends - absolutely slayed me! i remember dd looking at me to see why I had stopped reading!

FreudiansSlipper Wed 28-Aug-13 00:14:02

Monkey Puzzle

Butterfly is explaining to Monkey why she keeps picking the wrong animals that maybe his lost mummy

She says...

"I didn't know, I couldn't you see.... None of my babies look like me"

i always seem to manage to get something in my eye that makes my voice wobble at this point in the book

oinkling Wed 28-Aug-13 06:44:22

Remember, by Christina Rossetti. It's that she starts by asking for remembrance but then finishes by suggesting she would be better forgotten for the sake of happiness; that the remembrance she wants will only bring sadness.

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

'The true measure of a life is not its length but the fullness with which it is lived' spoken of Author Maria Houston's three year old daughter, Hannah.

Also 'I'm stick man, i'm stick man, i'm stick man, that's me... and I want to go back to the family tree'.

I well up every time I read this to my children. Especially in the lead up to Christmas.

saffronwblue Wed 28-Aug-13 11:16:58

Dun bicoz we are to menny.

I can't remember the spelling (or indeed the exact wording) but this is the note left by the children of Jude the Obscure.

ninilegsintheair Wed 28-Aug-13 11:46:54

I know it's already been mentioned but worth repeating - I first read Goodbye Mog as an adult (found it in the library) and burst into tears right there in public, without a child with me. blush

'Mog was tired.
Mog was dead tired.
Her head was dead tired.
Her paws were dead tired.
Even her tail was dead tired.
Mog thought "I want to sleep forever".
And so she did.'

And the bit at the end when she flies into the sun. I'm blubbing even thinking about it. sad