Sympathy card verses include Bible verses like Matthew 5:4, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted," and poetic verses like, "May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears," by Chief Dan George.
Sympathy verses can come from many sources including headstones, song lyrics, and literature or famous authors. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal," is a quote from an Irish headstone, author unknown. Song lyrics such as "Fly, fly little wing, fly where only angels sing, " by Celine Dion in her song "Fly" and, in Sarah McLahlan's words, "In the arms of the angel, fly away from here," in her song "In the Arms of an Angel" both express sympathy.
French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote, "He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man."
William Shakespeare expressed sympathy in Romeo and Juliet when he wrote, "When he shall die. Take him and cut him out in little stars. And he will make the face of heav’n so fine. That all the world will be in love with night. And pay no worship to the garish sun."