Many quotes can be cited as words of sympathy, such as Washington Irving's words, "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love."
Words of sympathy during a time of loss or crisis can often help the affected person cope. Those who are not gifted wordsmiths may find it necessary to turn to quotes for inspiration, or to say the things they are not able to say. Emily Dickinson's bibliography is often cited when uplifting words are required, particularly the quote, "Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all."
The delivery method of these words is something to consider. Depending on the relationship, a simple card with a kind word, either hand delivered or delivered via mail, may suffice. However, if two people are extremely close, a different delivery method may be more appropriate. A heartfelt letter, a CD with a mix of uplifting music, or simply treating them to a meal and talking through their plight are appropriate ways to state words of sympathy. If two people are not close, something more impersonal, like an e-card delivered to their email, is an effective way of expressing sympathy.