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God gives us power to bear all the sorrows of His making; but He does not give us power to bear the sorrows of our own making, which the anticipation of sorrow most assuredly is.
      - Alexander Maclaren

And ever, against eating cares,
  Lap me in soft Lydian airs.
      - John Milton, L'Affegro (l. 135)

Men use care in purchasing a horse, and are neglectful in choosing friends.
      - John Muir

He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche,
        Beyond Good and Evil
         (ch. IV, Apophthegms and Interludes, 146),
        (Zimmern's translation)

Begone, old Care, and I prithee begone from me;
  For i' faith, old Care, thee and I shall never agree.
      - John Playford, Musical Companion
         (catch 13)

Eat not thy heart; which forbids to afflict our souls, and waste them with vexatious cares.
      - Plutarch,
        Morals--Of the Training of Children

Care may acquire wealth, which, when acquired, care must guard and worry about.
      - Pasquier Quesnel

All cares appear twice as large as they really are, owing to their emptiness and darkness; and so is it with the grave.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Cares are often more difficult to thrown off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow upon it.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Old Care has a mortgage on every estate,
  And that's what you pay for the wealth that you get.
      - John Godfrey Saxe, Gifts of the Gods

Some must watch while some must sleep, so runs the world away.
      - William Shakespeare

For some must watch, while some must sleep;
  Thus runs the world away.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, ii)

No, no, he cannot long hold out these pangs.
  The incessant care and labor of his mind
    Hath wrought the mure that should confine it in
      So thin that life looks through and will break out.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Clarence at IV, iv)

O polished perturbation! Golden care!
  That keep'st the ports of slumber open wide
    To many a watchful night!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Prince Henry at IV, v)

Care is no cure, but rather corrosive,
  For things that are not to be remedied.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part I
         (Pucelle at III, iii)

Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye,
  And where care lodges, sleep will never lie;
    But where unbruised youth with unstuffed brain
      Doth couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Friar Laurence at II, iii)

Care keeps his watch in every old man's eye.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Friar Laurence at II, iii)

Things past redress are now with me past care.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (York at II, iii)

I am sure care 's an enemy to life.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Toby at I, iii)

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Take the utmost care to get well born and well brought up.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors,
        an essay, The Latest Theories

I could lie down like a tired child,
  And weep away the life of care
    Which I have borne, and yet must bear.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Stanzas,
        written in Dejection, near Naples

Our cares are the mothers, not only of our charities And virtues, but of our best joys and most cheering and enduring pleasures.
      - William Gilmore Simms

He who climbs above the cares of this world and turns his face to his God, has found the sunny side of life.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Cast all your care on God; that anchor holds.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

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