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What we call mourning for our dead is perhaps not so much grief at not being able to call them back; as it is grief at not being able to want to do so.
      - Thomas Mann

She grieves sincerely who grieves unseen.
  [Lat., Illa dolet vere qui sine teste dolet.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (I, 34, 4)

Grief is only the memory of widowed affection. The more intense the delight in the presence of the object, the more poignant must be the impression of the absence.
      - James Martineau

We know there oft is found an avarice in grief; and the wan eye of sorrow loves to gaze upon its secret hoard of treasured woes, and pine in solitude.
      - William Mason

There is a solemn luxury in grief.
      - William Mason, The English Garden (l. 596)

No future hour can rend my heart like this,
  Save that which breaks it.
      - Charles Robert Maturin

If the internal griefs of every man could be read, written on his forehead, how many who now excite envy would appear to be the objects of pity?
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

If our inward griefs were seen written on our brow, how many would be pitied who are now envied!
  [It., Se a ciascun l'interno affanno
    Si leggesse in fronte scritto,
      Quanti mai, che invidia fanno,
        Ci farebbero pieta!]
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro),
        Giuseppe Riconosciuto (I)

What need a man forestall his date of grief,
  And run to meet what he would most avoid?
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 362)

Great, good, and just, could I but rate
  My grief with thy too rigid fate,
    I'd weep the world in such a strain
      As it should deluge once again;
        But since thy loud-tongued blood demands supplies
          More from Briareus' hands than Argus' eyes,
            I'll sing thy obsequies with trumpet sounds
              And write thy epitaph in blood and wounds.
      - James Graham, 1st Marquis and 5th Earl of Montrose (The Great Marquis),
        on Charles I

Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength.
  [Lat., Strangulat inclusus dolor, atque exaestuat intus,
    Cogitur et vires multiplicare suas.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (V, 1, 63)

Grief, like a tree, has tears for its fruit.
      - Philemon

As a fresh wound shrinks from the hand of the surgeon, then gradually submits to and even calls for it; so a mind under the first impression of a misfortune shuns and rejects all comfort, but at length, if touched with tenderness, calmly and willingly resigns itself.
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus)

That grief is the most durable which flows inward, and buries its streams with its fountain, in the depths of the heart.
      - Jane Porter

Half of the ills we hoard within our hearts,
  Are ills because we hoard them.
      - Edna Dean Proctor

Grief, like night, is salutary. It cools down the soul by putting out its feverish fires; and if it oppresses her, it also compresses her energies. The load once gone, she will go forth with greater buoyancy to new pleasures.
      - John Pulsford

Grief! thou art classed amongst the depressing passions. And true it is that thou humblest to the dust, but also thou exaltest to the clouds. Thou shakest us with ague, but also thou steadiest like frost. Thou sickenest the heart, but also thou healest its infirmities.
      - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater")

Of permanent griefs there are none, for they are but clouds. The swifter they move through the sky, the more follow after them; and even the immovable ones are absorbed by the other, and become smaller till they vanish.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Why must we first weep before we can love so deep that our hearts ache.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

That eating canker grief, with wasteful spite, preys on the rosy bloom of youth and beauty.
      - Nicholas Rowe

No grief reaches the dead.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

What is grief? It is an obscure labyrinth into which God leads man, that be may be experienced in life, that he may remember his faults and abjure them, that he may appreciate the calm which virtue gives.
      - Leopold Scheffer

The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arise from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Whose lenient sorrows find relief, whose joys are chastened by their grief.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The man who has learned to triumph over sorrow wears his miseries as though they were sacred fillets upon his brow; and nothing is so entirely admirable as a man bravely wretched.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

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