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Dark is the realm of grief: but human things
  Those may not know of who cannot weep for them.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Otho,
        (a projected poem)

Why destroy present happiness by a distant misery, which may never come at all, or you may never live to see it? For every substantial grief has twenty shadows, and most of them shadows of your own making.
      - Sydney Smith

Long thus he chew'd the cud of inward griefe,
  And did consume his gall with anguish sore;
    Still when he mused on his late mischiefe,
      Then still the smart thereof increased more,
        And seemed more grievous than it was before.
      - Edmund Spenser

"Oh, but," quoth she, great griefe will not be tould,
  And can more easily be thought than said."
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. I, canto VII, st. 41)

He gave a deep sigh; I saw the iron enter into his soul.
      - Laurence Sterne,
        Sentimental Journey--The Captive

All the joys of earth will not assuage our thirst for happiness; while a single grief suffices to shroud life in a sombre veil, and smite it with nothingness at all points.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

In youth, grief comes with a rush and overflow, but it dries up, too, like the torrent. In the winter of life it remains a miserable pool, resisting all evaporation.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

None grieve so ostentatiously as those who rejoice most in heart.
  [Lat., Nulla jactantius moerent quam qui maxime laetantur.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (II, 77)

He that hath so many causes of joy, and so great, is very much in love with sorrow and peevishness, who loses all these pleasures, and chooses to sit down on his little handful of thorns.
      - Jeremy Taylor

It will appear how impertinent that grief was which served no end of life.
      - Jeremy Taylor

The more tender our spirits are made by religion, the more ready we are to let in grief.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Those great and stormy passions do so spend the whole stock of grief that they presently admit a comfort and contrary affection; while a sorrow that is even and temperate goes on to its period with expectation and the distance of a just time.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Never morning wore
  To evening, but some heart did break.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam, pt. VI

We may deserve grief; but why should women be unhappy?--except that we know heaven chastens those whom it loves best, being pleased by repeated trials to make these pure spirits more pure.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Sweet source of virtue,
  O sacred sorrow! he who knows not thee,
    Knows not the best emotions of the heart,
      Those tender tears that harmonize the soul,
        The sigh that charms, the pang that gives delight.
      - James Thomson (1)

Men are we, and must grieve when even the Shade
  Of that which once was great is passed away.
      - William Wordsworth,
        On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic

Grief is so far from retrieving a loss that it makes it greater; but the way to lessen it is by a comparison with others' losses.
      - William Wycherley

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.
      - Xenophon

Some weep in perfect justice to the dead,
  As conscious all their love is in arrear.
      - Edward Young

Who fails to grieve, when just occasion calls,
  Or grieves too much, deserves not to be blest:
    Inhuman, or effeminate, his heart.
      - Edward Young

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