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SORROW
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[ Also see Adversity Affliction Consolation Despair Disappointment Grief Joy Melancholy Misery Mourning Pain Regret Remorse Repentance Sadness Sighs Suffering Sympathy Tears Trials Trouble Unhappiness Woe ]

One sorrow never comes but brings an heir,
  That may succeed as his inheritor;
    And so in ours, some neighboring nation,
      Taking advantage of our misery,
        Hath stuffed the hollow vessels with their power,
          To beat us down, the which are down already;
            And make a conquest of unhappy,
              Whereas no glory 's got to overcome.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre (Cleon at I, iv)

One sorrow never comes but brings an heir,
  That may succeed as his inheritor.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre (Cleon at I, iv)

I was about to tell thee, when my heart,
  As wedged with a sigh, would rive in twain,
    Lest Hector or my father should perceive me:
      I have, as when the sun doth light a-scorn,
        Buried this sigh in wrinkle of a smile;
          But sorrow, that is couched in seeming gladness,
            Is like that mirth fate turns to sudden sadness.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Troilus at I, i)

Here I and sorrow sit.
  Here is my throne; bid kings come bow to it.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i)

I will instruct my sorrows to be proud,
  For grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, i)

Look, who comes here! A grave unto a soul,
  Holding th' eternal spirit, against her will,
    In the vile prison of afflicted breath.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John (III,iv)

Verily
  I swear 'tis better to be lowly born
    And range with humble livers in content
      Than to be perked up in a glist'ring grief
        And wear a golden sorrow.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Anne Bullen at II, iii)

Grief boundeth where it falls,
  Not with the empty hollowness, but weight.
    I take my leave before I have begun,
      For sorrow ends not when it seemeth done.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Duchess of Gloucester at I, ii)

Of neither, girl;
  For if of joy, being altogether wanting,
    It doth remember me the more of sorrow;
      Or if of grief, being altogether had,
        It adds more sorrow to my want of joy;
          For what I have I need not to repeat,
            And what I want it boots not to complain.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Queen at III, iv)

Sorrow breaks seasons and reposing hours,
  Makes the night morning and the noontide night:
    Princes have but their titles for their glories,
      An outward honor for an inward toil;
        And for unfelt imaginations
          They often feel a world of restless cares;
            So that between their titles and low name
              There's nothing differs but the outward fame.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Brakenbury at I, iv)

Eighty odd years of sorrow have I seen,
  And each hour's joy wracked with a week of teen.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Duchess of York at IV, i)

If ancient sorrow be most reverent,
  Give mine the benefit of seniory
    And let my griefs frown on the upper hand.
      If sorrow can admit society,
        [Tell over your woes again by viewing mine].
          I had an Edward, till a Richard killed him;
            I had a Harry, till a Richard killed him;
              Thou hadst an Edward, till a Richard killed him;
                Thou hadst a Richard, till a Richard killed him.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Margaret at IV, iv)

My shame and guilt confounds me.
  Forgive me, Valentine. If hearty sorrow
    Be a sufficient ransom for offense,
      I tender't here. I do as truly suffer
        As e'er I did commit.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Proteus at V, iv)

Sorrow concealed, like an oven stopp'd,
  Doth burn the heart to cinders, where it is.
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (Marcus at II, iv)

To weep with them that weep doth ease some deal;
  But sorrow flouted at is double death.
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (Marcus at III, i)

I do not know of a better cure for sorrow than to pity somebody else.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The violence of sorrow is not at the first to be striven withal; being, like a mighty beast, sooner tamed with following than overthrown by withstanding.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Not in sorrow freely is never to open the bosom to the sweets of the sunshine.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Not to sorrow freely is never to open the bosom to the sweets of the sunshine.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Each time we love,
  We turn a nearer and a broader mark
    To that keen archer, Sorrow, and he strikes.
      - Alexander Smith, City Poems--A Boy's Dream

For the external expressions and vent of sorrow, we know that there is a certain pleasure in weeping; it is the discharge of a big and swelling grief, of a full and strangling discontent; and therefore he that never had such a burden upon his heart as to give him opportunity thus to ease it has one pleasure in this world yet to come.
      - Bishop Robert South

No wringing of the hands and knocking the breast, or wishing one's self unborn; all which are but the ceremonies of sorrow, the pomp and ostentation of an effeminate grief, which speak not so much the greatness of the misery as the smallness of the mind.
      - Bishop Robert South

Sorrow, being the natural and direct offspring of sin, that which first brought sin into the world, must, by necessary consequences, bring in sorrow also.
      - Bishop Robert South

To live beneath sorrow, one must yield to it.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

If there is an evil in this world, it is sorrow and heaviness of heart. The loss of goods, of health, of coronets and mitres, is only evil as they occasion sorrow; take that out, the rest is fancy, and dwelleth only in the head of man.
      - Laurence Sterne


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