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Conspiracies no sooner should be formed
  Than executed.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act I, sc. 2)

Queen Elizabeth, in her hard, wise way, writing to a mother who had lost her son, tells her that she will be comforted in time; and why should she not do for herself what the mere lapse of time will do for her?
      - Richard Bentley

All are not taken! there are left behind
  Living Beloveds, tender looks to bring,
    And make the daylight still a happy thing,
      And tender voices, to make soft the wind.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

As the bosom of earth blooms again and again, having buried out of sight the dead leaves of autumn, and loosed the frosty bands of winter; so does the heart, in spite of all that melancholy poets write, feel many renewed springs and summers. It is a beautiful and a blessed world we live in, and whilst that life lasts, to lose the enjoyment of it is a sin.
      - Talbot Wilson Chambers

One should never be very forward in offering spiritual consolations to those in distress. These, to be of any service, must be self-evolved in the first instance.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Whoever can turn his weeping eyes to heaven has lost nothing; for there above is everything he can wish for here below. He only is a loser who persists in looking down on the narrow plains of the present time.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Consolation indiscreetly pressed upon us, when we are suffering undue affliction, only serves to increase our pain, and to render our grief more poignant.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

O conspiracy,
  Sham'st thou to show thy dang'rous brow by night,
    When evils are most free?
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at II, i)

Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care
  Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are!
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Apparition at IV, i)

Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago,
  If thou but think'st him wronged, and mak'st his ear
    A stranger to thy thoughts.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at III, iii)

While you here do snoring lie,
  Open-eyed conspiracy
    His time doth take.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Ariel at II, i)

Before an affliction is digested, consolation ever comes too soon; and after it is digested, it comes too late; but there is a mark between these two, as fine almost as a hair, for a comforter to take aim at.
      - Laurence Sterne

If a man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is he keeps his own at the same time.
      - Jonathan Swift

Nothing does so establish the mind amidst the rollings and turbulence of present things, as a look above them and a look beyond them,--above them, to the steady and good hand by which they are ruled; and beyond them, to the sweet and beautiful end to which, by that hand, they will be brought.
      - Jeremy Taylor

For all things are less dreadful than they seem.
      - William Wordsworth

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