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GRIEF
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[ Also see Adversity Affliction Death Despair Joy Melancholy Misery Mourning Pain Regret Remorse Repentance Sadness Sighs Sorrow Suffering Tears Unhappiness Woe ]

Great grief makes sacred those upon whom its hand is laid. Joy may elevate, ambition glorify, but sorrow alone can consecrate.
      - Horace Greeley

What an argument in favor of social connections is the observation that by communicating our grief we have less, and by communicating our pleasure we have more.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

'Tis long ere time can mitigate your grief;
  To wisdom fly, she quickly brings relief.
      - Hugo Grotius

Grief is a stone that bears one down but two bear it lightly.
      - Wilhelm Hauff

The truth is, we pamper little griefs into great ones, and bear great ones as well as we can.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

O the things unseen, untold, undreamt of, which like shadows pass hourly over that mysterious world, a mind to ruin struck by grief!
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans

Oh! call my brother back to me!
  I cannot play alone;
    The summer comes with flower and bee--
      Where is my brother gone?
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans

Even his griefs are a joy, long after, to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Grief tears his heart, and drives him to and fro,
  In all the raging impotence of woe.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXII, l. 526), (Pope's translation)

What impropriety or limit can there be in our grief for a man so beloved?
  [Lat., Quis desiderio sit pudor aut modus
    Tam cari capitis?]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 24, 1)

On me, on me
  Time and change can heap no more!
    The painful past with blighting grief
      Hath left my heart a withered leaf.
        Time and change can do no more.
      - Richard Hengist (Henry) Horne, Dirge

Grief has its time.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Grief is a species of idleness.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The business of life summons us away from useless grief, and calls us to the exercise of those virtues of which we are lamenting our deprivation.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Woman's grief is like a summer's shower--short as it is violent.
      - Joseph Joubert

Let me moderate our sorrows. The grief of a man should not exceed proper bounds, but be in proportion to the blow he has received.
  [Lat., Ponamus nimios gemitus: flagrantior aequo
    Non debet dolor esse viri, nec vulnere major.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 11)

Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Grief is a tattered tent
  Where through God's light doth shine.
      - Lucy Larcom

The only cure for grief is action.
      - George Henry Lewes,
        The Spanish Drama--Life of Lope De Vega
         (ch. II)

A little bitter mingled in our cup leaves no relish of the sweet.
      - John Locke (1)

Well has it been said that there is no grief like the grief which does not speak.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Oh, well has it been said, that there is no grief like the grief which does not speak!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. II, ch. II)

Grief, which disposes gentle natures to retirement, to inaction, and to meditation, only makes restless spirits more restless.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay


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