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Losers must have leave to speak.
      - Colley Cibber, The Rival Fools
         (act I, l. 17)

By an image we hold on to our lost treasures, but it is the wrenching loss that forms the image, composes, binds the bouquet.
      - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Our wasted oil unprofitably burns,
  Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns.
      - William Cowper, Conversation (l. 357),
        referring to story told by Pancirollus of lamp burned in the tomb of Tullia

For 'tis a truth well known to most,
  That whatsoever thing is lost,
    We seek it, ere it comes to light,
      In every cranny but the right.
      - William Cowper, The Retired Cat (l. 95)

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.
      - Hubert H. Humphrey

What's saved affords
  No indication of what's lost.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        The Scroll

A son could bear with great complacency, the death of his father, while the loss of his inheritance might drive him to despair.
  [Lat., Gli huomini dimenticano piu teste la morte del padre, che la perdita del patrimonie.]
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli),
        Del. Prin. (ch. XVII)

Things that are not at all, are never lost.
      - Christopher Marlowe,
        Hero and Leander--First Sestiad (l. 276)

A wise man loses nothing, if he but save himself.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Essays--Of Solitude

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost;
  When health is lost, something is lost;
    When character is lost, all is lost!
      - Motto,
        over the walls of a school in Germany

That puts it not unto the touch
  To win or lose it all.
      - Sir William Francis Patrick Napier,
        Montrose and the Covenanters--Montrose's Poems
         (no. 1, vol. II, p. 566),
        version of part of work by Marquis of Montrose

What you lend is lost; when you ask for it back, you may find a friend made an enemy by your kindness. If you begin to press him further, you have the choice of two things--either to lose your loan or lose your friend.
  [Lat., Si quis mutuum quid dederit, sit pro proprio perditum;
    Cum repetas, inimicum amicum beneficio invenis tuo.
      Si mage exigere cupias, duarum rerum exoritur optio;
        Vel illud, quod credideris perdas, vel illum amicum, amiseris.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (IV, 3, 43)

What has been lost is safe.
  [Lat., Quae amissa, salva.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Like the dew on the mountain,
  Like the foam on the river,
    Like the bubble on the fountain,
      Thou are gone, and for ever!
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto III, st. 16)

We have lost morals, justice, honor, piety and faith, and that sense of shame which, once lost, can never be restored.
  [Lat., Periere mores, jus, decus, pietas, fides,
    Et qui redire nescit, cum perit, pudor.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Agamemnon

Wise men ne'er sit and wail their loss,
  But cheerly seek how to redress their harms.
      - William Shakespeare

Great lords, wise men ne'er sit and wail their loss
  But cheerly seek how to redress their harms.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Queen Margaret at V, iv)

The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Whatever you can lose, you should reckon of no account.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

But over all things brooding slept
  The quiet sense of something lost.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (pt. LXXVIII, st. 2)

That loss is common would not make
  My own less bitter, rather more:
    Too common! Never morning wore
      To evening, but some heart did break.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, On Memoriam
         (pt. VI, st. 2)

No man can lose what he never had.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. V)

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