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Religion prescribes to every miserable man the means of bettering his condition; nay, it shows him that the bearing of his afflictions as he ought to do, will naturally end in the removal of them.
      - Joseph Addison

Sorrow itself is not so hard to bear as the thought of sorrow coming. Airy ghosts that work no harm do terrify us more than men in steel with woody purpose.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Thou canst not tell how rich a dowry sorrow gives the soul, how firm a faith and eagle sight of God.
      - Henry Alford

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
      - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Oh, that was a good time, when I was unhappy.
  [Fr., Oh c'etait le bon temps, j'etais bien malheureuse.]
      - credited to Sophie Arnould,
        quoted as hers by Rulhiere "Epitre a Monsieur de Cha--"

Nothing comes to us too soon but sorrow.
      - Philip James Bailey

Sorrow is a stone that crushes a single bearer to the ground, while two are able to carry it with ease.
      - Philip James Bailey

The best enjoyment is half disappointment to what we mean, or would have, in this world.
      - Philip James Bailey

Ah, nothing comes to us too soon but sorrow.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus (sc. Home)

Night brings out stars as sorrow shows us truths.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Water and Wood--Midnight)

Genuine sorrows are very tranquil in appearance in the deep bed they have dug for themselves. But, seeming to slumber, they corrode the soul like that frightful acid which penetrates crystal.
      - Honore de Balzac

Sorrow is Mount Sinai. If one will, one may go up and talk with God, face to face.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Sorrow makes men sincere.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Sorrows, as storms, bring down the clouds close to the earth; sorrows bring heaven down close; and they are instruments of cleansing and purifying.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

There are sorrows that are not painful, but are of the nature of some acids, and give piquancy and flavor to life.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. V, v. 4)

The dark in soul see in the universe their own shadow; the shattered spirit can only reflect external beauty in form as untrue and broken as itself.
      - Thomas Binney

In every adversity of fortune, to have been happy is the most unhappy kind of misfortune.
  [Lat., In omni adversitate fortunae, infelicissimum genus est infortunii fuisse felicem.]
      - Boethius, De Consolatione Philosophioe
         (bk. II, pt. IV)

There is enjoyment even in sadness; and the same souvenirs which have produced long regrets may also soften them.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

We may learn from children how large a part of our grievances is imaginary. But the pain is just as real.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Earth may embitter, not remove,
  The love divinely given;
    And e'en that mortal grief shall prove
      The immortality of love,
        And lead us nearer heaven.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sorrow, the heart must bear,
  Sits in the home of each, conspicuous there.
    Many a circumstance, at least,
      Touches the very breast.
        For those
          Whom any sent away,--he knows:
            And in the live man's stead,
              Armor and ashes reach
                The house of each.
      - Robert Browning

When some one sorrow, that is yet reparable, gets hold of your mind like a monomania,--when you think, because Heaven has denied you this or that, on which you had set your heart, that all your life must be a blank,--oh, then diet yourself well on biography,--the biography of good and great men. See how little a space one sorrow really makes in life. See scarce a page, perhaps, given to some grief similar to your own, and how triumphantly the life sails on beyond it.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

In extent sorrow is boundless,--it pours from ten million sources, and floods the world; but its depth is small,--it drowns few.
      - Charles Buxton

And o'er that fair broad brow were wrought
  The intersected lines of thought;
    Those furrows, which the burning share
      Of sorrow ploughs untimely there:
        Scars of the lacerating mind,
          Which the soul's war doth leave behind.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

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