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Sorrow is knowledge; they who know thee most must mourn the deepest over the fatal truth; the tree of knowledge is not that of life.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Sorrow preys upon
  Its solitude, and nothing more diverts it
    From its sad visions of the other world
      Than calling it at moments back to this.
        The busy have no time for tears.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Two Foscari (act IV, sc. 1)

Ah, don't be sorrowful darling,
  And don't be sorrowful, pray:
    Taking the year together, my dear,
      There isn't more night than day.
      - Alice Cary, Don't be Sorrowful, Darling

Whatever, below God, is the object of our love, will, at some time or other, be the matter of our sorrow.
      - Richard Cecil

All sorrows are bearable, if there is bread.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

It is the veiled angel of sorrow who plucks away one thing and another that bound us here in ease and security, and, in the vanishing of these dear objects, indicates the true home of our affections and our peace.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

It is those who make the least display of their sorrow who mourn the deepest.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have put on their coronation robes glittering with fire, and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gates of heaven.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

It is with sorrows, as with countries, each man has his own.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

For of Fortune's sharpe adversite,
  The worste kynde of infortune is this,
    A man to hav bent in prosperite,
      And it remembren whan it passed is.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
         (bk. III, l. 1625)

In the voice of mirth there may be excitement, but in the tones of mourning there is consolation.
      - Willis Gaylord Clark

Till sorrow seemed to wear one common face.
      - William Congreve

Men die, but sorrow never dies;
  The crowding years divide in vain,
    And the wide world is knit with ties
      Of common brotherhood in pain.
      - Susan Coolidge (pseudonym of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey),
        The Cradle Tomb in Westminster Abbey

The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
  Leads to the lands where sorrow is unknown.
      - William Cowper,
        To an Afflicted Protestant Lady

There is no greater sorrow
  Than to be mindful of the happy time
    In misery.
      [It., Nessun maggior dolore
        Che ricordarsi del tempo felice
          Nella miseria.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Inferno
         (V, 121), (Longfellow's translation)

As we retain but a faint remembrance of our felicity, it is but fair that the smartest stroke of sorrow should, if bitter, at least be brief.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Great sorrows cannot speak.
      - Dr. John Donne

My sorrows are overwhelming, but my virtue is left to me.
  [Fr., Mes malheurs sont combles, mais ma vertu me reste.]
      - Jean Francois Ducis, Hamlet (last lines)

Many an inherited sorrow that has marred a life has been breathed into no human ear.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

To the old, sorrow is sorrow; to the young, it is despair.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Sorrow treads heavily, and leaves behind
  A deep impression, e'en when she departs:
    While joy trips by with steps light as the wind,
      And scarcely leaves a trace upon our hearts
        Of her faint foot-falls: only this is sure,
          In this world nought, save misery, can endure.
      - Emma Catherine Embury

When the cold breath of sorrow is sweeping
  O'er the chords of the youthful heart,
    And the earnest eye, dimm'd with strange weeping,
      Sees the visions of fancy depart;
        When the bloom of young feeling is dying,
          And the heart throbs with passion's fierce strife,
            When our sad days are wasted in sighing,
              Who then can find sweetness in life?
      - Emma Catherine Embury

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. To a man laboring under calamity the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it. Then there is a kind of contempt of the landscape felt by him who has just lost by death a dear friend. The sky is less grand as it shuts down over less worth in the population.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We pick our own sorrows out of the joys of other men, and from their sorrows likewise we derive our joys.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Every Calvary has an Olivet. To every place of crucifixion there is likewise a place of ascension. The sun that was shrouded is unveiled, and heaven opens with hopes eternal to the soul which was nigh unto despair.
      - Henry Giles

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