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[ Also see Adversity Affliction Consolation Despair Disappointment Grief Joy Melancholy Misery Mourning Pain Regret Remorse Repentance Sadness Sighs Suffering Sympathy Tears Trials Trouble Unhappiness Woe ]

The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur, and the loftiest of our race are those who have had the profoundest sympathies, because they have had the profoundest sorrows.
      - Henry Giles

In the bitter waves of woe,
  Beaten and tossed about
    By the sullen winds which blow
      From the desolate shores of doubt.
      - Washington Gladden, Ultima Veritas

Rash combat oft immortalizes man; if he should fall, he is renowned in song; but after-ages reckon not the ceaseless tears which the forsaken woman sheds. Poets tell us not of the many nights consumed in weeping, or of the dreary days wherein her anguished soul vainly yearns to call her loved one back.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved.
  [Ger., Ach! aus dem Gluck entwickelt oft sich Schmerz.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Dei Naturliche Tochter (II, 3, 17)

Rash combat oft immortalizes man.
  If he should fall, he is renowned in song.
    [Ger., Der rasche Kampf verewigt einen Mann,
      Er falle gleich, so preiset ihn das Lied.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (V, 6, 43)

Who never ate his bread in sorrow,
  Who never spent the darksome hours
    Weeping, and watching for the morrow,--
      He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers.
        [Ger., Wer nie sein Brod mit Thranen ass,
          Wer nicht die kummervollen Nachte
            Auf seinem Bette weinend sass,
              Der kennt euch nicht, ihr himmlischen Machte.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Wilhelm Meister (bk. II, ch. XIII)

Great sorrows have no leisure to complain:
  Least ills vent forth, great griefs within remain.
      - William Goffe (Gough)

Here let me sit in sorrow for mankind.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Since sorrow never comes too late
  And happiness too swiftly flies.
      - Thomas Gray,
        Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

Ah, if you knew what peace there is in an accepted sorrow!
      - Madame Guyon

Sorrows, because they are lingering guests, I will entertain but moderately, knowing that the more they are made of, the longer they will continue; and for pleasures, because they stay not, and do but call to drink at my door, I will use them as passengers with slight respect. He is his own best friend that makes least of both of them.
      - Joseph Hall

I walked a mile with Pleasure,
  She chattered all the way;
    But left me none the wiser,
      For all she had to say.
        I walked a mile with Sorrow
          And ne'er a word said she;
            But, oh, the things I learned from her
              When Sorrow walked with me!
      - Robert Browning Hamilton, Along the Road

Sorrow turns the stars into mourners, and every wind of heaven into a dirge.
      - Patrick Hannay

From the very summit of his sorrows, where he had gone to die, Moses, for the first time in his life, caught a view of the land of Canaan. He did not know, as he went over the rocks, torn and weary, how lovely the prospect was from the top. In this world, it frequently happens that when man has reached the place of anguish, God rolls away the mist from his eyes, and the very spot selected as the receptacle of his tears, becomes the place of his highest rapture.
      - Joel Tyler Headley

Sorrow is sin's echo, and as the echo answers the voice best where there are broken walls and ruined buildings to return it, so is sorrow when reverberated by a broken ruined heart.
      - Philip Henry

Be of comfort, and your heavy sorrow
  Part equally among us; storms divided,
    Abate their force, and with less rage are guided.
      - John Heywood

Vital is the relation between earthly sorrow and eternal satisfaction. The travail to which God's saints are subjected results in the birth of nobler natures and more sanctified spirits. Pain always promotes progress, and suffering invariably ensures success.
      - John McClellan Holmes

A happier lot were mine,
  If I must lose thee, to go down to earth,
    For I shall have no hope when thou art gone,--
      Nothing but sorrow. Father have I none,
        And no dear mother.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VI, l. 530), (Bryant's translation)

Sinks my sad soul with sorrow to the grave.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXII, l. 543), (Pope's translation)

The sorrowful dislike the gay, and the gay the sorrowful.
  [Lat., Oderunt hilarem tristes tristemque jocosi.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 18, 89)

Even by means of our sorrows we belong to the eternal plan.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

The sorrow which calls for help and comfort is not the greatest, nor does it come from the depths of the heart.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

Part of our good consists in the endeavor to do sorrows away, and in the power to sustain them when the endeavor fails,--to bear them nobly, and thus help others to bear them as well.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Sorrows humanize our race;
  Tears are the showers that fertilize this world.
      - Jean Ingelow

When sparrows build and the leaves break forth
  My old sorrow wakes and cries.
      - Jean Ingelow, Song of Old Love

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