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The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.
      - Washington Irving

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal, every other affliction to forget; but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open, this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.
      - Washington Irving

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
      - Washington Irving

Social sorrow loses half its pain.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Sorrow is properly that state of the mind in which our desires are fixed upon the past without looking forward to the future.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Sorrow is the mere rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse and brighten it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow; but there is something in it so like virtue that he who is wholly without it cannot be loved, nor will by me, at least, be thought worthy of esteem.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To grieve for evils is often wrong; but it is much more wrong to grieve without them. All sorrow that lasts longer than its cause is morbid, and should be shaken off as an attack of melancholy, as the forerunner of a greater evil than poverty or pain.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Hang sorrow, care 'll kill a cat.
      - Ben Jonson, Every Man is his Humour
         (act I, sc. 3)

O, sorrow!
  Why dost borrow
    Heart's lightness from the merriment of May?
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. IV)

To Sorrow
  I bade good-morrow,
    And though to leave her far away behind;
      But cheerly, cheerly,
        She loves me dearly:
          She is so constant to me, and so kind.
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. IV)

How beautiful, if sorrow had not made
  Sorrow more beautiful than Beauty's self.
      - John Keats (1), Hyperion (bk. I, l. 36)

Thou makest the man, O Sorrow!--yes, the whole man,--as the crucible gold.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

We fancy that our afflictions are sent us directly from above; sometimes we think it in piety and contrition, but oftener in moroseness and discontent.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Every heart has its secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The first pressure of sorrow crushes out from our hearts the best wine; afterwards the constant weight of it brings forth bitterness,--the taste and stain from the lees of the vat.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As the Christian's sorrows multiply, his patience grows, until, with sweet, unruffled quiet, he can confront the ills of life, and, though inwardly wincing, can calmly pursue his way to the restful grave, while his old, harsh voice is softly cadenced into sweetest melody, like the faint notes of an angel's whispered song. As patience deepens, charity and sympathy increase.
      - George Horace Lorimer

Sorrow, the great idealizer.
      - James Russell Lowell

Joy cannot unfold the deepest truths. Cometh white-robed Sorrow, stooping and wan, and flingeth wide the door she must not enter.
      - George MacDonald

What signifies sadness, sir; a man grows lean on it.
      - Henry Mackenzie ("Man of Feeling" or "Addison of the North")

Our days and nights
  Have sorrows woven with delights.
      - Francois de Malherbe,
        To Cardinal Richelieu,
        (Longfellow's translation)

Day-thoughts feed nightly dreams;
  And sorrow tracketh wrong,
    As echo follows song.
      - Harriet Martineau, Hymn

Sorrow is not evil, since it stimulates and purifies.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

A grace within his soul hath reigned
  Which nothing else can bring;
    Thank God for all that I have gained
      By that high sorrowing.
      - Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

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