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When sorrow sleepeth, wake it not,
  But let it slumber on.
      - Mary A. Stodart, Song

Tell me what is sorrow? It is a garden-bed.
  And what is joy? It is a little rose,
    Which in that garden grows.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard

Any mind that is capable of a real sorrow is capable of good.
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

If grief is to be mitigated, it must either wear itself out or be shared.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

It would seem that by our sorrows only we are called to a knowledge of the Infinite. Are we happy? The limits of life constrain us on all sides.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Real sorrow is almost as difficult to discover as real poverty. An instinctive delicacy hides the rays of the one and the wounds of the other.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

When fresh sorrows have caused us to take some steps in the right way, we may not complain. We have invested in a life annuity, but the income remains.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Time, thy name is sorrow, says the stricken
  Heart of life, laid waste with wasting flame
    Ere the change of things and thoughts requicken,
      Time, thy name.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne, Time and Life
         (st. 1)

What shall be done for sorrow
  With love whose race is run?
    Where help is none to borrow,
      What shall be done?
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne, Wasted Love

Joy was a flame in me
  Too steady to destroy.
    Lithe as a bending reed,
      Loving the storm that sways her--
        I found more joy in sorrow
          Than you could find in joy.
      - Sara Teasdale (Mrs. E.B. Filsinger),
        The Answer

Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.
      - Sir William Temple

O sorrow, wilt thou rule my blood,
  Be sometimes lovely, like a bride,
    And put thy harsher moods aside,
      If thou wilt have me wise and good.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (pt. LVIII)

That a sorrow's crown or sorrow is remember happier things.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
         (st. 38)

Smit with exceeding sorrow unto Death.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Lover's Tale
         (l. 597)

There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Affliction is a mother,
  Whose painful throes yield many sons,
    Each fairer than the other.
      - Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist")

When I was young, I said to Sorrow,
  "Come and I will play with thee!"
    He is near me now all day,
      And at night returns to say,
        "I will come again to-morrow--
          I will come and stay with thee."
      - Aubrey Thomas de Vere,
        Song--When I was Young I said to Sorrow

There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm.
      - John H. Vincent

Past sorrows, let us moderately lament them;
  For those to come, seek wisely to prevent them.
      - John Webster, Duchess of Malfi
         (act III, sc. 2)

Sorrow is held the eldest child of sin.
      - John Webster, Duchess of Malfi
         (act V, sc. 5)

Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        De Profundis

'T is the work of many a dark hour, many a prayer, to bring the heart back from an infant gone.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

Hang sorrow, care will kill a cat,
  And therefore let's be again.
      - George Wither (Whyther or Withers),

So joys remembered without wish or will
  Sharpen the keenest edge of present ill.
      - William Wordsworth, Sonnet on Captivity
         (VI, 172)

Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
  That has been and may be again.
      - William Wordsworth, The Solitary Reaper

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