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[ Also see Consolation Crying Death Feeling Grief Laughter Mourning Pity Sadness Sensibility Sorrow Sympathy Weeping Woe ]

Fountains of tears.
  [Lat., Fons lacrymarum.]
      - Aeschylus, Agamemnon (861)

The graceful tear that streams for others' woes.
      - Mark Akenside

We weep when we are born,
  Not when we die!
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Metempsychosis

Dear Lord, though I be changed to senseless clay,
  And serve the Potter as he turn his wheel,
    I thank Thee for the gracious gift of tears!
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Two Moods

Of all the portions of life it is in the two twilights, childhood and age, that tears fall with the most frequency; like the dew at dawn and eve.
      - William R. Alger

Tears are the tribute of humanity to its destiny.
      - William R. Alger

Every tear is a verse, and every heart is a poem.
      - Marc Andre

A child of those tears.
  [Lat., Filius istarum lacrymarum.]
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo),
        Confessions (bk. III, 12)

Tears of joy, like summer raindrops, are pierced by sunbeams.
      - Hosea Ballou

The cloudy weather melts at length into beauty, and the brightest smiles of the heart are born of its tears.
      - Hosea Ballou

Astronomers have built telescopes which can show myriads of stars unseen before; but when a man looks through a tear in his own eye, that is a lens which opens reaches in the unknown, and reveals orbs which no telescope, however skilfully constructed, could do; nay, which brings to view even the throne of God, and pierces that nebulous distance where are those eternal verities in which true life consists.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The tears of penitents are the wine of angels.
      - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CXXVI, v. 5)

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XXX, v. 5)

The smile that illumines the features of beauty,
  When kindled by virtue, alluring appears;
    But smiles, tho' alluring, no magic can borrow,
      To vie with the softness of beauty in tears.
        The smiles that are sweetest are often deceiving;
          Too often a mask which the cold-hearted wears;
            But a tear is the holiest offspring of feeling,
              And monarchs are weak before beauty in tears.
      - Henry G. Bohn

Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed with them.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Thank God for grace,
  Ye who weep only! If, as some have done,
    Ye grope tear-blinded in a desert place
      And touch but tombs,--look up! Those tears will run
        Soon in long rivers down the lifted face,
          And leave the vision clear for stars and sun.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Tears

And friends, dear friends,--when it shall be
  That this low breath is gone from me,
    And gone my bier ye come to weep,
      Let One, most loving of you all,
        Say, "Not a tear must o'er her fall;
          He giveth His beloved sleep."
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Sleep
         (st. 9)

Sooner mayest thou trust thy pocket to a pickpocket than give loyal friendship to the man who boasts of eyes to the heart never mounts in dew! Only when man weeps he should be alone, not because tears are weak, but they should be secret. Tears are akin to prayer,--Pharisees parade prayers, imposters parade tears.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Hide thy tears,--I do not bid thee not to shed them,--it were easier to stop Euphrates at its source than one tear of a true and tender heart.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

I wish'd but for a single tear,
  As something welcome, new and dear,
    I wish'd it then, I wish it still,
      Despair is stronger than my will.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

May no marble bestow the splendor of woe,
  Which the children of vanity rear;
    No fiction of fame shall blazon my name,
      All I ask--all I wish--is a tear.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

When friendship or love our sympathies move,
  When truth in a glance should appear,
    The lips may beguile with a dimple or smile,
      But the test of affection's a tear.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Oh! too convincing--dangerously dear--
  In woman's eye the unanswerable tear!
    That weapon of her weakness she can wield,
      To save, subdue--at once her spear and shield.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Corsair (canto II, st. 15)

What gem hath dropp'd, and sparkles o'er his chain?
  The tear most sacred, shed for other's pain,
    That starts at once--bright pure--from Pity's mine,
      Already polish'd by the hand divine!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Corsair (canto II, st. 15)

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