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

More tears are shed in playhouses than in churches.
      - Thomas Guthrie (1)

Never a tears bedims the eye
  That time and patience will not dry.
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        Lost Galleon

Every tear of sorrow sown by the righteous springs up a pearl.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry

Our present tears here, not our present laughter
  Are but the handsells of our joys hereafter.
      - Robert Herrick

Tears are the noble language of the eye.
      - Robert Herrick

Upon her cheeks she wept, and from those showers
  Sprang up a sweet nativity of flowers.
      - Robert Herrick

Hide not thy tears; weep boldly, and be proud to give the flowing virtue manly way; it is nature's mark to know an honest heart by.
      - Aaron Hill

Shame on those breasts of stone that cannot melt in soft adoption of another's sorrow.
      - Aaron Hill

Easy-crying widows take new husbands soonest; there is nothing like wet weather for transplanting.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Tears, except as n private demonstration, are an ill-disguised expression of self-consciousness and vanity, which is inadmissible !n good society.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Accept these grateful tears! for thee thy flow,
  For thee, that ever felt another's woe!
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XIX, l. 319), (Pope's translation)

Oh! would I were dead now,
  Or up in my bed now,
    To cover my head now
      And have a good cry!
      - Thomas Hood, A Table of Errata

My tears must stop, for every drop
  Hinders needle and thread.
      - Thomas Hood, Song of the Shirt

If you wish me to weep, you yourself must first feel grief.
  [Lat., Si vis me flere, dolendum est
    Primum ipsi tibi.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (V, 102)

Hence these tears.
  [Lat., Hinc illae lacrymae.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 19, 41)

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
      - Washington Irving

If the man who turnips cries,
  Cry not when his father dies,
    'Tis a proof that he had rather
      Have a turnip than his father.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        ridiculing Lope de Vega's lines "Se acquien los leones vence", etc.

Tears are often to be found where there is little sorrow, and the deepest sorrow without any tears.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

On parent knees, a naked new-born child
  Weeping thou sat'st while all around thee smiled;
    So live, that sinking in thy last long sleep
      Calm thou may'st smile, while all around thee weep.
      - Sir William Jones,
        taken from "Enchanted Fruit--Six Hymns to Hindu Deities"

Nature confesses that she has bestowed on the human race hearts of softest mould, in that she has given us tears.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

E'en like the passage of an angel's tear
  That falls through the clear ether silently.
      - John Keats (1),
        To One Who Has Been Long in City Pent

After his blood, that which a man can next give out of himself is a tear.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Down she bent her head upon an arm so white that tears seemed but the natural melting of its snow, touched by the flushed cheek's crimson.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Tears, O Aspasia, do not dwell long upon the cheeks of youth. Rain drops easily from the bud, rests on the bosom of the maturer flower, and breaks down that one which hath lived its day.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Down her cheeks flow'd the round drops:
  And as we see the sun shine thro' a show'r,
    So look'd her beauteous eyes,
      Casting forth light and tears together.
      - George Lansdowne

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