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

We often shed tears which deceive ourselves after having deceived others.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

By heavens, my love, thou dost distract my soul!
  There's not a tear that falls from those dear eyes,
    But makes my heart weep blood.
      - Nathaniel Lee

I could perceive with joy, a silent show'r
  Run down his silver beard.
      - Nathaniel Lee

I found her on the floor
  In all the storm of grief; yet beautiful!
    Sighing such a breath of sorrow, that her lips,
      Which late appear'd like buds, were now o'er-blown!
        Pouring forth tears, at such a lavish rate,
          That were the world on fire, they might have drown'd
            The wrath of heaven, and quench'd the mighty ruin.
      - Nathaniel Lee

I weep, 'tis true; but Machiavel, I swear
  They're tears of vengeance; drops of liquid fire!
    So marble weeps, when flames surround the quarry,
      And the pil'd oaks spout forth such scalding bubbles,
        Before the general blaze.
      - Nathaniel Lee

I would hardly change the sorrowful words of the poets for their glad ones. Tears dampen the strings of the lyre, but they grow the tensor for it, and ring even the clearer and more ravishingly.
      - James Russell Lowell

All kin' o' smily round the lips
  An' teary roun' the lashes.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (second series, The Courtin', st. 21)

Tell me, ye winged winds
  That round my pathway roar,
    Know ye not some spot
      Where mortals weep no more?
      - Charles Mackay,
        Tell Me Ye Winged Winds--The Inquiry

Heaven and God are best discerned through tears; scarcely perhaps are discerned at all without them. The constant association of prayer with the hour of bereavement and the scenes of death suffice to show this.
      - James Martineau

All the rarest hues of human life take radiance and are rainbowed out in tears.
      - Gerald Massey

Tears such as angels weep?
      - John Milton

Without the meed of some melodious tear.
      - John Milton, Lycidas (l. 14)

Thrice he assay'd, and, thrice in spite of scorn,
  Tears, such as angels weep, burst forth.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 619)

The glorious Angel, who was keeping
  The gates of Light, beheld her weeping;
    And, as he nearer drew and listen'd
      To her said song, a tear-drop glisten'd
        Within his eyelids, like the spray
          From Eden's fountain, where it lies
            On the blue flow'r, which--Bramins say--
              Blooms nowhere but in Paradise.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--Paradise and the Peri

O dear, dear Jeanie Morrison,
  The thochts o' bygane years
    Still fling their shadows ower my path,
      And blind my een wi' tears.
      - William Motherwell, Jeanie Morrison

Peter deny'd
  His Lord and cry'd.
      - New England Primer

If you go over desert and mountain,
  Far into the country of Sorrow,
    To-day and to-night and to-morrow,
      And maybe for months and for years;
        You shall come with a heart that is bursting
          For trouble and toiling and thirsting,
            You shall certainly come to the fountain
              At length,--to the Fountain of Tears.
      - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy,
        The Fountain of Tears

Tears are sometimes as weighty as words.
  [Lat., Interdum lacrymae pondera vocis habent.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (III, 1, 158)

Truly it is allowed us to weep: by weeping we disperse our wrath; and tears go through the heart, even like a stream.
  [Lat., Flere licet certe: flendo diffundimus iram:
    Perque sinum lacrimae, fluminis instar enim.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heroides
         (8, 61)

It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears.
  [Lat., Est quaedam flete voluptas;
    Expletur lacyrmis egeriturque dolor.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (IV, 3, 37)

Tears may soothe the wounds they cannot heal.
      - Thomas Paine

I can approve of those only who seek in tears for happiness.
      - Blaise Pascal

Behold who ever wept, and in his tears
  Was happier far than others in their smiles.
      - Francesco Petrarch,
        The Triumph of Eternity! (l. 95),
        (Charlemont)

The graceful tear that streams for others' Man is the weeping animal born to govern all the rest.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

Sweet tears! the awful language, eloquent
  Of infinite affection; far too big
    For words.
      - Robert Pollok, Course of Time
         (bk. V, l. 633)


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