There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 5, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984).
Spoken by the man with a weed.)
Interpretation is the evidence of growth and knowledge, the latter through sorrow that great teacher.
(Eleonora Duse (1858-1924), Italian actor. As quoted in Actors on Acting, rev. ed., part 11, by Toby Cole and Helen Krich (1970).
The great stage actor had an omnipresent aura of sadness and was reticent and retiring.)