Quotations About / On:
I do not remember joy or sorrow in childhood, but listening for clues.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Two in distress ... make sorrow less.
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Neary, in Murphy, p. 52, Grove Press (1959).)
Joy goes as deep as sorrow, but leaves less of itself behind.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
The lyric deals with love and sorrow, the aphorism with contradiction and deceit.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Mme. de l'Estorade in a letter to Mme. De Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
Writing is a refuge from unhappiness, but has its own sorrows.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
(Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. the slave, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 4, ch. 14, trans. by P. Motteux (1605).)
Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause, does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 603.)
There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
(Edith Wharton (1862-1937), U.S. author. "A First Word," A Backward Glance (1934).)
That mortal man who hath more of joy than sorrow in him, that mortal man cannot be truenot true, or undeveloped.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 96, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).)