Quotations About / On: SORROW

  • 31.
    When you depart from me, sorrow abides, and happiness takes his leave.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 101-2. Expressing his pleasure in welcoming guests.)
  • 32.
    The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself.
    (Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).)
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  • 33.
    Sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest knows nothing.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Journals, vol. 8, entry for Jan. 30, 1842 (1909-1914).)
  • 34.
    The cruelty of death lies in the fact that it brings the real sorrow of the end, but not the end. The greatest cruelty of death: an apparent end causes a real sorrow. Our salvation is death, but not this one.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Fourth Notebook, February 25, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 35.
    The lives of happy people are dense with their own doings—crowded, active, thick.... But the sorrowing are nomads, on a plain with few landmarks and no boundaries; sorrow's horizons are vague and its demands are few.
    (Larry McMurtry (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, novelist, essayist. Some Can Whistle, pt. 4, ch. 9 (1989).)
  • 36.
    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.)
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  • 37.
    The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 78 (1956).)
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  • 38.
    Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic—if it is pulled out I shall die.
    (Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. The Diary of Soren Keirkegaard, pt. 1, no. 26, 1847 entry, ed. Peter Rohde (1960).)
  • 39.
    Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations—wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.
    (Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Thoughts and Details on Scarcity, vol. 5, Works (Nov. 1795).)
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  • 40.
    Ah done been in sorrow's kitchen and Ah done licked out all de pots. Ah done died in grief and been buried in de bitter waters, and Ah done rose agin from de dead lak Lazarus.
    (Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Lucy, in Jonah's Gourd Vine, ch. 2, J.B. Lippincott (1934).)
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