Quotations About / On:
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).)
No memories of felicity save with faint ruffle of sorrow
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator of "All Strange Away," in Rockaby and Other Short Pieces, p. 62, Grove Press (1981).)
Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion.
(Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Here Lies, "Sentiment," (1939).
For the original, see Wordsworth on poetry.)
Once more, adieu. The rest let sorrow say.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 1, l. 102.
Bidding farewell to his Queen as they are separated.)
Sorrow ends not when it seemeth done.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duchess of Gloucester, in Richard II, act 1, sc. 2, l. 61.
Lamenting her murdered husband.)
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).)
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.)