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).)
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.)