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 consolationswine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.
(Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Thoughts and Details on Scarcity, vol. 5, Works (Nov. 1795).)
Unfortunately, it is much easier to shut one's eyes to good than to evil. Pain and sorrow knock at our doors more loudly than pleasure and happiness; and the prints of their heavy footsteps are less easily effaced.
(Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #247, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
How many young hearts have revealed the fact that what they had been trained to imagine the highest earthly felicity was but the beginning of care, disappointment, and sorrow, and often led to the extremity of mental and physical suffering.
(Catherine E. Beecher (1800-1878), U.S. educator, writer. "Statistics of Female Health," Woman Suffrage and Women's Professions (1871).)
Sorrow has the fortunate peculiarity that it preys upon itself. It dies of starvation. Since it is essentially an interruption of habits, it can be replaced by new habits. Constituting, as it does, a void, it is soon filled up by a real "horror vacui."
(J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Son of a Servant, vol. 1, p. 99 (1886, trans. 1913).)