Quotations About / On:
Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Oratore, III, 100.)
Alack-o-day, replied the corporal ... your honour knows I have neither wife or childI can have no sorrows in this world.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1761), vol. 4, ch. 4, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).)
I am persuaded ... that both man and woman bear pain or sorrow, (and, for aught I know, pleasure too) best in a horizontal position.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1761), vol. 3, ch. 29, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).)
Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us.
(Freya Stark (1893-1993), British travel writer. Perseus in the Wind, ch. 16 (1948).)
For now indeed is the race of iron; and men never cease from labour and sorrow by day and from perishing by night.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 176-178.)
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).)
Prostitutes have very improperly been styled women of pleasure; they are women of pain, or sorrow, of grief, of bitter and continual repentance, without a hope of obtaining a pardon.
(Anonymous, U.S. women's magazine contributor. Weekly Visitor or Ladies Miscellany, p. 85 (January 1804).)
Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.
(David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. "Of Tragedy," part I, essay XXII, p. 222, Essays Moral, Political, and Literary, ed. Eugene F. Miller, revised edition, Indianapolis, Liberty Fund, Inc. (1987).)
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.)
But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself, and furnishes laughter for his enemies.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 645.)