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Quotations About / On: SORROW

  • 41.
    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).)
  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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).)
  • 44.
    Only when human sorrows are turned into a toy with glaring colors will baby people become interested—for a while at least. The people are a very fickle baby that must have new toys every day.
    (Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "The Traffic in Women," Anarchism and Other Essays (1910).)
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  • 45.
    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).)
  • 46.
    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).)
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  • 47.
    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).)
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  • 48.
    ... the precipitate of sorrow is happiness, the precipitate of struggle is success. Life means opportunity, and the thing men call death is the last wonderful, beautiful adventure.
    (Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). On having overcome poverty, loneliness, and inexperience to succeed in business.)
  • 49.
    In a restaurant one is both observed and unobserved. Joy and sorrow can be displayed and observed "unwittingly," the writer scowling naively and the diners wondering, What the hell is he doing?
    (David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. "Some Thoughts on Writing in Restaurants," Writing in Restaurants (1986).)
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  • 50.
    There is a strange charm in the thoughts of a good legacy, or the hopes of an estate, which wondrously removes or at least alleviates the sorrow that men would otherwise feel for the death of friends.
    (Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Don Quixote, pt. 2, bk. 6, ch. 41, trans. by P. Motteux (1615).)
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