Quotations About / On: GRIEF

  • 1.
    Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi: and a Voyage Thither, ch. 63 (1849).)
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    Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 63, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).)
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    The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company.
    (Seneca (c. 5-65), Roman writer, philosopher, statesman. Epistulae ad Lucilium, epistle 99.)
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    I grieve that grief can teach me nothing, nor carry me one step into real nature.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Experience," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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    Both the ancestry and posterity of Grief go further than the ancestry and posterity of Joy.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 106, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988). Thought by Captain Ahab.)
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  • 6.
    Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 2, l. 28-9. Pretending he has a toothache in order to avoid confessing he is in love; "grief" means pain or anguish.)
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    Honest plain words best pierce the ear of grief.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Berowne, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 5, sc. 2, l. 753. News of the death of the Princess's father reduces the courtiers to plain-speaking.)
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  • 8.
    Mine eyes are full of tears, my heart of grief.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in Henry VI, Part 2, act 2, sc. 3, l. 17. On the banishment of his wife.)
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  • 9.
    Like love, grief fades in and out.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 10.
    Paris: a city of pleasures and amusements where four-fifths of the people die of grief.
    (Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 496 (1796, trans. 1926).)