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Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow,
As seek to quench the fire of love with words.
-Shakspere. Two Gentlemen of Verona
(Julia), Act II., Sc. VII.

A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the mother of ages.



To wake, to weep, to entertain
A thousand fruitless fears;

To suffer worlds and worlds of pain
While smiling through our tears;
To pass through scenes of storm and strife
And dread the coming dawn;
This cannot be the sum of life,
Somewhere, the soul lives on.

-J. C. H.

Grief should be the instructor of the wise; Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth, The Tree of Knowledge is not that of life. -Byron. Manfred, Act I., Sc. I.

Let sorrow lend me words, and words express The manner of my pity-wanting pain -Shakspere. Sonnet, CXL.

For 'tis some ease our sorrows to reveal,
If they to whom we shall impart our woes,
Seem but to feel a part of what we feel,

And meet us with a sigh but at the close.
-S. Daniel. The Tragedy of Cleopatra
(Seleucus), Act IV., Sc. I.

The desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow.
-Shelley. To

There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless


-Dr. Johnson. Letter to Mrs. Thrale, 12th April, 1781.


Cast away care; he that loves sorrow Lengthens not day, nor can buy to-morrow; Money is trash; and he that will spend it, Let him drink merrily, Fortune will send it. -Ford and Dekker. The Sun's Darling.

One can never be the judge of another's grief. That which is a sorrow to one, to another is joy. Let us not dispute with any one concerning the reality of his sufferings; it is with sorrows as with countries,-each man has his own.


The longest sorrow finds at last relief. -W. Rowley. A Woman Never Vexed (Wife), Act IV., Sc. I.

Sorrow and joy, in love, alternate reign; Sweet is the bliss, distracting is the pain. -Edmund Smith. Phædra and Hippolitus (Theseus), Act. III.

Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.

-Longfellow. Evangeline, Part the Second, I

Sorrow breaks seasons, and reposing hours, Makes the night morning, and the noontide night.

Princes have but their titles for their glories,
An outward honor for an inward toil;
And for unfelt imaginations,

They often feel a world of restless cares :
So that, between their titles, and low name,
There's nothing differs but the outward fame.
-Shakspere. Richard III. (Brackenbury),
Act I., Sc. IV.

Sorrow conceal'd, like an oven stopp'd,
Doth burn the heart to cinders.
-Shakspere. Titus Andronicus (Marcus),
Act II., Sc. V.

Past sorrows, let us moderately lament them; For those to come, seek wisely to prevent them. -John Webster. The Duchess of Malfi (Duchess), Act. III., Sc. II.

In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. -Ecclesiastes, Ch. I., ver. 18.

Gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite
The man that mocks at it and sets it light.
-Shakspere. Richard II. (Gaunt), Act I.,
Sc. III.

To show an unfelt sorrow, is an office
Which the false man does easy.

-Shakspere. Macbeth (Malcolm), Act. II.,
Sc. III.

This is truth the poet * sings, That a sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things.

-Tennyson. Locksley Hall.

Bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. -Genesis, Ch. XLII., ver. 38.

Love nursed among pleasures is faithless as they, But the love born of sorrow, like sorrow is true!

-T. Moore. Irish Melodies, In the Morning of Life.

(I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
For) grief is proud, and makes his own stout.
-Shakspere. King John (Constance), Act
III., Sc. I.

Grief makes one hour ten.

-Shakspere. Richard II. (Bolingbroke),

Act I., Sc. III.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have put on their coronation robes glittering with fire, and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gates of heaven.


*Dante. Inferno, Can. V., line 121.

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