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Sorrow is a profound experience of unhappiness, woe, or sadness.
- Ah, nothing comes to us too soon but sorrow.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene Home.
- Night brings out stars as sorrow shows us truths.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene Water and Wood. Midnight.
- For my errors loom over my head;
- Like a heavy burden, they are too much for me to bear.
- My wounds stink and fester
- Because of my foolishness.
- I am distressed and extremely downcast;
- I walk around sad all day long.
- Mes malheurs sont comblés, mais ma vertu me reste.
- My sorrows are overwhelming, but my virtue is left to me.
- Jean-François Ducis , Hamlet (1769), last lines.
- Sorrow is better than laughter;
when the face is sad, the heart grows wise.
- Ecclesiastes Chapter 7 Verse 3 (New American Bible, Revised Edition)
- I am destined to pass through this world, wandering like an invisible meteor. Precisely because I am superior, I will have to empty the entire cup of sorrow and distress with no joy to cheer me. But the harsh intoxication of drinking from the chalice of sorrow is a superb pleasure that only one who tears his soul to shreds by himself, with his own hands, is given to taste.
- There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.
- E. M. Forster A Room with a View (1908) Ch. 2.
- O, sorrow!
Why dost borrow
Heart's lightness from the merriment of May?
- John Keats, Endymion (1818), Book IV.
- To Sorrow
I bade good-morrow,
And thought to leave her far away behind;
But cheerly, cheerly,
She loves me dearly:
She is so constant to me, and so kind.
- John Keats, Endymion (1818), Book IV.
- How beautiful, if sorrow had not made
Sorrow more beautiful than Beauty's self.
- The First Truth is an assertion that all manifested life is sorrow, unless man knows how to live it... the Cause of Sorrow is always desire. If a man has no desires, if he is not striving for place or power or wealth, then he is equally tranquil whether the wealth or position comes or whether it goes. He remains unruffled and serene.... Being human, he will of course wish for this or that, but always mildly and gently, so that he does not allow himself to be disturbed... the Noble Eightfold Path... can be taken at all levels. The man in the world, even the uneducated man, can take it in its lowest aspects and find a way to peace and comfort through it. And yet the highest philosopher may also take it and interpret it at his level and learn very much from it.
- How often, for example, a young man desires affection from someone who cannot give it to him, who has it not to give! From such a desire as that comes often a great deal of sadness, jealousy and much other ill-feeling. You will say that such a desire is natural; undoubtedly it is, and affection which is returned is a great source of happiness. Yet if it cannot be returned, a man should have the strength to accept the situation, and not allow sorrow to be caused by the unsatisfied desire.
- Sorrow, the great idealizer.
- James Russell Lowell, Among My Books, 'Spenser' (1876).
- Buddhism’s famed Four Truths are called noble because they liberate us from suffering.
- Melvin McLeod in "What Are the Four Noble Truths?" (12 March 2018)
- What is the light that can dispel this ignorance of ours and remove all sorrows? A. The knowledge of the Four Noble Truths, as the Buddha called them... How can we escape the sufferings which result from unsatisfied desires and ignorant cravings? A. By complete conquest over, and destruction of, this eager thirst for life and its pleasures, which causes sorrow.... By following the Noble Eight-fold Path which the Buddha discovered and pointed out...The man who keeps these... in mind and follows them will be free from sorrow and ultimately reach salvation.
- Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy.
- Robert Pollok, The Course of Time (1827), Book I, line 464.
- In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
- Solomon Eccesiastes, 1:18, King James Version
- That a sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things.
- O sorrow, wilt thou rule my blood,
Be sometimes lovely, like a bride,
And put thy harsher moods aside,
If thou wilt have me wise and good.
- The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life. The pain that you create now is always some form of non acceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it. In other words, the more you are identified with your mind, the more you suffer. Or you may put it like this: the more you are able to honor and accept the Now, the more you are free of pain, of suffering - and free of the egoic mind. p. 26
- Your unhappiness is polluting not only your own inner being and those around you but also the collective human psyche of which you are an inseparable part. The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space. Either stop doing what you are doing, speak to the person concerned and express fully what you feel, or drop the negativity that your mind has created around the situation and that serves no purpose whatsoever except to strengthen a false sense of self. Recognizing its futility is important. Negativity is never the optimum way of dealing with any situation. In fact, in most cases it keeps you stuck in it, blocking real change. Anything that is done with negative energy will become contaminated by it and in time give rise to more pain, more unhappiness. Furthermore, any negative inner state is contagious: Unhappiness spreads more easily than a physical disease. Through the law of resonance, it triggers and feeds latent negativity in others, unless they are immune - that is, highly conscious. Are you polluting the world or cleaning up the mess? You are responsible for your inner space; nobody else is... p. 53
- How can we drop negativity, as you suggest? By dropping it. How do you drop a piece of hot coal that you are holding in your hand? How do you drop some heavy and useless baggage that you are carrying? By recognizing that you don't want to suffer the pain or carry the burden anymore and then letting go of it.
- Deep unconsciousness, such as the pain-body, or other deep pain, such as the loss of a loved one, usually needs to be transmuted through acceptance combined with the light of your presence - your sustained attention. Many patterns in ordinary unconsciousness, on the other hand, can simply be dropped once you know that you don't want them and don't need them anymore, once you realize that you have a choice, that you are not just a bundle of conditioned reflexes. All this implies that you are able to access the power of Now. Without it, you have no choice.
- Past sorrows, let us moderately lament them;
For those to come, seek wisely to prevent them.
- John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi (1612-13), Act III, scene 2.
- Sorrow is held the eldest child of sin.
- John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi (1612-13), Act V, scene 5.
- Wherever sorrow is, relief would be:
If you do sorrow at my grief in love,
By giving love, your sorrow and my grief were both extermin'd.
- When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
But in battalions.
- 'Tis better to be lowly born,
And range with humble livers in content,
Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief,
And wear a golden sorrow.
- I will instruct my sorrows to be proud.
- Here I and sorrows sit:
Here is my throne, bid kings come bow to it.
- Each new morn,
New widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows
Strike heaven on the face, that it resounds
As if it felt with Scotland and yell'd out
Like syllable of dolour.
- Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.
- Your cause of sorrow
Must not be measur'd by his worth, for then
It hath no end.
- This sorrow's heavenly;
It strikes where it doth love.
- One sorrow never comes but brings an heir,
That may succeed as his inheritor.
- Sorrow ends not when it seemeth done.
- Joy, being altogether wanting,
It doth remember me the more of sorrow.
- Sorrow breaks seasons and reposing hours,
Makes the night morning, and the noon-tide night.
- Eighty odd years of sorrow have I seen,
And each hour's joy wrecked with a week of teen.
- If sorrow can admit society,
Tell o'er your woes again by viewing mine.
- To weep with them that weep doth ease some deal;
But sorrow flouted at is double death.
- I have, as when the sun doth light a storm,
Buried this sigh in wrinkle of a smile:
But sorrow, that is couch'd in seeming gladness,
Is like that mirth fate turns to sudden sadness.
- Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow
Be a sufficient ransom for offence,
I tender 't here: I do as truly suffer,
As e'er I did commit.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 733-36.
- Oh c'etait le bon temps, j'etais bien malheureuse.
- Oh, that was a good time, when I was unhappy.
- Sophie Arnould, the actress, accredited with the phrase. Quoted as hers by Rulhière—Épître à Monsieur de Cha—.
- In omni adversitate fortunæ, infelicissimum genus est infortunii fuisse felicem.
- In every adversity of fortune, to have been happy is the most unhappy kind of misfortune.
- Boethius, De Consolatione Philosophiæ, Book II, Part IV.
- Sorrow preys upon
Its solitude, and nothing more diverts it
From its sad visions of the other world
Than calling it at moments back to this.
The busy have no time for tears.
- Lord Byron, The Two Foscari, Act IV, scene 1.
- Ah, don't be sorrowful, darling,
And don't be sorrowful, pray;
Taking the year together, my dear,
There isn't more night than day.
- Alice Cary, Don't be Sorrowful, Darling.
- For of Fortune's sharpe adversite,
The worste kynde of infortune is this,
A man to hav bent in prosperite,
And it remembren whan it passed is.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, Troylus and Crysseyde, Book III, line 1,625.
- Men die, but sorrow never dies;
The crowding years divide in vain,
And the wide world is knit with ties
Of common brotherhood in pain.
- Susan Coolidge, The Cradle Tomb in Westminster Abbey.
- The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
Leads to the lands where sorrow is unknown
- William Cowper, To an Afflicted Protestant Lady.
- Nessun maggior dolore
Che ricordarsi del tempo felice
- There is no greater sorrow
Than to be mindful of the happy time
- Dante Alighieri, Inferno, V. 121. Longfellow's Translation Same in Fortinguerra—Ricciardetto, Chapter XI, Stanza 83. Marino—Adone, Chapter XIV, Stanza 100.
- There is no greater sorrow
- In the bitter waves of woe,
Beaten and tossed about
By the sullen winds which blow
From the desolate shores of doubt.
- Washington Gladden, Ultima Veritas.
- Ach! aus dem Glück entwickelt oft sich Schmerz.
- Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Die Natürliche Tochter, II. 3. 17.
- Wer nie sein Brod mit Thränen ass,
Wer nicht die kummervollen Nächte
Auf seinem Bette weinend sass,
Der kennt euch nicht, ihr himmlischen Mächte.
- Who never ate his bread in sorrow,
Who never spent the darksome hours
Weeping, and watching for the morrow,—
He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister, Book II, Chapter XIII.
- Who never ate his bread in sorrow,
- Since sorrow never comes top late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
- Thomas Gray, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.
- I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne'er a word said she;
But, oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me.
- Robert Browning Hamilton, Along the Road.
- A happier lot were mine,
If I must lose thee, to go down to earth,
For I shall have no hope when thou art gone,—
Nothing but sorrow. Father have I none,
And no dear mother.
- Homer, The Iliad, Book VI, line 530. Bryant's translation.
- Sinks my sad soul with sorrow to the grave.
- Homer, The Iliad, Book XXII, line 543. Pope's translation.
- Oderunt hilarem tristes tristemque jocosi.
- The sorrowful dislike the gay, and the gay the sorrowful.
- Horace, Epistles, I. 18. 89.
- When sparrows build and the leaves break forth
My old sorrow wakes and cries.
- Jean Ingelow, Song of Old Love.
- Hang sorrow, care 'll kill a cat.
- Ben Jonson, Every Man in his Humour, Act I, scene 3.
- Our days and nights
Have sorrows woven with delights.
- François de Malherbe, To Cardinal Richelieu. Longfellow's Trans.
- Day-thoughts feed nightly dreams;
And sorrow tracketh wrong,
As echo follows song.
- Harriet Martineau, Hymn.
- A grace within his soul hath reigned
Which nothing else can bring;
Thank God for all that I have gained
By that high sorrowing.
- Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton).
- Weep on; and, as thy sorrows flow,
I'll taste the luxury of woe.
- Thomas Moore, Anacreontic.
- Ecoute, moribonde! Il n'est pire douleur
Qu'un souvenir heureux dans les jour de malheur.
- Listen, dying one! There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow.
- Alfred de Musset, Le Saule (The opposite opinion in his Un Souvenir).
- Con dolor rimembrando il tempo lieto.
- With sorrow remembering happy times.
- Petrarch, Canzone, 46.
- Do not cheat thy Heart and tell her,
"Grief will pass away,
Hope for fairer times in future,
And forget to-day."
Tell her, if you will, that sorrow
Need not come in vain;
Tell her that the lesson taught her
Far outweighs the pain.
- Adelaide Anne Procter, Friend Sorrow.
- Die Leiden sind wie die Gewitterwolken; in der Ferne sehen sie schwartz aus, über uns kaum grau.
- Sorrows are like thunderclouds—in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray.
- Jean Paul Richter, Hesperus, XIV.
- Kurz ist der Schmerz, und ewig ist die Freude!
- Brief is sorrow, and endless is joy.
- Friedrich Schiller, Die Jungfrau von Orleans, V. 14. 44.
- Quæ fuit durum pati,
Miminisse dulce est.
- Those things which were hard to bear, are sweet to remember.
- Seneca the Younger, Hercules Furens, 656.
- Curæ leves loquuntur, ingentes stupent.
- Light sorrows speak, but deeper ones are dumb.
- Seneca the Younger, Hippolytus, 607. Thucydides, Book VII, Chapter LXXV. Given as from Æschylus. Compare Æschylus—Agamemnon. 860. Ovid—Metamorphoses, VI. 301–312. Herodotus, VII. 147; also III. 14.
- Nulla dies mærore caret.
- There is no day without sorrow.
- Seneca the Younger, Troades, 77.
- Each time we love,
We turn a nearer and a broader mark
To that keen archer, Sorrow, and he strikes.
- Alexander Smith, City Poems, A Boy's Dream.
- When sorrow sleepeth, wake it not,
But let it slumber on.
- Miss M. A. Stodart, Song.
- Time, thy name is sorrow, says the stricken
Heart of life, laid waste with wasting flame
Ere the change of things and thoughts requicken,
Time, thy name.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne, Time and Life, Stanza 1.
- What shall be done for sorrow
With love whose race is run?
Where help is none to borrow,
What shall be done?
- Algernon Charles Swinburne, Wasted Love.
- Joy was a flame in me
Too steady to destroy.
Lithe as a bending reed,
Loving the storm that sways her—
I found more joy in sorrow
Than you could find in joy.
- Sara Teasdale, The Answer.
- Smit with exceeding sorrow unto Death.
- Alfred Tennyson, The Lover's Tale, line 597.
- When I was young, I said to Sorrow,
"Come and I will play with thee!"
He is near me now all day,
And at night returns to say,
"I will come again to-morrow—
I will come and stay with thee."
- Aubrey Thomas de Vere, Song, When I was Young I said to Sorrow.
- Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.
- Oscar Wilde, De Profundis.
- Hang sorrow, care will kill a cat,
And therefore let's be merry.
- George Wither, Christmas.
- Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been and may be again.
- William Wordsworth, The Solitary Reaper.
- So joys remembered without wish or will
Sharpen the keenest edge of present ill.
- William Wordsworth, Sonnet on Captivity, VI. 172.
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
- How fast we learn in the day of sorrow! Scripture shines out in a new effulgence; every verse seems to contain a sunbeam, every promise stands out in illuminated splendor; things hard to be understood become in a moment plain.
- Horatius Bonar, p. 555.
- Earth may embitter, not remove.
The love divinely given;
And e'en that mortal grief shall prove
The immortality of love,
And lead us nearer heaven.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, p. 557.
- Sorrow is only one of the lower notes in the oratorio of our blessedness.
- Adoniram Judson Gordon, p. 555.
- If man were sufficient for man, there would be no need for religion. If there were no evils from which man could not rescue his brother, there would be no need for a Saviour; if no sorrows under which man could not sustain his fellow man, there would be no need of a Divine Comforter. But it is a grief, a care like yours, which makes religion a reality. Carry it to the throne of grace, and see if there you do not find mercy to pardon and grace to help in time of need.
- James Hamilton, p. 558.
- From the very summit of his sorrows, where he had gone to die, Moses, for the first time in his life, caught a view of the land of Canaan. He did not know, as he went over the rocks, torn and weary, how lovely the prospect was from the top. In this world, it frequently happens that when man has reached the place of anguish, God rolls away the mist from his eyes, and the very spot selected as the receptacle of his tears, becomes the place of his highest rapture.
- J. T. Headley, p. 556.
- Not till the everlasting day break, and the shadows flee away, and the Lord Himself shall be our light, and our God our glory, can we do without the cloud in the sunshine, the shade of sorrow in the bright light of joy, and the curtain of night for the deepening of the sleep which God gives His beloved.
- Hugh Macmillan, p. 558.
- Vital is the relation between earthly sorrow and eternal satisfaction. The travail to which God's saints are subjected results in the birth of nobler natures and more sanctified spirits. Pain always promotes progress, and suffering invariably ensures success.
- John McClellan Holmes, p. 556.
- Sorrows humanize our race;
Tears are the showers that fertilize this world.
- Jean Ingelow, p. 557.
- There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
- Washington Irving, p. 557.
- I really believe if, instead of shutting ourselves into our sorrows and keeping all the light of heaven out of our souls, we opened them to receive Him, Christ would so come to us that the season of our deepest grief and anguish would become one of the richest and most precious of our whole lives.
- Arthur Henry Kenney, p. 557.
- As the Christian's sorrows multiply, his patience grows, until, with sweet, unruffled quiet, he can confront the ills of life, and, though inwardly wincing, can calmly pursue his way to the restful grave, while his old, harsh voice is softly cadenced into sweetest melody, like the faint notes of an angel's whispered song. As patience deepens,charity and sympathy increase.
- George C. Lorimer, p. 557.
- God gives us power to bear all the sorrows of His making; but He does not give us power to bear the sorrows of our own making, which the anticipation of sorrow most assuredly is.
- Alexander Maclaren, p. 43.
- Most of the Beatitudes which the Infinite Compassion pronounced have the sorrows of earth for their subject, but the joys of earth for their completion.
- Hannah More, p. 555.
- When we feel how God was in our sorrows, we shall trust the more blessedly that He will be in our deaths.
- William Mountford, p. 556.
- It is not in the bright, happy day, but only in the solemn night, that other worlds are to be seen shining in their long, long distances. And it is in sorrow — the night of the soul — that we see farthest, and know ourselves natives of infinity, and sons and daughters of the Most High.
- William Mountford, p. 556.
- Has it never occurred to us, when surrounded by sorrows, that they may be sent to us only for our instruction, as we darken the cages of birds when we wish to teach them to sing?
- Jean Paul, p. 556.
- There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm.
- John Heyl Vincent, p. 556.