An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Some say that happiness is not good for mortals, and they ought to be answered that sorrow is not fit for immortals and is utterly useless to any one; a blight never does good to a tree, and if a blight kill not a tree but it still bear fruit, let none say that the fruit was in consequence of the blight.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


In every pang that rends the heart the Man of Sorrows has a part.


Michael Bruce


We tell our triumphs to the crowds, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


The busy have no time for tears.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less with baldness.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


There is pleasure in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


And almost everyone when age, disease, or sorrows strike him, inclines to think there is a God, or something very like him.


Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861, British poet)


We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


The path of sorrow and that path alone, leads to a land where sorrow is unknown.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


To fight aloud is very brave, but gallanter, I know, who charge within the bosom, the Cavalry of Woe.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth.


Emile Durkheim (1858-1917, French sociologist)


Sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest knows nothing.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Sorrow makes us children again.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The only thing grief has taught me is to know how shallow it is.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Sorrow has produced more melody than mirth.


C. Fitzhugh


There is something in sorrow more akin to the course of human affairs than joy.


C. Fitzhugh


The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


Only one-fourth of the sorrow in each man's life is caused by outside uncontrollable elements, the rest is self-imposed by failing to analyze and act with calmness.


George Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948, British essayist, literary historian,)


Sorrow is the rust of the soul and activity will cleanse and brighten it.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow, but there is something in it so like virtue, that he who is wholly without it cannot be loved.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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, writer)


Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt... doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.


Isidore Ducasse, Comte De Lautreamont (1846-1870, French author, poet)


The sorrows and disasters of Europe always brought fortune to America.


Stephen B. Leacock (1869-1944, Canadian humorist, economist)


The lives of happy people are dense with their own doings -- crowded, active, thick. But the sorrowing are nomads, on a plain with few landmarks and no boundaries; sorrow's horizons are vague and its demands are few.


Larry McMurtry (1936-, American screenwriter, novelist, essayist)


Sorrow is easy to express and so hard to tell.


Joni Mitchell (Canadian folk singer)


Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, great as each may be, their highest comfort given to the sorrowful is a cordial introduction into another's woe. Sorrow's the great community in which all men born of woman are members at one time or another.


Sean O'Casey (1884-1964, Irish dramatist)


Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion.


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


Cares are often more difficult to throw off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.


Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891, French poet)


When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


The cure for sorrow is to learn something.


Barbara Sher (American author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was")


The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


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)


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 vacuum."


August J. Strindberg (1849-1912, Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet)


The deeper the sorrow the less the tongue has it.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


Sorrow is better than laughter, for by the sadness of the face the heart is made better.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us.


Steven Tyler (1948-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


With no matter what human being, taken individually, I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and misfortune do not suit him; either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great, or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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