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Famous Sorrow Quotes

I sing my sorrow, and I paint my joy. — Joni Mitchell

I’m not one of those people that wears something once and tosses it aside. I wear my shoes until they beg to be thrown away. Parting is such sweet sorrow – and then it’s onto the next pair. — Rachel Nichols

Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Genius is sorrow’s child. — John Adams

What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow? — Thomas a Kempis

Without imagination, there can be no genuine ardor in any pursuit or for any acquisition, and without imagination, there can be no genuine morality, no profound feeling of other men’s sorrow, no ardent and persevering anxiety for their interests. — William Godwin

Your heart will be shattered by sorrow if you force it to live in tomorrow’s ephemeral imagination – world instead of in today’s eternal reality – now. — Sri Chinmoy

Mankind is like dogs, not gods – as long as you don’t get mad they’ll bite you – but stay mad and you’ll never be bitten. Dogs don’t respect humility and sorrow. — Jack Kerouac

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

My father’s passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, for my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters. He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long. — Meghan McCain

It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is. — Herman Melville

Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other. — Albert Pike

Every where the years bring to all enough of sin and sorrow; but in slavery the very dawn of life is darkened by these shadows. — Harriet Ann Jacobs

Words are less needful to sorrow than to joy. — Helen Hunt Jackson

In the school of mortality, we experience tenderness, love, kindness, happiness, sorrow, disappointment, pain, and even the challenges of physical limitations in ways that prepare us for eternity. — David A. Bednar

Sorrow ages you prematurely. When you’re in emotional debt, you’re pessimistic about the future and, even in your green years, long to return to the past to remedy the shortfalls of love and opportunity you suffered. — David Viscott

The consequences of ignoring the Lord and His prophets are certain and often accompanied by great sorrow and regret. — Joseph B. Wirthlin

It is proper to ask for sorrow with Christ in sorrow, anguish with Christ in anguish, tears and deep grief because of the great affliction Christ endures for me. — Saint Ignatius

It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow… that are the aftermath of war. — Herbert Hoover

Jesus feels my sorrow greater than I, for his love is infinite, and he suffers in an infinite way. — Mother Angelica

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. — Corrie Ten Boom

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. — William Shakespeare

I don’t think any of us could predict Trump. Trump is the stuff of nightmares. But in talking to people, I knew there was a tremendous level of disaffection and anger and sorrow. I know people felt misrepresented and voiceless. — Lynn Nottage

The cure for sorrow is to learn something. — Barbara Sher

Nobody understands another’s sorrow, and nobody another’s joy. — Franz Schubert

Great passions may give us a quickened sense of life, ecstasy and sorrow of love, the various forms of enthusiastic activity, disinterested or otherwise, which comes naturally to many of us. — Walter Pater

The ideal God holds for us is to form families in the way most likely to lead to happiness and away from sorrow. — Henry B. Eyring

I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands. — Zora Neale Hurston

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. — Dante Alighieri

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

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven. — Mark Twain

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Cast away care, he that loves sorrow Lengthens not a day, nor can buy tomorrow; Money is trash, and he that will spend it, Let him drink merrily, fortune will send it. — Thomas Dekker

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

No one can ever prepare a parent for two things: the immeasurable love that comes with having a child; and the sorrow and confusion that comes when your child appears to learn in a different way from other children. — Maryanne Wolf

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself. — Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope. — George Eliot

You find out in life that people really like you funny. So what do you give ’em? Humor. And then if you show them the other side, they don’t like you as much. I find, too, that I can hide behind the idiot’s mask being funny, and you never see the sorrow or the pain. — Terry Bradshaw

I believe that there are many herbs and many trees that are worth much in Europe for dyes and for medicines; but I do not know, and this causes me great sorrow. Arriving at this cape, I found the smell of the trees and flowers so delicious that it seemed the pleasantest thing in the world. — Christopher Columbus

Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow. — Honore de Balzac

How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage, you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him. You tend to have nothing left to say about it all. — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

A sorrow’s crown of sorrow is remembering happier times. — Alfred Lord Tennyson

Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us. — Thomas Carlyle

When I wished to sing of love, it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow, it was transformed for me into love. — Franz Schubert

Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly. — Charles Dickens

If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence. — Samuel Butler

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it. — Victor Hugo

It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow. — Miguel de Cervantes

Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. — Thomas Moore

The saloon is a liar. It promises good cheer and sends sorrow. — Billy Sunday

I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful – for all of it. — Kristin Armstrong

There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow. — Alfred de Musset

Between the theme parks and the movies, the Disney iconography was probably the first set of archetypes that I was exposed to. Walt was able to expose me as a child to the full array of emotions, including fear and sorrow. Those movies and attractions haunted my dreams and made a deep impression on me as a child. — Jon Favreau

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow. — Rene Descartes

The proud, the cold untroubled heart of stone, that never mused on sorrow but its own. — Thomas Campbell

I was early taught by sorrow to shed tears, and now when sudden joy lights up, or any unexpected sorrow strikes my heart, I find it difficult to repress the full and swelling tide of feeling. — Dorothea Dix

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. — H. L. Mencken

The very greatest things – great thoughts, discoveries, inventions – have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty. — Samuel Smiles

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. — Thomas Aquinas

While we yearn for peace, we live in a world burdened with hunger, pain, anguish, loneliness, sickness, and sorrow. — Joseph B. Wirthlin

There is no corner too quiet, or too far away, for a woman to make sorrow in it. — Amelia Barr

Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell. — Joni Mitchell

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. — Agatha Christie

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. — Agatha Christie

During my days of deepest grief, in all of my shock, sorrow and struggle, I sat at the feet of God. I literally spent hours each day reading God’s word, meditating on scripture and praying. I intentionally spent a significant amount of time being still before God. — Rick Warren

Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence. — David Hume

Sorrow is held the eldest child of sin. — John Webster

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too. — Benjamin Franklin

As a medical doctor, I have known the face of adversity. I have seen much of death and dying, suffering and sorrow. I also remember the plight of students overwhelmed by their studies and of those striving to learn a foreign language. And I recall the fatigue and frustration felt by young parents with children in need. — Russell M. Nelson

My sorrow, when she’s here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane. — Robert Frost

You left and I cried tears of blood. My sorrow grows. Its not just that You left. But when You left my eyes went with You. Now, how will I cry? — Rumi

There is nothing better than work. Work is also play; children know that. Children play earnestly as if it were work. But people grow up, and they work with a sorrow upon them. It’s duty. — Mary Oliver

I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow. — Voltaire

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache. — James Russell Lowell

Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good. — Harriet Beecher Stowe

The foolish man conceives the idea of ‘self.’ The wise man sees there is no ground on which to build the idea of ‘self;’ thus, he has a right conception of the world and well concludes that all compounds amassed by sorrow will be dissolved again, but the truth will remain. — Buddha

Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh. — Henry David Thoreau

Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Partying is such sweet sorrow. — Robert Byrne

‘Grace’ is basically a death prayer. Not something of sorrow, but of just casting away any fear of death. No relief will come – you really just have to stew in your life until it’s time to go. But sometimes, somebody else’s faith in you can do wonders. — Jeff Buckley

Nature best teaches how to pray, and how to reverence all the gifts the Almighty has given us. She is like a vast outspread handkerchief, embroidered with God’s eternal name, on which we may dry alike our tears of sorrow and of joy; she turns weeping into ecstasy, and fills our hearts with speechless, quiet reverence and resignation. — Robert Schumann

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. — Meister Eckhart

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

How can we love days that are filled with sorrow? We can’t – at least not in the moment. — Joseph B. Wirthlin

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim. — Ann Landers

The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven. — Mark Twain

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal – every other affliction to forget: but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open – this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude. — Washington Irving

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it. — Amelia Barr

Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever. — Brennan Manning

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

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps. — William Blake

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity. — Henri Nouwen

I believe the Negro blood counts, and counts to my advantage – though it has caused me at times a life of great humiliation and sorrow. — Henry Ossawa Tanner

Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don’t. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life. — Martha Beck

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. — Khalil Gibran

We may not only find faith in God in our sorrow. We may also become faithful to Him in times of calm. — Thomas S. Monson

Misery is, by her own nature, a passing phase of sorrow, one that does not linger uninvited. Her sojourns seem to be part of life’s required curriculum, perhaps because Misery endows us with compassion and empathy. — Sarah Ban Breathnach

I found more joy in sorrow than you could find in joy. — Sara Teasdale

Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering. — Ezra Taft Benson

There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know. — Jean Paul

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

If my art has nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is ‘art’ for? — Ai Weiwei

For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another’s happiness. — Aeschylus

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. — Leo Buscaglia

The source of one’s joy is also often the source of one’s sorrow. — Jessamyn West

The Christian experiences and lives a paradox. He possesses joy in sorrow, fulfillment in exile, light in darkness, peace in turmoil, consolation in dryness, contentment in pain and hope in desolation. — Mother Angelica

When we tell the story of our own conversion, I would have it done with great sorrow, remembering what we used to be, and with great joy and gratitude, remembering how little we deserve these things. — Charles Spurgeon

It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust. — Mary Wollstonecraft

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

Sorrow for sin is indeed necessary, but it should not be an endless preoccupation. You must dwell also on the glad remembrance of God’s loving-kindness; otherwise, sadness will harden the heart and lead it more deeply into despair. — Saint Bernard

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together. — Saadi

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

I have not personally suffered from the deprivations, the bitterness and sorrow which bring so many men and women to a realisation of social injustice. — Emmeline Pankhurst

Seeing the world is the best education you can get. You see sorrow, and you also see great spirit and will to survive. — Brad Pitt

I’ve never had a divorce, but I’ve seen so many of my friends, my sister, my family go through that stuff, so I try to write for the people that can’t write about it. I take on their sorrow, so I’m able to kind of express it, or their joy. — Dolly Parton

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty. — David Hume

If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works. — Thomas Aquinas

Think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross… It was a Friday filled with devastating, consuming sorrow that gnawed at the souls of those who loved and honored the Son of God. — Joseph B. Wirthlin

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. — Lao Tzu

The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh. — Rumi

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy. — Chanakya

I think that one of the reasons why people look towards the end of humanity is that people are afraid to die alone. If you die alone, the people you love will miss you, or if they die, you miss them – the sorrow is inevitable. When you truly love someone, the thought of losing them forever is horrible. — Joe Rogan

There is no harm in patience, and no profit in lamentation. Death is easier to bear (than) that which precedes it, and more severe than that which comes after it. Remember the death of the Apostle of God, and your sorrow will be lessened. — Abu Bakr

The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life. — Russell M. Nelson

Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief? — William Blake

What is the life of man! Is it not to shift from side to side? From sorrow to sorrow? To button up one cause of vexation! And unbutton another! — Laurence Sterne

In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and to the young, it comes with bitterest agony because it takes them unawares. I have had experience enough to know what I say. — Abraham Lincoln

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