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QUOTES ON SORROW


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

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

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, On Another's Sorrow

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.

SOPHOCLES, Oedipus Rex

Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.

LEO TOLSTOY, War and Peace

Any mind that is capable of a real sorrow is capable of good.

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, Uncle Tom's Cabin

The closest bonds we will ever know are bonds of grief. The deepest community one of sorrow.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, All the Pretty Horses

Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, A Streetcar Named Desire

Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth

The busy bee has no time for sorrow.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Proverbs of Hell

There is no greater sorrow
Than to be mindful of the happy time
In misery.

DANTE ALIGHIERI, The Divine Comedy

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