Sorrow

Well, it seems to be time again to post some of my favorite quotes. This time I will stick to the topic of sorrow. In a society which reveres comfort and happiness, pleasure, sorrow gets a bad rap. Quite unjustly so, at least in my opinion. Sorrow can be quite useful so long as we don’t let it break us. Although sometimes we need to be broken before we can be healed… Anyway, here are some quotes:

 

“Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.” – Proverbs 14:10 (NLT)

“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.” – Jim Rohn

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

“Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.” – William Blake

“Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” – Thomas More

“Genius is sorrow’s child.” – John Adams

“Night brings out stars as sorrow shows us truths.” – Philip James Bailey

“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions.” – William Shakespeare

“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

“Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.” – Alphonse de Lamartine

“Sorrowful and great is the artist’s destiny.” – Franz Liszt

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.” – Alexandre Dumas

“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed.” – Peter S. Beagle

 

It would avail us much to weep more often. The world could use more weeping at the sorrows and wickedness we commit. In our tears, we find a greater capacity for smiles. In sorrow, we find our compassion grow.

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