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  We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.  
 -  Khalil Gibran
  

  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
  

  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
  

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

  Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow.  
 -  Benjamin Disraeli
  

  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
  

  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
  

  Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us.  
 -  Marilyn Manson
  

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

  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.  
 -  Aaron Eckhart
  

  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
  

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

  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
  

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

  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
  

  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.  
 -  Mike Tyson
  

  We have listened here to the delegates who have recalled the terrible human suffering, and the great material destruction of the late war in the Pacific. It is with feelings of sorrow that we recall the part played in that catastrophic human experience by the old Japan.  
 -  Shigeru Yoshida
  

  In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  Genius is sorrow's child.  
 -  John Adams
  

  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
  

  Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.  
 -  William Blake
  

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

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

  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.  
 -  Sade Adu
  

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

  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
  

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

  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
  

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

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

  Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.  
 -  Joseph Campbell
  

  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.  
 -  George Washington Carver
  

  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
  

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

  What is the noble truth of suffering? Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering and sorrow and lamentation, pain, grief and despair are suffering.  
 -  Buddha
  

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

  Since knowledge is but sorrow's spy, It is not safe to know.  
 -  Dale Dauten
  

  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
  

  Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.  
 -  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  

  As this world was not intended to be a state of any great satisfaction or high enjoyment, so neither was it intended to be a mere scene of unhappiness and sorrow.  
 -  Joseph Butler
  

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

  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
  

  May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human enough hope to make you happy.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  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
  

  I cannot sleep - great joy is as restless as great sorrow.  
 -  Fanny Burney
  

  Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.  
 -  Isaac Asimov
  

  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
  

  Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.  
 -  Joseph Addison
  

  I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.  
 -  Joseph Addison
  

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

  Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations - wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

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

  Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  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.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

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

  There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.  
 -  Muhammad Ali
  

  If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.  
 -  Chinese proverb