Quotes for
the Journey:

Sorrow

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

Leo Tolstoy

   

Behind joy and laughter there may be a temperament, coarse, hard, and callous.  But behind sorrow there is always sorrow.  Pain, unlike pleasure, wears no mask.     -Oscar Wilde

   

Iíve noticed in my life that the people who act as my angels are not some strange angelic creatures that seem almost untouchable, but are more real than that. They are people who have tasted sorrow, who have felt pain, and in a way, that makes them capable of being an angel. In their darkest moments they have become strong.     -Hippie

   
It's funny, how one can look back on a sorrow one thought one might well die of at the time, and know that one had not yet reckoned the tenth part of true grief.     -Jacqueline Carey
    
When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.
   "So sadness is a place?" Giovanni asked.
   "Sometimes people live there for years," I said.

-Elizabeth Gilbert
   
If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.     -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

    
Although not a very old man, I have yet lived a great deal in my life, and I have known sorrow too bitter and joy too keen to allow me to become either cast down or elated for more than a very brief period over any success or defeat.     -Theodore Roosevelt
   
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
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
  
The sorrow grows bigger when the sorrow's denied.     -Eddie Vedder
   
I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.     -C.S. Lewis
   
For the happy person prayer is only a jumble of words, until the day when sorrow comes to explain to him or her the sublime language by means of which we speak to God.     -Alexandre Dumas
   
The closest bonds we will ever know are bonds of grief. The deepest community one of sorrow.      -Cormac McCarthy
   
No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning.     -Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
   
No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted.  It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.     -Orson F. Whitney
   
Joy and sorrow are inseparable. . . together they come and when one sits alone with you . . remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.     -Khalil Gibran
   
Sorrow comes in great waves. . . but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.     -Henry James
  
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.  God is awake.     -Victor Hugo
   
Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak
Knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.

William Shakespeare
   
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
   

   
In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it. I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once.     -Abraham Lincoln
   
Sorrow prepares you for joy.  It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter.  It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place.  It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow.  Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.     -Rumi
   
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
   
The source of all humor is not laughter, but sorrow.     -Mark Twain
   

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