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-Cesare Lombroso, The Man of Genius, 1896...
Thought is sad without action, and action is sad without thought. (Henri-Frederic Amiel)

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

The sad events that occur in my life are the sad events that happen to everybody, with losing friends and family, but that is a natural occurrence, as natural as being born. (Sergio Aragones)

Life is a mosaic of pleasure and pain - grief is an interval between two moments of joy. (Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy. (Charles Baudelaire)

The tears stream down my cheeks from my unblinking eyes. What makes me weep so? There is nothing saddening here. Perhaps it is liquefied brain. (Samuel Beckett)

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)

It is perhaps sad books that best console us when we are sad... (Alain de Botton)

Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

While we cry ourselves to sleep, gratitude waits patiently to console and reassure us; there is a landscape larger than the one we can see. (Sarah Ban Breathnach)

If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time. (Art Buchwald)

There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness. (Pearl S. Buck)

We tell our triumphs to the crowds, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Grief alone can teach us what is man. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality. (William S. Burroughs)

-Journey to the End of the Night...
The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time. (Louis-Ferdinand Celine)

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

What a sad business is being funny! (Charlie Chaplin)

-The Seagull, act 1 (1896)...
Medvienko: Why do you always wear black? Masha: I'm in mourning for my life, I'm unhappy. (Anton Chekhov)

...the moods of sadness that come over anyone who takes up art... these dismal moods have very little compensation. (Edgar Degas)

If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. No one has the right to go croaking about society, or what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief. (Benjamin Disraeli)

The day breaks not, it is my heart. (John Donne)

Grief is the price we pay for love. (Queen Elizabeth II)

Tears are a river that takes you somewhere... Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better. (Clarissa Pinkola Estes)

One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for. (Euripides)

It is such a secret place, the land of tears. (Antoine de Saint Exupery)

Joys as winged dreams fly fast, / Why should sadness longer last? / Grief is but a wound to woe; / Gentlest fair, mourn, mourn no moe. (John Fletcher)

The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art. (E. M. Forster)

One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often. (Erich Fromm)

-The Mentor Within: Let Your SELF be seen...
So when you are no longer capable of tolerating unhappiness in yourself and the world, you will naturally seek the mentor within, if you desire healing. (Mary Gerard)

-The Art Student's Workbook...
Some of the most unhappy artists in the most difficult situations can create awe-inspiring works of art. (Eric Gibbons)

The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers. (Kahlil Gibran)

Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile. (Jean Giraudoux)

The world isn't a sad place, it's just big. (Jean-Luc Godard)

I want to do drawings which touch some people... In either figure or landscape I wish to express, not sentimental melancholy, but serious sorrow. (Vincent van Gogh)

And weep the more, because I weep in vain. (Thomas Gray)

Sadness is a very interesting idea, this idea of sadness being some kind of default setting that artists will go into. And then I started thinking about this idea of sadness and happiness, and the idea that sadness is very loud, and happiness is quiet. (Glen Hansard)

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. (Washington Irving)

If I am weary, I will paint where I want to rest. I will surround myself with this. It will have to be big. Mossy floors, trees that make me feel childish and small. Roots that form a cradle for me to rest my weary head. With my tears, I have created a rain forest. (Melissa Jean)

I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling. (Frida Kahlo)

All sadness is a tantrum. (Byron Katie)

Believe, when you are most unhappy, there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain. (Helen Keller)

Flowers grow out of dark moments. (Corita Kent)

As long as I kept moving, my grief streamed out behind me like a swimmer's long hair in water. I knew the weight was there but it didn't touch me. Only when I stopped did the slick, dark stuff of it come floating around my face, catching my arms and throat till I began to drown. So I just didn't stop. (Barbara Kingsolver)

In art, there are tears that do lie too deep for thought. (Louis Kronenberger)

People should never sit alone for too long when they're crying. (Dalai Lama)

-Who Dies?
Grief can have a quality of profound healing because we are forced to a depth of feeling that is usually below the threshold of awareness. (Stephen Levine)

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache. (James Russell Lowell)

Beauty and sadness always go together. Nature thought beauty too rich to go forth upon the earth without a meet alloy. (George MacDonald)

I do believe there is many a tear in the heart that never reaches the eyes. (Norman MacEwan)

My philosophy is fundamentally sad, but I'm not a sad man, and I don't believe I sadden anyone else. (Antonio Machado)

The flesh is sad, alas, and I have read all the books. (Stephane Mallarme)

Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us. (Orison Swett Marden)

Gloom is but a shadow of a cloud passing by... (Yann Martel)

-In the Country of Men...
Grief loves the hollow; all it wants is to hear its own echo. (Hisham Matar)

Sadness isn't sadness, it's happiness in a black jacket... tears are not tears, they're balls of laughter dipped in salt. (Paul McCartney)

For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. (Reba McEntire)

Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy! (John Milton)

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

And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touched by the thorns. (Sir Thomas More)

Well, I've been down so Goddamn long, that it looks like up to me. (Jim Morrison)

Alas, the very name of picture produces a sadness of heart I cannot describe. (Samuel Morse)

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

Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. (Ovid)

In all of our days our lives are always changing, tears come along as well as smiles... May you have rainbows after every storm, may you have hopes to keep you warm. And may you always have an angel by your side. (Douglas Pagels)

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. (M. Scott Peck)

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)

Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows. (Charles Reade)

There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know. (Jean Paul Richter)

It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

If there was sadness in this creative world of mine, it was a pleasant sadness. If there were problems, they were humorous problems. (Norman Rockwell)

The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy. (Jim Rohn)

Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. (Rumi)

I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow and called out, 'It tastes sweet, does it not?' 'You've caught me,' grief answered, 'and you've ruined my business. How can I sell sorrow, when you know it's a blessing?' (Rumi)

Forgive me, Spirit of my spirit, for this, that I have found it easier to read the mystery told in tears and understood Thee better in sorrow than in joy. (George William Russell)

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together. (Sa'di)

Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. (Carl Sandburg)

The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears. (Native American Saying)

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

My compositions spring from my sorrows. Those that give the world the greatest delight were born of my deepest griefs. (Franz Schubert)

Wouldn't it be nice if our lives were like VCRs (video recorders), and we could 'fast forward' through the crummy times? (Charles Schulz)

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. (Seneca)

My tears stuck in their little ducts, refusing to be jerked. (Peter Stack)

To live beneath sorrow, one must yield to it. (Madame de Stael)

A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy. (Leo Tolstoy)

-My Boyhood Dreams...
The dreamer's valuation of a thing lost - not another man's - is the only standard to measure it by, and his grief for it makes it large and great and fine, and is worthy of our reverence in all cases. (Mark Twain)

Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book. (E. B. White)

For all sad words of tongue and pen, / The saddest are these, 'It might have been.' (John Greenleaf Whittier)

To me the meanest flower that blows can give thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears. (William Wordsworth)

Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

When you have a sorrow that is too great it leaves no room for any other. (Emile Zola)

Making a painting is like having sex for a month or something. Then I go through this period of elation at finishing the work. Then you drop off - you know, 'post-coital man is sad,' as the old saying goes. (Tim Zuck)


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