Sorrow Proverbs

Sayings about Sorrow

Sorrow is to the soul what the worm is to wood. ~ Turkish Proverb

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. ~ Swedish Proverb

A man without a child is a king without sorrows. ~ Iranian Proverb

Happiness has its roots — sorrow has its womb. ~ Chinese Proverb

Sorrows are valuable treasures that you only show to your friends. ~ Spanish Proverb

Sorrow is the child of too much joy. ~ Chinese Proverb

If it weren’t for sorrow and bad times, every day would be Christmas. ~ Lithuanian Proverb

He who has no children has one sorrow, he who has children has a thousand sorrows. ~ Turkish Proverb

There is not so much comfort in having children as there is sorrow in parting with them. ~ Traditional Proverb

The bridge between joy and sorrow is not long. ~ German Proverb

It rains sorrow on him who is already wet. ~ Spanish Proverb

Don’t let your sorrow come higher than your knees. ~ Swedish Proverb

A child is a certain sorrow and uncertain joy. ~ Swedish Proverb

Joy and sorrow sleep in the same bed. ~ Czech Proverb

If you weep for all the sorrows in this world, in the end you will have no eyes. ~ Turkish Proverb

A married man has many sorrows — an unmarried man has one more. ~ Finnish Proverb

One does not live on joy or die of sorrow. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Sorrow doesn’t kill — reckless joy does. ~ West African Proverb

Sorrow for a husband is like a pain in the elbow, sharp and short. ~ English Proverbs

Who makes his bed on the morrow; goes all day without sorrow. ~ German Proverb

If the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many who now cause envy would suddenly become the objects of pity. ~ Italian Proverb

The sight of books removes sorrows from the heart. ~ African Proverb

Who goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing. ~ Traditional Proverb

To long for everything: sorrow; to accept everything: joy. ~ Indian Proverbs

When sorrow is asleep, wake it not. ~ Romanian Proverb

Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends. ~ African Proverb

Thirst is the end of drinking and sorrow is the end of drunkenness. ~ Irish Proverbs

One joy can drive away a hundred sorrows. ~ Japanese Proverb

How lovely is the sun after rain, and how lovely is laughter after sorrow. ~ Tunisian Proverbs

Drink makes you forget your sorrow; but only, alas, until tomorrow. ~ German Proverb

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

The person who loves sorrow will always find something to moan about.~ Danish Proverbs

Sorrow doesn’t kill, but it blights. ~ Russian Proverbs

If you sow arrows, you will reap sorrows. ~ Filipino Proverb

Reading books removes sorrows from the heart. ~ Moroccan Proverbs

If sorrow would not talk it would die. ~ Croatian Proverb

The woman of a man without sorrows is almost a widow. ~ Hungarian Proverbs

Sorrow does not pay any debts. ~ German Proverb

A day of sorrow is longer than a month of joy. ~ 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

Only through suffering and sorrow do we acquire the wisdom not found in books. ~ Japanese Proverb

Sorrow is the seed of wealth. ~ Japanese Proverbs

Sorrow is like rice in an attic: you use a little every day and at the end it is all gone. ~ Malagasy Proverb

Beauty is the eye’s food but the soul’s sorrow. ~ German Proverbs

The end of mirth is the beginning of sorrow. ~ Dutch Proverbs

Quotations about Sorrow

Saying about Sorrow

In every pang that rends the heart the Man of Sorrows has a part. ~ Michael Bruce

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. ~ Thomas Moore

Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray. ~ Jean Paul Richter

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

What an insidious drug memory can be. Especially the memory of unhappiness. ~ Horace Holley

And almost everyone when age, disease, or sorrows strike him, inclines to think there is a God, or something very like him. ~ Arthur Hugh Clough

Joy’s recollection is no longer joy, while Sorrow’s memory is a sorrow still. ~ Lord Byron

The sorrows and disasters of Europe always brought fortune to America. ~ Stephen B. Leacock

Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth. ~ William Blake

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. ~ Confucius Quotes

A great sorrow, like a mariner’s quadrant, brings the sun at noon down to the horizon, and we learn where we are on the sea of life. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.~ William Blake

Our comforts come from God; our sorrows, from ourselves. ~ Ivan Panin

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

The lives of happy people are dense with their own doings — crowded, active, thick. But the sorrowing are nomads, on a plain with few landmarks and no boundaries; sorrow’s horizons are vague and its demands are few. ~ Larry McMurtry

The cure for sorrow is to learn something. ~ Barbara Sher

There is something in sorrow more akin to the course of human affairs than joy. ~ C. Fitzhugh

Cares are often more difficult to throw off than sorrows; the latter die with time, the former grow. ~ Jean Paul Richter

Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think. ~ Tennessee Williams

Sorrow may be a good thing for a woman’s heart, but it is a poor cosmetic for her face. ~ Austin O’Malley

There is this difference between the grief of youth and that of old age: youth’s burden is lightened by as much of it as another shares; old age may give and give, but the sorrow remains the same. ~ O. Henry

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 to have recovered hope. ~ George Eliot

Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good. ~ Ovid

Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth. ~ Emile Durkheim

Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy. ~ Leo Tolstoy Quotes

Sorrow like rain makes roses and mud. ~ Austin O’Malley

Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion. ~ Dorothy Parker

It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less with baldness. ~ Marcus T. Cicero

Every heart has its secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Trouble comes to us all in this life: we set our hearts on things which it isn’t God’s will for us to have, and then we go sorrowing. ~ George Eliot

The path of sorrow and that path alone, leads to a land where sorrow is unknown. ~ William Cowper

There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow, but there is something in it so like virtue, that he who is wholly without it cannot be loved. ~ Samuel Johnson

Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt… doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness. ~ Comte De Lautreamont, Isidore Ducasse

Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, great as each may be, their highest comfort given to the sorrowful is a cordial introduction into another’s woe. Sorrow’s the great community in which all men born of woman are members at one time or another. ~ Sean O’Casey

Some sorrows are but footprints in the snow, which the genial sun effaces, or, if it does not wholly efface, changes into dimples. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us. ~ Freya Stark

In my dream, I was drowning my sorrows, but my sorrows they’d learned to swim. ~ U2

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sorrow has produced more melody than mirth. ~ C. Fitzhugh

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities. ~ Sophocles

True sorrow is as rare as true love. ~ Stephen King

The busy have no time for tears. ~ Lord Byron

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

Only one-fourth of the sorrow in each man’s life is caused by outside uncontrollable elements, the rest is self-imposed by failing to analyze and act with calmness. ~ George Holbrook Jackson

Sorrow is how we learn to love. Your heart isn’t breaking. It hurts because it’s getting larger. The larger it gets, the more love it holds. ~ Rita Mae Brown

Sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest knows nothing. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all, and to the young it comes with bittered agony because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to expect it. ~ Abrahm Lincoln Quotes

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

Sorrow is the rust of the soul and activity will cleanse and brighten it. ~ Samuel Johnson Quotes

Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is pleasure in calm remembrance of a past sorrow. ~ Marcus T. Cicero

Life’s joys and sorrows meet us every day, but some are blinded by their tears of sorrow and see no joy. ~ S.Moore

Sorrow is a kind of rust of the soul, which every new idea contributes in its passage to scour away. It is the putrefaction of stagnant life, and is remedied by exercise and motion. ~ Samuel Johnson Quotes

One drop of sorrow heals the troubled heart more than a thousand tongues of consolation. ~ Robert Leighton

Sorrows are gardeners: they plant flowers along waste places, and teach vines to cover barren heaps. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Two thirds of all sorrow is homemade and, so far as the universe is concerned, unnecessary. ~ Aldous Huxley

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

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

Sorrow is easy to express and so hard to tell. ~ Joni Mitchell

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