Great Throughts Treasury

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Frederick Dan Huntington

If we do not know what the sorrow of penitence is, we have been living only on the surface of life - unmindful of its deep realities, unconscious of its grander glories.

Life | Life | Sorrow | Wisdom |

John Locke

Repentance is a hearty sorrow for our past misdeeds, and is a sincere resolution and endeavor, to the utmost of our power, to conform all our actions to the law of God. It does not consist in one single act of sorrow, but in doing works meet for repentance; in a sincere obedience to the law of Christ for the remainder of our lives.

God | Law | Obedience | Past | Power | Repentance | Resolution | Sorrow | Wisdom |

Douglas MacArthur

And in the end, through the long ages of our quest for light, it will be found that truth is still mightier than the sword. For out of the welter of human carnage and human sorrow and human weal the indestructible thing that will always live is a sound idea.

Light | Sorrow | Sound | Truth | Will | Wisdom |

Masonic Manual NULL

O ye princes and rulers, how exceeding strong is wine! It causeth all men to err that drink it; it maketh the mind of the king and the beggar to be all one, of the bondsman and the freeman, of the poor man and of the rich; it turneth also every thought into jollity and mirth, so that a man remembereth neither sorrow nor debt; it changeth and elevateth the spirits and enliventh the heavy hearts of the miserable; it maketh a man forget his brethren, and draw his sword against his best friends.

Debt | Man | Men | Mind | Mirth | Sorrow | Thought | Wisdom | Thought |

John Locke

Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good; and we are then possessed of any good, when we have it so in our power that we can use it when we please... Sorrow is uneasiness in the mind, upon the thought of a good lost, which might have been enjoyed longer; or the sense of a present evil.

Consideration | Evil | Good | Joy | Mind | Power | Present | Sense | Sorrow | Thought | Wisdom | Thought |

Maurice Maeterlinck, fully Count Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck

Physical suffering apart, not a single sorrow exists that can touch us except through our thoughts.

Sorrow | Suffering | Wisdom |

Maurice Maeterlinck, fully Count Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck

What man is there that does not laboriously, though all unconsciously, himself fashion the sorrow that is to be the pivot of his life!

Life | Life | Man | Sorrow | Wisdom |

Jeremy Taylor

Every man rejoices twice when he has a partner of his joy; a friend shares my sorrow and makes it but a moiety, but he swells my joy and makes it double.

Friend | Joy | Man | Sorrow | Wisdom |

O. J. Simon

Faith, love and sorrow are three elements that mysteriously blend in human experience, each having its own tale to tell of the relation which we bear to the Supreme Being.

Experience | Faith | Love | Sorrow | Wisdom |

William Gilmore Simms

Not to sorrow freely is never to open the bosom to the sweets of the sunshine.

Sorrow | Wisdom |

Union Prayer Book NULL

To brood over our sorrow is to embitter our grief.

Grief | Sorrow | Wisdom |

Obafemi Awolowo, fully Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, commonly known as Awo

After rain comes sunshine; after darkness comes the glorious dawn. There is no sorrow without its alloy of joy, there is no joy without its admixture of sorrow. Behind the ugly terrible mask of misfortune lies the beautiful soothing countenance of prosperity. So, tear the mask!

Darkness | Dawn | Joy | Misfortune | Prosperity | Sorrow | Ugly | Misfortune |

Chong Ch’ol

Life has an end; only sorrow is endless.

Life | Life | Sorrow |

Richard Clarke Cabot

Thinking is not worship, but if it is initiated by a wrench of sorrow which banishes the half-gods of our superfician existence, God may appear.

Existence | God | Sorrow | Thinking | Worship | God |