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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6564
AUTHOR:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
QUOTATION:        There is no greater sorrow
Than to be mindful of the happy time
In misery. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:Inferno. Canto v. Line 121.
 
Note 1.
Nessun maggior dolore
Che ricordarsi del tempo felice
Nella miseria.
  See Chaucer, page 5.

  In omni adversitate fortunæ, infelicissimum genus est infortunii fuisse felicem (In every adversity of fortune, to have been happy is the most unhappy kind of misfortune).—Boethius: De Consolatione Philosophiæ, liber ii.

This is truth the poet sings,
That a sorrow’s crown of sorrow is remembering happier things.
Tennyson: Locksley Hall, line 75. [back]
 

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