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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6792
AUTHOR:Alfred Tennyson Tennyson (1809–1892)
QUOTATION:  ’T is better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:In Memoriam. xxvii. Stanza 4.
 
Note 1.
See Crabbe, page 444. Arthur Hugh Clough: Peschiera.
What voice did on my spirit fall,
  Peschiera, when thy bridge I crost?
  ’T is better to have fought and lost
Than never to have fought at all.

Congreve: The Way of the World, Act ii. Scene i.
Say what you will, ’t is better to be left
Than never to have loved. [back]
 

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