T is better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.1
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]