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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
Sorrow
 
  Religion … prescribes to every miserable man the means of bettering his condition; nay, it shows him that the bearing of his afflictions as he ought to do will naturally end in the removal of them: it makes him easy here because it can make him happy hereafter.  1
  Upon the whole, a contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world; and if in the present life his happiness arises from the subduing his desires, it will arise in the next from the gratification of them.
Joseph Addison: Spectator, No. 574.    
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  The safe and general antidote against sorrow is employment. It is commonly observed that among soldiers and seamen, though there is much kindness, there is little grief; they see their friend fall without any of that lamentation which is indulged in security and idleness, because they have no leisure to spare from the care of themselves; and whoever shall keep his thoughts equally busy, will find himself equally unaffected with irretrievable losses.  3
  Time is observed generally to wear out sorrow, and its effects might doubtless be accelerated by quickening the succession, and enlarging the variety of objects.
                    Si tempore longo
Leniri poterit luctus, tu sperne morari:
Qui sapiet, sibi tempus erit.
            GROTIUS.
’Tis long ere time can mitigate your grief;
To wisdom fly, she quickly brings relief.
            F. LEWIS.
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  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.
Dr. Samuel Johnson: Rambler, No. 47.    
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  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.
John Locke.    
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  When some one sorrow, that is yet reparable, gets hold of your mind like a monomania—when you think, because heaven has denied you this or that, on which you had set your heart, that all your life must be a blank—oh, then diet yourself well on biography—the biography of good and great men. See how little a space one sorrow really makes in life. See scarce a page, perhaps, given to some grief similar to your own; and how triumphantly the life sails on beyond it. You thought the wing was broken! Tut—tut—’twas but a bruised feather! See what life leaves behind it, when all is done!—a summary of positive facts far out of the region of sorrow and suffering, linking themselves with the being of the world. Yes! biography is the medicine here!
Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton: The Caxtons, ch. xliv.    
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  The violence of sorrow is not at the first to be striven withal; being, like a mighty beast, sooner tamed with following than overthrown by withstanding.
Sir Philip Sidney.    
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  Sorrow being the natural and direct offspring of sin, that which first brought sin into the world must, by necessary consequence, bring in sorrow too.
Robert South.    
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