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Quotations about Crying
The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep. ~Henry Maudsley, M.D.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Khalil Gibran (1883–1931), The Prophet
Let your tears come. Let them water your soul. ~Eileen Mayhew
[J]okes can be noble. Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion... I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning-up to do afterward... ~Kurt Vonnegut, "Hypocrites You Always Have With You," 1980
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. If there were wanting any argument to prove that man is not mortal, I would look for it in the strong convulsive emotion of the breast, when the soul has been deeply agitated; when the fountains of feeling are rising, and tears are gushing forth in crystal streams. Oh, speak not harshly of the stricken one — weeping in silence! Break not the solemnity by rude laughter, or intrusive footsteps. Despise not a woman's tears — they are what make her an angel. Scoff not if the stern heart of manhood is sometimes melted to tears of sympathy — they are what help to elevate him above the brute. I love to see the tears of affection. They are painful tokens, but still most holy. There is a pleasure in tears — an awful pleasure! If there were none on earth to shed a tear for me, I should be loath to live; and if not one might weep over my grave, I could never die in peace. ~Author unknown, c. 1841
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, 1860
I saw a rare flower growing, and I sought to know whence came its entrancing redolence, its wondrous glow, and I saw that where it grew the ground was wet with tears. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904
Not in the time of pleasure
Hope doth set her bow;
But in the sky of sorrow,
Over the vale of woe.
Through gloom and shadow look we
On beyond the years:
The soul would have no rainbow
Had the eyes no tears.
~John Vance Cheney, "Tears," 1892
Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. ~Christian Nestell Bovee, Thoughts, Feelings, and Fancies, 1857
Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed. ~Natalie Clifford Barney
Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. ~Antoine Rivaroli, Count de Rivarol
Let your tears flow and where they go, let your sorrows follow. ~Dodinsky
to cry is beautiful—
the beauty of one's pain
leaving the heart
~Terri Guillemets, "Water cycle," 2019, blackout poetry created from Maud Casey, The Man Who Walked Away, 2014, pages 114–115
Because those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either. ~Golda Meir, 1973
The tender music brought the relief of a flood of tears to the overcharged hearts of the parents; and it was well, for tears are the safety valve of sorrow, and he who can weep will not die of a broken heart. ~Gustav Nieritz (1795–1876), "The Garden Grave," The Cobbler, the Clerk, and the Lawyer of Liebstein, translated from the German by Annie Harwood, 1868
Tears are the safety-valve of grief, but, if they flow inwards, they are apt to burst the heart. ~Charles Searle, Look Here!, 1885
Tears are the safety-valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on. ~Albert Smith, c. 1885
Every man that suffers and weeps is a poet; every tear is a verse, and every heart a poem. ~Marc André, quoted in A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness, collected and translated by J. De Finod, 1880
At midnight tears
Run into your ears
~Louise Bogan (1897–1970), "Solitary Observation Brought Back from a Sojourn in Hell," Poems and New Poems, 1941
Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow. ~Rita Schiano, Sweet Bitter Love, 1997
The Holy Scriptures praise the dew of the morning and the dew of the evening; ros matutinum, ros serotinum! Happy is he who possesses the gift of tears! when young, he will bear flowers; when old, fruit! ~Joseph Roux, Meditations of a Parish Priest, translated from French by Isabel F. Hapgood
Tears are words the heart cannot express. ~Proverb
Smiles do not always echo cheer,
Nor tear-drops measure grief,
For sorrow seeks a gilded mask,
And joy in tears, relief.
~Georgia Douglas Camp Johnson (1880–1966), "Transpositions," The Heart of a Woman and Other Poems, 1918
Never fear to weep;
For tears are summer showers to the soul,
To keep it fresh and green...
~Alfred Austin, Savonarola: A Tragedy, 1881
Lips that taste of tears, they say,
Are the best for kissing.
Hide not thy tears: weep boldly — and be proud
To give the flowing virtue manly way.
'Tis nature's mark, to know an honest heart by.
~Aaron Hill (1685–1750), Alzira, 1736
Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion. ~Robert Harling, Steel Magnolias, 1987
Mine eyes are full of tears, my heart of grief. ~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, c.1590 [II, 3, Duke of Gloucester]
The tear, down Childhood's cheek that flows,
Is like the dew-drop on the rose;
When next the summer breeze comes by,
And waves the bush, the flower is dry...
~Walter Scott, Rokeby, 1813
What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul. ~Jewish proverb
I heard the teardrop hit my pillow
before I even knew I was crying...
~Terri Guillemets, "Haven't seen you lately," 1995
Every tear should live its purpose. Don't ever wipe the reason away. ~Jessica Simpson, @JessicaSimpson, tweet, 2009
I didn't want my picture taken because I was going to cry. I didn't know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I'd cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full. ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, 1963
I know of a cure for everything: salt water... Sweat, or tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), "The Deluge at Norderney," 1933
I cannot weep; for all my body's moisture
Scarce serves to quench my furnace-burning heart:
Nor can my tongue unload my heart's great burthen;
For selfsame wind that I should speak withal
Is kindling coals that fires all my breast,
And burns me up with flames that tears would quench.
To weep is to make less the depth of grief...
~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, c.1590 [II, 1, Richard III – Duke of Gloucester]
Unless you have been very, very lucky, you have undoubtedly experienced events in your life that have made you cry. So unless you have been very, very lucky, you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit. ~Lemony Snicket
But there is even in misfortune a pleasure to mortals while they weep and shed tears. This assuages grief, and is wont to relive the excessive pangs of the heart. ~Euripides
It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears. ~Ovid
Tears are the silent language of grief. ~Voltaire
Invisible tears are the hardest to wipe away. Just let it out, my friend. ~Terri Guillemets
More grievous than tears is the sight of them. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
These tears need to be shed, wept into the earth where there is no hope of consolation. Sometimes a man has to cry alone. ~Edmond Manning, King Perry, 2011
I like the snot to run a little, the tears to accumulate a bit before reaching for the handkerchief. Then I know I'm really crying. Crying just isn't crying unless it's messy. ~Terri Guillemets
Weep, wretched man, I'll aid thee tear for tear;
And let our hearts and eyes, like civil war,
Be blind with tears, and break o'ercharged with grief.
~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, c.1590 [II, 5, Henry VI]
It is such a secret place, the land of tears. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943
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