Sorrows remembered
sweeten present joy.

Robert Pollok


Instead of allowing yourself to be so unhappy, just let your love grow as God wants it to grow; just seek goodness in others, love more persons more; love them more impersonally, more unselfishly, without thought of return.  The return, never fear, will take care of itself.

Henry Drummond


A mountain or river is always there, waiting to be seen.  But if you're not holding your experience in your awareness, its power is not available to you.  We are easily caught up in emotional storms that cloud the heart and harm ourselves and others without our really knowing what we're doing or seeing things as they are.  Part of our soul work is to honor the pain and grief we all carry and not to think it is a door to someplace else.  It's a doorway to right here, right now, this moment.  Suffering is part of the human condition.  It needs to be held in the same way that joy and uplift need to be held--wakefully, as a mature adult.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.

Leo Tolstoy

I've gone through more pain in the last four years than I ever thought possible:  my son died, my family became shattered.  I had to begin again, one more time, and I wasn't sure I wanted to.  But I've also learned more about life and my soul and heart than I ever dreamed possible.  In doing so, I've discovered the most ancient message of all:  even when people tell you there isn't any hope, there is.  There is always hope, purpose, and a new magical lesson.

Melody Beattie


Sorrow is better than laughter:  for by the sadness of
the countenance the heart is made better.

Ecclesiastes 7:3


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Defeat may serve as well as victory
To shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind,
The boughs drink in new beauty and the trunk
Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture.  Sorrows come
To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.

Edwin Markham

The soul would have no rainbow had the eye no tears.

John Vance Cheney

Joys are our wings, sorrows our spurs.

Jean Paul Richter


Grief is a matter of relativity; the sorrow should be estimated
by its proportion to the sorrower; a gash is as painful
to one as an amputation to another.

Francis Thompson


Depression has played a major role in my life.  In some ways, I wish that I had never had to go through it, but in others, I know that my life is richer because of the time that I've spent deep in pain.  Winston Churchill called it a big black dog that sat in the corner, watching him all the time; to me, it was more like a fog that every once in a while would roll in over me, blocking my view of everything bright and beautiful.  I felt horrible that the people who knew me thought it was something I could control, something I was doing by choice--never would I be so masochistic as to put myself through that kind of anguish.

But the most important thing about depression was that it passed.  Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, but it always passed.  And because of it, I have some gifts that I know will serve me my whole life long:  I have compassion, for I've been through horrible emotional pain; I have a great appreciation for feeling good and looking for all the positive aspects of life; I have insight, for the depression drew me deep, deep inside myself to places where I never would have chosen to go; I have joy, for the greatest joys come when I compare the times when I'm feeling good to those terrible feelings I've had before.

Depression is terrible--there's no doubt about that.  My depression hurt me, and hurt and even destroyed some of my friendships and relationships.  But we've been given a great deal of strength and resilience, and we always have to remember that no matter how dark the night, the sun will always rise.  Even on the darkest, stormiest days, we know that the sun is there behind the clouds, and it will come to us once more.

tom walsh

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The Rainy Days      tom walsh

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long
as the other in the year’s course.  Even a happy life cannot be
without a measure of darkness, and the word “happiness” would lose
its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.  It is far better to take
things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

Carl Gustav Jung

The excursion is the same when you go looking for
your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.

Eudora Welty


The deeper the sorrow, the less tongue it has.

the Talmud


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"Life is not all sadness," Old Hawk continued.  "Yet, without sadness we
would not yearn for joy, and strive to find it, and treasure it when it comes.
It is also a fact that neither sadness nor joy is with us constantly.  And how
often one of the other is part of our journey is not always within our control.
We all want joy more than sadness and rare is the person who wants
sadness at all."

"I will be happy if I never know sadness ever again," said Jeremy.
"But then I know I'm not the first to wish that, and I won't be the last."

"Yes.  All of us wish that at one time or another.
We wish it because we know there will be sadness," replied the old
man.  "In part we acknowledge the reality of sadness, and in part we
reject it.  The reality of the sun shining today does not eliminate the
reality of gray skies and rain tomorrow."

Joseph M. Marshall III


Sadness is the ground in which love and compassion grow.

Christina Feldman


I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable,
racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that
just to be alive is a grand thing.

Agatha Christie



I think there is something beautiful in reveling in sadness. The proof is
how beautiful sad songs can be. So I don’t think being sad is to be
avoided. It’s apathy and boredom you want to avoid. But feeling
anything is good, I think. Maybe that’s sadistic of me.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.

Jewish proverb


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