I will on thee as on a comet look, A comet, the sad world's ill-boding book; Thy light as luctual and stain'd with woes I'll judge, where penal flames sit mixt and close. But though some think thou shin'st but to restrain Bold storms, and simply dost attend on rain; Yet I know well, and so our sins require, Thou dost but court cold rain, till rain turns fire.
When one with honeyed words but evil mind Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.Euripides
Do not dump your woes upon people keep the sad story of your life to yourself. Troubles grow by recounting them.elbert hubbard
No radiant pearl, which crested Fortune wears, No gem that twinkling hangs from Beauty's ears, Not the bright stars which Night's blue arch adorn, Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn, Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows Down Virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.erasmus darwin
The accent of conviction is made up of a mixture of faith, power, and love combined, forming a characteristic which is at once simple, pious, and grand, redolent of inspiration and sanctity. Here are no fabulous joys and woes; no hollow, fantastic sentimentalities; no wire-drawn refinings, either in thought or feeling; the passion that is traced before us has glowed in a living heart; the opinion he utters has risen in his own understanding, and'been a light to his own steps.Thomas Carlyle, p. 479. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
All these woes shall serve For sweet discourses in our time to come.william shakespeare
O fleeting joys Of Paradise, dear bought with lasting woes!john milton
What is the worst of woes that wait on age? What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow? To view each loved one blotted from life's page, And be alone on earth, as I am now.Rochdale
To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite; To forgive wrongs darker than death or night; To defy Power, which seems omnipotent: To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates From its own wreck the thing it contemplates; Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent; This, like thy glory,Titan, is to be Good, great and joyous, beautiful and free; This is alone Life,Joy, Empire and Victory.Percy Bysshe Shelley
Apart from the positive woes of perdition, an eternity of wretchedness grows from the want of love to Christ as naturally as the oak grows from the acorn, or the harvest from the scattered grain. It is not that love to Christ merits heaven; it does far better, it makes heaven. It is, as it were, the organ of sensation that takes note of heaven's blessedness.andrew kennedy hutchison boyd
No radiant pearl which crested Fortune wears,No gem that twinkling hangs from Beauty’s ears,Not the bright stars which Night’s blue arch adorn,Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn,Shine with such lustre as the tear that flowsDown Virtue’s manly cheek for others’ woes.erasmus darwin
The soft complaining flute, In dying notes, discovers The woes of hopeless lovers.john dryden
Rather I'd choose laboriously to bear A weight of woes, and breathe the vital air, A slave to some poor hind that toils for bread, Than reign the sceptred monarch of the dead.homer
The nightingale as soon as April bringeth Unto her rested sense a perfect waking, While late bare earth, proud of new clothing, springeth, Sings out her woes, a thorn her song-book making. And mournfully bewailing, Her throat in tunes expresseth What grief her breast oppresseth.Sir Philip Sidney, O Philomela Fair.
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than the animals that know nothing. A day will come when science will turn upon its error and no longer hesitate to shorten our woes. A day will come when it will dare and act with certainty; when life, grown wiser, will depart silently at its hour, knowing that it has reached its term.Maurice Maeterlinck
Soon as thy letters trembling I unclose, That well-known name awakens all my woes.Alexander Pope
The Spice-Tree lives in the garden green, Beside it the fountain flows; And a fair Bird sits the boughs between, And sings his melodious woes. * * * * * * That out-bound stem has branches three; On each a thousand blossoms grow; And old as aught of time can be, The root stands fast in the rocks below.John Sterling, The Spice-Tree, Stanzas 1 and 3.
Just are the ways of heaven; from Heaven proceed The woes of man; Heaven doom'd the Greeks to bleed.Homer, The Odyssey, Book VIII, line 128. Pope's translation
Apart from the positive woes of perdition, an eternity of wretchedness grows from the want of love to Christ as naturally as the oak grows from the acorn, or the harvest from the scattered grain. It is not that love to Christ merits heaven; it does far better, it makes heaven. It is, as it were, the organ of sensation that takes note of heaven's blessedness.P. 401. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Let the credulous and the vulgar continue to believe that all mental woes can be cured by a daily application of old Greek myths to their private parts.Vladimir Nabokov in: Lucy Huskinson Dreaming the Myth Onwards: New Directions in Jungian Therapy and Thought, Routledge, 14 January 2008, p.81
Come, now again, thy woes impart, Tell all thy sorrows, all thy sin; We cannot heal the throbbing heart Till we discern the wounds within.George Crabbe
His wretchedness, and his resistance, And his sad unallied existence: To which his spirit may oppose Itself and equal to all woes .Lord Byron, in The Complete Works of Lord Byron, 1835, p.886
The fittest for my Wound; Who best the gentle Passions knows to move; Ovid , the soft Philosopher of Love: His Love Epistles for my Friends I chose; For there I found the Kindred of my woes.John Dryden, in Love Triumphant (1694), Act II, scene i.
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