A Quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning on laughter, tears, time, and world

There Shakespeare, on whose forehead climb The crowns o' the world; oh, eyes sublime With tears and laughter for all time!

Elizabeth Browning (1806 - 1861)

Source: A Vision of Poets.

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A Quote by Elizabeth Akers Allen on tears


Backward, flow backward, O tide of the years! I am so weary of toil and of tears,- Toil without recompense, tears all in vain! Take them, and give me my childhood again!

Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832 - 1911)

Source: Rock Me to Sleep, 1860

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A Quote by Elaine Christensen on children, god, love, pain, and tears

STILLBORN Still, with milk my breasts Still, with love my arms Still, at night I rock Still, so still my tears Still, with pain my womb Still, with God my child

Elaine Christensen (1948 -)

Source: At the Edges, published by the Utah State Poetry Society, 1990

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A Quote by Charles Edwin Markham on beginning, certainty, choice, glory, god, life, loneliness, rest, spirit, tears, tragedy, and vision

When in the dim beginning of the years, God mixed in man the raptures and the tears, And scattered through his brain that starry stuff, He said: "Behold! Yet this is not enough; For I must test his spirit to make sure That he can dare the vision and endure. I will withdraw my face, Veil me in shadow for a certain space, Leaving behind me only a broken clue- A crevice where the glory glimmers through, Some whisper from the sky, Some footprint in the road to track me by. I will leave man to make the fateful guess, To leave him torn between the no and yes, Leave him unresting 'til he rest in me, Drawn upward by the choice that makes him free- Leave him in tragic loneliness to choose, With all in life to win or to lose.

Edwin Markham (1852 - 1940)

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A Quote by Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton on tears and world

Sorrows humanize our race; tears are the showers that fertilize the world.

Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton (1831 - 1891)

Source: pseudonym: Owen Meredith, Lucile

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A Quote by Edward Fitzgerald on tears and wit


The moving finger writes; and having writ Moves on: not all your piety nor wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line, Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.

Edward Fitzgerald (1809 - 1883)

Source: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Persian writer & astronomer (c.1050–c.1123)

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A Quote by Edgar Allan Poe on angels, fear, food, funerals, god, heroism, hope, madness, mortality, music, play, solitude, soul, tears, and tragedy

Lo! 'tis a gala night Within the lonesome latter years! An angel throng, bewinged, bedight In veils, and drowned in tears, Sit in a theatre, to see A play of hopes and fears, While the orchestra breathes fitfully The music of the spheres. Mimes, in the form of God on high, Mutter and mumble low, And hither and thither fly -- Mere puppets they, who come and go At bidding of vast formless things That shift the scenery to and fro, Flapping from out their Condor wings Invisible Wo! That motley drama! --oh, be sure It shall not be forgot! With its Phantom chased forever more, By a crowd that seize it not, Through a circle that ever returneth in To the self-same spot, And much of Madness and more of Sin And Horror the soul of the plot. But see, amid the mimic rout, A crawling shape intrude! A blood-red thing that writhes from out The scenic solitude! It writhes! --it writhes! --with mortal pangs The mimes become its food, And the seraphs sob at vermin fangs In human gore imbued. Out - out are the lights - out all! And over each quivering form, The curtain, a funeral pall, Comes down with the rush of a storm, And the angels, all pallid and wan, Uprising, unveiling, affirm That the play is the tragedy, "Man," And its hero the Conqueror Worm.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Source: The Conqueror Worm, 1843

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A Quote by Edgar Allan Poe on beauty, kindness, soul, and tears

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

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A Quote by Dionysius Cato on tears and women

When a woman weeps, she is setting traps with her tears. -Struit insidias lacrimis cum femina plorat

Dionysius Cato

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A Quote by Dave Workman on lies, love, and tears

What is love? I've been crushed, beaten, bruised, broken, and torn apart by what you call love. To me, love is something . . . somewhere . . . that embraces you, and when it is through . . . tears you to pieces, and leaves you lying in the dust forever.

Dave Workman

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