A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on mankind and tears

What forests of laurel we bring, and the tears of mankind, to those who stood firm against the opinion of their contemporaries!

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Publilius Syrus on cruelty and tears

Cruelty is fed, not weakened by tears.

Publilius Syrus (fl. 1st Cent. BC -)

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A Quote by Phineas Fletcher on faults, fear, heaven, peace, tears, and vengeance

Drop, drop, slow tears, and bathe those beauteous feet Which brought from heaven the news and prince of peace. Cease not, wet eyes, his mercies to entreat; To cry for vengeance sin doth never cease; In your deep floods drown all my faults and fears, Nor let his eye see sin but through my tears.

Phineas Fletcher (1582 - 1650)

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A Quote by Percy Bysshe Shelley on good, goodness, love, needs, power, tears, and wisdom

The good want power, but to weep barren tears. The powerful goodness want: worse need for them. The wise want love; and those who love want wisdom.

Percy Shelley (1792 - 1822)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on men, pity, and tears

And alien tears will fill for him Pity's long-broken urn, For his mourners will be outcast men, And outcasts always mourn.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Source: (Pere Lachais; Paris, France)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on tears


And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand, The hand that held the steel: For only blood can wipe out blood, And only tears can heal.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Source: "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on admiration, ancestry, belief, challenge, church, cities, day, duty, faith, humility, kiss, posterity, praise, spirituality, tears, present, and time

Therefore, though we have rightly applauded our ancestors for their spiritual achievements (and do not and must not discount them now), those of us who prevail today will have done no small thing. The special spirits who have been reserved to live in this time of challenges and who overcome will one day be praised for their stamina by those who pulled handcarts. Those who were righteous in other ages, when the gospel light was snuffed out, will one day commend the current members of the Church who so live that the gospel light increased in its incandescence. Those of ancient Israel who saw many signs and yet episodically relapsed will one day praise those in this dispensation who have believed "because of the word" without being compelled to be humble. (Alma 32:14.) The Lamanites who were righteous in earlier times, especially, will praise their present posterity whose righteousness is bringing a blossoming of their seed. Thus the contemporary righteous will earn the esteem of their admired predecessors. Finally, if we are faithful, even the righteous of the city of Enoch will fall upon our necks and kiss us, and we will mingle our tears with their tears! (Moses 7:63.) Let us, therefore, notwithstanding our weaknesses, be reassured that the everyday keeping of the commandments and the doing of our duties is what it is all about.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Notwithstanding My Weakness, p. 18., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Maxwell N. Cornelius on beginning, darkness, fear, god, guidance, heaven, hope, meaning, mystery, praise, songs, tears, trust, and understanding

Not now, but in the coming years, It may be in the better land, We'll read the meaning of our tears, And then, ah, then we'll understand. We'll catch the broken threads again And finish what we here began; Heaven will the mysteries explain, And then, ah, then we'll understand. We'll know why clouds instead of sun Were over many a cherished plan, Why song has ceased when scarce begun; 'Tis there sometime we'll understand. Why what we long for most of all Eludes so oft our eager hand, Why hopes are crushed and castles fall, Up there, sometime we'll understand. God knows the way; he holds the key; He guides us with unerring hand; Sometimes with tearless eyes we'll see, Yes, there, up there we'll understand. Then trust in God through all thy days; Fear not, for he cloth hold thy hand; Though dark thy way, still sing and praise, Sometime, sometime we'll understand.

Maxwell N. Cornelius

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A Quote by Matthew Arnold on birth, earth, heart, and tears

He spoke, and loos'd our heart in tears. He laid us as we lay at birth On the cool flowery lap of earth.

Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)

Source: Memorial Verses

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A Quote by Matt Ghaffari on competition, disappointment, gold, quotations, sports, tears, and victory

I looked up and saw my flag. But I didn't hear my anthem. The quotation above from 6 ft 4 inch, 286 pound Silver Medalist Ghaffari (who broke down in tears on the medal stand) summed up his disappointment after an overtime loss to Aleksandr Karelin of Russia. A win would have given Ghaffari not only the Olympic gold medal but also his first victory over Karelin, something of which he has literally dreamed about after 20 meets between the two. Karelin dominates international competition in the sport.

Matt Ghaffari

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