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88,054. I made my exit, and it was not until after I had done so that it occurred to me I had not actually offered her my condolences. I could well imagine the blow the news would be to her, her aunt having been, to all intents and purposes, like a mother to her, and I paused out in the corridor, wondering if I should go back, knock and make good my omission. But then it occurred to me that if I were to do so, I might easily intrude upon her private grief. Indeed, it was not impossible that Miss Kenton, at that very moment, and only a few feet from me, was actually crying. The thought provoked a strange feeling to rise within me, causing me to stand there hovering in the corridor for some moments. But eventually I judged it best to await another opportunity to express my sympathy and went on my way. (Servant & Sensitivity & Grief & Opportunity) Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
78,254. Can I see another’s woe.
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another’s grief
And not seek for kind relief? (Kind & Woe & Sorrow & Grief) William Blake
508. I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history. (Religion & Christianity & Cross & Grief & Priest) John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson September 1816
1,156. Before the beginning of years
There came to the making of man
Time, with a gift of tears;
Grief, with a glass than ran. (Life’s Like That & Time & Grief) Algernon Charles Swinburne, Atalanta in Calydon 1865
50,608. Extremity of griefs would make men mad. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus IV i 19, Young Lucius
50,613. My crown I am, but still my griefs are mine.
You may my glories and my state dispose,
But not my griefs; still am I king of those. (Grief & Crown & King) William Shakespeare, Richard II IV i 181-183, Richard to Bolingbroke
50,614. ’Tis very true: my grief lies all within,
And these external manner of laments
And merely shadows to the unseen grief
That swells with silence in the tortured soul. ibid. IV i 285-288, Richard to Bolingbroke and Northumberland
50,612. Each substance of a grief hath twenty shadows. ibid. II ii 14, Bushy to Queen and Bagot
1,172. For what is this world but grief and woe?
O God! Methinks it were a happy life
To be not better than a homely swain. (Life’s Like That & World & Grief & Woe) ibid. II v 20-22, King Henry’s soliloquy
46,054. Nothing lives but crosses, cares and grief. (Shakespeare & Grief) The Hollow Crown: Richard II, BBC 2012, starring Ben Whishaw & Rory Kinnear & Patrick Stewart & David Suchet & David Morrissey & Lindsay Duncan & Tom Hughes & James Purefoy & Clemence Poesy & Ferdinand Kinsley et al, director Rupert Goold, York
46,058. My griefs are mine. (Shakespeare & Grief) ibid.
50,609. What, wilt thou wash him from his grave with tears? ...
Some grief shows much of love,
But much of grief shows still some want of wit. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet III v 70 & 72-73, Capulet’s wife to Juliet
50,610. Is there no pity sitting in the clouds
That sees into the bottom of my grief? ibid. III v 196-197, Juliet to self
50,611. I am not mad: this hair I tear is mine ...
O, if I could, what grief should I forget ...
I am not mad; too well, too well I feel
The different plague of each calamity. William Shakespeare, King John III 45 & 50 & 59-60, Constance to others
8,888. Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,
Remembers me of all his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form:
Then have I reason to be fond of grief. (Children & Grief) ibid. III iv 93
81,239. Be moderate, be moderate.
Why tell you me of moderation?
The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste,
And violenteth in a sense as strong
As that which causeth it: how can I moderate it? (Moderation & Grief) William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida IV iv 1
46,031. My grief stretches itself beyond the hour of death. (Shakespeare & Grief) The Hollow Crown: Henry IV part II 2012 ***** BBC starring Jeremy Irons & Simon Russell Beale & Tom Hiddleston & Alun Armstrong & David Bamber & Julie Walters & Niamh Cusack & David Dawson & Michaelle Dockery et al, director Richard Eyre, King
50,615. Well, every one can master a grief but he that has it. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing III ii 28
56,713. Patch grief with proverbs. (Proverbs & Grief) ibid.
50,616. But, O Grief,
Where hast thou led me? William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar I iii Cassius to Casca
50,617. ’Tis unmanly grief. William Shakespeare, Hamlet I ii 94, Claudius
50,618. Fie! ’Tis a fault of heaven.
A fault against the dead, a fault to nature,
To reason most absurd, whose common theme
Is death to fathers, and who still hath cried,
From the first corse till he that died today,
‘Tis must be so. ibid. I ii 101-106, Claudius
50,619. When remedies are past, the griefs are ended
By seeing the worst which late on hopes depended.
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
In the next way to draw new mischief on.
What cannot be preserved when fortune takes,
Patience her injury a mockery makes.
The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief;
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief. William Shakespeare, Othello I iii @201, Duke
50,620. We lost it not so long as we can smile.
He bears the sentence well that nothing bears
But the free comfort which from thence he hears,
But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow
That, to pay grief, must of poor patience borrow. ibid. I iii @210
50,682. Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break. (Sorror & Grief) William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth IV iii 209