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Tears

  • Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.

  • These tears do me good, they have watered the parched place; perhaps my heart will grow again there!

  • The longing to be holy makes us weep, and we trust tears since they are made of water and come from our body, a double blessing.

  • Delicious tears! the heart's own dew.

    • L.E. Landon,
    • "The Guerilla Chief," The Improvisatrice ()
  • I am afraid of people / who cannot cry / Tears left unshed / turn to poison / in the ducts ...

    • Alice Walker,
    • "S M," Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful ()
  • I know of a cure for everything: salt water. ... Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.

    • Isak Dinesen,
    • "The Deluge at Norderney," Seven Gothic Tales ()
  • ... it is not always sorrow that opens the fountains of the eyes ...

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1680, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 6 ()
  • Tears from our sex are not always the results of grief; they are frequently no more than little sympathetic tributes which we pay to our fellow-beings, while the mind and the heart are steeled against the weakness which our eyes indicate.

  • Beware of men who cry. It's true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own.

  • Oh! what a luxury it is to weep, / And find in tears a sad relief!

  • Emptied with weeping / my eyes are / two buckets of the waterman / as he walks among orchard trees.

    • Safiya bint Musafir,
    • "At the Badr Trench" (c. 7th cent.), in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World ()
  • When I consider life and its few years — / A wisp of fog betwixt us and the sun; / A call to battle, and the battle done / Ere the last echo dies within our ears; / A rose choked in the grass; an hour of fears; / The gusts that past a darkening shore do beat; / The burst of music down an unlistening street — / I wonder at the idleness of tears.

  • I wish I might indulge more often in the luxury of tears. It should be, I think, one of the recompenses for the length of time one has to be a child.

  • Tears were a blessing; they were a relief; they did wash the ache from the heart, ease brain strain, and encourage the soul.

  • Oh, the blessing, the beautiful blessing of tears!

  • I used to think that because I cried so easily, I was deeply sensitive. Instead, I've learned that when someone told me a sad story, I was so full of my own unshed tears that the first tear I shed was for them, but the rest were for myself. Other people's pain kept tapping into my own unresolved issues.

  • [At age 6, touching her eyelashes and asking the director about her crying scene:] Do you want tears just to here, or do you want all-the-way-down tears?

  • Would it please you if I strung my tears / In pearls for you to wear?

  • Rich tears! What power lies in those falling drops.

  • Did you know, young man, that tears come in different flavors? There's sad tears and grieving tears and happy tears and mad tears, but the worst of all are the desperate tears ...

    • D.R. Meredith,
    • "Incident on Sixth Street," in Carolyn Wheat, ed., Murder on Route 66 ()
  • It is extremely difficult to draw tears from blockheads, except when muddled; and then they talk of themselves, and are pathetic.

  • If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful.

    • Sophia Loren,
    • in Ronald Warren Deutsch, Inspirational Hollywood ()
  • There, there — he cries again! Ye gods of thunder, / The fellow's like a rain cloud!

  • Sometimes tears are the only speech left to us.

  • Tragedy can break the heart but not the dam of the tearducts while schmaltz can dissolve the most hardened sophisticate.

  • Tears are a river that take you somewhere. Weeping creates a river around the boat that carries your soul-life. Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace new, someplace better.

  • Bernice cried at funerals. She had specified rates. For five dollars she was miserably unhappy. For ten, she cried. And for fifteen, she became hysterical.

  • Tears are the showers that fertilize this world ...

    • Jean Ingelow,
    • "Regret," in Jenny B. Bates, ed., Between the Lights: Thoughts for the Quiet Hour ()