Pearls mean tears.
—Doris Lessing (1919–2013) British Novelist, Poet
My tears must stop, for every drop Hinders needle and thread.
—Thomas Hood (1799–1845) English Poet, Humorist
The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
—John Vance Cheney (1848–1922) American Poet, Essayist, Librarian
Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.
—Henri Frederic Amiel (1821–81) Swiss Moral Philosopher, Poet, Critic
The tears fall, they’re so easy to wipe off onto my sleeve, but how do I erase the stain from my heart?
Tears are the softening showers which cause the seed of heaven to spring up in the human heart.
—Walter Scott (1771–1832) Scottish Novelist, Poet, Playwright, Lawyer
O, banish the tears of children! Continual rains upon the blossoms are hurtful.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
Tears are often the telescope through which men see far into heaven.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87) American Clergyman, Writer
In youth one has tears without grief; in age, griefs without tears
—Philibert Joseph Roux (1780–1854) French Surgeon
To me the meanest flower that blows can give thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
—William Wordsworth (1770–1850) English Poet
Tears are the silent language of grief.
—Voltaire (1694–1778) French Philosopher, Author
That long drip of human tears.
—Thomas Hardy (1840–1928) English Novelist, Poet
What a hell of witchcraft lies in the small orb of one particular tear!
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.
—Hosea Ballou (1771–1852) American Theologian
Pride dries the tears of anger and vexation; humility, those of grief. The one is indignant that we should suffer: the other calms us by the reminder that we deserve nothing else.
—Sophie Swetchine (1782–1857) Russian Mystic, Writer
Rejoice with them that rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
—The Holy Bible Scripture in the Christian Faith
I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State
Scorn the proud man that is ashamed to weep.
—Edward Young (1683–1765) English Poet
A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven.
—Chuck Swindoll (b.1934) American Evangelical Christian Pastor, Author
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
—George Santayana (1863–1952) Spanish-American Poet, Philosopher
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
—Charles Dickens (1812–70) English Novelist
Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
—Euripides (480–406 BCE) Ancient Greek Dramatist
Tears are words the heart can’t express.
A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.
—Cicero (106BCE–43BCE) Roman Philosopher, Orator, Politician, Lawyer
Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy.
—William Gilmore Simms (1806–70) American Poet, Historian, Novelist, Editor
Tears such as angels weep.
—John Milton (1608–74) English Poet, Civil Servant, Scholar, Debater
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,—tears from the depth of some divine despair rise in the heart and gather in the eyes, in looking on the happy autumn fields, and thinking of days that are no more.
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–92) British Poet
Many shed tears merely for show, and have dry eyes when no one’s around to observe them.
—Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) (c.4 BCE–65 CE) Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Tragedian
All the rarest hues of human life take radiance and are rainbowed out in tears.
—Gerald Massey (1828–1907) English Mystic, Poet, Egyptologist
What would women do if they could not cry?—What poor, defenceless creatures they would be.
—Douglas William Jerrold (1803–57) English Writer, Dramatist, Wit