Day 2101: Verge of tears

These days, I’m on the verge of tears.

What can I do when I’m on the verge of tears?

Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.

Leonardo da Vinci

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving

It is such a secret place, the land of tears.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Robert Frost

Nothing dries sooner than tears.

Samuel Richardson

Tears are the summer showers to the soul.

Alfred Austin

The tears of the world are a constant quality.  For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops.  The same is true for laughter.

Samuel Beckett

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

Saint Teresa of Ávila

Sympathizing and selfish people are alike, both given to tears.

Leigh Hunt

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

Edgar Allan Poe

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity .. and some scarce see nature at all.  But to the eyes of the [hu]man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

William Blake

I cry very easily. It can be a movie, a phone conversation, a sunset — tears are words waiting to be written.

Paulo Coelho

In art there are tears that lie too deep for thought.

Louis Kronenberger

When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.

Maurice Maeterlinck

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion.  I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

Kurt Vonnegut

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.

Isak Dinesen

Those quotes have me on the verge of tears and on the verge of sharing some recent photos.







Here’s another quote about tears:

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.

Ludwig  van Beethoven

Even though “should”s and male ideas about the differences between men and women can put me on the verge of tears, that quote is still a great introduction to today’s music.


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29 thoughts on “Day 2101: Verge of tears

  1. I have always felt tears were accents to life. ♥️

  2. There is something very powerful and cleansing about tears whether happy or sad

  3. You shared some moving quotes about tears, but I feel very sad that you are on the verge of tears so often. As it happens, I am often on the verge of tears these days, too. At the moment, they do not feel like the summer showers to the soul. But, maybe if I wait and see.

  4. May today also find you smiling, Ann.

  5. No words, just tears…(੭ ˃̣̣̥ ω˂̣̣̥)੭ु⁾⁾

  6. I understand how you feel, or think I do, and I’m reminded of a few lines of Coleridge that I hope may help:

    Henceforth I shall know
    That Nature ne’er deserts the wise and pure;
    No plot so narrow, be but Nature there,
    No waste so vacant, but may well employ
    Each faculty of sense, and keep the heart
    Awake to Love and Beauty! and sometimes
    ‘Tis well to be bereft of promis’d good,
    That we may lift the soul, and contemplate
    With lively joy the joys we cannot share.

  7. Shedding some tears can act as a release and cleanse the soul

  8. Vonnegut and Dinesen speak to me! It’s good to know so many people are a bit leaky. We’re in good company. I love the way that piano piece is illustrated. And of course, I really like the heart nailed to the utility pole. Nice. I hope whatever is making you teary works its way out in good way!

  9. Your photos brought tears of joy to my eyes Ann. So beautiful

  10. Nancy

    Or as Virgil wrote in the Aeneid, “Lacrimae rerum.” Translation “The tears of things”. If you say the Latin words aloud, you will hear the meter

  11. One of my late friends released his tears when touched by kindness

  12. There’s a lot to cry about, Ann. For anyone with your sensitivity, I can imagine tears are often close. The quotes you’ve shared are really wonderful, and I’d like to study them a bit. It’s funny but earlier today I was thinking about tears. I heard some bad news about a friend and wondered how I could feel so sad and NOT shed tears, but then I often tear up listening to music. Sometimes I wonder about my “water works.”

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