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"Do work that matters. Vale la pena" - Gloria E. Anzald˙a

"I am declined Into the vale of years." - William Shakespeare

"Brother, hello and good-bye. Frater, ave atque vale" - Catullus

"Call the world if you please 'The vale of soulmaking." - John Keats

"Along the cool sequestered vale of life, They kept the noiseless tenour of their way." - Thomas Gray

"God promises to make the vale of trouble a door of hope" - Jill Briscoe

"LEGACY, n. A gift from one who is legging it out of this vale of tears." - Ambrose Bierce

"Life is a vale of tears in which there are moments you just can't stop giggling." - Robert Breault

"In the vale beneath the hill The evening's growing purple strengthens." - Margaret Junkin Preston

"Where scattered wild the Lily of the Vale Its balmy essence breathes." - James Thomson

"Along the cool sequestered vale of life, They kept the noiseless tenour of their way." - Thomas Gray

"While the wanton Zephyr sings, And in the vale perfumes his wings." - John Dyer

"Call the world if you please The vale of soul-making." - John Keats

"There lies a vale in Ida, lovelier Than all the valleys of Ionian hills." - Alfred Tennyson

"Through the sequester'd vale of rural life The venerable patriarch guileless held The tenor of his way." - Beilby Porteus

"Sorry-in-the-Vale, Sorriest River, Crying Pools," said Jared. "Is the quarry called Really Depressed Quarry?" - Sarah Rees Brennan

"The lily of the vale, of flowers the queen, Puts on the robe she neither sew'd nor spun." - Michael Bruce

"Hell's court is built deep in a gloomy vale, High walled with strong damnation, moated round With flaming brimstone." - Joseph Beaumont

"Spangling the wave with lights as vain As pleasures in this vale of pain, That dazzle as they fade." - Walter Scott

"Through the sequester'd vale of rural life The venerable patriarch guileless held The tenor of his way." - Beilby Porteus

"His thoughts have a high aim, though their dwelling be in the vale of a humble heart." - Michel De Montaigne

"Spangling the wave with lights as vain As pleasures in the vale of pain, That dazzle as they fade." - Walter Scott

"In sober state, Through the sequestered vale of rural life, The venerable patriarch guileless held The tenor of his way." - Beilby Porteus

"Some say the world is a vale of tears, I say it is a place of soul-making." - John Keats

"Now deep in ocean sunk the lamp of light, And drew behind the cloudy vale of night." - Homer

"Now, now," said Vale in a sickeningly sweet voice reminiscent of a nursery nanny. "I already gave him a drubbing for courting Emmie."Reynaud raised his eyebrows. "You did?""He did not," Hartley said even as Vale nodded happily. "I threw him down the stairs."Vale pursed his lips and looked skyward. "Not my recollection, but I can see how your memory of the event may've become hazy." - Elizabeth Hoyt

"What is there in the vale of lifeHalf so delightful as a wife;When friendship, love and peace combineTo stamp the marriage-bond divine?" - William Cowper

"Ere, in the northern gale, The summer tresses of the trees are gone, The woods of Autumn, all around our vale, Have put their glory on." - William C Bryant

"Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale, And guide my lonely way To where yon taper cheers the vale With hospitable ray." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Many species reciprocate, but only humans gossip, and much of what we gossip about is the vale of other people as partners for reciprocal relationships." - Jonathan Haidt

"Call the world if you please "the vale of soul-making." Then you will find out the use of the world." - John Keats

"Before the gods that made the gods Had seen their sunrise pass, The White Horse of the White Horse Vale Was cut out of the grass." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"If you recognize anyone, it does not mean that you like him.We all, for instance, recognize the honourable Member for Ebbw Vale." - Lord Randolph Churchill

"We live in a vale of tears...We can have all the dreams we like, but life is hard, implacable, sad." - Paulo Coelho

"Un momento con una donna capricciosa vale undici anni di vita noiosa. A single moment with a fiery female is worth eleven years of a boring life." - Sarah Maclean

"Atque in pepetuum, frater, ave atque vale," he whispered. The words of the poem had never seemed so fitting: Forever and ever, my brother, hail and farewell." - Cassandra Clare

"No sound is uttered, - but a deep And solemn harmony pervades The hollow vale from steep to steep, And penetrates the glades." - William Wordsworth

"Turn, gentle Hermit of the Dale, And guide my lonely way To where you taper cheers the vale With hospitable ray." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Slow let us trace the matchless vale of Thames; Fair winding up to where the Muses haunt In Twit'nham bowers, and for their Pope implore." - James Thomson

"The meanest floweret of the vale, The simplest note that swells the gale, The common sun, the air, the skies, To him are open paradise." - Thomas Gray

"The purple heath and golden broom On moory mountains catch the gale, O'er lawns the lily sheds perfume, The violet in the vale." - James Montgomery

"The rose looks out in the valley, And thither will I go, To the rosy vale, where the nightingale Sings his song of woe." - Gil Vicente

"What is there in the vale of life Half so delightful as a wife, When friendship, love, and peace combine To stamp the marriage-bond divine?" - William Cowper

"There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet." - Thomas Moore

"Life is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud" - Robert Green Ingersoll

"The meanest flowret of the vale, / The simplest note that swells the gale, / The common sun, the air, and skies, / To him are opening paradise." - Thomas Gray

"In the valley of suffering, despair and bitterness are brewed. But there also character is made. The valley of suffering is the vale of soul-making." - Nicholas Wolterstorff

"There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet." - Charles Lamb

"Beyond this vale of tears There is a life above, Unmeasured by the flight of years; And all that life is love." - James Montgomery

"There is a Yew-tree, pride of Lorton Vale, Which to this day stands single, in the midst Of its own darkness, as it stood of yore." - William Wordsworth

"By Nebo's lonely mountain, On this side Jordan's wave, In a vale in the land of Moab, There lies a lonely grave." - Cecil Frances Alexander

"Before the gods that made the gods Had seen their sunrise pass, The White Horse of the White Horse Vale Was cut out of the grass." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Beyond this vale of tears there is a life above. unmeasured by the flight of years; and all that life is love." - James Montgomery

"Sweetest Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen Within thy airy shell, By slow Meander's margent green, And in the violet-embroidered vale." - John Milton

"The tender heart, the broken and contrite spirit, are to me far above all the joys that I could ever hope for in this vale of tears." - Charles Simeon

"If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl." - H L Mencken

"Court-virtues bear, like gems, the highest rate, Born where Heav'n influence scarce can penetrate. In life's low vale, the soil the virtues like, They please as beauties, here as wonders strike." - Alexander Pope

"If Heaven a draught of heavenly pleasure spare, One cordial in this melancholy vale, 'T is when a youthful, loving, modest pair In other's arms breathe out the tender tale" - Robert Burns

"The innocence of such children doesn't answer our deepest questions about this vale of tears to which we are condemned, but it helps to dispel them. That is the secret to family life." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Life is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud, and the only answer is the echo of our wailing cry." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Violets! - deep-blue violets! April's loveliest coronets! There are no flowers grow in the vale, Kiss'd by the dew, woo'd by the gale, - None by the dew of the twilight wet, So sweet as the deep-blue violet." - Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"Hark! that's the nightingale, Telling the self-same tale Her song told when this ancient earth was young: So echoes answered when her song was sung In the first wooded vale." - Christina Rossetti

"Court-virtues bear, like gems, the highest rate, Born where Heav'n influence scarce can penetrate. In life's low vale, the soil the virtues like, They please as beauties, here as wonders strike." - Alexander Pope

"And leaves of that shy plant, (Her flowers were shed_ the lily of the vale. That loves the ground, and from the sun withholds Her pensive beauty, from the breeze her sweets." - William Wordsworth

"- Under the linden, On the meadow, Where our bed arranged was, There now you may find e'en In the shadow Broken flowers and crushed grass. - Near the woods, down in the vale, Tandaradi!" - Walther von der Vogelweide

"Think not, Sultan, that in the sequestered vale alone dwells virtue, and her sweet companion, with attentive eye, mild, affable benevolence! No, the first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example." - Sir Charles Morell

"Oh knew he but his happiness of men The happiest he! who far from public rage, Deep in the vale, with a choice few retir'd Drinks the pure pleasures of the rural life." - James Thomson

"As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swell from the vale, and midway leaves the storm, Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head." - Oliver Goldsmith

"The death-shot hissing from afar - The shock - the shout - the groan of war - Reverberate along that vale, More suited to the shepherd's tale: Though few the numbers - theirs the strife, That neither spares, nor speaks for life." - Lord Byron

"And the Naiad-like lily of the vale, Whom youth makes so fair and passion so pale, That the light of its tremulous bells is seen, Through their pavilions of tender green." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"O for a lodge in a garden of cucumbers! O for an iceberg or two at control! O for a vale that at midday the dew cumbers! O for a pleasure trip up to the pole!" - Rossiter Johnson

"These two have ticed me hither to this place, A barren detested vale you see it is; The trees, though summer, yet forlorn and lean, Overcome with moss and baleful mistletoe." - William Shakespeare

"O for a lodge in a garden of cucumbers! O for an iceberg or two at control! O for a vale that at midday the dew cumbers! O for a pleasure trip up to the pole!" - Rossiter Johnson

"As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,- Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way." - Thomas Gray

"Happy the life, that in a peaceful stream, Obscure, unnoticed through the vale has flow'd; The heart that ne'er was charm'd by fortune's gleam Is ever sweet contentment's blest abode." - James Gates Percival

"There is no Christian duty that is not to be seasoned and set off with cheerishness, which in a thousand outward and intermitting crosses may yet be done well, as in this vale of tears." - John Milton

"The moon is always female and so am I although often in the vale of razorblades I have wished I could put on and take off my sex like a dress and why not?" - Marge Piercy

"Happy the life, that in a peaceful stream, Obscure, unnoticed through the vale has flow'd; The heart that ne'er was charm'd by fortune's gleam Is ever sweet contentment's blest abode." - James Gates Percival

"Visit us again, Savior. Your children, burdened with disbelief, blinded by a patina of wisdom, carom down this vale of fear. We cry for you although we have lost your name." - Maya Angelou

"As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form, Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm,- Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread, Eternal sunshine settles on its head." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife, Their sober wishes never learned to stray; Along the cool sequestered vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way." - Thomas Gray

"Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife, Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way." - Thomas Gray

"From off a hill whose concave womb reworded A plaintful story from a sistering vale, My spirits to attend this double voice accorded, And down I laid to list the sad-tuned tale." - William Shakespeare

"Oh, sweet thy current by town and by tower, The green sunny vale and the dark linden bower; Thy waves as they dimple smile back on the plain, And Rhine, ancient river, thou'rt German again!" - Horace Binney Wallace

"If we have been brought up with the idea that life is for suffering and sacrifice, then of course we would seek death to escape this 'vale of tears'." - Claude Vorilhon

"In the other gardens And all up the vale, From the autumn bonfies See the smoke trail! Pleasant summer over And all the summer flowers, The red fire blazes, the grey smoke towers. Sing a song of seasons! Something bright in all, Flowers in the summer Fires in the fall!" - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Who, of men, can tell That flowers would bloom, or that green fruit would swell To melting pulp, that fish would have bright mail, The earth its dower of river, wood, and vale, The meadows runnels, runnels pebble-stones, The seed its harvest, or the lute its tones, Tones ravishment, or ravishment its sweet, If human souls did never kiss and greet?" - John Keats

"Thinking in mythological terms helps to put you in accord with the inevitables of this vale of tears. You learn to recognize the positive values in what appear to be the negative moments and aspects of your life. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure." - Joseph Campbell

"The idea shared by many that life is a vale of tears is just as false as the idea shared by the great majority, the idea to which youth and health and riches incline you, that life is a place of entertainment." - Leo Tolstoy

"Pleasures, riches, honor and joy are sure to have care, disgrace, adversity and affliction in their train. There is no pleasure without pain, no joy without sorrow. O the folly of expecting lasting felicity in a vale of tears, or a paradise in a ruined world." - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

"Settle this in your heart: Whether I am up or down, the Lord Jesus is the same. Whether I sing or sigh, the promise is true and the Promiser is faithful. Whether I stand on the summit or am hidden in the vale the covenant stands fast and everlasting love abides." - Charles Spurgeon

"Someone sits in a mountain vale A robe of clouds, rainbows for tassels The fragrant forest is the place to live The road has been long and difficult With a heart full of doubt and regret A life has passed and nothing has been accomplished Others call it failure I stand alone devoted to this Cold Mountain life" - Hanshan

"There are times in the history of men and nations, when they stand so near the vale that separates mortals from the immortals, time from eternity, and men from their God, that they can almost hear the beatings, and feel the pulsations of the heart of the Infinite." - James A Garfield

"Like the musician, the painter, the poet, and the rest, the true lover of flowers is born, not made. And he is born to happiness in this vale of tears, to a certain amount of the purest joy that earth can giver her children, joy that is tranquil, innocent, uplifting, unfailing." - Celia Thaxter

"In a few days I'll have lived one score and three days in this vale of tears. On I plod -always bored, often drunk, doing no penance for my faults -rather do I become more tolerant of myself from day to day, hardening my crystal heart with blasphemous humor and shunning only toothpicks, pathos, and poverty as being the three unforgivable things in life." - Anonymous

"Thy shades, thy silence, now be mine, Thy charms my only theme; My haunt the hollow cliff, whose pine Waves o'er the gloomy stream. Where the sacred owl, on pinions gray, Breaks from the rustling boughs, And down the lone vale sails away, To more profound repose." - James Beattie

"See where surly Winter passes off, Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts: His blasts obey, and quit the howling hill, The shattered forest and the ravished vale; While softer gales succeed, at whose kind touch, Dissolving snows in livid torrents lost, The mountains lift their green heads to the sky." - James Thomson

"They are as gentle As zephyrs blowing below the violet, Not wagging his sweet head; and yet as rough, Their royal blood enchafed, as the rud'st wind That by the top doth take the mountain pine And make him stoop to th' vale." - William Shakespeare

"In a few days I'll have lived one score and three days in this vale of tears. On I plod-always bored, often drunk, doing no penance for my faults-rather do I become more tolerant of myself from day to day, hardening my crystal heart with blasphemous humor and shunning only toothpicks, pathos, and poverty as being the three unforgivable things in life." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Every winter, When the great sun has turned his face away, The earth goes down into a vale of grief, And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables, Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay- Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses." - Charles Kingsley

"The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo." - Karl Marx

"If we were making a record in Kentucky, there might be some more elements that recall a time, a place, or a relationship. Recording for the BBC you enter into this strange and wonderful, but kind of sterile, place with which you have no personal history, and that's the Maida Vale Studios at BBC in London." - Will Oldham

"Meet me by moonlight alone, And then I will tell you a tale Must be told by the moonlight alone, In the grove at the end of the vale! You must promise to come, for I said I would show the night-flowers their queen. Nay, turn not away that sweet head, 'T is the loveliest ever was seen." - J. Augustine Wade

"Not in the time of pleasure Hope doth set her bow; But in the sky of sorrow, Over the vale of woe. Through gloom and shadow look we On beyond the years! The soul would have no rainbow Had the eyes no tears." - John Vance Cheney

"See the wretch that long has tost On the thorny bed of pain, At length repair his vigour lost, And breathe and walk again: The meanest floweret of the vale, The simplest note that swells the gale, The common sun, the air, the skies, To him are opening paradise." - Thomas Gray

"The soote season, that bud and bloom forth brings, With green hath clad the hill, and eke the vale: The nightingale with feathers new she sings; The turtle to her make hath told her tale; Summer is come, for every spray now springs." - Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

"Deep in the shady sadness of a vale Far sunken from the healthy breath of morn, Far from the fiery noon, and eve's one star, Sat gray-hair'd Saturn, quiet as a stone, Still as the silence round about his lair; Forest on forest hung about his head Like cloud on cloud." - John Keats

"There was a rocky valley between Buxton and Bakewell?divine as the vale of Tempe; you might have seen the gods there morning and eveningApollo and the sweet Muses of the Light? You enterprised a railroad?you blasted its rocks away? And, now, every fool in Buxton can be at Bakewell in half-an-hour, and every fool in Bakewell at Buxton." - John Ruskin

"When the railroad trains moaned, and river-winds blew, bringing echoes through the vale, it was as if a wild hum of voices, the dear voices of everybody he had known, were crying: "Peter, Peter! Where are you going, Peter?" And a big soft gust of rain came down. He put up the collar of his jacket, and bowed his head, and hurried along." - Jack Kerouac

"Under the dominion of the priests our earth became the ascetic planet; a squalid den careering through space, peopled by discontented and arrogant creatures, who were disgusted with life, abhorred their globe as a vale of tears, and who in their envy and hatred of beauty and joy did themselves as much harm as possible." - Georg Brandes

"And we passed through the cavern of rats. And we passed through the path of boiling steam. And we passed through the country of the blind. And we passed through the slough of despond. And we passed through the vale of tears. And we came, finally, to the ice caverns." - Harlan Ellison

"She goes through the vale of death alone, each time a babe is born. As it is the right neither of man nor the state to coerce her into this ordeal, so it is her right to decide whether she will endure it." - Margaret Sanger

"All Thy works with joy surround Thee, God of glory, Lord of Love; Stars and angels sing around Thee, Center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flowery meadow, flashing sea, Chanting bird and flowing fountain, Call us to rejoice in Thee." - Henry Van Dyke

"The greenness of Ireland is a false greenness, after all. Not that it isn't green - the place can still make you have to pull off and swallow one of your heart pills. It's that the greenness doesn't mean what it seems. It doesn't encode a pastoral past, much less a timeless vale where wee folk trip the demesne." - John Jeremiah Sullivan

"Deep in the shady sadness of a vale Far sunken from the healthy breath of morn, Far from the fiery noon and eve's one star, Sat gray-haired Saturn, quiet as a stone, Still as the silence round about his lair." - John Keats

"We have to find a way to not refuse to see where we are, what we are doing, and yet we must still live. And making sure to live - to go through life not around it - was always hard. Making sure to be in the vale of soul - making - as John Keats put it. Now it's insanely hard." - Jorie Graham

"Durnik needs a tower somewhere in the Vale," Belgarath was saying. "I don't see why, father," Polgara replied. "All of Aldur's disciples have towers, Pol. It's the custom." "Old customs persist -even when there's no longer any need for them." "He's going to need to study, Pol. How can he possibly study with you underfoot all the time?" She gave him a long, chilly stare. "Maybe I should rephrase that." - David Eddings

"I find daily life not always joyous, but always interesting. I have some sad days and nights, but none that are dull. As I advance deeper into the vale of years, I live with constantly increasing gusto and excitement. I am sure it all means something; in the last analysis, I am an optimist because I believe in God. Those who have no faith are quite naturally pessimists and I do not blame them." - William Lyon Phelps

"The blindness of bigotry, the madness of ambition, and the miscalculations of diplomacy seek their victims principally amongst the innocent and the unoffending. The cottage is sure to suffer for every error of the court, the cabinet, or the camp. When error sits in the seat of power and of authority, and is generated in high places, it may be compared to that torrent which originates indeed in the mountain, but commits its devastation in the vale." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Life is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud-and the only answer is the echo of our wailing cry. From the voiceless lips of the unreplying dead there comes no word. But in the night of Death Hope sees a star and listening Love can hear the rustling of a wing." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"This world is not a vale of sorrows if you will recognize discriminatingly what is truly excellent in it; and if you will avail yourself of it for mutual happiness and well-being. Therefore, let us explain as often as possible, and particularly at the departure of life, that we base our faith on firm foundations, on Truth for putting into action our ideas which do not depend on fables and ideas which Science has long ago proven to be false." - Kurt Vonnegut

"It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth . . . and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below." - Francis Bacon

"It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth... and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below." - Francis Bacon

"Hark, I hear a robin calling! List, the wind is from the south! And the orchard-bloom is falling Sweet as kisses on the mouth. In the dreamy vale of beeches Fair and faint is woven mist, And the river's orient reaches Are the palest amethyst. Every limpid brook is singing Of the lure of April days; Every piney glen is ringing With the maddest roundelays. Come and let us seek together Springtime lore of daffodils, Giving to the golden weather Greeting on the sun-warm hills." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"Haply for I am black, And have not those soft parts of conversation That chamberers have; or for I am declined Into the vale of years-yet that's not much- She's gone. I am abused, and my relief Must be to loathe her. O curse of marriage, That we can call these delicate creatures ours And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad And live upon the vapor of a dungeon Than keep a corner in the thing I love For others' uses. Yet 'tis the plague of great ones; Prerogatived are they less than the base. 'Tis destiny unshunnable, like death." - William Shakespeare

"Whilst America hath been the land of promise to Europeans, and their descendants, it hath been the vale of death to millions of the wretched sons of Africa ... Whilst we were offering up vows at the shrine of Liberty ... whilst we swore irreconcilable hostility to her enemies ... whilst we adjured the God of Hosts to witness our resolution to live free or die ... we were imposing on our fellow men, who differ in complexion from us, a slavery, ten thousand times more cruel than the utmost extremity of those grievances and oppressions, of which we complained." - St. George Tucker

"Haply for I am black, And have not those soft parts of conversation That chamberers have; or for I am declined Into the vale of years-yet that's not much- She's gone. I am abused, and my relief Must be to loathe her. O curse of marriage, That we can call these delicate creatures ours And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad And live upon the vapor of a dungeon Than keep a corner in the thing I love For others" uses. Yet "tis the plague of great ones; Prerogatived are they less than the base. "Tis destiny unshunnable, like death." - William Shakespeare

"Man little knows what calamities are beyond his patience to bear till he tries them; as in ascending the heights of ambition, which look bright from below, every step we rise shows us some new and gloomy prospect of hidden disappointment; so in our descent from the summits of pleasure, though the vale of misery below may appear, at first, dark and gloomy, yet the busy mind, still attentive to its own amusement, finds, as we descend, something to flatter and to please. Still as we approach, the darkest objects appear to brighten, and the mortal eye becomes adapted to its gloomy situation." - Oliver Goldsmith

"I sing of Death; yet soon, perchance may be A dweller in the tomb. But twenty years Have wither'd, since my pilgrimage began, And I look back upon my boyish days With mournful joy; as musing wand'rers do, With eye reverted, from some lofty hill, Upon the bright and peaceful vale below. Oh! let me live, until the fires that feed My soul, have work'd themselves away, and then, Eternal Spirit, take me to Thy home! For when a child, I shaped inspiring dreams, And nourish'd aspirations that awoke Beautiful feelings flowing from the face Of Nature; from a child, I learn'd to reap A harvest of sweet thoughts for future years." - Robert Montgomery

"Spirit of BEAUTY, that dost consecrate With thine own hues all thou dost shine upon Of human thought or form, where art thou gone? Why dost thou pass away and leave our state, This dim vast vale of tears, vacant and desolate? Ask why the sunlight not for ever Weaves rainbows o'er yon mountain-river, Why aught should fail and fade that once is shown, Why fear and dream and death and birth Cast on the daylight of this earth Such gloom, why man has such a scope For love and hate, despondency and hope?" - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"The idea, shared by many, that life is a vale of tears, is just as false as the idea shared by the great majority, the idea to which youth and health and riches incline you, that life is a place of entertainment. Life is a place of service, and in that service one has to suffer a great deal that is hard to bear, but more often to experience a great deal of joy. But that joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness." - Leo Tolstoy

"Everywhere and always, since its very inception, Christianity has turned the earth into a vale of tears; always it has made of life a weak, diseased thing, always it has instilled fear in man, turning him into a dual being, whose life energies are spent in the struggle between body and soul. In decrying the body as something evil, the flesh as the tempter to everything that is sinful, man has mutilated his being in the vain attempt to keep his soul pure, while his body rotted away from the injuries and tortures inflicted upon it." - Emma Goldman



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