Writer’s Quote: pleasure & sorrow

Writer’s Quote: pleasure & sorrow


I was scrolling through images on google to get a quote to share for this weeks’s Writer’s quote/poem Wednesday, when I came across the above words by Victor Hugo. I literally said out loud- This is beautiful.

I had intended to share a quote by Robert Browning as his poem is my pick of the week, but I couldn’t pass up the Victor Hugo quote; so much truth in it.

The poem I’m sharing below in turn contains so much wisdom in its few lines. It reminds me of an elderly person giving advice to a young one. It is so true when they say- we learn from adversity. I hope you enjoy the poem below.

By Robert Browning Hamilton

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When sorrow walked with me.

From experience, I am a believer that sadness and tears and sorrow help us to grow and evolve into better human beings. Do you agree?



18 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote: pleasure & sorrow

  1. Absolutely and totally agree. If you have never experienced loss, how can you be understanding of others who have? If you have never experienced sadness, rejection and misunderstandings, how can you possibly be compassionate to those who have. There is an old saying “You cannot teach what you have never learned.” We cannot perform as effective human beings unless we have experienced all the imperfections that make us human. Until we accumulate those experiences, we are doing little more than floundering in the dark…. and pretending that we can be effective.

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    1. Now this is truth! Maybe that is even why we go through these things; as we experience them, we understand and can use that experience to help someone else. That is a wonderful saying. Thank you very much Colin as always. So much to benefit from


  2. Oh yes, sorrow and tears certainly help us grow. It gives us a brand new perspective… one that we’ll be blind to, if we only knew about joy. I’m in total agreement, Ameena. That’s a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing!


  3. A very nice selection of quote Ameena!!
    You say it so right that sadness and tears help us to grow in better human beings for in most desperate moments of my life I learned to appreciate the presence of people in my life, I learned to value people and more than anything else I learned to thank God for all His beautiful cretions. So, yes there’s no point in getting disagreed with you 🙂

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  4. Love the quote and the poem! They are full of truth! Would I be who I am today without the struggles and sorrows I have gone through? No! Yes, the hurt and struggle is hard, but out of it you do grow. You don’t just have sympathy for someone, your sympathy goes to a new level, it is more empathy. Empathy because your heart has been broken before and now you can feel the pain of others in a deeper way.
    My Dad used to lead grief seminars. Helping people through the stages of grief. He always has had a compassionate heart, but he will tell you that when my brother died, those seminars became so different. He wasn’t just speaking words anymore, he was speaking from the depths of a broken heart!

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