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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
An orphan’s tear falls not in vain.  Russian.  1
A small tear relieves a great sorrow.  2
But woes await a country when
She sees the tears of bearded men.  Scott.
Easier to stop Euphrates at its source
Than one tear of a true and tender heart.  Byron.
Even when the gates of prayer are shut the gates of tears are open.  Hebrew.  5
Every woe a tear may claim
Except an erring sister’s shame.
He wastes his tears who weeps before the judge.  Italian.  7
More tears are shed in playhouses than in churches.  Guthrie.  8
Nothing dries sooner than a tear.  German.  9
Oh, father, what a hell of witchcraft lies
In the small orb of one particular tear.  Shakespeare.
Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.  Latin.  11
Tears are sometimes as weighty as words.  Ovid.  12
Tears benefit not the dead, they may injure the living.  Plutarch.  13
Tears in mortal miseries are vain.  Homer.  14
The busy have no time for tears.  Byron.  15
The drying up a single tear has more
Of honest fame than shedding seas of gore.  Byron.
That very law which moulds a tear
  And bids it trickle from its source,
That law preserves the earth a sphere,
  And guides the planets in their course.  S. Rogers.
The fewer his years the fewer his tears.  18
The tear down childhood’s cheek that flows
  Is like the dew-drop on the rose:
When next the summer breeze comes by,
  And waves the bush the flower is dry.  Scott.
The tears of a whore and the oaths of a bully may be put in the same bottle.  20
The tears of a penitent are the wine of angels.  St. Bernard.  21
The tears of the congregation are the praises of the minister.  22
The tears of the night equal the smiles of the day.  Rousseau.  23
What can I think of thy good qualities since every bite draws tears.  African.  24

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