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‘Tis better to have loved and lost’

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019, 01:13

'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

This is from Tennyson, In Memoriam, and for most of my life I assumed it referred to some sort of triangle, with the writer ending up as the loser in love. But I think in fact the rival was not a person but Death, who claimed someone who was a dear friend.

I don’t always like Tennyson’s poetry, but this couplet shows he was sometimes a genius, and this saying resonates with all love, everywhere, and for all time.

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'Tis better to have laughed a lot
Than never to have laughed at all.
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