C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The joy of meeting not unmixed with pain.


  • In life there are meetings which seem
  • Like a fate.
  • Lord Lytton.

  • Absence, with all its pains,
  • Is by this charming moment wip’d away.
  • Thomson.

    The joys of meeting pay the pangs of absence; else who could bear it?


    Ah me! the world is full of meetings such as this,—a thrill, a voiceless challenge and reply, and sudden partings after!


  • As two floating planks meet and part on the sea,
  • O friend! so I met and then drifted from thee.
  • Wm. R. Alger.

  • Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
  • Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness:
  • So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another,
  • Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
  • Longfellow.

    Sir, you are very welcome to our house; it must appear in other ways than words, therefore I scant this breathing courtesy.