'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

proverb Having experienced real love in one's life is worth the pain of losing it, compared to never having experienced such love in the first place. This now-clichéd line comes from the Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem "In Memoriam A. H. H." Sometimes shortened to "'tis better to have loved and lost." A: "I can't believe she left. It just feels like there's a gaping hole in my chest." B: "I know it hurts. But you knew true love, which is something not many people experience. 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." Whoever said "'tis better to have loved and lost" never had to spend six months in divorce court.
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'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Prov. Love is such an important experience that even the pain of losing someone you love is better than not having loved that person. (A line from Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "In Memoriam A. H. H.") Tom: I've been so miserable since Nancy and I broke up. I wish I'd never met her. Fred: Come on, now—'tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
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