better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all

1700 CONGREVE Way of World II. i. Say what you will, ’tis better to be left, than never to have lov’d.

1812 G. CRABBE Tales xiv. Better to love amiss than nothing to have lov’d.

1850 TENNYSON In Memoriam xxvii. 44 ’Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.

1953 B. PYM Jane & Prudence i. One wondered if it was really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, when poor Prudence seemed to have lost so many times.

2002 Times 2 15 Oct. 9 That cliché, it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, applies to me.


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  • better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all — Meaning Origin From Alfred Tennyson s poem In Memoriam:21 , 1850. I hold it true, whate er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all — you are a better person if you have loved someone even for a short time    Old and alone, the woman often thought of a saying: It is better to have loved and lost …   English idioms

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