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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1135
AUTHOR: Alfred Tennyson (1809–92)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, “In Memoriam A. H. H.” [Arthur Henry Hallam], stanza 27, The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson, p. 226 (1899).