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

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First used by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem In Memoriam A. H. H.

Proverb[edit]

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

  1. Having experience of love, even if it ended, is better than having no experience of love.
  2. Love is worthwhile despite the pain involved in separation.