Saturday, 11 May 2013


A little misery sweetens existence. It is the salt that makes it palatable and wholesome. - Eliza Cook

A man is as miserable as he thinks he is. - Unknown

A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer. - Joseph Addison

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone. - Pascal

At a certain stage of misery, you'll try anything to explain what's going on with you, even if you know it doesn't explain a thing and it's one failed explanation after another. - Philip Roth

Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery. - Bertrand Russell

From time to time the emotional lightning flashed and showed a landscape of private misery, and then – we went on dancing. - Doris Lessing

Give it all you got until youre put out of your misery. - Aerosmith 

He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery. - Anne Frank

Here is a thing which the more you fear and avoid it the nearer you approach to it, and this is misery; the more you flee from it the more miserable and restless you will become. - Leonardo da Vinci

I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end. - Albert Schweitzer

I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more. - C. S. Lewis

If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. - Charles Darwin

In misery it is great comfort to have a companion. - John Lyly

It has been well observed that the misery of a man proceeds not from any single crush of overwhelming evil, but from small vexations continually repeated. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Misery is a communicable disease. - Unknown

Misery knows none but equals. - Paul Hervieu

Misery loves company. - John Ray

Misery loves company, particularly when she is herself the hostess, and can give generously of her stores to others. - John Kendrick Bangs

Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it. - Russell Baker

Misery's fine – as long as you know you can get out of it when you want to. - Arthur Adamov

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy. - Dr. Robert Anthony

No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.  - Letitia Landon

Nobody really cares if youre miserable, so you might as well be happy. - Cythina Nelms

Of all mens miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing. - Herodotus

Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets. - Rudyard Kipling

The great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things. - Benjamin Franklin

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation. - George Bernard Shaw

The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery. - Marcus Fabius Quintilian

The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation. - George Bernard Shaw

There are no absolutes in human misery and things can always get worse. - Cormac McCarthy

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. - Victor Hugo

There is no people so miserable, but that at some time or other, in some respect or other, they have reason to account themselves happy. And if they would but duly consider how it is with many of their neighbours, they would find it their duty to be thankful, that it is no worse with themselves; for it is some relief to the unfortunate to show them that there are others yet more miserable. - Wellins Calcott

Those who have suffered, who have known poverty or oppression, are generally the most prone to kindness. Perhaps it is well to endure some misery if only to learn this lesson. - Arthur Lynch

To be caught happy in a world of misery was for an honest man the most despicable of crimes. - Virginia Woolf

To exult over the miseries of an unhappy creature is inhuman. - Hugh Blair

We are apt to measure the happiness or misery of the world by that portion of either which has fallen to our lot. - Norman MacDonald

We generally fancy ourselves more miserable than we are, for want of taking a true estimate of things; wherefore we fly into transports without reason, and judge of the happiness or calamity of human life, by false lights. - Wellins Calcott

We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it. - Thomas H. Huxley

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