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MISERY
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[ Also see Adversity Affliction Blessedness Calamities Desolation Despair Disaster Discontent Enjoyment Grief Hell Misfortune Oppression Pain Remorse Sorrow Suffering Trials Trouble Unhappiness Woe Wretched ]

Misery and ignorance are always the cause of great evils. Misery is easily excited to anger, and ignorance soon yields to perfidious counsels.
      - Joseph Addison

I feel that life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.
      - Woody Allen

Nothing is a misery,
  Unless our weakness apprehend it so:
    We cannot be more faithful to ourselves,
      In anything that's manly, than to make
        Ill-fortune as contemptible to us
          As it makes us to others.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Nothing is miserable unless you think it is so.
      - Boethius

Miserable men commiserate not themselves; bowelless unto others, and merciless unto their own bowels.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

The comfort derived from the misery of others is slight.
  [Lat., Levis est consolatio ex miseria aliorum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Epistles (VI, 3)

The misery of human life is made up of large masses, each separated from the other by certain intervals. One year the death of a child; years after, a failure in trade; after another longer or shorter interval, a daughter may have married unhappily; in all but the singularly unfortunate, the integral parts that compose the sum-total of the unhappiness of a man's life are easily counted and distinctly remembered.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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 one cannon ball than a volley of bullets.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Misery still delights to trace
  Its semblance in another's case.
      - William Cowper

Horatio looked handsomely miserable, like Hamlet slipping on a piece of orange-peel.
      - Charles Dickens,
        Sketches by Boz--Horatio Sparkins,
        (omitted in some editions)

The gods from heaven survey the fatal strife, and mourn the miseries of human life.
      - John Dryden

The worst of misery
  Is when a nature framed for noblest things
    Condemns itself in youth to petty joys,
      And, sore athirst for air, breathes scanty life
        Gasping from out the shallows.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. III)

Grim-visaged, comfortless despair.
      - Thomas Gray, Ode on Eton College

Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this, to know so much and to have control over nothing.
      - Herodotus ("Father of History")

There are a good many real miseries in life that we cannot help smiling at, but they are the smiles that make wrinkles and not dimples.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Poet at the Breakfast Table (III)

This, this is misery! the last, the worst,
  That man can feel.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXII, l. 106), (Pope's translation)

That to live by one man's will became the cause of all men's misery.
      - Richard Hooker, Ecclesiastical Polity
         (bk. I, ch. X, 5)

If misery be the effect of virtue, it ought to be reverenced; if of ill-fortune, to be pitied; and if of vice, not to be insulted, because it is perhaps itself a punishment adequate to the crime by which it was produced.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Misery is caused for the most part, not by a heavy crash of disaster, but by the corrosion of less visible evils, which canker enjoyment and undermine security.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
      - Joseph Joubert

We ought never to scoff at the wretched, for who can be sure of continued happiness?
  [Fr., Il ne se faut jamais moquer des miserables,
    Car qui peut s'assurer d'etre toujours heureux?]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (V, 17)

The child of misery, baptized in tears!
      - John Langhorne, The Country Justice
         (pt. I, l. 166)

It is pleasant, when the sea runs high, to view from land the great distress of another.
  [Lat., Suave mari magno, turbantibus aequora ventis
    E terra magnum alterius spectare laborum.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (II, 1)

But O yet more miserable!
  Myself my sepulchre, a moving grave.
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 101)

Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate.
      - Addison Mizner


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