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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 ]

Half our misery from our foibles springs.
      - Hannah More

Despite the sight of all the miseries which affect us and hold us by the throat we have an irrepressible instinct which bears us up.
      - Blaise Pascal

Man is so great that his greatness appears even in the consciousness of his misery. A tree does not know itself to be miserable. It is true that it is misery indeed to know one's self to be miserable; but then it is greatness also. In this way, all man's miseries go to prove his greatness. They are the miseries of a mighty potentate, of a dethroned monarch.
      - Blaise Pascal

And bear about the mockery of woe
  To midnight dances and the public show.
      - Alexander Pope,
        To the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady
         (l. 57)

Misery is so little appertaining to our nature, and happiness so much so, that we in the same degree of illusion only lament over that which has pained us, but leave unnoticed that which has rejoiced us.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Misery travels free through the whole world!
  [Ger., Frei geht das Ungluck durch die ganze Erde!]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (IV, 11, 31)

The miserable are sacred.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Fire tries gold, misery tries brave men.
  [Lat., Ignis aurum probat, misera fortes viros.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Providentia (V)

The wretched hasten to hear of their own miseries.
  [Lat., Miserias properant suas
    Audire miseri.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Oetoeus (754)

Misery makes sport to mock itself.
      - William Shakespeare

Meagre were his looks,
  Sharp misery had worn him to the bones;
    And in his needy shop a tortoise hung,
      An alligator stuffed, and other skins
        Of ill-shaped fishes; and about his shelves
          A beggarly account of boxes,
            Green earthen pots, bladders, and musty seeds,
              Remnants of packthread, and old cakes of roses
                Were thinly scattered, to make up a show.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at V, i)

Sweet recreation barred, what doth ensue
  But moody and dull melancholy,
    Kinsman to a grim and comfortless despair,
      And at her heels a huge infectious troop
        Of pale distemperatures and foes to life?
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Lady Abbess at V, i)

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Trinculo at II, i)

No, misery makes sport to mock itself.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at II, i)

This iron world bungs down the stoutest hearts to lowest state; for misery doth bravest minds abate.
      - Edmund Spenser

When a few words will rescue misery out of her distress, I hate the man who can be a churl of them.
      - Laurence Sterne

If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
      - Henry David Thoreau

One face to the world, another at home makes for misery.
      - Amy Vanderbilt

All of which misery I saw, part of which I was.
  [Lat., Quaeque ipse misserrima vidi, et quorum pars magna fui.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (l. 5)


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