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MISFORTUNE
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[ Also see Accident Adversity Affliction Calamities Despair Disaster Evil Fortune Mischief Misery Reverses Ruin Suffering Trials Trouble Unhappiness Vicissitudes ]

Fallen, fallen, fallen, fallen,
  Fallen from his high estate,
    And welt'ring in his blood;
      Deserted at his utmost need,
        By those his former bounty fed;
          On the bare earth expos'd he lies,
            With not a friend to close his eyes.
      - John Dryden, Alexander's Feast (l. 77)

The diamond of character is revealed by the concussion of misfortune, as the splendor of the precious jewel of the mine is developed by the blows of the lapidary.
      - Francis Alexander Durivage

There is a chill air surrounding those who are down in the world; and people are glad to get away from them, as from a cold room.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The quivering flesh, though torture-torn, may live, but souls, once deeply wounded, heal no more.
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")

On the occasion of every accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use.
      - Epictetus

When Misfortune is asleep, let no one wake her.
  [Lat., Quando la mala ventura se duerme, nadie la despierte.]
      - quoted by Thomas Fuller (1), Gnomologia

Misfortunes have their dignity and their redeeming power.
      - George Stillman Hillard

But strong of limb
  And swift of foot misfortune is, and, far
    Outstripping all, comes to every land,
      And there wreaks evil on mankind, which prayers
        Do afterwards redress.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. IX, l. 625), (Bryant's translation)

One more unfortunate
  Weary of breath,
    Rashly importunate,
      Gone to her death!
      - Thomas Hood, Bridge of Sighs

Take her up tenderly,
  Lift her with care;
    Fashioned so slenderly,
      Young and so fair!
      - Thomas Hood, Bridge of Sighs

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
      - Washington Irving

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
      - William James

Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.
      - Saint Jerome (Eusebius Hieronymus Sophronius, called Hieronymus)

Depend upon it, if a man talks of his misfortunes, there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery, there is never any recourse to the mention of it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

If a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Misfortunes should always be expected.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

In misfortune we often mistake dejection for constancy; we bear it without daring to look on it; like cowards, who suffer themselves to be murdered without resistance.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We have all of us sufficient fortitude to bear the misfortunes of others.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Democracy and Addresses--Democracy

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)

I do not myself believe there is any misfortune. What men call such is merely the shadowside of a good.
      - George MacDonald

Who hath not known ill-fortune, never knew
  Himself, or his own virtue.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch)

We should learn, by reflecting on the misfortunes which have attended others, that there is nothing singular in those which befall ourselves.
      - William Melmoth ("Sir Thomas Fitzosborne")

Rocks whereon greatest men have oftest wreck'd.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. II, l. 228)


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