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There is a Russian proverb which says that misfortune is nest door to stupidity; and it will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, improvidence, or want of application.
- Samuel Smiles
If all men would bring their misfortunes together in one place, most would be glad to take his own home again, rather than to take a proportion out of the common stock.
If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
From good to bad, and from bad to worse,
From worse unto that is worst of all,
And then return to his former fall.
- Edmund Spenser, The Shepherd's Calendar
(Feb., l. 12)
How true it is that, sooner or later, the' most rebellious must bow beneath the yoke of misfortune!
- Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)
Misfortune had conquered her, how true it is, that sooner or later the most rebellious must bow beneath the same yoke.
- Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
Corinne (bk. XVII, ch. II)
I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things.
- Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")
Men do not go out to meet misfortune as we do. They learn it; and we--we divine it.
- Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)
It is good to see in the misfortunes of others what we should avoid.
[Lat., Bonum est fugienda adspicere in alieno malo.]
- Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims
Never find your delight in another's misfortune.
- Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims
It is seldom that God sends such calamities upon man as men bring upon themselves and suffer willingly.
- Jeremy Taylor
I shall not let a sorrow die
Until I find the heart of it,
Nor let a wordless joy go by
Until it talks to me a bit;
And the ache my body knows
Shall teach me more than to another,
I shall look deep at mire and rose
Until each one becomes my brother.
- Sara Teasdale (Mrs. E.B. Filsinger),
It is to be believed or told that there is such malice in men as to rejoice in misfortunes, and from another's woes to draw delight.
[Lat., Hoccin est credibile, aut memorabile
Tanta vecordia innata cuiquam ut siet,
Ut malis gaudeant alienis, atque ex incommodis
Alterius, sue au comparent commoda?
- Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
(IV, 1, 1)
What man's life is not overtaken by one or more of those tornadoes that send us out of the course, and fling us on rocks to shelter as best we may?
- William Makepeace Thackeray
If misfortune comes, she brings along the bravest virtues.
- James Thomson (1)
Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them.
[Lat., Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.]
- Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
The Aeneid (VI, 95)
I may grieve with the smart of an evil as soon as I feel it, but I will not smart with the grief of an evil as soon as I hear of it. My evil, when it cometh may make my grief too great; why, then, should my grief, before it comes, make my evil greater?
- Arthur Warwick
So fallen! so lost! the light withdrawn
Which once he wore;
The glory from his gray hairs gone
- John Greenleaf Whittier, Ichabod
Misfortune, like a creditor severe,
But rises in demand for her delay;
She makes a scourge of past prosperity
To sting thee more and double thy distress.
- Edward Young
None think the great unhappy, but the great.
- Edward Young, Love of Fame--Satire
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