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Trouble is the next best thing to enjoyment; there is no fate in the world so horrible as to have no share in either its joys or sorrows.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.
- Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon
Petty vexations may at times be petty, but still they are vexations. The smallest and most inconsiderable annoyances are the most piercing. As small letters weary the eye most, so the smallest affairs disturb us most.
- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Outward attacks and troubles rather fix than unsettle the Christian, as tempests from without only serve to root the oak faster; whilst an inward canker will gradually rot and decay it.
- Hannah More
I survived that trouble so likewise may I survive this one.
- Old English Writing, Complaint of Deor,
Stofford Brooke's English rendering
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
- Thomas Paine
One stops being a child when one realizes that telling one's trouble does not make it better.
- Cesare Pavese,
This Business of Living: Diaries 1935-50
Know this, that troubles come swifter than the things we desire.
- Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)
Let a man who wants to find abundance of employment procure a woman and a ship: for no two things do produce more trouble if you begin to equip them; neither are these two things ever equipped enough.
- Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)
It is not designed that the road should be made too smooth for us here upon earth.
- Jane Porter
The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about other things.
- Bertrand Arthur William Russell
Trifling trouble find utterance; deeply felt pangs are silent.
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
Light troubles speak; immense troubles are silent.
[Lat., Curae leves loquuntur, ingentes stupent.]
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus
(act II, sc. 3, l. 607)
He who tenders doubtful safety to those in trouble refuses it.
[Lat., Dubiam salutem qui dat adflictis negat.]
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Oedipus
No evil lost is wailed when it is gone.
- William Shakespeare
To be, or not to be--that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep--
No more--and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to.
- William Shakespeare,
Hamlet Prince of Denmark
(Hamlet at III, i)
There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.
- Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)
Only those who get into scrapes with their eyes open can find the safe way out.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
We are born to trouble; and we may depend upon it, whilst we live in this world, we shall have it, though with intermissions.
- Laurence Sterne
Now, God hath bound thy troubles upon thee with a design to try thee, and with purposes to reward and crown thee. The cords thou canst not break; and therefore lie thou down gently, and suffer the hand of God to do what He please.
- Jeremy Taylor
What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know, it's what we know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
Groan and forget it.
- Jessamyn West
Men's happiness springs mainly from moderate troubles, which afford the mind a healthful stimulus, and are followed by a reaction which produces a cheerful flow of spirits.
- Edward Wigglesworth
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