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Misery Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Misery

Please enjoy these Misery Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Related topics: Inspirational

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Choose your life's mate carefully.
From this one decision will come
90 percent of all your happiness or misery.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

 

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

Life ... full of loneliness, and misery,
and suffering, and unhappiness,
and it's all over much too quickly.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

I have always held firmly to the thought
that each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end.
- Albert Schweitzer

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation
of confusion, misery and death...
I think... peace and tranquillity will return again.
- Anne Frank

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ecstasy is our very nature;
not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary.
To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous.
It needs no effort to be ecstatic,
it needs great effort to be miserable.
That's why you look to tired,
because misery is really hard work;
to maintain it is really difficult,
because you are doing something against nature.
- Osho

Misery is the company of lawsuits.
- Francois Rabelais

Art is the stored honey of the human soul,
gathered on wings of misery and travail.
- Theodore Dreiser

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

Happiness lies in accepting everyone
in our lives EXACTLY as they are.
We cause ourselves untold misery whenever
we believe others to be imperfect and try to change them.
This is the number one rule for a happy relationship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Renunciation - that is the great fact we all,
individuals and classes, have to learn.
In trying to avoid it we bring misery to ourselves and others.
- Beatrice Potter Webb

As men are not able to fight against death,
misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads,
in order to be happy, not to think of them at all.
- Blaise Pascal

I am about to be married, and am of course in all the
misery of a man in pursuit of happiness.
- Lord Byron

We can never flee the misery that is within us.
- Arthur Golden

As a child is indulged or checked in its early follies,
a ground is generally laid for the happiness or misery of the future man.
- Samuel Richardson

The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Misery is manifold.
The wretchedness of the earth is multiform.
- Matt LeBlanc

I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes
will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes
a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property.
- James Madison

Given the amount of unjust suffering and unhappiness in the world,
I am deeply grateful for, sometimes even perplexed by,
how much misery I have been spared.
- Dennis Prager

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery,
by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The superior power of population cannot be checked
without producing misery or vice.
- Thomas Malthus

Evil is always devising more corrosive misery through
man's restless need to exact revenge out of his hate.
- Ralph Steadman

I find the earth to be a place of misery in which I
am surrounded by the conformity that kills society.
- Matt LeBlanc

Maybe it's the music that enables them to function like that,
to always take everything as it comes and never complain about the misery,
hardship or injustice.
- Wim Wenders

Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in
every stage of human history than any other single idea.
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Happiness, or misery, is in the mind.
It is the mind that lives.
- William Cobbett

There is winning and there is misery.
- Bill Parcells

I've learned from experience that the greater part
of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites,
and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
- Aeschylus

Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural.
Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.
- Anthony Trollope

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter
in history acknowledge what they want;
not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
- Albert Camus

To live by one man's will becomes the cause of all misery.
- Richard Hooker

We all want to help one another.
Human beings are like that.
We want to live by each other's happiness,
not by each other's misery.
- Charlie Chaplin

There are times when we must sink to the bottom of
our misery to understand truth,
just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to
see the stars in broad daylight.
- Vaclav Havel

It would be stupid tameness, and unaccountable folly,
for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable,
ambitious and cruel man, to wanton and riot in their misery.
- Jonathan Mayhew

Companions, in misery and worse, that is what we all are,
and to try to change this substantially avails us nothing.
- Franz Liszt

So far I haven't really been prominent enough to get
critical attention focused on me.
So, of course, I fully expect bad reviews,
but I will be wracked with misery as a result.
- Emily Mortimer

By adversity are wrought the greatest works of admiration,
and all the fair examples of renown,
out of distress and misery are grown.
- Samuel Daniel

Let us embrace, and from this very moment vow an eternal misery together.
- Thomas Otway

You don't necessarily have to be in misery to be talented.
- Brooke Shields

My tears will keep no channel, know no laws to guide their streams,
but like the waves, their cause, run with disturbance
till they swallow me as a description of his misery.
- John Cleveland

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
- Frederick Douglass

Thank the Gods!
My misery exceeds all my hopes!
- Jean Racine

About the only difference between the poor and the rich,
is this, the poor suffer misery, while the rich have to enjoy it.
- Josh Billings

If there is technological advance without social advance,
there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery.
- Michael Harrington

The shock caused by the September 11 events has also
lead to a thorough reflection on the existing disparity
between rich and poor countries,
on the misery of populations of the South.
- Omar Bongo

May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down:
write down what you feel.
It is sometimes a wonderful help in misery.
- Robertson Davies

When we have ceased to love the stench of the human animal,
either in others or in ourselves, then are we condemned to misery,
and clear thinking can begin.
- Cyril Connolly

It's been a misery for me, living with Christine Keeler.
- Christine Keeler

Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist
his most vital source of creative energy.
- Montgomery Clift

I learned early about the misery and dangers of life,
and about the afterlife, about the external punishment
which awaited the children of sin in Hell.
- Edvard Munch

To do art, one thing should always remember -
subjects of people in misery have deep meanings.
- Zhang Yimou

The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite;
no incident occurred from which my rage and misery
could not extract its food.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Misery is a match that never goes out.
- Thomas Huxley

Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance,
and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is
the equal sharing of misery.
- Winston Churchill

The misery of a child is interesting to a mother,
the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman,
the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.
- Eric Hoffer

The final causes, then, of compassion are to prevent and to relieve misery.
- Joseph Butler

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
- Jane Austen

Ignorance is the primary source of all misery and vice.
- Victor Cousin

Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror,
starvation and death characterize the process of war
and form a principal part of the product.
- Louis Mumford


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