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Misfortune Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Misfortune

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

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

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Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune.
For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure
in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
- Russell Baker

It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant
men in charge of affairs.
They expect too much of ordinary men.
- Thucydides

 

Ah, lives of men!
When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture;
when misfortune comes -
A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
- Aeschylus

Success is the necessary misfortune of life,
but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.
- Anthony Trollope

A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family.
A beginning writer, on the other hand,
sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
- Marguerite Yourcenar

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

It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single
one of them dares to expose his true character.
Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
- Franz Grillparzer

Only the misfortune of exile can provide the in-depth
understanding and the overview into the realities of the world.
- Stefan Zweig

I believe that the confidence of Hungary in me is not
shaken by misfortune nor broken by my calumniators.
- Lajos Kossuth

A man endures misfortune without complaint.
- Franz Schubert

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
- Epicurus

Myself acquainted with misfortune, I learn to help the unfortunate.
- Virgil

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go
on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace,
like a clock during a thunderstorm.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary
man is to have an extraordinary father.
- Austin O'Malley

Here is the rule to remember in the future,
When anything tempts you to be bitter:
not,
"This is a misfortune" but "To bear this worthily is good fortune."
- Marcus Aurelius

As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless;
and considering the general run of sons,
as seldom a misfortune to be childless.
- Lord Chesterfield

The weather and my mood have little connection.
I have my foggy and my fine days within me;
my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.
- Blaise Pascal

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
- Laurence J. Peter

The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune,
and willing avoids the sight of distress.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune,
or temporary defeat.
- Napoleon Hill

We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us.
- Emile M. Cioran

This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.
- Jean de la Bruyere

There is one type of ideal woman very seldom described in poetry -
the old maid,
the woman whom sorrow or misfortune prevents from fulfilling her natural destiny.
- Lafcadio Hearn

It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the
office of Chief Executive without any previous political training.
- Ulysses S. Grant

Unless some misfortune has made it impossible,
everyone can have good posture.
- Loretta Young

Rock 'n Roll: The most brutal, ugly,
desperate,
vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.
- Frank Sinatra

Much talking is the cause of danger.
Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune.
The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage.
Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.
- Saskya Pandita

Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ,
no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought,
or all thought, when he wants to.
- Paul Valery

It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune.
- Sophocles

Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.
- Charles de Secondat

In the same proportion Russia is the misfortune of
Europe and the Israelites.
- Isaac Mayer Wise

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
- Aristotle

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything,
should conceal it as well as she can.
- Jane Austen

The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating
than the sudden jolt of misfortune.
- Charles R. Swindoll

The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest
unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention.
- Franz Schubert

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga

One likes people much better when they're battered
down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
- Virginia Woolf

Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it;
for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.
- Lydia M. Child

The man with the real sense of humor is the man who
can put himself in the spectator's place and laugh at his own misfortune.
- Bert Williams

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
- Walter Bagehot

Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy,
no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control.
This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms.
- Bryant H. McGill

Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination,
but Sancho Panza.
- Franz Kafka

The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty
from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.
- Harry Browne

Be willing to have it so.
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to
overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
- William James

No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a
misfortune that strikes everyone.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her,
and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.
- Edith Wharton

The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
- Herodotus

Look at misfortune the same way you look at success -
Don't Panic!
Do you best and forget the consequences.
- Walt Alston

Doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune.
- William McFee

Misfortune was my god.
- Arthur Rimbaud

Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster.
Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with
open eyes into their misfortune?
- Elias Canetti

How can you expect a man to be brave when he meets
with nothing in life but misfortune?
- Gregorio M. Sierra

Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty,
a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity,
and a wife in misfortune.
- Chanakya

No one is to blame.
It is neither their fault nor ours.
It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying.
- Alexander Herzen

Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man;
his greatest and highest interests are directed by
reason throughout the course of life.
- Epicurus

This is the age of insincerity.
The movies had the misfortune to come along in the twentieth century,
and because they appeal to the masses there can be no sincerity in them.
- Lionel Barrymore

I am the slave of my baptism.
Parents, you have caused my misfortune,
and you have caused your own.
- Arthur Rimbaud

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

Only in a popular war against France...
do I see a misfortune.
- Ferdinand Lassalle

People don't ever seem to realize that doing what's
right is no guarantee against misfortune.
- William McFee

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue,
for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to
remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
- Tacitus

It is a great evil, as well as a misfortune,
to be unable to utter a prompt and decided 'no'.
- Charles Simmons

Mortals grow swiftly in misfortune.
- Hesiod

Whether you call my heart affectionate,
or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune,
it is soft.
- Ovid

For this is the mark of a wise and upright man,
not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
- Aeschylus

In misfortune, which friend remains a friend?
- Euripides

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike.
We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
- Honore de Balzac

With no matter what human being, taken individually,
I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and
misfortune do not suit him;
either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great,
or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed.
- Simone Weil

Property is not the sacred right.
When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune,
it is not a moral evil.
When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil,
teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
- Lord Acton


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