quotations about misery
In misery it is great comfort to have a companion.
JOHN LYLY, Euphues
There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.
DANTE ALIGHIERI, The Divine Comedy
Twins even from their birth are misery and men.
HOMER, The Odyssey
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Tempest
Those who have suffered, who have known poverty or oppression, are generally the most prone to kindness. Perhaps it is well to endure some misery if only to learn this lesson.
ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life
It is seldom that the miserable can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable.
GEORGE ELIOT, Silas Marner
In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism: this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belongs to me and to no other. But happiness annihilates us: we lose our identity.
GRAHAM GREENE, The End of the Affair
Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
THOMAS JEFFERSON, Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson
A man's subconscious self is not the ideal companion. It lurks for the greater part of his life in some dark den of its own, hidden away, and emerges only to taunt and deride and increase the misery of a miserable hour.
P. G. WODEHOUSE, The Adventures of Sally
Though the rich of this earth find no difficulty in creating misery, they can't bear to see it.
BERTOLT BRECHT, The Threepenny Opera
God, wishing His elect to realize their own misery, often temporarily withdraws His favours: no more is needed to prove to us in a very short time what we really are.
TERESA OF AVILA, The Interior Castle
So true it is, and so terrible too, that up to a certain point the thought or sight of misery enlists our best affections; but, in certain special cases, beyond that point it does not. They err who would assert that invariably this is owing to the inherent selfishness of the human heart. It rather proceeds from a certain hopelessness of remedying excessive and organic ill. To a sensitive being, pity is not seldom pain. And when at last it is perceived that such pity cannot lead to effectual succor, common sense bids the soul be rid of it.
HERMAN MELVILLE, Bartleby, the Scrivener
Misery loves company, particularly when she is herself the hostess, and can give generously of her stores to others.
JOHN KENDRICK BANGS, "The Spectre Cook of Bangletop"
What misery to live in this world! We are like men whose enemies are at the door, who must not lay aside their arms, even while sleeping or eating, and are always in dread lest the foe should enter the fortress by some breach in the walls. O my Lord and my all! How canst thou wish us to prize such a wretched existence?
TERESA OF AVILA, The Interior Castle
Misery loves company.
Misery's fine -- as long as you know you can get out of it when you want to.
ARTHUR ADAMOV, Ping Pong
Here is a thing which the more you fear and avoid it the nearer you approach to it, and this is misery; the more you flee from it the more miserable and restless you will become.
LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life
There are no absolutes in human misery and things can always get worse.
CORMAC MCCARTHY, Suttree
It is better not to exist than to live in misery.
SOPHOCLES, fragment, Peleus
It is a comfort to the miserable to have companions in their sad state. This may seem to be a kind of malicious satisfaction, that one man derives from the Misfortunes of another, but the philosophy of this reflection stands upon another foundation; for our comfort does not arise from others being miserable, but from this inference upon the balance, that we suffer only the lot of human nature, and as we are happy or miserable compared with others, so others are miserable or happy compared with us.
WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine