Quotation Explorer - 'Misfortune'

As long as you can savor the humorous aspect of misery and misfortune, you can overcome anything.
To lead a blameless life you must curb your passions , and whatever misfortune may befall you cannot be ascribed by anyone to want of good luck, or attributed to fate; these words are devoid of sense, and all fault will rightly fall on your own head. - Giacomo Casanova
The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant, systematic duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune. - Boris Pasternak
It is how people respond to stress that determines whether they will profit from misfortune or be miserable. - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Love feels like a great misfortune, a monstrous parasite, a permanent state of emergency that ruins all small pleasures. - Slavoj Žižek
DEBAUCHEE, n. One who has so earnestly pursued pleasure that he has had the misfortune to overtake it. - Ambrose Bierce
Love is an attachment to another self. Humor is a form of self-detachment -- a way of looking at one's existence, one's misfortune, or one's discomfort. If you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same: you forget yourself.
Usually, we believe that our pain is a misfortune that needs to be fixed, but in fact, all pain (physical, mental, and emotional) is a necessary step towards becoming conscious. - Mada Eliza Dalian
It was the misfortune of poetry to be seldom safely enjoyed by those who enjoyed it completely; and that the strong feelings which alone could estimate it truly were the very feelings which ought to taste it but sparingly. - Jane Austen
people often ignore the misfortune of others, you see. The world is a heartless place but it's not always because they don't care. It's sometimes because the are embarrassed, or because they don't know what to say, or because they simply cannot beat ro look into the eyes of someone who is suffering. - Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
And the pine trees that smell so wonderfully of spicy power. Shall I never see a mountain pine again? Really that would be no misfortune. To forgo something: that also has its fragrance and its power. - Robert Walser
A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault. - Walter Bagehot
A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing. - Hesiod
He clung to the story as to a vow whose abandonment might bring down on his head all kinds of grief and misfortune. He felt very alone, on an interminable day full of evil omens, and the story, though resistant to some of his intentions, was at least a testimony to reality and coherence - José María Merino
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune. - Plato
The greatest joy of the oppressed people, is enjoying his freedom while,the greatest misfortune of the oppressors is to suffer for the joy of his people. - Miguel Ángel Sáez Gutiérrez «Marino»
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. - Washington Irving
In America, I appear more simple that I am, because I was completely out of my element. It was my misfortune, not my fault, that I was born in a country which was not congenial to my desires. -1815, in a letter to her father William Patterson - Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. - Oscar Wilde
Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early. - Anthony Trollope
I have found that, unfortunately, paralysis is not just a mobility misfortune. - Andrea L'Artiste
Had I owned the words I would've told him what my heart intuited - that joy and sorrow often travel the same road and sometimes, whether by grace or misfortune, they meet and become each other's companion. - Ratner, Vaddey
If misfortune finds us, it will not find a home among us, for our hearts will give it no berth, as we birth the fortunes, misfortune missed. - Tom Althouse
Consciousness is man's greatest misfortune, still I know that man loves it and will not exchange it for any satisfactions. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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
An undaunted author, is the one who will succeed. There is no misfortune, that can dim their optimism. - Mary Sage Nguyen
Beware! Balance rules the cosmos. It is not concerned with good or bad. You can be struck by misfortune and be buried in grief if that is what it takes to restore the imbalance you have wrought unto the world. - Psyche Roxas-Mendoza
Allow me to tell you, Mr Taylor," said I, but quietly as the occasion demanded, "that one gentleman does not rejoice at the misfortune of another in public". - William Golding
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. - Aristotle
Physical deformity, calls forth our charity. But the infinite misfortune of moral deformity calls forth nothing but hatred and vengeance. - Clarence Darrow
...tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune. - Lois McMaster Bujold
It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It's not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention. - Conan O'Brien
There was, I think, a prevailingimpression common to the provincial mind, that his misfortune wasthe result of the defective moral quality of his being a stranger. - Bret Harte
Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune, nor too sorrowful in misfortune. - Socrates
A great fortune in the hands of a fool is a great misfortune.
Good fortune comes with many fears. It is always threatened by tragedies. But misfortune always tends to hope and peace. Hope is the heart of life. Flowers have fear of being withered while Thorns have not fear of being withered. - M.K. Bhutta
When failing spectacularly the trick is to employ an inverted Schadenfreude. Take ownership of your misfortune. - Dean Cavanagh
It seems the misfortune of one can plow a deeper furrow in the heart than the misfortune of millions. - Kirby Larson
A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. - Jane Austen
Never find your delight in another's misfortune. - Publilius Syrus
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
Forgive everyone. Forgive every misery and misfortune with love. - Debasish Mridha
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 McGill
The lack of power to take joy in outdoor nature is as real a misfortune as the lack of power to take joy in books - Theodore Roosevelt
To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. - Oscar Wilde
It is the action of an uninstructed person to reproach others for his own misfortune; of one entering instruction, to reproach himself; and one perfectly instructed, to reproach neither others nor himself. - Epictetus
One should go invited to a friend in good fortune, and uninvited in misfortune. - Swedish Proverb
An apparent misfortune of man is that neither good nor evil is an agency itself; both are equally passive choices. Man himself is the ultimate agency. He has the power to realize and activate the dead options. Only then, that is, by the action of Will, good results in good and evil in evil. - Raheel Farooq
History is indeed more than the register of crime,folilies and misfortune of mankind. - Peter Adejimi
Opportunity...it often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat. - Napoleon Hill
Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
Though the vicious can sometimes pour affliction upon the good, their power is transient and their punishment certain; and that innocence, though oppressed by injustice, shall, supported by patience, finally triumph over misfortune! - Ann Radcliffe
No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won’t make it worse. (Apr 2007 Gen Conf) - Jeffrey R. Holland
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