Misfortune Quotes

Most popular misfortune quotes

My pride fell with my fortunes.
Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.


Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.


Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided.
Every misfortune is to be subdued by patience.


Misfortunes when asleep are not to be awakened.


We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.


Rich men feel misfortunes that fly over poor men's heads.


Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
We all have enough strength to bear the misfortunes of others.
Children sweeten labors; but they make misfortunes more bitter.


Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.


There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.
Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.


If a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him.
In the misfortune of our best friends, we always find something which is not displeasing to us.
To be brave in misfortune is to be worthy of manhood; to be wise in misfortune is to conquer fate.
I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another's misfortune perfectly like a Christian.
One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pains of others.


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 misfortunes.


Misfortunes one can endure—they come from outside, they are accidents.  But to suffer for one's own faults—ah! There is the sting of life.

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For a man who understandeth thoroughly the teachings which he hath received, it is the same whether he meets with good fortune or with bad fortune.


Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.


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.'
If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.
Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep; thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself.
We ought to give thanks for all fortune: it is is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.


It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one's own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.


The human heart harbors two conflicting sentiments.  Everyone of course sympathizes with people who suffer misfortunes. Yet when those people manage to overcome their misfortunes, we feel a certain disappointment.  We may even feel (to overstate the case somewhat) a desire to plunge them back into those misfortunes. And before we know it, we come (if only passively) to harbor some degree of hostility toward them.