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Quotes About Misfortune

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Haruki Murakami
“That’s how stories happen — with a turning point, an unexpected twist. There’s only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

P.G. Wodehouse
“Unseen in the background, Fate was quietly slipping lead into the boxing-glove.”
P.G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves!

P.G. Wodehouse
“Mike nodded. A sombre nod. The nod Napoleon might have given if somebody had met him in 1812 and said, "So, you're back from Moscow, eh?”
P.G. Wodehouse, Mike and Psmith

William Faulkner
“A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you'd think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune”
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Washington Irving
“Great minds have purpose, others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.”
Washington Irving

Dorothy Parker
“Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, can be prolonged to the point where it ceases to excite pity and arouses only irritation.”
Dorothy Parker

Marjane Satrapi
“We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable. Once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.”
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Voltaire
“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”
Voltaire

Marcus Aurelius
“Misfortune nobly born is good fortune.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Orhan Pamuk
“We're not stupid! We're just poor! And we have a right to insist on this distinction”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow

P.G. Wodehouse
“He was a Frenchman, a melancholy-looking man. His aspect was that of one who has been looking for the leak in a gas pipe with a lighted candle.”
P.G. Wodehouse, The Girl in Blue

Christine de Pizan
“[W]hen someone finds himself quite unjustly attacked and hated on all sides, there is no need for such a person to feel dismayed by misfortune. See how Fortune, who has harmed many a one, is so inconstant, for God, Who opposes all wrong deeds, raises up those in whom hope dwells.”
Christine de Pizan, Ditié de Jehanne d'Arc

Bernard Beckett
“Unable to attribute misfortune to chance, unable to accept their ultimate insignificance within the greater scheme, the people looked for monsters in their midst.”
Bernard Beckett, Genesis

Mary Shelley
“Heavy misfortunes have befallen us, but let us only cling closer to what remains, and transfer our love for those whom we have lost to those who yet live. Our circle will be small, but bound close by the ties of affection and mutual misfortune. And when time shall have softened your despair, new and dear objects of care will be born to replace those of whom we have been so cruelly deprived.”
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

P.G. Wodehouse
“The snag in this business of falling in love, aged relative, is that the parties of the first part so often get mixed up with the wrong parties of the second part, robbed of their cooler judgement by the party of the second part's glamour. Put it like this: the male sex is divided into rabbits and non-rabbits and the female sex into dashers and dormice, and the trouble is that the male rabbit has a way of getting attracted by the female dasher (who would be fine for the non-rabbit) and realizing too late that he ought to have been concentrating on some mild, gentle dormouse with whom he could settle down peacefully and nibble lettuce.”
P.G. Wodehouse, How Right You Are, Jeeves

Derek Landy
“He'd once known a man who said that life hinged on the moment, that everything changed in the blink of an eye. Tesseract knew the truth of that as well as anybody. It was in those moments that he struck, after all, snatching people's lives away. He'd always known that it was only a matter of time before one of those moment's worked against him.”
Derek Landy, Mortal Coil

Blaise Pascal
“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

Matthew Gregory Lewis
“No one is adequate to comprehending the misery of my lot! Fate obliges me to be constantly in movement: I am not permitted to pass more than a fortnight in the same place. I have no Friend in the world, and from the restlessness of my destiny I never can acquire one. Fain would I lay down my miserable life, for I envy those who enjoy the quiet of the Grave: But Death eludes me, and flies from my embrace. In vain do I throw myself in the way of danger. I plunge into the Ocean; The Waves throw me back with abhorrence upon the shore: I rush into fire; The flames recoil at my approach: I oppose myself to the fury of Banditti; Their swords become blunted, and break against my breast: The hungry Tiger shudders at my approach, and the Alligator flies from a Monster more horrible than itself. God has set his seal upon me, and all his Creatures respect this fatal mark!”
Matthew Gregory Lewis, The Monk

Solon
“If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence every one must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.”
Solon

“Horror is a feeling that cannot last long; human nature is incapable of supporting it. Sadness, whether it be from bereavement, or disappointment, or misfortune of any kind may linger on through life”
James De Mille, A Strange Manuscript found in a Copper Cylinder

Sheri S. Tepper
“Mankind accepts good fortune as his due, but when bad occurs, he thinks it was aimed at him, done to him, a hex, a curse, a punishment by his deity for some transgression, as though his god were a petty storekeeper, counting up the day's receipts.”
Sheri S. Tepper, The Visitor

L.M. Montgomery
“It never rains but it pours”
L.M. Montgomery, The Blue Castle

Alexandre Dumas
“Misfortune does not help us to believe. ”
Alexandre Dumas, The Black Tulip

Louisa May Alcott
“…misfortune was much more interesting to her than good luck.”
Louisa May Alcott, Jo's Boys

Honoré de Balzac
“Misfortune is a stepping stone for genius, the baptismal font of Christians, treasure for the skillful man, an abyss for the feeble.”
Honoré de Balzac

“Death always knew how to connect vice with misfortune.”
Jindřich Štyrský, Emilie přichází ke mně ve snu

Jean Genet
“Neither the state guards nor the municipal police stopped me. What they saw going by was no longer a man but the curious product of misfortune, something to which laws could not be applied. I had exceeded the bounds of indecency.”
Jean Genet, The Thief's Journal

Thomas Hardy
“Misfortune is a fine opiate to personal terror.”
Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

Susan Lynn Peterson
“When Americans find out I grew up in the tenements, the question they invariably ask me is “how did you end up there?” Americans, it seems, find comfort in reasons and explanations. They honestly believe that if they can find the reason for someone else’s misfortune, they can avoid that misfortune themselves. If they could find out how I ended up in the tenements, they could assure themselves that it could never have happened to them.”
Susan Lynn Peterson, Clare

“But then again...perhaps the whole human race is cursed, and I'm simply in the lower echelon and therefore lose everything first.”
Ondrelique C. Ouellette

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