Quotes and Sayings about Miser



"Misery's fine - as long as you know you can get out of it when you want to."
- Arthur Adamov
(Related: Misery, Want)

"Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen."
- Phillip Adams
(Related: Success)

"That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?"
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Father, Man, Misery, Motive, Will)

"I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Misery, Silence, Speech)

"If you were not a sinful, polluted, helpless, and miserable creature, this Savior would not be suited to you, and you would not be comprehended in his gracious invitations to the children of men."
- Archibald Alexander
(Related: Men, Children)

"There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery."
- Dante Alighieri
(Related: Happiness, Misery, Sorrow)

"Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Life)

"If my films make one more person miserable, I'll feel I have done my job."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Job)

"Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Life, Loneliness, Misery, Suffering)

"Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy."
- Robert Anthony
(Related: People, Being, Risk)

"I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship."
- Pietro Aretino
(Related: Friendship, Wisdom, Misers, Treasure)

"As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity."
- Jean-Bertrand Aristide
(Related: Time, People, Country, Dignity, Help, Misery, Poverty, Suffering, Today, Tomorrow)

"Consider then, O man! whether there can be anything more wretched and poor, more naked and miserable, than man when he dies, if he be not clothed with Christ's righteousness, and enriched in his God."
- Johann Arndt
(Related: God, Christ, Man, Poor, Righteousness)

"Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery."
- Matthew Arnold
(Related: Misery)

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Love, Men, Eyes, Feet, Help, Misery, Poor, Want)

"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery."
- Jane Austen
(Related: Guilt, Misery)

"Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Age, Life)

"A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Life)

"Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it."
- Russell Baker
(Related: Company, Misery)

"People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: People, Church, Forget, Misery)

"A movie star is someone people look at and go, 'I want to be like that person'. There's the responsibility of desire. It's not something I'm interested in trying. I would fail miserably at it, so why even bother?"
- Christian Bale
(Related: People, Desire, Responsibility, Trying, Want)

"Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Thought, Enjoyment, Key, Miser, World)

"I think that age as a number is not nearly as important as health. You can be in poor health and be pretty miserable at 40 or 50. If you're in good health, you can enjoy things into your 80s."
- Bob Barker
(Related: Age, Health, Poor, Pretty)

"All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Mankind)

"In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south. Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates victims in the north as well. This has become manifest: the global system was not made to serve the good of all, but to serve multinational companies."
- Ahmed Ben Bella
(Related: Misery, Now, Past, Poverty, Victims)

"If we could only snap the fetters of the body that bind the feet of the soul, we shall experience a great joy. Then we shall not be miserable because of the body's sufferings. We shall become free."
- Vinoba Bhave
(Related: Experience, Soul, Body, Feet, Joy)

"Right now, they feel they have lost their voice, and their miseries have increased since my departure."
- Benazir Bhutto
(Related: Departure, Now, Right, Voice)

"Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Famous)

"Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Misery)

"About the only difference between the poor and the rich, is this, the poor suffer misery, while the rich have to enjoy it."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Difference, Misery, Poor)

"Threescore years and ten is enough; if a man can't suffer all the misery he wants in that time, he must be numb."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Time, Man, Misery, Years)

"I love Dickens because it makes me chuckle to myself so. He has taken me to another world and out of so many earthly miseries."
- Jane Birkin
(Related: Love, World)

"The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument."
- Ritchie Blackmore
(Related: Melancholy)

"Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s."
- William Blake
(Related: Money, People, Cause, Miser, Passion, Thieving, Want)

"To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes."
- William Blake
(Related: Money, Eyes, Miser, Sun)

"Nothing is miserable unless you think it is so."
- Boethius
(Related: Nothing)

"For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy."
- Boethius
(Related: Adversity, Fortune, Misery)

"There is nothing more miserable in the world than to arrive in paradise and look like your passport photo."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Paradise, Nothing, World)

"Nothing need be apprehended from this miserable adventurer."
- Louis Bonaparte
(Related: Nothing)

"The shock caused by the September 11 events has also lead to a thorough reflection on the existing disparity between rich and poor countries, on the misery of populations of the South."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Countries, Events, Misery, Poor, Reflection)

"It is not every man who can be exquisitely miserable, any more than exquisitely happy."
- James Boswell
(Related: Man)

"I still sweat bullets if I go on The Tonight Show, but I tell myself, You can either have fun tonight or you can be shy and miserable. You ask my friends or anyone I work with now - nobody would say I was shy."
- Lara Flynn Boyle
(Related: Work, Friends, Fun, Now)

"What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough."
- Bertolt Brecht
(Related: Life, Living)

"The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it."
- Bertolt Brecht
(Related: Exploitation, Law, Misery)

"Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort."
- Helen Gurley Brown
(Related: Happiness, Money, Comfort, Help, Will)

"Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery."
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(Related: Happiness, Life, Decision, Misery, Will)

"That's one of the peculiar things about bad moods - we often fool ourselves and create misery by telling ourselves things that simply are not true."
- David D. Burns
(Related: Fool, Misery, Moods)

"The final causes, then, of compassion are to prevent and to relieve misery."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Causes, Compassion, Misery)

"People might love themselves with the most entire and unbounded affection, and yet be extremely miserable."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Love, People, Affection)

"Pain and sorrow and misery have a right to our assistance: compassion puts us in mind of the debt, and that we owe it to ourselves as well as to the distressed."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Compassion, Debt, Mind, Misery, Pain, Right, Sorrow)

"I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Happiness, Man, Misery, Pursuit)

"For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God."
- John Calvin
(Related: God, Misery, Will)

"To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything."
- Albert Camus
(Related: History, Indifference, Misery, Sun)

"Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery."
- Albert Camus
(Related: History, Misery, Want)

"Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Egotism, Faults)

"One morning, about four o'clock, I was driving my car just about as fast as I could. I thought, Why am I out this time of night? I was miserable, and it came to me: I'm falling in love with somebody I have no right to fall in love with."
- June Carter Cash
(Related: Car, Love, Time, Thought, Driving, Night, Right)

"The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same."
- Carlos Castaneda
(Related: Work)

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."
- Carlos Castenada
(Related: Work)

"People think I'm a miserable sod but it's only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions."
- Nick Cave
(Related: People, Questions)

"Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes."
- Miguel De Cervantes
(Related: Comfort)

"The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Life, Act)

"Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Life, Act, Contemplation)

"At the bottom of not a little of the bravery that appears in the world, there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they have not the courage to face public opinion."
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(Related: Men, Courage, Bravery, Cowardice, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Will, World)

"We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Happiness, Help, Misery, Want)

"It should cause no surprise that anyone so lazy as myself should be economical to the point of miserliness with everything he writes."
- Leslie Charteris
(Related: Cause)

"Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
- Agatha Christie
(Related: Living, Sorrow)

"I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
- Agatha Christie
(Related: Sorrow)

"For instance, he says I let him play golf, and he says, he lets me be miserable in my job. Now - that doesn't quite sound right, does it? But nonetheless, I think for the first time in my life, I'm not going to be miserable in my life when I come and work at CNN."
- Connie Chung
(Related: Life, Time, Work, First, Golf, Job, Now, Play, Right, Sound)

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Failure, Virtue, Envy, Ignorance, Misery, Philosophy, Sharing, Socialism)

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Virtue, Blessings, Capitalism, Sharing, Socialism, Vice)

"Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Friendship, Happiness, Grief, Joy, Misery)

"No one is more miserable than the person who wills everything and can do nothing."
- Claudius
(Related: Nothing)

"My tears will keep no channel, know no laws to guide their streams, but like the waves, their cause, run with disturbance till they swallow me as a description of his misery."
- John Cleveland
(Related: Cause, Laws, Misery, Tears, Will)

"Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy."
- Montgomery Clift
(Related: Failure, Artist, Energy, Misery)

"It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world."
- William Cobbett
(Related: Misery, World)

"Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives."
- William Cobbett
(Related: Happiness, Mind, Misery)

"When we have ceased to love the stench of the human animal, either in others or in ourselves, then are we condemned to misery, and clear thinking can begin."
- Cyril Connolly
(Related: Love, Misery, Thinking)

"Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Hugs, Illusion, Loneliness, Lonely, Memory, Terror, Word)

"All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Mankind)

"If only my folks had beaten me, I could have gotten some material about my miserable childhood. But as it is, I've had a great life."
- Tim Conway
(Related: Life, Childhood)

"I have always considered that choosing a companion for life was a very important affair and that my happyness or misery in this life depended on the choice."
- Ezra Cornell
(Related: Life, Choice, Misery)

"Ignorance is the primary source of all misery and vice."
- Victor Cousin
(Related: Ignorance, Misery, Vice)

"Sex is the last refuge of the miserable."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: Sex)

"I guess lyrically they're similar because they're talking about escaping the kind of misery that likes company. 'The Last One Alive,' for me, is very simple. It's just about alienation, really, that causes anger."
- Jon Crosby
(Related: Anger, Alienation, Causes, Company, Misery, Talking)

"Do I listen to pop music because I'm miserable or am I miserable because listen to pop music?"
- John Cusack
(Related: Music)

"By adversity are wrought the greatest works of admiration, and all the fair examples of renown, out of distress and misery are grown."
- Samuel Daniel
(Related: Admiration, Adversity, Misery)

"If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin."
- Charles Darwin
(Related: Nature, Laws, Misery, Poor, Sin)

"This president failed so miserably in diplomacy that we are now forced to war."
- Tom Daschle
(Related: War, Diplomacy, Now, President)

"I've led this empty life for over forty years and now I can pass that heritage on and ensure that the misery will continue for at least one more generation."
- Larry David
(Related: Life, Misery, Now, Will, Years)

"To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Miser)

"May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down: write down what you feel. It is sometimes a wonderful help in misery."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Help, May, Misery)

"Locations are all tough, all miserable. I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners. We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Sound, Years)

"The histories which we have of the great tragedy give no idea of the general wretchedness, the squalid misery, which entered into every individual life in the region given up to the war. Where the armies camped the destruction was absolute."
- Rebecca H. Davis
(Related: Life, War, Idea, Destruction, Misery, Tragedy)

"Of course, the idea of a six months' holiday is enough to make anyone laugh at anything, but I find that besides that I was a good deal harassed and run down, and I am glad to cut off from everything and start fresh. I feel miserably selfish about it all the time."
- Richard H. Davis
(Related: Time, Idea, Holiday, Months)

"They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?"
- Princess Diana
(Related: Compromise, Poor)

"The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery."
- Frederick Douglass
(Related: Happiness, Man, Misery)

"The rare pleasure of being seen for what one is, compensates for the misery of being it."
- Margaret Drabble
(Related: Being, Misery, Pleasure)

"Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail."
- Theodore Dreiser
(Related: Art, Soul, Misery)

"Go miser go, for money sell your soul. Trade wares for wares and trudge from pole to pole, So others may say when you are dead and gone. See what a vast estate he left his son."
- John Dryden
(Related: Money, Son, Soul, May, Miser, Trade)

"Let us lose none of their humble words, let us note their slightest gestures, and tell me, tell me that we will think of them together, now and later, when we realise the misery of the times and the magnitude of their sacrifice."
- Georges Duhamel
(Related: Sacrifice, Misery, Now, Will, Words)

"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Choice)

"You're miserable, edgy and tired. You're in the perfect mood for journalism."
- Warren Ellis
(Related: Journalism)

"Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human."
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Related: Deception, Folly, Ignorance, Illusion, Misery, Now)

"Human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is no wind that always blows a storm."
- Euripides
(Related: Misery, Wind)

"A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover."
- Clifton Paul Fadiman
(Related: Wine)

"Hype is the awkward and desperate attempt to convince journalists that what you've made is worth the misery of having to review it."
- Federico Fellini
(Related: Misery, Worth)

"There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true."
- Francois Fenelon
(Related: Happiness, Virtue, Doctrine, Misery, Religious, Road, Vice, World)

"The supposed great misery of our century is the lack of time."
- John Fowles
(Related: Time, Misery)

"Each of the seventeen tribunals during a long period burned annually, on an average, ten miserable beings!"
- John Foxe
"In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death."
- Anne Frank
(Related: Death, People, Heart, Confusion, Misery)

"I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains."
- Anne Frank
(Related: Beauty, Misery)

"I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death... I think... peace and tranquillity will return again."
- Anne Frank
(Related: Peace, Death, Confusion, Misery, Will)

"I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Mankind, Value)

"It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Man)

"I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Marriage, Gay, Rest, Right, Support)

"I would say a lot of the emotion in what I do is a sort of a thankfulness for those energies being around, because there's been points in my life when they weren't around, and it's a real sort of miserable existence."
- John Frusciante
(Related: Life, Being, Emotion, Existence, Thankfulness)

"The devil lies brooding in the miser's chest."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Devil, Lies, Miser)

"But I'm not like sad, depressed miserable person. I guess sometimes I give off that impression."
- Edward Furlong
(Related: Impression)

"I'm a happy-go-lucky character. I'm not that miserable. But I can never let anyone into my world."
- Noel Gallagher
(Related: Character, World)

"What I realized was how difficult an hour show is and how miserable you can be if you're not happy doing it."
- Victor Garber
"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."
- James A. Garfield
(Related: Truth, First, Will)

"Marriage is miserable unless you find the right person that is your soulmate and that takes a lot of looking."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Marriage, Right)

"Between his eyes, there were four lines, the marks of such misery as children should never feel. He spoke with that wonderful whisky voice that so many Spanish children have, and he was a tough and entire little boy."
- Martha Gellhorn
(Related: Children, Eyes, Misery, Voice)

"Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Sympathy, Misery)

"Money is time. With money I buy for cheerful use the hours which otherwise would not in any sense be mine; nay, which would make me their miserable bondsman."
- George Gissing
(Related: Money, Time, Sense)

"It is almost impossible for anyone, even the most ineffective among us, to continue to choose misery after becoming aware that it is a choice."
- William Glasser
(Related: Choice, Misery)

"We can never flee the misery that is within us."
- Arthur Golden
(Related: Misery)

"There is no one on earth more disgusting and repulsive than he who gives alms. Even as there is no one so miserable as he who accepts them."
- Maxim Gorky
(Related: Earth)

"Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Happiness, Will)

"Misery is a communicable disease."
- Martha Graham
(Related: Disease, Misery)

"He gave to misery (all he had) a tear."
- Thomas Gray
(Related: Misery)

"When somebody gives up their friends and everything they do just to be with a person, they wake up miserable one day. They're denying themselves for no real reason other than they think that's the thing to do."
- Brian Austin Green
(Related: Day, Friends, Reason)

"People talk about the courage of condemned men walking to the place of execution: sometimes it needs as much courage to walk with any kind of bearing towards another person's habitual misery."
- Graham Greene
(Related: Men, People, Courage, Misery, Needs, Talk, Walking)

"The very effect of the education they were given... was to make men think; and, thinking, they became less and less satisfied with the miserable pays they received."
- John Grierson
(Related: Education, Men, Effect, Thinking)

"Very little changed fundamentally, except that the proud German soldier had turned into a defeated bundle of misery and the great German army had disintegrated."
- George Grosz
(Related: Army, Misery)

"The misery in war-torn Afghanistan is reminiscent of images from the Thirty Years' War."
- Jurgen Habermas
(Related: War, Afghanistan, Misery, Years)

"We live so little time in this world that it is no matter how wretched and miserable we are, if it prepares us for heaven."
- Jupiter Hammon
(Related: Time, Heaven, World)

"Now the Bible tells us that we are all by nature, sinners, that we are slaves to sin and Satan, and that unless we are converted, or born again, we must be miserable forever."
- Jupiter Hammon
(Related: Nature, Bible, Now, Satan, Sin)

"Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous."
- Elizabeth Hardwick
(Related: Age, Nature)

"If there is technological advance without social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery."
- Michael Harrington
(Related: Misery)

"Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years, and a more miserable class of Negro slaves."
- Albert Bushnell Hart
(Related: Class, Wages, Years)

"Unending was the stream, unending the misery, unending the sorrow."
- Karl Amadeus Hartmann
(Related: Misery, Sorrow)

"There are times when we must sink to the bottom of our misery to understand truth, just as we must descend to the bottom of a well to see the stars in broad daylight."
- Vaclav Havel
(Related: Truth, Misery, Stars)

"Human misery is too great for men to do without faith."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Faith, Men, Misery)

"I tried to start a theatre in LA and failed miserably, but I was probably not meant to raise money."
- Beth Henley
(Related: Money, Theatre)

"Never was a miser a brave soul."
- George Herbert
(Related: Soul, Miser)

"Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing."
- Herodotus
(Related: Men, Control, Nothing)

"Acquisition means life to miserable mortals."
- Hesiod
(Related: Life)

"I think at times I appear to be miserable when I am not... I might be having quite a good thought at that moment, but it seems I look miserable. I am not."
- Damon Hill
(Related: Thought)

"Instead of seeing depression as a dysfunction, it is a functioning phenomenon. It stops you cold, sets you down, makes you damn miserable."
- James Hillman
(Related: Depression)

"I think we're miserable partly because we have only one god, and that's economics."
- James Hillman
(Related: God, Economics)

"The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Mother, Man, Misery, Old, Woman)

"That was the big lesson for all of us. Everything was going great on paper, but we all became miserable because we were so caught up in the machinery of how you make that happen, it took away the sheer joy."
- Susanna Hoffs
(Related: Joy)

"To live by one man's will becomes the cause of all misery."
- Richard Hooker
(Related: Cause, Man, Misery, Will)

"Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Happiness, Men, Children, Misery, Nothing, Old)

"I'm not done yet making people miserable. If they're going to make me miserable, then I'm going to make them miserable."
- Brett Hull
(Related: People)

"So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Men, Will, Worship)

"Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Importance, Laughter, Misery, Pain, Pleasure)

"Misery is a match that never goes out."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Misery)

"When the baby dies, On every side Rose stranger's voices, hard and harsh and loud. The baby was not wrapped in any shroud. The mother made no sound. Her head was bowed That men's eyes might not see Her misery."
- Helen Hunt Jackson
(Related: Men, Mother, Baby, Eyes, Misery, Sound)

"There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision."
- William James
(Related: Being, Indecision, Nothing)

"The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Government, First, Misery, Office)

"Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?"
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Friendship, Alliance, Name)

"Choosing to be miserable is an option, but not one I recommend."
- Darren L. Johnson
"There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Art, Happiness, Man, Misery, Nothing)

"Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Man, Misery, Nothing)

"Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be insupportable."
- William Samuel Johnson
(Related: Hope, Comfort, Poverty, Sickness)

"But I married a guy who treated me very badly, but I was happy. I was miserable, so I was happy."
- Lynn Johnston
"During the summer, Screen Gems launched the New Monkees, which miserably failed I understand. I never saw it."
- Davy Jones
(Related: Summer)

"Friends love misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends."
- Erica Jong
(Related: Love, Successful, Fact, Friends, Misery, Pretty)

"Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable."
- Janis Joplin
(Related: Audiences)

"No one is really miserable who has not tried to cheapen life."
- David Starr Jordan
(Related: Life)

"Misery is almost always the result of thinking."
- Joseph Joubert
(Related: Misery, Result, Thinking)

"May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Kiss, May, Night, Open)

"To add to our misery and despair, a bloated aristocracy has sent to China - the greatest and oldest despotism in the world - for a cheap working slave."
- Denis Kearney
(Related: Aristocracy, Despair, Misery, World)

"It's been a misery for me, living with Christine Keeler."
- Christine Keeler
(Related: Living, Misery)

"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly."
- John F. Kennedy
"Les Miserables is one of my favorite stories."
- Larry King
(Related: Favorite)

"Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets."
- Rudyard Kipling
(Related: Fire, Want, Weight)

"People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that's both liberating and alarming."
- Rem Koolhaas
(Related: Architecture, People, Nothing)

"Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Wisdom, Inheritance, Miser)

"We weren't put here to be miserable. We were put here to do the best we can, and we should take our energy and improve our state of being."
- Lenny Kravitz
(Related: Being, Energy, State)

"For the last few years, it's been so chic for everybody to be miserable. Like if you're in with the cool crowd, you can't be happy."
- Lenny Kravitz
(Related: Years)

"Here's to five miserable months on the wagon and the irreparable harm that it's caused me."
- Stanley Kubrick
(Related: Harm, Months)

"No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable."
- Letitia Landon
(Related: Man)

"No thoroughly occupied person was ever found really miserable."
- Walter Savage Landor
"Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself."
- Philip Larkin
(Related: Kids, Man, Misery)

"The German experience, as you can see, did move me very much. Seeing that terrible destruction and seeing the miserable state of the people, how they had been beaten down by the war through no fault of their own probably."
- James Laughlin
(Related: War, Experience, People, Destruction, Fault, State)

"So long as you don't feel life's paltry and a miserable business, the rest doesn't matter, happiness or unhappiness."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Happiness, Business, Life, Rest, Unhappiness)

"At some stages of your life you will deal with things and at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety."
- Nigella Lawson
(Related: Life, Anxiety, Misery, Will)

"Misery is manifold. The wretchedness of the earth is multiform."
- Matt LeBlanc
(Related: Earth, Misery)

"I find the earth to be a place of misery in which I am surrounded by the conformity that kills society."
- Matt LeBlanc
(Related: Society, Conformity, Earth, Misery)

"Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief."
- C. S. Lewis
(Related: Day, Fact, Grief, Living, Misery, Shadow, Thinking)

"Companions, in misery and worse, that is what we all are, and to try to change this substantially avails us nothing."
- Franz Liszt
(Related: Change, Misery, Nothing)

"The day that I ever become hip... please shoot me and put me outta my misery!"
- Meat Loaf
(Related: Day)

"Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable."
- Clare Boothe Luce
(Related: Money, Happiness, Being)

"Sure you're powerless, sure you're just one person, sure you can't change anything... but you don't have to be miserable about it as well."
- Lydia Lunch
(Related: Change)

"My life has run from misery to happiness."
- Loretta Lynn
(Related: Happiness, Life, Misery)

"I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property."
- James Madison
(Related: Government, Doubt, Laws, Misery, Property, Will)

"If you're always strict with yourself, life gets miserable. And we're supposed to enjoy life."
- Mia Maestro
(Related: Life)

"We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world."
- Rene Magritte
(Related: Fear, World)

"Without literature my life would be miserable."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Life, Literature)

"The superior power of population cannot be checked without producing misery or vice."
- Thomas Malthus
(Related: Power, Misery, Population, Vice)

"Reduced to a miserable mass level, the level of a Hitler, German Romanticism broke out into hysterical barbarism."
- Thomas Mann
"I'm getting married because I'm in love with a girl and want to spend my life with her. You can't live your life doing what other people want you to or you'll be miserable. At some point you just have to be yourself."
- Dan Marino
(Related: Life, Love, People, Want)

"Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them."
- Don Marquis
(Related: Happiness, Fate, Man, Prosperity)

"While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Miser)

"Your dear baby has died innocent and blameless, and has been called away by an all wise and merciful Creator, most probably from a life to misery and misfortune, and most certainly to one of happiness and bliss."
- George Mason
(Related: Happiness, Life, Baby, Misery, Misfortune)

"To doubt is worse than to have lost; and to despair is but to antedate those miseries that must fall on us."
- Philip Massinger
(Related: Despair, Doubt)

"It would be stupid tameness, and unaccountable folly, for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable, ambitious and cruel man, to wanton and riot in their misery."
- Jonathan Mayhew
(Related: Folly, Man, Misery, Nations, Riot)

"Not to discontinue our allegiance, in this case, would be to join with the sovereign in promoting the slavery and misery of that society, the welfare of which, we ourselves, as well as our sovereign, are indispensably obliged to secure and promote, as far as in us lies."
- Jonathan Mayhew
(Related: Society, Lies, Misery, Slavery, Welfare)

"Life is so fast these days, and we're exposed to so much information. Television makes us a witness to such misery."
- Gates McFadden
(Related: Life, Information, Misery, Television)

"My school days were the happiest days of my life; which should give you some indication of the misery I've endured over the past twenty-five years."
- Paul Merton
(Related: Life, Misery, Past, School, Years)

"A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Men, Being, Chance, Fight, Man, Nothing, Safety)

"The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Men, Being, Chance, Fight, Nothing, Safety)

"Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery."
- Spike Milligan
(Related: Happiness, Money, Misery)

"Sometimes I find that in my happy moments I could not believe that I had ever been miserable."
- Marion Milner
(Related: Moments)

"To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable."
- John Milton
(Related: Blind, Blindness)

"Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate."
- Addison Mizner
(Related: Company, Misery)

"If misery loves company, then triumph demands an audience."
- Brian Moore
(Related: Company, Misery)

"I think that people who get to a certain position, and then try to ferociously defend it or build on it, it's kind of a dead-end street. You see people becoming miserable that way."
- Viggo Mortensen
(Related: People)

"So far I haven't really been prominent enough to get critical attention focused on me. So, of course, I fully expect bad reviews, but I will be wracked with misery as a result."
- Emily Mortimer
(Related: Attention, Misery, Result, Will)

"Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror, starvation and death characterize the process of war and form a principal part of the product."
- Louis Mumford
(Related: Death, War, Destruction, Misery, Starvation, Terror)

"I learned early about the misery and dangers of life, and about the afterlife, about the external punishment which awaited the children of sin in Hell."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Life, Afterlife, Children, Hell, Misery, Punishment, Sin)

"The logs of wood which move down the river together Are driven apart by every wave. Such inevitable parting Should not be the cause of misery."
- Nagarjuna
(Related: Cause, Misery, Parting, Wood)

"I don't believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel."
- Gloria Naylor
(Related: Life)

"Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy."
- Cynthia Nelms
"Some of the most miserable people I know are some of the richest people in America, they are the most miserable individuals I've ever seen."
- Chuck Norris
(Related: People, America)

"Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea."
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair
(Related: History, Religion, Idea, Mankind, Misery)

"I lived rough, by my wits, was homeless, lived on the streets, lived on friends' floors, was happy, was miserable."
- Ben Okri
(Related: Friends)

"Let us embrace, and from this very moment vow an eternal misery together."
- Thomas Otway
(Related: Misery, Vow)

"I've been on jobs where there's that one actor who is just a miserable, miserable no-good, dirty bastard, and it just turns the whole process sour."
- Joe Pantoliano
(Related: Actor, Jobs)

"There is winning and there is misery."
- Bill Parcells
(Related: Winning, Misery)

"The miser, starving his brother's body, starves also his own soul, and at death shall creep out of his great estate of injustice, poor and naked and miserable."
- Theodore Parker
(Related: Death, Soul, Brother, Body, Injustice, Miser, Poor)

"You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery."
- Gordon Parks
(Related: Misery)

"All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Men, Being, Quiet)

"As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Men, Death, Fight, Ignorance, Misery, Order)

"One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love - any love - reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness."
- Cesare Pavese
(Related: Love, Misery, Nothingness, Vulnerability, Woman)

"To the truly benevolent mind, indeed, nothing is more satisfactory than to hear of a miser denying himself the necessaries of life a little too far and ridding us of his presence altogether."
- James Payn
(Related: Life, Mind, Miser, Nothing)

"The key to sitcom success is miserable people. If you see a happy couple, it's just gone, like when Sam and Diane got together on Cheers."
- Matthew Perry
(Related: Success, People, Key)

"I am miserable when I'm in a movie I'm not proud of and a movie that I don't want to do."
- Ryan Phillippe
(Related: Want)

"They who grasp the world, The Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Must pay with deepest misery of spirit, Atoning unto God for a brief brightness."
- Stephen Phillips
(Related: God, Power, Glory, Misery, Spirit, World)

"Maybe men are separated from each other only by the degree of their misery."
- Francis Picabia
(Related: Men, Misery)

"Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day."
- Gifford Pinchot
(Related: Progress, Failure, Conservation, Day, Misery, Practice, Prosperity, Will)

"It is misery, you know, unspeakable misery for the man who lives alone and who detests sordid, casual affairs; not old enough to do without women, but not young enough to be able to go and look for one without shame!"
- Luigi Pirandello
(Related: Women, Man, Misery, Old)

"I still feel that a movie has to attempt to say something - even if it fails miserably. But I've sort of given up on believing that I'm going to change the world with every film I choose to act in."
- Sarah Polley
(Related: Change, Act, Film, World)

"The more I read about feeding times, sleep times and waking-up times, the more inadequate and miserable I felt."
- Gail Porter
(Related: Sleep, Waking)

"Given the amount of unjust suffering and unhappiness in the world, I am deeply grateful for, sometimes even perplexed by, how much misery I have been spared."
- Dennis Prager
(Related: Misery, Suffering, Unhappiness, World)

"In opposition to this detachment, he finds an image of man which contains within itself man's dreams, man's illness, man's redemption from the misery of poverty - poverty which can no longer be for him a sign of the acceptance of life."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Life, Dreams, Acceptance, Illness, Man, Misery, Opposition, Poverty)

"The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
(Related: Idea, Misery, Right)

"Misery is the company of lawsuits."
- Francois Rabelais
(Related: Company, Misery)

"Thank the Gods! My misery exceeds all my hopes!"
- Jean Racine
(Related: Misery)

"Misery loves company."
- John Ray
(Related: Company, Misery)

"As a child is indulged or checked in its early follies, a ground is generally laid for the happiness or misery of the future man."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Happiness, Future, Man, Misery)

"Miserable is a good thing, though. If you start the day miserable, nobody else can screw up your day."
- Jake Roberts
(Related: Day)

"The cup of Ireland's misery has been overflowing for centuries and is not yet half full."
- Boyle Roche
(Related: Ireland, Misery)

"It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Age, Love, Man, Old)

"The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Happiness, Men, Fortune, Misery, Temper)

"Gay people got a right to be as miserable as everybody else."
- Chris Rock
(Related: People, Gay, Right)

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Related: Act, Misery, Will)

"I am talking about misery and all of its implications."
- Juan Rulfo
(Related: Misery, Talking)

"Nearly all the powerful people of this age are unbelievers, the best of them in doubt and misery, the most in plodding hesitation, doing as well as they can, what practical work lies at hand."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Age, Work, People, Doubt, Hesitation, Lies, Misery)

"With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Agriculture, Being, Machine, Madness, Mankind, Misery, Now)

"Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Extreme, Misery)

"We know there's no use in getting miserable, so we go out on the town instead!"
- Lee Ryan
"I love what I do. When a month goes by and I'm not working, I'm miserable."
- Roselyn Sanchez
(Related: Love)

"Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so."
- Jacopo Sannazaro
(Related: Man)

"The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape."
- George Santayana
(Related: Miser)

"The trade unions and the Labour Party... failed miserably. Instead of giving concrete support, and calling upon workers to take industrial action, they did nothing."
- Arthur Scargill
(Related: Action, Giving, Nothing, Party, Support, Trade, Workers)

"But if you don't enjoy doing something, you'll be miserable no matter how much money you make."
- Bob Schieffer
(Related: Money)

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Music, Cats)

"I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Thought, End, Misery)

"Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Help, Lies, Misery, Pain, World)

"The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Future, Mind)

"A man's as miserable as he thinks he is."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Man)

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Life, Men, Fortune, Now, Sea)

"Acting doesn't have to be threadbare misery all the time."
- Fiona Shaw
(Related: Time, Acting, Misery)

"The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Being, Leisure, Wonder)

"The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Being, Cure, Leisure, Occupation)

"The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite; no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food."
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(Related: Food, Feelings, Misery)

"But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be - a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself."
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(Related: Soul, Humanity)

"A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich."
- William Shenstone
(Related: Man, Miser, Poor)

"You don't necessarily have to be in misery to be talented."
- Brooke Shields
(Related: Misery)

"Artie travels all the time. The rehearsals were just miserable. Artie and I fought all the time. He didn't want to do the show with my band; he just wanted me on acoustic guitar."
- Paul Simon
(Related: Time, Guitar, Want)

"Our principles are the springs of our actions. Our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery. Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles."
- Red Skelton
(Related: Happiness, Actions, Care, Misery, Principles)

"No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable."
- Adam Smith
(Related: Society, Poor)

"Trifles make up the happiness or the misery of human life."
- Alexander Smith
(Related: Happiness, Life, Misery, Trifles)

"Why get married and make one man miserable when I can stay single and make thousands miserable?"
- Carrie P. Snow
(Related: Man)

"The ability to take pleasure in one's life is a skill and is a kind of intelligence. So intelligence is a hard thing to evaluate and it manifests itself in so many different ways. I do think the ability to know how to live a life and not be miserable is a sign of that."
- Todd Solondz
(Related: Intelligence, Life, Ability, Evaluate, Pleasure, Skill)

"There is some pleasure even in words, when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries."
- Sophocles
(Related: Forgetfulness, Pleasure, Present, Words)

"No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth."
- Charles Spurgeon
(Related: Wealth, Appearance, Poor)

"Evil is always devising more corrosive misery through man's restless need to exact revenge out of his hate."
- Ralph Steadman
(Related: Evil, Hate, Man, Misery, Revenge)

"I would say to my colleague that the misery index, inflation and unemployment, when added together is the lowest it has been in the last series of Presidents, even going back to Jimmy Carter. So I think the Bush administration is doing a good job."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Inflation, Job, Misery, Unemployment)

"Oh, I wish I were a miser; being a miser must be so occupying."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: Being, Miser)

"People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Health, People, Care, Misers, Spirit, Treasure)

"People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Health, People, Care, Misers, Treasure)

"It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Health, Miser, Waste)

"The trouble with many men is that they have got just enough religion to make them miserable. If there is not joy in religion, you have got a leak in your religion."
- Billy Sunday
(Related: Men, Religion, Joy, Trouble)

"The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Power, Success, Fortune, Merit, Prudence)

"The miser is as much in want of what he has as of what he has not."
- Publilius Syrus
(Related: Miser, Want)

"Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable."
- Tacitus
(Related: Adversity)

"You write a book and you hope somebody will go out and pay $24.95 for what you've just said. I think books were my salvation. Books saved me from being miserable."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Hope, Being, Books, Salvation, Will)

"If misery loves company, misery has company enough."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Company, Misery)

"The miserable failures of capitalist economies in the Great Depression were root causes of worldwide social and political disasters."
- James Tobin
(Related: Causes, Depression, Disasters)

"My music is homegrown from the garden of New Orleans. Music is everything to me short of breathing. Music also has a role to lift you up - not to be escapist but to take you out of misery."
- Allen Toussaint
(Related: Music, Garden, Misery)

"Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them."
- Thomas Traherne
(Related: Happiness, Fear, Will)

"To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious."
- Thomas Traherne
(Related: Love, Poor)

"More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery."
- Thomas Traherne
(Related: Happiness, Company, Misery)

"Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Misery, Poverty)

"Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness."
- Leon Trotsky
(Related: Life, Idea, Cynicism, Frustration, Misery, Weakness)

"I lost my sense of trust, honesty and compassion. I crashed down and became what I consider an emotional mess. I've never been so miserable in my whole life. I just wanted to go to bed and never get up."
- Shania Twain
(Related: Life, Trust, Honesty, Bed, Compassion, Sense)

"This hunger for profits causes great misery for the people."
- Walter Ulbricht
(Related: People, Causes, Hunger, Misery)

"I am begining to look more and more like my miserable imitators."
- Rudolph Valentino
"If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished."
- Swami Vivekananda
(Related: Faith)

"The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that."
- Swami Vivekananda
(Related: Power, Error, Sin)

"Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable."
- Voltaire
(Related: Optimism, Madness)

"He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it."
- Voltaire
(Related: Age, Misery, Spirit)

"I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances."
- Martha Washington
(Related: Experience, Happiness, Circumstances, Misery)

"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances."
- Martha Washington
(Related: Happiness, Circumstances, Misery)

"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."
- Martha Washington
(Related: Circumstance, May, Misery, Unhappiness)

"You won't find me in a romantic comedy. Those movies don't speak to me. People don't come to talk to me about those scripts, because they probably think I'm this dark, twisted, miserable person."
- Naomi Watts
(Related: Movies, People, Comedy, Romantic, Talk)

"Renunciation - that is the great fact we all, individuals and classes, have to learn. In trying to avoid it we bring misery to ourselves and others."
- Beatrice Potter Webb
(Related: Fact, Misery, Renunciation, Trying)

"All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
- Noah Webster
(Related: Men, War, Bible, Ambition, Crime, Injustice, Oppression, Slavery, Vice)

"Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained."
- Duke of Wellington
(Related: Battle, Misery)

"Maybe it's the music that enables them to function like that, to always take everything as it comes and never complain about the misery, hardship or injustice."
- Wim Wenders
(Related: Music, Hardship, Injustice, Misery)

"My wife is the most awesome person in the universe. She's made this experience much less miserable for me, with her compassion, patience and understanding."
- Wil Wheaton
(Related: Experience, Wife, Compassion, Patience, Understanding, Universe)

"In spite of holidays when I was free to visit London theatres and explore the countryside, I spent four very miserable years as a colonial at an English school."
- Patrick White
(Related: English, Holidays, London, School, Visit, Years)

"When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole."
- Thornton Wilder
(Related: Happiness, God, Being, Misery, Understanding)

"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain."
- Colin Wilson
(Related: Disasters, Man, Rain)

"This is the artist, then, life's hungry man, the glutton of eternity, beauty's miser, glory's slave."
- Tom Wolfe
(Related: Beauty, Life, Artist, Eternity, Glory, Glutton, Man, Miser)

"I think it was probably down to the fact that we weren't together personally as a band. We weren't pulling in the same direction. I always feel if you're having a good time in the studio it actually comes across on the tape and that was a bit of a miserable album for us."
- Roy Wood
(Related: Time, Direction, Fact)

"Why is a woman to be treated differently? Woman suffrage will succeed, despite this miserable guerilla opposition."
- Victoria Woodhull
(Related: Opposition, Succeed, Will, Woman)

"I thought I saw him for what he was-or what I thought he was. And he was talented, no doubt about that. But, he thought his talent was based on misery and that if he became happy it would just go. He believed that."
- Fay Wray
(Related: Talent, Thought, Doubt, Misery)

"You don't even have to hate to have a perfectly miserable time."
- Elizabeth Wurtzel
(Related: Time, Hate)

"It's a miserable life in Hollywood. You're up at five or six o'clock in the morning to be ready to start shooting at nine."
- William Wyler
(Related: Life, Hollywood)

"Only people have been through that miserable time will recall the pass from their deep memory."
- Zhang Yimou
(Related: Time, People, Deep, Memory, Will)

"To do art, one thing should always remember - subjects of people in misery have deep meanings."
- Zhang Yimou
(Related: Art, People, Deep, Misery)

"People in misery is what most important in art."
- Zhang Yimou
(Related: Art, People, Misery)

"I spent most of my life locked in my bedroom, miserable about my raging acne."
- Moon Unit Zappa
(Related: Life)

"Today, for a Jew who writes in the German language, it is totally impossible to make a living. In no group do I see as much misery, disappointment, desperation and hopelessness as in Jewish writers who write in German."
- Stefan Zweig
(Related: Desperation, Disappointment, Language, Living, Misery, Today, Writers)