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Published Tuesday, March 10, 2015 @ 9:17 PM EDT
Mar 10 2015

A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.
-Joseph Addison

At an early age I decided that living a life of pious misery in the hope of going to heaven when it's over is a lot like keeping your eyes shut all through a movie in the hope of getting your money back at the end.
-A. Whitney Brown

Caring doesn't sometimes lead to misery. It always does.
-John Green

Create all the happiness you are able to create: remove all the misery you are able to remove.
-Jeremy Bentham

Every day starts, my eyes open and I reload the program of misery. I open my eyes, remember who I am, what I'm like, and I just go, 'Ugh.'
-Louis C.K.

Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
-Proverbs 31:6-7 NIV

Happiness and misery depend as much on temperament as on fortune.
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Happiness, n. An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
-Ambrose Bierce

How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!
-Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

I hate all bungling as I do sin, but particularly bungling in politics, which leads to the misery and ruin of many thousands and millions of people.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I'm a Scotch Calvinist and nothing makes us happier than misery.
-James Reston

If misery loves company, then triumph demands an audience.
-Brian Moore

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering- and it's all over much too soon.
-Woody Allen

Look beyond the individual to the cause of his misery.
-Henry Ford

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
-Joseph Joubert

Misery loves company. There's a lot to that.
-Harvey Pekar

Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.
-Russell Baker

No small misery is caused by overworked and unhappy people, in the dark views which they necessarily take up themselves, and force upon others, of work itself.
-John Ruskin

One of the greatest sorrows of human existence is that some people aren't happy merely to be alive but find their happiness only in the misery of others.
-Dean Koontz

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
-Edward Gibbon

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

The American public highly overrates its sense of humor. We're great belly laughers and prat fallers, but we never really did have a real sense of humor. Not satire anyway. We're a fatheaded, cotton-picking society. When we realize finally that we aren't God's given children, we'll understand satire. Humor is really laughing off a hurt, grinning at misery.
-Bill Mauldin

The certainty of misery is better than the misery of uncertainty.
-Walt Kelly

The ethic of Reverence for Life prompts us to keep each other alert to what troubles us and to speak and act dauntlessly together in discharging the responsibility that we feel. It keeps us watching together for opportunities to bring some sort of help to animals in recompense for the great misery that men inflict upon them, and thus for a moment we escape from the incomprehensible horror of existence.
-Albert Schweitzer

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.
-Martha Washington

The information age has been driven and dominated by technopreneurs. We now have to apply these technologies in saving lives, improving livelihoods and lifting millions of people out of squalor, misery and suffering. In other words, our focus must now move from the geeks to the meek.
-Arthur C. Clarke

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

The only way out of today's misery is for people to become worthy of each other's trust.
-Albert Schweitzer

The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.
-Thomas Jefferson

There are a set of religious, or rather moral writers, who 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.
-Henry Fielding

There are two things which make it impossible to believe that this world is the successful work of an all-wise, all-good, and, at the same time, all-powerful Being; firstly, the misery which abounds in it everywhere; and secondly, the obvious imperfection of its highest product, man, who is a burlesque of what he should be.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

There is a limit to the amount of misery and disarray you will put up with, for love, just as there is a limit to the amount of mess you can stand around a house. You can't know the limit beforehand, but you will know when you've reached it.
-Alice Munro

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
-Victor Hugo

There is hardly any mental misery worse than that of having our own serious phrases, our own rooted beliefs, caricatured by a charlatan or a hireling.
-George Eliot

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more.
-Alexandre Dumas

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
-Dante Alighieri

There is something deeply attractive, at least to quite a lot of people, about squalor, misery, and vice. They are regarded as more authentic, and certainly more exciting, than cleanliness, happiness, and virtue.
-Theodore Dalrymple

There's no misery in not being loved, only in not loving.
-Rod McKuen

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Whoever increases the sum of human joy, is a worshiper. He who adds to the sum of human misery, is a blasphemer.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

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(March 11 is also the birthday of Douglas Adams and Harold Wilson.)


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