A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the
temper of the sufferer.
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.
Create all the happiness you are able to create: remove all the misery
you are able to remove.
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.'
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
-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.
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
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I'm a Scotch Calvinist and nothing makes us happier than misery.
If misery loves company, then triumph demands an audience.
Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering- and it's all over
much too soon.
Look beyond the individual to the cause of his misery.
Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
Misery loves company. There's a lot to that.
Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.
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.
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.
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself, loses his
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
The certainty of misery is better than the misery of uncertainty.
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.
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not our circumstances.
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
-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.
The only way out of today's misery is for people to become worthy of
each other's trust.
The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is
but a splendid misery.
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.
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.
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.
There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is
humanity in the higher.
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
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the
comparison of one state with another, nothing more.
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
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.
There's no misery in not being loved, only in not loving.
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent
human misery rather than avenge it?
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