Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
Moreover, nothing is so rare as to see misfortune fairly portrayed; the tendency is either to treat the unfortunate person as though catastrophe were his natural vocation, or to ignore the effects of misfortune on the soul, to assume, that is, that the soul can suffer and remain unmarked by it, can fail, in fact, to be recast in misfortune's image.Simone Weil
Calamity, n. A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering.Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater licensetothis formidable engine, inorder to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.james fenimore cooper
What a misfortune it isto be bornawoman!? Why seek for knowledge, which can prove only that our wretchedness is irremediable? If a ray of light break in upon us, it is but to make darkness more visible; to show usthenew limits, the Gothic structure, theimpenetrable barriers of our prison.Maria Edgeworth
To remedy the frequent distresses of the common people, the poor laws of England have been instituted; but it is to be feared that though they may have alleviated a little the intensity of individual misfortune, they have spread the general evil over a much larger surface.thomas malthus
It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness. The king seems to understand this truth; as for myself, I know that in my whole life (even if I live for a hundred years) I shall never forget the day of the coronation.marie antoinette
A man may be reputed an able man this year, and yet be a beggar the next: it is a misfortune that happens to many men, and his former reputation will signify nothing.Holt, Lord Chief Justice, Regina v. Swendsen (1702), 14 How. St. Tr. 596, reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 220.
...and so in the evening released from facts I can thinkabout distant ancient matters for example ourfriends beyond the sea I know they sincerely sympathizethey send us flour lard sacks of comfort and good advicethey don't even know their fathers betrayed usour former allies at the time of the second Apocalypsetheir sons are blameless they deserve our gratitude therefore we are gratefulthey have not experienced a siege as long as eternitythose struck by misfortune are always alonethe defenders of the Dalai Lama the Kurds the Afghan mountaineers...zbigniew herbert
Faith has its price. When misfortune strikes the true believer, he assumes he has done something to deserve punishment, but isn’t quite certain what. The realist, recognizing that he lives in a Darwinian universe, is simply grateful to have made it to another sunset.jack mcdevitt
People don't ever seem to realise that doing what's right's no guarantee against misfortune.william mcfee
The rights a man arrogates to himself are related to the duties he imposes on himself, to the tasks to which he feels equal. The great majority of men have no right to existence, but are a misfortune to higher men.friedrich nietzsche
If slavery, barbarism and desolation are to be called peace, men can have no worse misfortune. No doubt there are usually more and sharper quarrels between parents and children, than between masters and slaves; yet it advances not the art of household management to change a father's right into a right of property, and count children but as slaves. Slavery, then, and not peace, is furthered by handing, over the whole authority to one man.Baruch Spinoza, in Political Treatise (1677), Tractatus Politicus as translated by A. H. Gosset (1883), Ch. 6, On Monarchy - Alternate site (this is an unfinished work, left incomplete by Spinoza's death).
Riches are oftener an impediment than a stimulus to action; and in many cases they are quite as much a misfortune as a blessing.Samuel Smiles
People don't ever seem to realise that doing what's right's no guarantee against misfortune .William McFee, in Casuals of the Sea : The Voyage of a Soul (1916), Book II: The City, Ch. VI
It is a comfort to the miserable to have comrades in misfortune, but it is a poor comfort after all.Christopher Marlowe
It is a misfortune for Anglo-American friendship that the two countries are supposed to have a common language. A Frenchman in America is not expected to talk like an American, but an Englishman speaking his mother tongue is thought to be affected and giving himself airs. Or else he is taken for a German or a Dutchman, and is complemented on his grammatical mastery of the language of another nation.Bertrand Russell, "Can Americans and Britons Be Friends?", Saturday Evening Post, 3 June 1944
Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms."Roget's Thesaurus of Words for Intellectuals" by David Olsen (2012), p. 219
As if misfortune made the throne her seat, And none could be unhappy but the great.Edward Young
misfortune shows those who are not really friends .Eudemian Ethics, Book VII, 1238.a20
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