A writer and, I believe, generally all persons must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.
"In great misfortunes," he told himself, "people want to be alone. They have a right to be. And the misfortunes that occur within one are the greatest. Surely the saddest thing in the world is falling out of love — if once one has ever fallen in."Falling out, for him, seemed to mean falling out of all domestic and social relations, out of his place in the human family, indeed.willa cather
Private misfortunes must never induce us to neglect public affairs.alexandre dumas
I have found it; I have discovered the cause of all the misfortunes which befell him. A public school, Joseph, was the cause of all the calamaties which he afterwards suffered. Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.Henry Fielding
Antoninus diffused order and tranquility over the greatest part of the earth. His reign is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history; which is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.Edward Gibbon
Do not reproach a man with his misfortunes, fearing lest Nemesis may overtake you.pittacus of mytilene
Men take their misfortunes to heart, and keep them there. A gambler does not talk about his losses; the frequenter of brothels, who finds his favorite engaged by another, pretends to be just as well off without her; the professional street-brawler is quiet about the fights he has lost; and a merchant who speculates on goods will conceal the losses he may suffer. All act as one who steps on dog dung in the dark.ihara saikaku
The boy seemed ready to die... he almost lost the use of his Legs and Feet... and to compleat his misfortunes was afflicted with so violent a disorder in his Eyes that there appeared to be the utmost danger of his becoming totally blind.
Most of our misfortunes are more supportable than the comments of our friends upon them.Charles Caleb Colton
Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.james russell lowell
I never knew any man in my life, who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.
We fatuously hoped that we might pluck from the human tragedy itself a consciousness of a common destiny which should bring its own healing, that we might extract from life’s very misfortunes a power of cooperation which should be effective against them.jane addams
A writer and, I believe, generally all persons must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.jorge luis borges
A few years' experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings. Of this awful truth no person has lived to my age without seeing abundant proof. 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 of misery and misfortune, and most certainly to one of happiness and bliss.george mason
It is or seems to be a wise sort of thing, to realise that all that happens to a man in this life is only by way of joke, especially his misfortunes, if he have them. And it is also worth bearing in mind, that the joke is passed round pretty liberally & impartially, so that not very many are entitled to fancy that they in particular are getting the worst of it.Herman Melville
With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned by man.pliny the elder
And finally remember that nothing harms him who is really a citizen, which does not harm the state; nor yet does anything harm the state which does not harm law [order]; and of these things which are called misfortunes not one harms law. What then does not harm law does not harm either state or citizen.marcus aurelius
The man with the real sense of humor is the man who can put himself in the spectator's place and laugh at his own misfortunes. That is what I am called upon to do every day.
Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.
Nevertheless even under these [misfortunes] the force of nobility shines out, when a man bears calmly many great disasters, not from insensibility, but because he is generous and of a great soul. Setting happiness then, as we do, not in the outward surroundings of man, but in his inward state, we may fairly say that no one who has attained to the bliss of virtue will ever justly become an object of pity or contempt.
Do not reproach a man with his misfortunes, fearing lest Nemesis may overtake you.
Many girls have not the advantage I have and I [am] very very glad that satan has not geven me boils and many other misfortunes.Marjory Fleming
misfortunes never come singly.
misfortunes cannot suffice to make a fool into an intelligent man.cesare pavese