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Most of our misfortunes are more supportable than the comments of our friends upon them.

Of fortune's sharp adversity, the worst kind of misfortune is this, that a man hath been in prosperity and it remembers when it passed is.

Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.

Ovid finely compares a man of broken fortune to a falling column; the lower it sinks, the greater weight it is obliged to sustain.

Rats and conquerors must expect no mercy in misfortune.

Sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things.

The effect of great and inevitable misfortune is, to elevate those souls which it does not deprive of all virtue.

The humor of turning every misfortune into a judgment, proceeds from wrong notions of religion, which, in its own nature, produces good will toward men, and puts the mildest construction upon every accident that befalls them. In this case, therefore, it is not religion that sours a man's temper, but it is his temper that sours his religion.

The injuries of life, if rightly improved, will be to us as the strokes of the statuary on his marble, forming us to a more beautiful shape, and making us fitter to adorn the heavenly temple.

The less we parade our misfortunes, the more sympathy we command.

The worst is not so long as we can say, "This is the worst."

There is a chill air surrounding those who are down in the world, and people are glad to get away from them, as from a cold room.

There is truly only one misfortune: that of not being born.

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.

We have all of us sufficient fortitude to bear the misfortunes of others.

We should learn, by reflecting on the misfortunes of others, that there is nothing singular in those which befall ourelves.

When I was happy I thought I knew men, but it was fated that I should know them only in misfortune.

When misfortunes happen to such as dissent from us in matters of religion, we call them judgments; when to those of our own sect, we call them trials; when to persons neither way distinguished, we are content to attribute them to the settled course of things.

Who hath not known ill fortune, never knew himself, or his own virtue.


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