Myself acquainted with misfortune, I learn to help the unfortunate.
Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time.
Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes - A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune.
Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
My success and my misfortunes, the bright and the dark days I have gone through, everything has proved to me that in this world, either physical or moral, good comes out of evil just as well as evil comes out of good.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
A man endures misfortune without complaint.
If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.
Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes.
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.
In misfortune, which friend remains a friend?
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.
The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.