Misery Quotes

W. Somerset Maugham

He did not care if she was heartless, vicious and vulgar, stupid and grasping, he loved her. He would rather have misery with one than happiness with the other.

C.S. Lewis

I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

Jenim Dibie

Everything that drowned me taught me how to swim.

Bryant McGill

Because we are always growing, life compounds and magnifies what is already in us. If you are miserable you grow in misery and if you are joyful you grow in joy. This makes self-love is the perfect soil from which to grow love.

Osamu Dazai

I drink out of desperation. Life is too dreary to endure. The misery, loneliness, crampedness - they're heartbreaking.[...] What feelings do you suppose a man has when he realizes that he will never know happiness or glory as long as he lives? Hard work. All that amounts to is food for the wild beasts of hunger.

Elif Shafak

What is the point of roaming the world when it's the same misery everywhere?

P.N. Elrod

Love is responsible for nearly every kind of insanity in the world though greed, vanity, and pure meanness contribute their portion to general misery.

Neil Gaiman

I am the most miserable person who ever lived," he said... "You are young, and in love," said Primus. "Every young man in your position is the most miserable young man who ever lived.

Stephenie Meyer

Only you could be more important than what I wanted...what I needed. What I want and what I need is to be with you, and I know I'll never be strong enough to leave again.

P.G. Wodehouse

A man's subconscious self is not the ideal companion. It lurks for the greater part of his life in some dark den of its own, hidden away, and emerges only to taunt and deride and increase the misery of a miserable hour.

Michel Houellebecq

The absence of the will to live is, alas, not sufficient to make one want to die.

Leon Trotsky

Life is not an easy matter…. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.

Bruce Machart

I don't reckon misery loves any damn thing at all.

Jason Paul

Each indulgence in pleasure is an appointment made with misery.


Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.

Jeremy Bentham

Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, -will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, -or to diminish something of their pains.

Martha Washington

I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances.

Hugh Laurie

I would cling to unhappiness because it was a known, familiar state. When I was happier, it was because I knew I was on my way back to misery. I've never been convinced that happiness is the object of the game. I'm wary of happiness.

George Bernard Shaw

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

Daniel Kahneman

Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery.

W. Somerset Maugham

I've been quite happy. Look, here are my proofs. Remember that I am indifferent to discomforts which would harass other folk. What do the circumstances of life matter if your dreams make you lord paramount of time and space?

Eusebio Ruvalcaba

Pero me sobran motivos para ser feliz. Sobre todo cuando estoy en los brazos de mis tres misses. Son tres gentiles damas a las que se llega cuando las cosas adquieren una claridad inusitada: Miss Antropía, Miss Oginia y Miss Eria; pero no las comparto, como hago con el resto de mis mujeres.

Edmond Mbiaka

Misery will never be your destiny. Your mind deserves joy in abundance, but it's your responsibility to constantly feed the right words and beliefs to it.

Edmond Mbiaka

In every circumstance, always remember that you can only be as happy or miserable as you repeatedly interpret your life to be.

Edmond Mbiaka

The land of failure and misery isn't where you temporarily or permanently belong. You are a royal child of God, and definitely have a specially reserved place in the territory of success and happiness.

Deb Caletti

If happiness shouldn't make you so miserable, misery shouldn't make you so happy.

Bethany Brookbank

I could see it on the faces of people as they passed. I would smile to share my joy, but it was AS IF I upset them with my happiness. In Confusion they would reply with a negative remark. Hoping it would spark a new chain of negative thoughts in me bringing me down to their level misery.

J.K. Rowling

Only one thing mattered: this was not a Horcrux. Dumbledore had weakened himself by drinking that horrible potion for nothing. Harry crumpled the parchment in his hand and his eyes burned with tears as behind him Fang began to howl.

Irvine Welsh

The dead man is on the trolley and the woman collapses across his chest. That's what the ghouls want a shufti at, like at that Princess Diana's funeral, they want to scrutinise those who really knew her, to drink the misery out of their faces.

Tatsuhiko Takimoto

If that type of bad God did exist, then we could go on living in good health. If we could push the responsibility for our misery onto God, then we would have that much more peace of mind, wouldn't we?

John Keats

No one can usurp the heights...
But those to whom the miseries of the world
Are misery, and will not let them rest.

William Matthews

I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen, and so I swung into action and wrote a poem, and it was miserable, for that's how I thought poetry worked: you digested experience and shat literature. [from "Mingus at the Showplace"]

Tony Hancock

Stone me, what a life!

Haruki Murakami

Samsa certainly had no idea what lay ahead. He was in the dark about everything: the future, of course, but the present and the past as well . What was right, and what was wrong? Just learning how to dress was a riddle.

Katelin Wagner

They don’t know I only speak in runaway train stations
and everybody is always a few minutes too late to the platform.
No one has ever gotten the chance to get too close
because it is never romantic to fuck the girl who makes love to her own sadness every single night.

Mikhail Bulgakov

Margarita was never short of money. She could buy whatever she liked. Her husband had plenty of interesting friends. Margarita never had to cook. Margarita knew nothing of the horrors of living in a shared flat. In short... was she happy? Not for a moment.

Jodi Picoult

Although you hadn't asked why, it had less to do with you not noticing than with you not wanting to hear the answer.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

...to return to their 'native soil,' as they say, to the bosom, so to speak, of their mother earth, like frightened children, yearning to fall asleep on the withered bosom of their decrepit mother, and to sleep there for ever, only to escape the horrors that terrify them.

Auliq Ice

The world is full of grief and no peace but every body has a different way of ending it.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I am glad you are happy-but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed page, they never really happen to you in life.

Toba Beta

If no war in heaven, then defeat ain't misery.

Tom Collin

wars are fought so that peace can be achieved talk about irony

Emil Cioran

The sense that everything is going wrong has existed in every era, and rightly so since men have found no greater pleasure than in inventing new ways to make each other miserable.

Albert Camus

You see, Mersualt, all the misery and cruelty of our civilisation can be measured by this one stupid axiom: happy nations have no history.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

When that bastard calls back, you tell him he’s won this round. I’ll marry him. But I don’t take well to being blackmailed, and tell him I intend to spend the rest of my life making him miserable, got that?

Albert Schweitzer

Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

I will say nothing against the course of my existence. But at bottom it has been nothing but pain and burden, and I can affirm that during the whole of my 75 years, I have not had four weeks of genuine well-being. It is but the perpetual rolling of a rock that must be raised up again forever.

Auliq Ice

Deep down a broken heart, all the sadness one can bear is misery.

Auliq Ice

Pain and misery are two different words, which both hurt.

Jasinda Wilder

The only way past the pain is through it. Pain, grief, anger, misery...they don't go away-they just increase and compound and get worse. You have to live through them, acknowledge them. You have to give your pain its due.

Emmanuel Aghado

Some are born rich
While others poor;
Some are born free
While others captives;
Some are born blessed
While others deprived;
Some are born strong
While others weak;
And some are born great
While others slaves.
It is only in this life
blessings are unequal.

Victor Hugo

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.

Bryant McGill

The need for gain, and advantage over others, is one of the chief driving forces behind all human misery.

Victor Hugo

I repeat, whether we be Italians or Frenchmen, misery concerns us all.

Victor Hugo

Ever since history has been written, ever since philosophy has meditated, misery has been the garment of the human race.

Douglas Adams

And so the problem remained; lots of people were mean, and most were miserable, even the ones with digital watches.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Clearing out all your misery gets you out of the way. You cease being an obstacle, not only to yourself but to anyone else. Only then are you free to serve and enjoy other people.

Rachel Ward

And then, a strangely comforting thought trickled through me - I had nothing, so I could do anything now. Anything I wanted. I had nothing left to lose.

Cameron C. Taylor

Each time we make a choice we are either moving toward freedom and prosperity or bondage and misery.

Andrew Schweitzer

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

Emil Cioran

Né avec une âme habituelle, j'en ai demandé une autre à la musique : ce fut le début de malheurs inespérés.

Steve Almond

Misery loves another idiot with a jukebox where his soul should be.

Dustin Cruz

Don't miss a chance at happiness because of your past misery.

Bahaa Taher

Misery is a scar on the soul, that if it begins in childhood, it lasts the whole lifetime. I understand that no two scars are alike, but I also ask myself; even if these scars are not alike, aren’t these things engraved on our souls signed by which we know each other?Aren’t we also alike?

Sanhita Baruah

Those were the three words seldom asked to her.

Yet, she knew they hold a healing power in them; For they bring a million thoughts to the mind and more to the soul; For the answer is far deeper than what is simply said on the face.

She understood, so she asked him what was seldom asked to her,

"How are you?

Siobhan Vivian

If there's one thing I've discovered, it's that stifling yourself will only lead to more misery. [...] I polluted all other happiness because I was afraid to let myself create and change. You have to have courage. Real courage to explore, to fail, and to pick yourself back up again.

Graham Greene

People talk about the courage of condemned men walking to the place of execution: sometimes it needs as much courage to walk with any kind of bearing towards another person's habitual misery.

Cathryn Kemp

I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of society. Wild-eyed, shaven-headed and living in a filthy squat.
That was until I became one...

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Hold it right there. The only agreement we ever had was that you intended to make me as miserable as possible, and I intended to courageously make the best of an intolerable situation like valiant Southern women have always done.

Edmond Mbiaka

It is your sole responsibility to protect your peace of mind at all times. Don't allow miserable people to steal your joy. Many of them hate to see others happy and doing well. A lot of them will hate you just for the fact that you refuse to be placed in the shackles of misery with them.

Michael Bassey Johnson

First impression is not the last reflection of a true friend, so if you are head over heels for someone who just bought you a cake, you'd better think twice before devouring your misery.

Wayne Gerard Trotman

Dwell in the past, worry about the future and find misery in the present.

Edmond Mbiaka

Ignoring to change your thoughts and beliefs wouldn't fail to cause your negative mood to remain unchanged.

Richelle E. Goodrich

The further you descend into a pit, the darker things appear. You can't keep digging to find the light.

Alan Gibbons

Misery is a routine you can learn to live with. It's like rain. Once you're soaked to the skin, you can't get any wetter.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Moisture falls from the sky, cleansing the world and sustaining precious life. But it's the gloom - the cold, dark air - that receives notice. We fail to see the miracle of raindrops through our own tears.

Lev Grossman

[F]or just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there's nothing else. It's here, and you'd better decide to enjoy it or you're going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Lucrurile supreme trebuie să aibă o altă origine, una proprie lor, - ele nu ar putea lua naştere din această lume efemeră, înşelătoare, iluzorie şi mizeră, din această harababură de amăgiri şi pofte!

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