An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


An accident is an inevitable occurrence due to the actions of immutable natural laws.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one's own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face. Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs.


Lydia M. Child (1802-1880, American abolitionist, writer, editor)


Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.


Epicurus (c.341-270 BC, Greek philosopher)


Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Everyone is perfectly willing to learn from unpleasant experience -- if only the damage of the first lesson could be repaired.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Now and then there is a person born who is so unlucky that he runs into accidents which started out to happen to somebody else.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


People don't ever seem to realize that doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune.


William McFee


People will ignore their misfortunes and their interests when they are in competition with their pleasures.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


There is something in the misfortune of our best friends which does not displease us.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Misfortune does not always result in harm.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


When the tide of misfortune moves over you, even jelly will break your teeth


Persian Proverb (Sayings of Persian origin)


All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Little privations are easily endured when the heart is better treated than the body.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Affliction is enamoured of thy parts, and thou art wedded to calamity.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Life itself is short, but lasts longer than misfortunes.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


People of genius whenever they are faced with misfortune find resources within themselves.


Author Unknown


There is no greater misfortune, than to not be able to endure misfortune.


Author Unknown


The common excuse of those who bring misfortune on others is that they desire their good.


Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues


There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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