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Misery is a feeling of great unhappiness, suffering and/or pain.


  • The worst of misery
    Is when a nature framed for noblest things
    Condemns itself in youth to petty joys,
    And, sore athirst for air, breathes scanty life
    Gasping from out the shallows.
  • Grim-visaged, comfortless despair.
    • Thomas Gray, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (1742).
  • There are a good many real miseries in life that we cannot help smiling at, but they are the smiles that make wrinkles and not dimples.
  • And bear about the mockery of woe
    To midnight dances and the public show.
  • Quæque ipse misserrima vidi, et quorum pars magna fui.
    • All of which misery I saw, part of which I was.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), line 5.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 517-18.
  • Levis est consolatio ex miseria aliorum.
    • The comfort derived from the misery of others is slight.
    • Cicero, Epistles, VI. 3.
  • Horatio looked handsomely miserable, like Hamlet slipping on a piece of orange-peel.
    • Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz, Horatio Sparkins (omitted in some editions).
  • This, this is misery! the last, the worst,
    That man can feel.
    • Homer, The Iliad, Book XXII, line 106. Pope's translation.
  • That to live by one man's will became the cause of all men's misery.
  • Il ne se faut jamais moquer des misérables,
    Car qui peut s'assurer d'être toujours heureux?
    • We ought never to scoff at the wretched, for who can be sure of continued happiness?
    • Jean de La Fontaine, Fables, V. 17.
  • The child of misery, baptized in tears!
  • Frei geht das Unglück durch die ganze Erde!
    • Misery travels free through the whole world!
    • Friedrich Schiller, Wallenstein's Tod, IV. 11. 31.
  • Ignis aurum probat, misera fortes viros.
  • Miserias properant suas
    Audire miseri.
    • The wretched hasten to hear of their own miseries.
    • Seneca the Younger, Hercules Œtæus, 754.

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