Misfortune

Happiness or misfortune are prescribed by law of Heaven, but their source comes from ourselves.

From fortune to misfortune is a small step, but from misfortune to fortune is a big step.

Let any preacher honestly probe into the great causes of human misfortune and misery, and nothing will keep people from his church.

To be brave in misfortune is to be worthy of manhood; to be wise in misfortune is to conquer fate.

To be brave in misfortune is to be worthy of manhood; to be wise in misfortune is to conquer fate.

To be brave in misfortune is to be worthy of manhood; to be wise in misfortune is to conquer fate.

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

It is a great misfortune to be of use to nobody; scarcely less to be of use to everybody.

To have sinned means that you are convinced that, in some mysterious way, what you have done will bring misfortune on you in the future; that it has broken some mysterious law of harmony, and is a link in a chain of past and future discords.

In misfortune we often mistake dejection for constancy; we bear it without daring to look on it; like cowards, who suffer themselves to be murdered without resistance.

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.

What is the true content of art, and with what aim is this content to be presented? On this subject our consciousness supplies us with the common opinion that it is the task and ima of art to bring in contact with our sense, our feeling, our inspiration, all that finds a place in the mind of man... Its aim is therefore placed in arousing and animating the slumbering emotions, inclinations, and passions; in filling the heart, in forcing the human being, whether cultured or uncultured, to feel the whole range of what man’s soul in its inmost and secret corners has power to experience and to create, and all that is able to move and to stir the human breast in its depths and in its manifold aspects and possibilities; to present as a delight to emotion and to perception all that the mind possesses of real and lofty in its thought and in the Idea - all the splendor of the noble, the eternal, and the true; and no less to make intelligible misfortune and misery, wickedness and crime; to make men realize the inmost nature of all that is shocking and horrible, as also of all pleasure and delight; and, finally, to set imagination roving in idle toyings of fancy, and luxuriating in the seductive spells of sense-stimulating visions.

Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another, though he were your enemy.

Suspense, the only insupportable misfortune in life.

Fortune and misfortune are like the twisted strands of a rope.

Fear of misfortune is worse than misfortune.

It is stupid to complain about misfortune that is your own fault.

That which brings misfortune is not big.

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock in a thunderstorm.