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My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

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

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss political philosopher and essayist.

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 (563 BC-483 BC) Founder of Buddhism.

Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

Count on it, if a person talks of their misfortune, there is something in it that is not disagreeable to them.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.


Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) American poet, critic and editor.

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

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

Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Greek fabulist.

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

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist.