state of extreme poverty, sadness or distress
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.
- George Eliot, The Spanish Gypsy (1868), Book III.
- 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.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1872), III.
- But O yet more miserable!
Myself my sepulchre, a moving grave.
- Misery makes sport to mock itself.
- Meagre were his looks,
Sharp misery had worn him to the bones.
- Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
- 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 QuotationsEdit
- 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.
- Richard Hooker, Ecclesiastical Polity, Book I, Chapter X. 5.
- 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!
- J. Langhorne, The Country Justice, Part I, line 166.
- And bear about the mockery of woe
To midnight dances and the public show.
- Alexander Pope, To the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady, line 57.
- 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.
- Fire tries gold, misery tries brave men.
- Seneca the Younger, De Providentia, V.
- Miserias properant suas
- The wretched hasten to hear of their own miseries.
- Seneca the Younger, Hercules Œtæus, 754.