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QUOTES ON MISERY


Mankind . . . possesses two supreme blessings. First of these is the goddess Demeter, or Earth whichever name you choose to call her by. It was she who gave to man his nourishment of grain. But after her there came the son of Semele, who matched her present by inventing liquid wine as his gift to man. For filled with that good gift, suffering mankind forgets its grief; from it comes sleep; with it oblivion of the troubles of the day. There is no other medicine for misery.

EURIPIDES, The Bacchae

The miserable have no other medicine,
But only hope.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Measure for Measure

Enough: in misery can words avail?
And what so tedious as a twice-told tale?

HOMER, The Odyssey

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.

ALEXANDRE DUMAS, The Count of Monte Cristo

There is no greater sorrow
Than to be mindful of the happy time
In misery.

DANTE ALIGHIERI, The Divine Comedy

There are no absolutes in human misery and things can always get worse.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, Suttree

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