Quotes of Distress

“ Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. ”

- Helen Keller

“ A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain. ”

- William Shakespeare

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

- Dante Alighieri

“ Pains of love be sweeter far than all the other pleasures are. ”

- John Dryden

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

- James Russell Lowell

“ There's a hope for every woe, and a balm for every pain, but the first joys of our heart come never back again! ”

- Robert Gilfillan

“ When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. ”

- Joseph Addison

“ Can wealth give happiness? Look around and see, what gay distress! What splendid misery! Whatever fortunes lavishly can pour, the mind annihilates and calls for more. ”

- Andrew Young

“ Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than submit to the desolation of an empty abundance. ”

- Michael Harrington

“ Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery. ”

- Matthew

“ Affliction's sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss! ”

- Robert Burns

“ You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough. ”

- Frank Crane

“ Music exalts each joy, allays each grief, Expels diseases, softens every pain, Subdues the rage of poison, and the plague. ”

- John Armstrong

“ I don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains. ”

- Anne Frank

“ We can only know one thing about God — that he is what we are not. Our wretchedness alone is an image of this. The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him. ”

- Simone Weil

“ Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength. ”

- A.J. Cronin

“ Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray. ”

- Jean Paul Richter

“ One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. ”

- Sophocles

“ Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others. ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ There's a pang in all rejoicing, And a joy in the heart of pain; And the wind that saddens, the sea that gladdens, Are singing the selfsame strain. ”

- Bayard Taylor

“ Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. ”

- Helen Keller

“ Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. ”

- Corrie ten Boom

“ Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life. ”

- Benjamin Disraeli

“ If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. ”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“ In every pang that rends the heart the Man of Sorrows has a part. ”

- Michael Bruce

“ The coward wretch whose hand and heart can bear to torture ought below, Is ever first to quail and start from the slightest pain or equal foe. ”

- Eliza Cook

“ Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its griefs and anxieties. ”

- Marcus Tullius Cicero

“ It is good for me that I was afflicted that I may learn Thy statutes. ”

- Bible

“ Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments. ”

- Joseph Addison
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