30 Misfortune Quotes: Strong People Aren’t Simply Born, They Are Made

We’ve all learned by now that life isn’t as smooth sailing as we’d hope it to be. It’s constantly moving and as it moves, it hits rough patches more times than you can count. Never-ending peace and happiness is a fantasy that only hurts us the harder we cling on to it. Misfortunes are a part of life. Some you can avoid and some you just can’t.

But life is also a diamond in the rough. Every journey has obstacles and diversions. They may be inconvenient and agonizing but if you’re really up for it, you’re bound to reach your destination, one way or another. These 30 misfortune quotes may be what you need today to strengthen your mind and your heart.

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune. – Albert Camus

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. – Voltaire

A man is the sum of his misfortunes. – William Faulkner

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Only he has a right to complain of undeserved misfortune, that is unwilling to accept undeserved good fortune. – Ivan Panin

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. – Washington Irving

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There’s only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes. – Haruki Murakami

We bear, all of us, the misfortunes of other people with heroic constancy. – François de La Rochefoucauld

When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered, is, how much has been escaped. – Samuel Johnson

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There is no accident so exquisitely unfortunate, but wise men will make some advantage of it. – Wellins Calcott

The very remembrance of my former misfortune proves a new one to me. – Miguel De Cervantes

As a rule, I don’t like to laugh at the misfortune of others. The exception to that rule is if it’s really, really funny. – Scott Adams

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We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable. Once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it. – Marjane Satrapi

Disappointment or misfortune don’t last long among us, the poor; we can’t live if we brood on them the whole time. – Viramma Racine

During misfortunes, nothing aggravates our condition more, than to be esteemed deserving of them. – Norman MacDonald

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Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, can be prolonged to the point where it ceases to excite pity and arouses only irritation. – Dorothy Parker

Unable to attribute misfortune to chance, unable to accept their ultimate insignificance within the greater scheme, the people looked for monsters in their midst. – Bernard Beckett

Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men. – Seneca

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People overwhelmed with trouble do not look behind; they know only too well that misfortune follows them. – Victor Hugo

Misfortune is a stepping stone for genius, the baptismal font of Christians, treasure for the skillful man, an abyss for the feeble. – Honore de Balzac

We’re not stupid! We’re just poor! And we have a right to insist on this distinction. – Orhan Pamuk

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Most of our misfortunes are more supportable than the comments of our friends upon them. – Charles Caleb Colton

We feel a kind of bittersweet pricking of malicious delight in contemplating the misfortunes of others. – Michel de Montaigne

When bad things are constantly happening you know you’re living in the real world. – Marty Rubin

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There is an ambush everywhere from the army of accidents; therefore the rider of life runs with loosened reins. – Hafiz

There is no misfortune, but to bear it nobly is good fortune. – Marcus Aurelius

The highest destiny of any individual is not in his fortune but in his misfortune. – P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

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On the occasion of every accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use. – Epictetus

Misfortune makes of certain souls a vast desert through which rings the voice of God. – Honoré de Balzac

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From fortune to misfortune is but a step; from misfortune to fortune is a long way. – Yiddish Proverb

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

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