Welcome to our blog post about misery quotes! We’re sure you’ve experienced moments of despair and gloom, and in those moments, it can be helpful to look to the words of those who have experienced the same sort of emotions. In this post, we’ll share some of our favorite quotes about misery and despair that have helped us in times of need. We hope that these quotes will help you find solace in your darkest moments and remind you that you are not alone.
The best misery quotes
1. You know what they say about hope, it breeds eternal misery — Spencer Hastings
2. Every moment thou waitest does but increase thy misery — thine attempts to plume thyself and make thyself fit for Jesus are all vanity.
3. That is the truth about man–that he has a curious kind of dignity, but also a curious kind of misery, and that these forms of agnosticism don’t understand. — Reinhold Niebuhr
4. Misery suffered did not justify misery to come. — Stephen King, Wizard and Glass
5. I was once like you, enlightened and ‘rational’, I too scoffed at lovers, Now I am drunk, crazed, thin with misery. No one is safe! Watch out. — Rumi
6. What good to us is a long life if it is difficult and barren of joys, and if it is so full of misery that we can only welcome death as a deliverer? — Sigmund Freud
7. What misery to be afraid of death. What wretchedness, to believe only in what can be proven. — Mary Oliver
8. Every moment thou waitest does but increase thy misery — thine attempts to plume thyself and make thyself fit for Jesus are all vanity.
9. But her’s was the misery of innocence, which, like a cloud that passes over the fair moon, for a while hides, but cannot tarnish its brightness. — Mary Shelley
10. After misery follow, or are at least promised to in the unwritten manuscripts of Gods, great things. Sometimes, that great thing can be death. — Nina–, Johnny Kiddow
11. Yes, happiness is dependent upon misery. For we all feel a swell of happiness after our circumstances improve from a misery recently suffered. — Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway
12. What misery to be afraid of death. What wretchedness, to believe only in what can be proven. — Mary Oliver
13. She had been so consumed with escaping her own misery, she hadn’t considered the misery she might inflict. — Mitch Albom
14. A brave man could think. A coward couldn’t. — Stephen King, Misery
15. He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it. — Voltaire
16. It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world. — William Cobbett
17. Band together with the brothers and sisters of misery and never stray. You are the integral part of the deeply depressed. We found you. Hooray. — S.A. Tawks, The Spirit of Pessimism
18. A soul for a piece of bread. Misery makes the offer; society accepts. — Victor Hugo
19. Misery and shame are nearly allied. — Samuel Johnson
20. Defeated misery is what all sport is about, eventually, if you follow the story for long enough; all sportsmen know this. — Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree
21. Look, it’s my misery that I have to paint this kind of painting, it’s your misery that you have to love it, and the price of the misery is thirteen hundred and fifty dollars. — Mark Rothko
22. The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food. — Mary Shelley
23. Oh, if only I could hurt with such misery once again, to feel the powers of love here inside my heart, the joys of heaven and the pains of hell! — Victor Villaseñor, Rain of Gold
24. All men die in solitude — all values are degraded in a state of misery: that is what Shakespeare tells me
25. Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy. — Montgomery Clift
26. …the ravenous monsters men called reporters — sub–human vermin who feed off misery and created it wherever they went.
27. Disordered love always leads to misery and breakdown. The only way to ‘reorder’ our loves is to love God supremely. — Timothy Keller
28. As the light begins to intensify, so does my misery, and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong. — Tabitha Suzuma, Forbidden
29. To be caught happy in a world of misery was for an honest man the most despicable of crimes. — Virginia Woolf
30. Even one day lost in misery is a great loss, for the day will never come back again. You lose 24 hours of happiness, joy & bliss. Live each day in happiness.–RVM — RVM
31. All misery and pain come from attachment. — Swami Vivekananda
32. There is always more misery among the lower classes than There is humanity in the higher. — Victor Hugo
33. Misery does not exist in reality but only in mere imagination. — Ramana Maharshi
34. If life is misery, why do we endure it? — Roberto Bolano
35. The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery. — Winston Churchill
36. With eternal faith in Him, set fire to the mountain of misery that has been heaped upon India for ages–and it shall be burned down. — Swami Vivekananda
37. It is fear that is the greatest cause of misery in the world. — Swami Vivekananda
38. As Sicknes is the greatest misery, so the greatest misery of sicknes, is solitude…Solitude is a torment which is not threatened in hell itselfe.–DONNE — Oliver Sacks
39. Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness. — Markus Zusak
40. Any kind of misery there is in the worldly life — the cause of it is moha (illusory vision).
41. Bold words and bolder deeds are what we want. Awake, awake, great ones! The world is burning with misery. Can you sleep? — Swami Vivekananda
42. The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty. — Simon Bolivar
43. This was misery that could not yield, for he sorrowed for a time he could not return to, and a self he would never again be. — Robin Hobb, Fool’s Quest
44. I spent my whole life not knowing what I want out of it, just chasing my tail. Now, for the first time, I know exactly what I want and who. That’s the damnable misery of it. — Wyatt Earp
45. …the ravenous monsters men called reporters — sub–human vermin who feed off misery and created it wherever they went.
46. It is fear that is the greatest cause of misery in the world. — Swami Vivekananda
47. After misery follow, or are at least promised to in the unwritten manuscripts of Gods, great things. Sometimes, that great thing can be death. — Nina–, Johnny Kiddow
48. This was misery that could not yield, for he sorrowed for a time he could not return to, and a self he would never again be. — Robin Hobb, Fool’s Quest
49. When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises. — Oscar Romero
50. When you are deep in misery, you reach out to those who can help, people who can understand. — Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black
Misery quotes can be a great source of comfort and motivation in difficult times. They can help us to remember that we are not alone in our suffering and that even in the midst of pain, we can still find beauty and solace. So, the next time you’re feeling down, take a few moments to read some of these inspirational quotes about life and misery and you may just find that your spirits are lifted.