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Hardship and Misfortunes Quotes

44 of the best book quotes about hardship and misfortunes
  1. #1
    “But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.”
  2. #2
    “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”
  3. #3
    “I guess no one stays friends for more than thirty years without broken hearts along the way.”
  4. #4
    “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
  5. #5
    “I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.”
  6. #6
    “And when you’re in a Slump you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”
  7. #7
    “I had no idea,” he said, “that a few reeds would be so heavy.”
  8. #8
    “He hated all this, and somehow he couldn’t get away.”
  9. #9
    “He struggled with himself, too. I saw it -- I heard it. I saw the inconceivable mystery of a soul that knew no restraint, no faith, and no fear, yet struggling blindly with itself.”
  10. #10
    “Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to Light.”
  11. #11
    “In my experience, this is the hardest lesson of them all. After a certain age, we are all walking around this world in bodies made of secrets and shame and sorrow and old, unhealed injuries. Our hearts grow sore and misshapen around all this pain - yet somehow, still, we carry on.”
  1. #12
    “I suppose sooner or later in the life of everyone comes a moment of trial. We all of us have our particular devil who rides us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.”
  2. #13
    Truly I was born to be an example of misfortune, and a target at which the arrows of adversary are aimed.
  3. #14
    “I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great distorted wall in front of them that hid the truth.”
  4. #15
    “Things are rough all over.”
  5. #16
    They were eyes no longer, but had become those fathomless mirrors which in men who have known the depths of suffering may replace the conscious gaze, so that they no longer see reality but reflect the memory of past events.
  6. #17
    “I believe there is a theory that men and women emerge finer and stronger after suffering, and that to advance in this or any world we must endure ordeal by fire.”
  7. #18
    “I can’t go on living like this, like a mole in a burrow!”
  8. #19
    “Or maybe it was her father’s pragmatic dictum, “You are no better than anyone else, and no one is better than you,” that disposed her to see the hardships of her life as a fate shared by everyone, her good fortunes as an unearned blessing.”
  9. #20
    “Yet little Tom was not unhappy. He had a hard time of it but did not know it. It was the sort of time that all the Offal Court boys had, therefore he supposed it was the correct and comfortable thing.”
  10. #21
    “What you have to do with your mind, when your body is miserable, is to make it think of something else.”
  11. #22
    “Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst. It is as if Magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worse thing never quite comes.”
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More Than Balloons book
6.2
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The Rag Coat book
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Penguin and Pinecone book
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Penguin and Pinecone
All the Places to Love book
6.0
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All the Places to Love
The Trumpet of the Swan book
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Spot Loves His Daddy book
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Three Little Words book
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Charlotte and the Rock book
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  1. #23
    “If you’re a coward--and let’s just say that you are, for the sake of argument--it means nothing. My Aunt Peg, she’s an alcoholic. She can’t handle drinking. It ruins her life and turns her into a mess--and do you know what that means? It means nothing. Do you think it makes her a bad person? Of course not--it’s just the way she is. Alcoholism just happened to her, Frank. Things happen to people. We are the way we are--there’s nothing to be done for it. My Uncle Billy--he couldn’t keep a promise or stay faithful to a woman. It meant nothing. He was a wonderful person, Frank, and he was completely untrustworthy. It’s just how he was. It didn’t mean anything. We all still loved him.”
  2. #24
    “According to the moral absolutism that characterizes McCandless’s beliefs, a challenge in which a successful outcome is assured isn’t a challenge at all.”
  3. #25
    “Misfortune always comes to those who wait.”
  4. #26
  5. #27
    Ill-treatment had made her sullen and misery had made her ugly. Only the beauty of her eyes remained, and this was the more distressing because, being large, they mirrored a greater measure of unhappiness.
  6. #28
    Excess of suffering, as we have seen, had made him in some sort a visionary.
  7. #29
    The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.
  8. #30
    Misfortune is needed to plumb certain mysterious depths in the understanding of men; pressure is needed to explode the charge. My captivity concentrated all my faculties on a single point. They had previously been dispersed, now they clashed in a narrow space; and, as you know, the clash of clouds produces electricity, electricity produces lightning and lightning gives light.
  9. #31
    “I was dimly aware that I might be getting in over my head. But that only added to the scheme’s appeal. That it wouldn’t be easy was the whole point.”
  10. #32
    “This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it”
  11. #33
    “Things are not quite as bad as you think.”
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Ella Enchanted book
5.9
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She Persisted book
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The Dreamer book
5.5
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Max and Marla book
5.3
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Just Like Rube Goldberg book
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Just Like Rube Goldberg
  1. #34
    “There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you.”
  2. #35
    “Though sympathy can’t alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.”
  3. #36
    “Then everything goes wrong, for God lets us then go where we like, and when we get poor and miserable and begin to cry about it no one pities us, but they say, You ran away from God, and so God, who could have helped you, left you to yourself.”
  4. #37
    “The trick is to find happiness in the brief gaps between disasters.”
  5. #38
    “At length from us may find, who overcomes
    By force, hath overcome but half his foe.”
  6. #39
    “I don’t like it, papa,” she said. “But then I dare say soldiers - even brave ones - don’t really like going into battle.”
  7. #40
    “I’m just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don’t they?”
  8. #41
    There are men who dig for gold; he dug for compassion. Poverty was his goldmine; and the universality of suffering a reason for the universality of charity.
  9. #42
    “Things happen to people by accident … A lot of nice accidents have happened to me. It just happened that I always liked lessons and books, and could remember things when I learned them. It just happened that I was born with a father who was beautiful and nice and clever, and could give me everything I liked.
    Perhaps I have not really a good temper at all, but if you have everything you want and everyone is kind to you, how can you help but be good-tempered? I don’t know … how I shall ever find out whether I am really a nice child or a horrid one. Perhaps I’m a hideous child, and no one will ever know, just because I never have any trials.”
  10. #43
    “It has been,” I told him, “the best six months of my entire life.”
    There was a long silence.
    “Funnily enough, Clark, mine too.”
    And then, just like that, my heart broke. My face crumpled, my composure went and I held him tightly and I stopped caring that he could feel the shudder of my sobbing body because grief swamped me. It overwhelmed me and tore at my heart and my stomach and my head and it pulled me under, and I couldn’t bear it.
  11. #44
    “Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds,
    That shake not, though they blow perpetually.”
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