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Hardship and Misfortunes Quotes

34 of the best book quotes about hardship and misfortunes
  1. #1
    “I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.”
  2. #2
    “I guess no one stays friends for more than thirty years without broken hearts along the way.”
  3. #3
    “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”
  4. #4
    “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.”
  5. #5
    “And when you’re in a Slump you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”
  6. #6
    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.
  7. #7
    “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.”
  8. #8
    “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.”
  1. #9
    “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. #10
    “He hated all this, and somehow he couldn’t get away.”
  3. #11
    “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.”
  4. #12
    “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.”
  5. #13
    “I can’t go on living like this, like a mole in a burrow!”
  6. #14
    “What you have to do with your mind, when your body is miserable, is to make it think of something else.”
  7. #15
    “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.”
  8. #16
    “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.”
  1. #17
    “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.”
  2. #18
    “Misfortune always comes to those who wait.”
  3. #19
  4. #20
    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.
  5. #21
    Excess of suffering, as we have seen, had made him in some sort a visionary.
  6. #22
    The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.
  7. #23
    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.
  8. #24
    “The trick is to find happiness in the brief gaps between disasters.”
  1. #25
    “Though sympathy can’t alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.”
  2. #26
    “There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you.”
  3. #27
    “This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it”
  4. #28
    “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.”
  5. #29
    “Things are not quite as bad as you think.”
  6. #30
    “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. #31
    “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.”
  8. #32
    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.
  1. #33
    “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.
  2. #34
    “Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds,
    That shake not, though they blow perpetually.”
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