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    misery Quotes

    State governments seek local remedies for the globally fabricated deprivations and miseries in vain - just as the individuals-by-the-decree-of-fate (read: by the impact of deregulation) seek in vain the individual solutions to the socially fabricated life problems.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    To do art, one thing should always remember - subjects of people in misery have deep meanings.
    — Zhang Yimou
    tags: people  meaning  misery 
    People in misery is what most important in art.
    — Zhang Yimou
    tags: people  misery 
    Misery is evil; quarreling, a misfortune. There is only one possibility of avoiding both: a clear division of society. [Otherwise] the strong tyrannize the weak, the intelligent frighten the stupid, the inferior resist the superior, and the young mock the old.
    — Xunzi
    Loveless work, boring work, work valued only because others haven't got even that much, however loveless and boring - this is one of the harshest human miseries.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: work  human  misery 
    Maybe it's the music that enables them to function like that, to always take everything as it comes and never complain about the misery, hardship or injustice.
    — Wim Wenders
    tags: misery  music 
    To live our lives and miss that great purpose we were designed to accomplish is truly a sin. It is inconceivable that we could be bored in a world with so much wrong to tackle, so much ignorance to reach and so much misery we could alleviate
    — William Wilberforce
    tags: live  world  wrong  misery  sin  ignorance 
    No man has a right to be idle. Where is it that in such a world as this, that health, and leisure, and affluence may not find some ignorance to instruct, some wrong to redress, some want to supply, some misery to alleviate?
    — William Wilberforce
    We have experienced the truth of this prophecy, for England has become the habitation of outsiders and the dominion of foreigners. Today, no Englishman is earl, bishop, or abbott, and newcomers gnaw away at the riches and very innards of England; nor is there any hope for an end of this misery.
    — William of Malmesbury
    tags: truth  misery  hope  england 
    Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement.
    — William Morris
    tags: simplicity  misery 
    First impressions of mediaeval life are usually coloured by the courtly romances of Malory and his later refiners. Chaucer brings us down to reality, but his people belong to a prosperous middle-class world, on holiday and in holiday mood. Piers Plowman stands alone as a revelation of the ignorance and misery of the lower classes, whose multiplied grievances came to a head in the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.
    — William Langland
    If you love a Dream Woman ... let her stay the divine Woman of the Dream. To awaken and clasp flesh and blood, no matter how delicately tender, and find that love has sped at the dawn is a misery too deep for tears.
    — William John Locke
    tags: women  tears  divine  misery  blood  dreams 
    It would be hard to find a single instance of a direct assault by positive effort upon poverty, vice, and misery which has not either failed or, if it has not failed directly and entirely, has not entailed other evils greater than the one which it removed.
    — William Graham Sumner
    tags: evil  poverty  misery  positive 
    It is almost impossible for anyone, even the most ineffective among us, to continue to choose misery after becoming aware that it is a choice.
    — William Glasser
    Worry is discounting possible future sorrows so that the individual may have present misery.
    — William George Jordan
    Others are affected by what I am, and say, and do. So that a single act of mine may spread and spread in widening circles, through a nation or humanity. Through my vice I intensify the taint of vice throughout the universe. Through my misery I make multitudes sad. On the other hand, every development of my virtue makes me an ampler blessing to my race. Every new truth that I gain makes me a brighter light to humanity.
    — William Ellery Channing
    Misery still delights to traceIts semblance in another's case.
    — William Cowper
    tags: misery 
    Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: hell might afford my miseries a shelter; therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all bolted against me.
    — William Cowper
    tags: men  hell  misery 
    But truths on which depends our main concern, That 'tis our shame and misery not to learn, Shine by the side of every path we tread With such a lustre he that runs may read.
    — William Cowper
    tags: truth  shame  misery  learn  read  path 
    Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.
    — William Cobbett
    I view tea drinking as a destroyer of health, an enfeebler of the frame, an en-genderer of effeminancy and laziness, a debaucher of youth and maker of misery for old age. Thus he makes that miserable progress towards that death which he finds ten or fifteen years sooner than he would have found it if he had made his wife brew beer instead of making tea.
    — William Cobbett
    It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world.
    — William Cobbett
    tags: world  misery 
    Without bread all is misery.
    — William Cobbett
    tags: misery 
    Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.
    — William Cobbett
    tags: happiness  live  misery  mind 
    I pick the hair from her eyes and watch her misery with compassion.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: compassion  eyes  misery 
    Here I stand before you - brown. Color of the mountains Colossal as the earth Wrapped so deliciously within my own joy and misery Feathers of my wings paralyzed by the distance of my mind Here I stand before you, the color of the night Frozen by the potential of me.
    — Will Smith
    tags: joy  earth  night  potential  misery  mind  wings 
    You yourself create all your misery, hour after hour, day after day. You think the goal justifies the means, even the vile means. You are wrong: The goal is in the path on which you arrive at it. Every step of today is your life of tomorrow. No great goal can be reached by vile means. That you have proven in every social revolution. The vileness or inhumanity of the path to the goal makes you vile or inhuman, and the goal unattainable.
    — Wilhelm Reich
    The character structure of modern man, who reproduces a six-thousand-year-old patriarchal authoritarian culture is typified by characterological armoring against his inner nature and against the social misery which surrounds him. This characterolgical armoring of the character is the basis of isolation, indigence, craving for authority, fear of responsibility, mystic longing, sexual misery, and neurotically impotent rebelliousness.
    — Wilhelm Reich
    In brief, the goal of sexual suppression is that of producing an individual who is adjusted to the authoritarian order and who will submit to it in spite of all misery and degradation. . . The formation of the authoritarian structure takes place through the anchoring of sexual inhibition and sexual anxiety.
    — Wilhelm Reich
    tags: anxiety  misery  sexual  goal 
    Saloons provide moments of genuine ecstasy - but only if your soul is at peace and the rest of your life bears contemplating. Otherwise, they are palaces of misery.
    — Wilfrid Sheed
    tags: peace  soul  moment  misery 
    I want to live as long as I can do good; but not an hour longer than I can live in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, with my Father in heaven, my Savior, and with the faithful Latter-day Saints. To live any longer than this would be torment and misery to me. When my work is done I am ready to go; but I want to do what is required of me.
    — Wilford Woodruff
    tags: work  live  misery  holy  spirit  father  heaven 
    The trees are in misery, and the birds are in misery. I don't think they sing. They just screech in pain. "Taking a close look at what's around us, there is some sort of harmony: it's the harmony of overwhelming and collective murder.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: pain  murder  misery  harmony 
    This hunger for profits causes great misery for the people.
    — Walter Ulbricht
    tags: people  hunger  misery 
    The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?
    — Walter Scott
    tags: dying  misery  dog  year 
    In the hours of distress and misery, the eyes of every mortal turn to friendship; in the hours of gladness and conviviality, what is our want? It is friendship. When the heart overflows with gratitude, or with any other sweet or sacred sentiment, what is the word to which it would give utterance? A friend.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    I have suffered more from my bad dancing than from all the misfortunes and miseries of my life put together.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    tags: bad  misery 
    This is a sharp medicine, but it is a physician for all diseases and miseries.
    — Walter Raleigh
    tags: medicine  misery 
    In a word, we may gather out of History a policy no less wise than I eternal; by the comparison and application of other mens fore-passed miseries with our own like errours and ill-deservings.
    — Walter Raleigh
    tags: misery  wise 
    The best anti-depressant pill for me would be one the size of a house so you could drop it on me and put me out of my misery.
    — Walter Kirn
    tags: misery 
    It seems perverse to focus too much on the casualties or hardship in Afghanistan ...[Showing the misery of Afghanistan ran the risk of] promoting enemy propaganda...we must talk about how the Taliban are using civilian shields and how the Taliban have harboured the terrorists responsible for killing close up to 5,000 innocent people.
    — Walter Isaacson
    tags: enemies  people  focus  risk  enemy  misery 
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