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251. "Shall I think that the Creator has made man so as to leave him to debate endlessly in the intellectual miseries that surround us? I cannot believe this: God prepares a firmer and calmer future for European societies; I am ignorant of his designs, but I will not cease to believe in them [merely] because I cannot penetrate them, and I would rather doubt my enlightenment than his justice."
Author: Alexis De Tocqueville
252. "It's Hard to order just a black coffee these days. That's the kind of miserable world we live in."
Author: Andrew Barger
253. "«Non prevedo nulla di buono per la vostra razza», disse cupo Zoltan Chivay. «A questo mondo ogni creatura intelligente che cada in povertà, in miseria e in disgrazia è abituata a unirsi ai propri simili, perché insieme è più facile resistere ai tempi difficili, perché ci si aiuta a vicenda. Invece tra voi umani ognuno bada solo a come guadagnare sulla miseria altrui. Quando c'è una carestia non si divide il cibo, ma si mangiano i più deboli. Un procedimento del genere si riscontra fra i lupi, permette di sopravvivere agli esemplari più sani e più forti. Ma tra le razze intelligenti di solito una simile selezione permette di sopravvivere e di dominare ai peggiori figli di puttana. Traete da soli conclusioni e previsioni.»"
Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
254. "After 9/11, new security measures not only added longer lines and earlier check-ins, but took away our privilege of carrying knitting needles or our favorite moisturizer on board with us. Although we want to be safe when we fly, in some ways it all just adds to the misery of our experience."
Author: Ann Hood
255. "I thought, What a miserable life he's had, having to hide his religion, his name, just to get a jobas a driver—and he is a good driver, no question of it, a far better one than I will ever be.Part ofme wanted to get up and apologize to him right there and say, You go and be a driver in Delhi.You never did anything to hurt me. Forgive me, brother.I turned to the other side, farted, and went back to sleep."
Author: Aravind Adiga
256. "Money might not be able to buy happiness, but it made misery more bearable."
Author: Ava Gray
257. "The mind is a miser," he said. "Nothing is ever thrown away, and it's amazing what you can find if you dig deep enough."
Author: Barry Hughart
258. "Pessimist: "The happiness of a couple requires the misery of a neighborhood to cushion it."Optimist: "With a large enough cushion everyone can share the furniture."
Author: Bauvard
259. "Well I knew when I first laid eyes on herI could never be freeOne look at her and I knew right awayShe should always be with meWell the dream dried up a long time agoDon't know where it is anymoreTrue to life, true to meWas the girl from the red river shoreWell I'm wearing the cloak of miseryAnd I've tasted jilted loveAnd the frozen smile upon my faceFits me like a gloveWell I can't escape from the memoryOf the one I'll always adoreAll those nights when I lay in the armsOf the girl from the red river shoreWell we're living in the shadows of a fading pastTrapped in the fires of timeI've tried not to ever hurt anybodyAnd to stay out of the life of crimeAnd when it's all been said and doneI never did know the scoreOne more day is another day awayFrom the girl from the red river shore-Bob Dylan, "Red River Shore"
Author: Bob Dylan
260. "...life brings you everything at once. You can be in misery because of the misery of your daughter at the same time as you're exhilarated by a new romance, a romance that feels like the first act of anew life."
Author: Brian Morton
261. "I have a series of splintered relationships. Why should I get married again? It's a miserable compromise at best. But I believe in marriage and still have fantasies about it."
Author: Brooke Hayward
262. "And still I stood looking at the house, thinking how happy I should be if I lived there with her, and knowing that I never was happy with her, but always miserable."
Author: Charles Dickens
263. "Last time you walked into death, Jones was miserable to be around.""I was in a coma." Zay said."Like I said no fun at all. I have pictures to prove it." Shame smiled and leaned back in the seat."
Author: Devon Monk
264. "Mirrors and images. Or sex and love. These are two separate systems that we miserably try to link."
Author: Don DeLillo
265. "Lo más terrible de todo es saber en que consiste esta miserable vida y, pese a todo, y con la mayor alevosía, tener hijos. Se necesita mucho cinismo, valor y crueldad para una cosa de ese estilo."
Author: Enrique Vila Matas
266. "One of the few comforts I have when looking at images of distant suffering is the hope that the starving child with flies on his face doesn't know how pathetic he is. If all he knows is misery, maybe his suffering isn't as bad."
Author: Evan Wright
267. "Acting doesn't have to be threadbare misery all the time."
Author: Fiona Shaw
268. "I know you'll probably get angry with me for that, shout, stamp your feet: "speak just for yourself and your miseries in the underground, and don't go saying 'we all.'" Excuse me, gentleman, but I am not justifying myself with this allishness. As far as I myself am concerned, I have merely carried to an extreme in my life what you have not dared to carry even halfway, and, what's more, you've taken your cowardice for good sense, and found comfort in thus deceiving yourselves. So that I, perhaps, come out even more "living" than you."
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
269. "It is just the old way--that of obedience. If you have ever seen the Lord, if only from afar--if you have any vaguest suspicion that the Jew Jesus, who professed to have come from God, was a better man, a different man--one of your first duties must be to open your ears to His words and see whether they seem to you to be true. Then, if they do, to obey them with your whole strength and might. This is the way of life, which will lead a man out of its miseries into life indeed."
Author: George MacDonald
270. "It is tragic to see how the religious sentiment of the West has become so individualized that concepts such as "a contrite heart," have come to refer only to the personal experiences of guilt and willingness to do penance for it. The awareness of our impurity in thoughts, words and deeds can indeed put us in a remorseful mood and create in us the hope for a forgiving gesture. But if the catastrophical events of our days, the wars, mass murders, unbridled violence, crowded prisons, torture chambers, the hunger and the illness of millions of people and he unnamable misery of a major part of the human race is safely kept outside the solitude of our hearts, our contrition remains no more than a pious emotion."
Author: Henri J.M. Nouwen
271. "Thus thought I, as by night I readOf the great army of the dead,The trenches cold and damp,The starved and frozen camp,--The wounded from the battle-plain,In dreary hospitals of pain,The cheerless corridors,The cold and stony floors.Lo! in that house of miseryA lady with a lamp I seePass through the glimmering gloomAnd flit from room to room.And slow, as in a dream of bliss,The speechless sufferer turns to kissHer shadow, as it fallsUpon the darkening walls."
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
272. "The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul. Not drowned entirely, though. Rather carried down alive to wondrous depths, where strange shapes of the unwarped primal world glided to and fro before his passive eyes; and the miser-merman, Wisdom, revealed his hoarded heaps; and among the joyous, heartless, ever-juvenile eternities, Pip saw the multitudinous, God-omnipresent, coral insects, that out of the firmament of waters heaved the colossal orbs. He saw God's foot upon the treadle of the loom, and spoke it; and therefore his shipmates called him mad. So man's insanity is heaven's sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God."
Author: Herman Melville
273. "Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so."
Author: Jacopo Sannazaro
274. "The miserable failures of capitalist economies in the Great Depression were root causes of worldwide social and political disasters."
Author: James Tobin
275. "Perché mi chiamate ladro? Per qualche miserabile furto? Per qualche miserabile crimine? Se, come voi, avessi avuto un esercito per masscrare I popoli e saccheggiare le ricchezze altrui, mi chiamereste maestà!"
Author: Jean Teulé
276. "Sitting around miserable all day won't make you any happier."
Author: John Boyne
277. "For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God."
Author: John Calvin
278. "Do I listen to pop music because I'm miserable or am I miserable because listen to pop music?"
Author: John Cusack
279. "Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn't enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?"
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
280. "Instigated by princes equally ambitious and less sagacious and more unscrupulous than he was, the people of India were persuaded that they might successfully rise against their English rulers, who had brought them out of a state of anarchy and constant warfare and misery, and had established peace and prosperity in their country. Their ignorance and gross superstition made them the facile tools of their designing chiefs."
Author: Jules Verne
281. "Viver sozinho tem momentos de auto-comiseração de paranóia."
Author: Julian Barnes
282. "I've crossed paths since with men like him. I wish I could say differently. But I have. And what I have learned is that you dig a little and you find they're all the same, give or take. Some are more polished, granted. They may come with a little bit of charm-- Or a lot -- and that can fool you. But really they're all unhappy little boys sloshing around in their own rage. They feel wronged. They haven't been given their due. No one loved them enough. Of course they expect you to love them. They want to be held, rocked, reassured. But it's a mistake to give it to them. They can't accept it. They can't accept the very thing they're needing. They end up hating you for it. And it never ends because they can't hate you enough. It never ends-- the misery, the apologies, the promises, the reneging, the wretchedness of it all. My first husband was like that."
Author: Khaled Hosseini
283. "You can't just decide to be happy.""No, you can't. But you can sure as hell decide to be miserable. Is that what you want? Do you want to be the asshole who went to Fillory and was miserable there? Even in Fillory? Because that's who you are right now."There was something true about what Alice was saying. But he couldn't grasp it. It was too complex, or too simple. Too something...It was strange: he's thought that doing magic was the hardest thing he would ever do, but the rest of it was so much harder. It turned out that magic was the easy part."
Author: Lev Grossman
284. "Maybe this is how his miserable life was going to end: death by pussy. Which when he thought about it, it made sense. It was because of pussy that you came screaming into this world; might as well be pussy that took you out of it."
Author: Madeline Sheehan
285. "The facts of life do not penetrate to the sphere in which our beliefs are cherished; they did not engender those beliefs, and they are powerless to destroy them; they can inflict on them continual blows of contradiction and disproof without weakening them; and an avalanche of miseries and maladies succeeding one another without interruption in the bosom of a family will not make it lose faith in either the clemency of its God or the capacity of its physician."
Author: Marcel Proust
286. "In time, the Deity perceived that death was a mistake; a mistake, in that it was insufficient; insufficient, for the reason that while it was an admirable agent for the inflicting of misery upon the survivor, it allowed the dead person himself to escape from all further persecution in the blessed refuge of the grave. This was not satisfactory. A way must be conceived to pursue the dead beyond the tomb.The Deity pondered this matter during four thousand years unsuccessfully, but as soon as he came down to earth and became a Christian his mind cleared and he knew what to do. He invented hell, and proclaimed it."
Author: Mark Twain
287. "You can't build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery."
Author: Norman Borlaug
288. "We come together only to go apart again. The law of life can't be avoided. The law comes into operation the moment we detach ourselves from our mother's womb. All struggle & misery in life is due to our attempt to arrest this law or get away from it or in allowing ourselves to be hurt by it. The fact must be recognized. A profound unmitigated loneliness is the only truth of life. All else is false. The law of life. No sense in battling against it..."
Author: R.K. Narayan
289. "Watch it." he said at last. "I can make your life miserable." I gave him an icy smile. "You already have, and that's why i've got the advantage. You've done your worst but you haven't seen what i can do yet."
Author: Richelle Mead
290. "No, sir. I won't complain. Except when I move it sharp and sudden, my arm is real numb. It's the rest of me that's in misery." "Where?" "My backside and my privates. I'm stuck so full of prickers, it makes me smart just to think on it."
Author: Robert Newton Peck
291. "The objective, according to Jesus, was not to get people inside of heaven, but to get heaven inside of people. An understanding of the gospel that concerns itself only with getting my own soul into heaven – damn this world, it's all going to burn anyway – falls miserably short of the revolutionary message of Jesus. Jesus did not come to live in your heart like an imaginary friend. He came to bring you into the kingdom that you might be a part of God's communal ministry of justice, grace, and mercy."
Author: Ronnie McBrayer
292. "You are an arrogant bastard. (Thanatos)No, not an arrogant bastard. I'm nothing but a piece of shit who touched a star. Now I'm the son of a bitch who's going to put you out of your misery. (Zarek)"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
293. "A man is said to be [illumined] if his will has become firm, if his mind is not disturbed by misery, if he does not desire any happiness, if he is free of all [attachment], of all fear, of all anger"
Author: Swami Vivekananda
294. "Literature of escape," Ray Bradbury's work is sometimes called with a sneer. But then, as Tolkien once observed, who other than jailers are fearfully preoccupied with escape? Kirk wrote that the ideologue, in particular, denounces "escape" because he is a prisoner of his own political obsessions, and misery loves company."
Author: Testy McTesterson
295. "The amassing of evil brings misery. The accumulation of good brings blessings."
Author: Thích Nhất Hạnh
296. "If only my folks had beaten me, I could have gotten some material about my miserable childhood. But as it is, I've had a great life."
Author: Tim Conway
297. "If no war in heaven, then defeat ain't misery."
Author: Toba Beta
298. "If I were dying when I should've, say in the late sixties, when I thought my head would explode with howling misery, when every time their father opened his fat mouth I thought I'd have to kill him, then – then I would've written the girls affectionate letters, telling them of my sadness, and how much I loved them, and how sorry I was to be leaving them. Too late. They're here, they're grown-up, they're crap, and so we'll bicker towards oblivion."
Author: Will Self
299. "My teacher said my brain was the size of a pea. He made my life miserable by singling me out in the classroom as a failure."
Author: Willard Wigan
300. "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
Author: Winston Churchill

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