A Quote by Charles Dickens on happiness, income, and misery

Annual income twenty pound, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pound, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.

Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)

Source: Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on defeat, hatred, ideas, life, misery, peace, and victory

A victor only breeds hatred, while a defeated man lives in misery, but a man at peace within lives happily, abandoning up ideas of victory and defeat.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Sayings of the Buddha in The Dhammapada, p. 201

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A Quote by Boethius on fortune, happiness, and misery

For truly in adverse fortune the worst sting of misery is to have been happy.

Boethius (c. 475 - 525)

Source: Consolation of Philosophy

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A Quote by Bartolomé de Las Casas on day, discovery, misery, murder, and suffering

"The pattern established at the outset has remained to this day, and the Spaniards still do nothing save tear the natives to shreds, murder them and inflict upon them untold misery, suffering and distress, tormenting, harrying and persecuting them mercilessly." According to Las Casas, atrocities continued unabated in the Americas, even half a century after the discovery.

Bartolome de Las Casas (1474 - 1566)

Source: Historia de las Indias, written 1550-1563

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on communism, corruption, country, death, disease, misery, and relatives

In a country where misery and want were the foundation of the social structure, famine was periodic, death from starvation common, disease pervasive, thievery normal, and graft and corruption taken for granted, the elimination of these conditions in Communist China is so striking that negative aspects of the new rule fade in relative importance.

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on belief, destruction, disaster, earth, fate, happiness, life, misery, reason, success, suffering, and tragedy

She can live through it, because we do not hold the belief that this earth is a realm of misery where man is doomed to destruction. We do not think that tragedy is our natural fate and we do not live in chronic dread of disaster. We do not expect disaster until we have specific reason to expect it - and when we encounter it, we are free to fight it. It is not happiness, but suffering that we consider unnatural. It is not success, but calamity that we regard as the abnormal exception in human life.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 700)

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A Quote by Annabella Milbanke on blessings, contempt, evil, feeling, good, humanity, impulses, inconsistency, losing, mind, misery, possessions, power, and regret

When indignation takes possession of his mind - and it is easily excited - his disposition becomes malevolent. He hates with the bitterest contempt. But as soon as he has indulged those feelings, he regains the humanity which he had lost - from the immediate impulse of provocation - and repents deeply. So that his mind is continually making the most sudden transitions - from good to evil, from evil to good. A state of such perpetual tumult must be attended with the misery of restless inconsistency. He laments his want of tranquillity and speaks of the power of application to composing studies, as a blessing placed beyond his attainment, which he regrets.

Annabella Milbanke (1792 - 1860)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on fear, insecurity, men, misery, pain, and satisfaction

If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: Out of My Later Years, chapter 7 (1950)

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A Quote by Albert Camus on love, misery, and misfortune

There is only misfortune in not being loved; there is misery in not loving.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by Albert Camus on correction, history, indifference, and misery

To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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