A Quote by Dr. Laurence J. Peter on fortune, misfortune, and patience

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.

Laurence Peter (1919 - 1990)

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on desires, discontent, and misfortune

There is no greater sin than desire, No greater curse than discontent, No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself. Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Tao Te Ching, (46)

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A Quote by Jean Paul Richter on age, good, men, and misfortune

What Cicero said of men-that they are like wines, age souring the bad, and bettering the good-we can say of misfortune, that it has the same effect upon them.

Jean Paul Richter (1763 - 1825)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on misfortune and solitude

This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

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A Quote by Jane Austen on misfortune and women

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)

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A Quote by I Ching on adulthood, concern, day, earth, fortune, good, heart, laughter, misfortune, perfection, and thought

On average, an infant laughs nearly two hundred times a day; an adult, only twelve. Maybe they are laughing so much because they are looking at us. To be able to preserve joyousness of heart and yet to be concerned in thought: in this way we can determine good fortune and misfortune on earth, and bring to perfection everything on earth.

I Ching

Source: the I Ching

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A Quote by Franz Kafka on books, death, kindness, losing, love, misfortune, needs, suffering, and suicide

. . . The books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that make us suffer like the death of someone we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation-a book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us.

Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)

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A Quote by Eric Hoffer on ability, achievement, awareness, confidence, difficulty, effort, failure, inspiration, misfortune, patience, persistence, and talent

They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.

Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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A Quote by Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton on crime, misfortune, and poverty

In other countries poverty is a misfortune - with us it is a crime.

Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

Source: England and the English, 1833

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on best friend, friendship, and misfortune

In the misfortune of our best friends, we find something which is not displeasing to us.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales

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