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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Misery
 
Misery makes sport to mock itself.
        Shakespeare.—King Richard II., Act II. Scene 1.
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In misery’s darkest cavern known,
  His useful care was ever nigh;
Where hopeless anguish pour’d his groan,
  And lonely want retired to die.
        Dr. Johnson.—On the death of Mr. Robert Levett, (Verse 5.)
  2
Misery still delights to trace
Its semblance in another’s case.
        Cowper.—The Castaway, Verse 10.
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’Tis misery enough to be reduc’d
To the low level of the common herd,
Who, born to beggary, envy all above them.
        Lillo.—Fatal Curiosity, Act I. Scene 2.
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Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
        Shakespeare.—The Tempest, Act II. Scene 2.
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When a few words will rescue misery out of her distress, I hate the man who can be a churl of them.
        Sterne.—Sentimental Journey, Calais, Line 22.
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        Misery doth part
The flux of company; anon, a careless herd,
Full of the pasture, jumps along by him,
And never stays to greet him: “Ay,” quoth Jaques,
“Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens;
’Tis just the fashion: wherefore do you look
Upon that poor and broken bankrupt there?”
        Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act II. Scene 1.
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