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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Misfortunes
 
A man’s part is to bear misfortunes lightly.  Antiphanes.  1
A misfortune and a friar are seldom alone.  2
Another’s misfortune does not cure my pain.  Portuguese.  3
Another’s misfortune is only a dream.  French.  4
Blessed is the misfortune that comes alone.  Italian.  5
Do not yield to misfortunes.  Latin.  6
He who is born to misfortune stumbles as he goes,
And though he fall on his back will fracture his nose.  German.
  7
He who is the cause of his own misfortune may bewail it himself.  Italian.  8
I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another’s misfortune perfectly like a Christian.  Pope.  9
It is a great art to laugh at your own misfortunes.  Danish.  10
It is better to forget one’s misfortunes than to talk about them.  French.  11
It is good to see in the misfortunes of others what we should avoid.  Publius Syrus.  12
Misfortune does not always come to injure.  Italian.  13
Misfortune is a good teacher.  German.  14
Misfortune is good for something.  French.  15
Misfortune is often the daughter of a good mother.  German.  16
Misfortunes are close to one another.  Latin.  17
Misfortunes are common to all; life is like a wheel, and prosperity unstable.  Phocylides.  18
Misfortunes come by forties.  19
Misfortunes come on horseback, and go away on foot.  French.  20
Misfortunes come on wings and depart on foot.  21
Misfortunes come unbidden.  German.  22
Misfortunes make us wise.  23
Misfortunes make strange bedfellows.  24
Misfortunes come at night, i.e., when least expected.  Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  25
Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.  Ovid.  26
Misfortunes seldom assault a man singly, but assault him in troops whom fate has marked out for ruin.  Turkish Spy.  27
Misfortunes seldom come alone.  28
Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.  29
Misfortunes that can’t be avoided must be sweetened.  30
Misfortunes to which we are used affect us less severely.  Juvenal.  31
Misfortunes when asleep are not to be wakened.  32
Misfortune will one day find him whom it has until then passed by.  Publius Syrus.  33
Misfortunes, wood, and hair, grow throughout the year.  34
Most of our misfortunes are more supportable than the comments of our friends upon them.  35
One has always strength enough to bear the misfortunes of one’s friends.  French.  36
One misfortune brings on another.  Portuguese, Dutch.  37
One misfortune calls another.  38
One misfortune is the eve of another.  39
Our worst misfortunes are those that never befall us.  40
That is good misfortune which comes alone.  41
The misfortunes to which we are accustomed affect us less deeply.  Latin.  42
There is no greater misfortune than not to be able to bear misfortune.  Latin.  43
There is nothing we forget sooner than past misfortunes.  French.  44
To the wicked misfortunes come triple.  Modern Greek.  45
Welcome misfortune if thou comest alone.  Spanish.  46
When misfortune sleeps let no one wake her.  Spanish.  47
When misfortune befalls injuries follow.  French.  48
Whither goest thou, misfortune? to where there is more?  Spanish, Danish.  49
Who has no misfortune is fortunate enough.  German.  50
 
 
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