Miserable People Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Miserable People quotes and Miserable People sayings, and Miserable People proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same."

Carlos Castaneda

"The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure."

Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Miserable person lives without ideals"

Ivan Turgenev

"The miser, starving his brother’s body, starves also his own soul, and at death shall creep out of his great estate of injustice, poor and naked and miserable."

Theodore Parker

"The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live."

Nicolas Chamfort

"No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth."

Charles Spurgeon

"People talk about the courage of condemned men walking to the place of execution: sometimes it needs as much courage to walk with any kind of bearing towards another person’s habitual misery."

Graham Greene

"A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness."

Eric Hoffer

"‘Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes."

Miguel de Cervantes

"If someone makes you miserable more than they make you happy, it doesn’t matter how much you love them, you need to let them go."


"The spendthrift robs his heirs the miser robs himself."

Jean de la Bruyere

"Maybe men are separated from each other only by the degree of their misery."

Francis Picabia

"A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer."

Joseph Addison

"Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it."

Samuel Johnson

"The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope."

William Shakespeare

"I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances."

Martha Washington

"I stumbled out into the courtyard to try to flee my misery, but of course we can never flee the misery that is within us."

Arthur Golden

"Some people are so addicted to their misery that they will destroy anything that gets in the way of their fix."

Bryant McGill

"Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery’s shadow or reflection: the fact that you don’t merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief."

C. S. Lewis

"The truly miserable have a timbre in their voices strong enough to erase smiles from the faces and souls of the contented."


"Oftentimes, when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps."

Lemony Snicket

"We generally fancy ourselves more miserable than we are, for want of taking a true estimate of things; wherefore we fly into transports without reason, and judge of the happiness or calamity of human life, by false lights."

Wellins Calcott

"There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher."

Victor Hugo

"It is seldom that the miserable can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable."

George Eliot

"Happy people find a way to live with their problems, and miserable people let their problems stop them from living."

Sonya Parker

"Miserable people focus on the things they hate about their life. Happy people focus on the things they love about their life."

Sonya Parker

"The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation."

George Bernard Shaw

"A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is."


"There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision"

William James

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