Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter – Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes – A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude.
For this is the mark of a wise and upright man, not to rail against the gods in misfortune.
Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
With no matter what human being, taken individually, I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and misfortune do not suit him; either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great, or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed.
Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
It’s the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
In misfortune, which friend remains a friend?
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.