|It is the nature of mortals to kick a fallen man.|
ÆschylusAgamemnon. 884. (Adapted.)
|Calamity is mans true touch-stone.|
Beaumont and FletcherFour Plays in One. The Triumph of Honour. Sc. 1. L. 67.
| Conscientia rectæ voluntatis maxima consolatio est rerum incommodarum.|
The consciousness of good intention is the greatest solace of misfortunes.
CiceroEpistles. V. 4.
|He went like one that hath been stunnd,|
And is of sense forlorn:
A sadder and a wiser man,
He rose the morrow morn.
ColeridgeAncient Mariner. Pt. VII. Last Stanza.
| Most of our misfortunes are more supportable than the comments of our friends upon them.|
C. C. ColtonLacon. P. 238.
|A raconter ses maux souvent on les soulage.|
By speaking of our misfortunes we often relieve them.
CorneillePolyeucte. I. 3.
|I was a stricken deer that left the herd|
CowperThe Task. Bk. III. L. 108.
|Fallen, fallen, fallen, fallen,|
Fallen from his high estate,
And weltring in his blood;
Deserted at his utmost need,
By those his former bounty fed;
On the bare earth exposd he lies,
With not a friend to close his eyes.
DrydenAlexanders Feast. L. 77.
| Quando la mala ventura se duerme, nadie la despierte.|
When Misfortune is asleep, let no one wake her.
Quoted by FullerGnomologia. (French proverb has sorrow for Misfortune.)
| But strong of limb|
And swift of foot misfortune is, and, far
Outstripping all, comes first to every land,
And there wreaks evil on mankind, which prayers
Do afterwards redress.
HomerIliad. Bk. IX. L. 625. Bryants trans.
|Take her up tenderly,|
Lift her with care;
Fashioned so slenderly,
Young and so fair!
HoodBridge of Sighs.
|One more unfortunate|
Weary of breath,
Gone to her death.
HoodBridge of Sighs.
| Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.|
LowellDemocracy and Addresses. Democracy.
|Suave mari magno, turbantibus æquora ventis|
E terra magnum alterius spectare laborum.
It is pleasant, when the sea runs high, to view from land the great distress of another.
LucretiusDe Rerum Natura. II. 1.
|Rocks whereon greatest men have oftest wreckd.|
MiltonParadise Regained. Bk. II. L. 228.
|Quicumque amisit dignitatem pristinam|
Ignavis etiam jocus est in casu gravi.
Whoever has fallen from his former high estate is in his calamity the scorn even of the base.
PhædrusFables. I. 21. 1.
|Paucis temeritas est bono, multis malo.|
Rashness brings success to few, misfortune to many.
PhædrusFables. V. 4. 12.
| I never knew any man in my life, who could not bear anothers misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.|
Pope. See Swifts Thoughts on Various Subjects.
|As if Misfortune made the Throne her Seat,|
And none could be unhappy but the Great.
Nicholas RoweThe Fair Penitent. Prologue. L. 3.
| Nihil infelicius eo, cui nihil unquam evenit adversi, non licuit enim illi se experiri.|
There is no one more unfortunate than the man who has never been unfortunate, for it has never been in his power to try himself.
SenecaDe Providentia. III.
|Calamitas virtutis occasio est.|
Calamity is virtues opportunity.
SenecaDe Providentia. IV.
| Nil est nec miserius nec stultius quam prætimere. Quæ ista dementia est, malum suum antecedere!|
There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is in your expecting evil before it arrives!
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. XCVIII.
|Quemcumque miserum videris, hominem scias.|
When you see a man in distress, recognize him as a fellow man.
SenecaHercules Furens. 463.
| The worst is not|
So long as we can say This is the worst.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 29.
| O, give me thy hand,|
One writ with me in sour misfortunes book.
Romeo and Juliet. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 81.
| Such a house broke!|
So noble a master fallen! All gone! and not
One friend to take his fortune by the arm,
And go along with him.
Timon of Athens. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 5.
|We have seen better days.|
Timon of Athens. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 27.
|From good to bad, and from bad to worse,|
From worse unto that is worst of all,
And then return to his former fall.
SpenserThe Shepherds Calendar. Feb. L. 12.
| Misfortune had conquered her, how true it is, that sooner or later the most rebellious must bow beneath the same yoke.|
Madame de StaëlCorinne. Bk. XVII. Ch. II.
|Bonum est fugienda adspicere in alieno malo.|
It is good to see in the misfortunes of others what we should avoid.
|I shall not let a sorrow die|
Until I find the heart of it,
Nor let a wordless joy go by
Until it talks to me a bit;
And the ache my body knows
Shall teach me more than to another,
I shall look deep at mire and rose
Until each one becomes my brother.
|Hoccin est credibile, aut memorabile,|
Tanta vecordia innata cuiquam ut siet,
Ut malis gaudeant alienis, atque ex incommodis
Alterius, sua ut comparent commoda?
It is to be believed or told that there is such malice in men as to rejoice in misfortunes, and from anothers woes to draw delight.
TerenceAndria. IV. 1. 1.
|Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.|
Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them.
VergilÆneid. VI. 95.
|So fallen! so lost! the light withdrawn|
Which once he wore;
The glory from his gray hairs gone
|None think the great unhappy, but the great.|
YoungLove of Fame. Satire.