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When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.
There must be something rotten in the very core of a social system which increases its wealth without diminishing its misery
Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole
To live without experiencing some shame and blushes of admiration would surely be a wretched life.
The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty.
People label themselves with all sorts of adjectives. I can only pronounce myself as 'nauseatingly miserable beyond repair'.
Sometimes out of your biggest misery, comes your greatest gain.
Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove.
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
People prefer the certainty of misery to the misery of uncertainty
Life in itself is an empty canvas; it becomes whatsoever you paint on it. You can paint misery, you can paint bliss. This freedom is your glory.
Man's obsession to add to his wealth and honor is the chief source of his misery.
The only conversion involved in Vipassana is from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation.
The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery.
Behind the mask of indifference is bottomless misery and behind apparent callousness, despair.
It often happens, that misery will follow a marriage when the dowry is too large.
If anyone thinks he can help you, he will inevitably mislead you, and the less phony he is; the more powerful he is, the more enlightened he is, the more misery and mischief he will create for you.
Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day
One of the hardest things we must do sometimes is to be present to another person's pain without trying to "fix" it, to simply stand respectfully at the edge of that person's mystery and misery.
People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy.
In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it."
As long as you can savor the humorous aspect of misery and misfortune, you can overcome anything.
I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
I know, in my soul, that to eat a creature who is raised to be eaten, and who never has a chance to be a real being, is unhealthy. It's like...you're just eating misery. You're eating a bitter life.
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.
It is indeed probable that more harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil.
Misery don't call ahead. That's why you have to stay awake - otherwise it just walks on in your door.
There’s no democratic state that’s not compromised to the very core by its part in generating human misery.
Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries. Yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.
It is almost impossible for anyone, even the most ineffective among us, to continue to choose misery after becoming aware that it is a choice.
Misery is complexity. Happiness is simplicity.
I cannot live on an island of prosperity when I'm surrounded by a sea of misery.
Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy.
Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.
You are the cause of your own joy or your own misery. You hold that power. You are your own friend and your own enemy.
The spendthrift robs his heirs the miser robs himself.
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.
Pain and sorrow and misery have a right to our assistance: compassion puts us in mind of the debt, and that we owe it to ourselves as well as to the distressed.
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.
It's a Cyprus of misery and soup kitchens and a state which cannot meet basic obligations. It can only cause me grief.
As far as the physical miseries go, I am sure I will cope. I lived at Eton in the 1950s and I know all about life in uncomfortable quarters.
Happiness is a specific. Misery is a generalization. People usually know exactly why they are happy. They very rarely know why they are miserable.
Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
If God made the world, I would not be that God, for the misery of the world would break my heart.
Of all aspects of social misery nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment.
Capitalism, racism and inhuman technocracy quietly develop in their own way. The causes of misery are no longer to be found in the inner attitudes of men, but have long been institutionalized.
The majority of the common people loathe war and pray for peace; only a handful of individuals, whose evil joys depend on general misery, desire war.