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40 Miserable People Quotes: Find Your Way through the Bitter Fog to Rediscover Bliss

Dayna Remus
Jan 25, 2023
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We all have days, maybe even months, when we aren't feeling our best, but eventually, we snap out of it. Some, however, never do, and their misery clouds all those around them. Read the following 40 quotes to learn more about chronically miserable people.

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Many individuals have genuine diseases or disorders that may cause them to not be happy at all times. However, some choose to consistently wallow in their misery.

No matter how beautiful the day, how much they love their partner, or how much money they have, they constantly look for the negatives. Read the following 40 quotes to learn more about these individuals and how to avoid being one or being around one.

Seneca’s quote: "A man's as miserable as he thinks he is." | Image: AmoDays

Seneca’s quote: "A man's as miserable as he thinks he is." | Image: AmoDays

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Mindset and Misery Quotes

"Miserable people focus on what they hate about their life. Happy people focus on what they love about their life." — Zig Ziglar

"Our happiness or misery depends upon our perception, not on the situation." Debasish Mridha

"Miserable person lives without ideals." Ivan Turgenev

"There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don't help them by doing the job yourself." Laurell K. Hamilton

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"A man's as miserable as he thinks he is." — Seneca

Quotes on the Creation of Misery and How to Avoid It

Steve Maraboli’s quote: "The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over." | Image: AmoDays

Steve Maraboli’s quote: "The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over." | Image: AmoDays

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"Misery nourishes your ego that's why you see so many miserable people in the world. The basic, central point is the ego." ― Rajneesh

"The more you make this world about you, the more miserable you will be." Matt Chandler

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

"Writing does not cause misery; it is born of misery." Michel de Montaigne

"The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over." ― Steve Maraboli

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  Gordon B. Hinckley’s quote: "Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others." | Image: AmoDays

Gordon B. Hinckley’s quote: "Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others." | Image: AmoDays

"The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least." Booker T. Washington

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"Each indulgence in pleasure is an appointment made with misery." Jason Paul

"Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others." — Gordon B. Hinckley

Funny and Cute Misery Quotes

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." — Andrew Schweitzer

"He's turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he's miserable and depressed." ― David Frost

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Andrew Schweitzer’s quote: "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." | Image: AmoDays

Andrew Schweitzer’s quote: "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." | Image: AmoDays

"Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery." — Daniel Kahneman

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Quotes on Experiences of Misery

"I'd rather be miserable loving you than happy with anyone else." ― Angela Morrison, "Sing Me to Sleep"

"I need you to be happy. I need one of us to be happy." ― Holly Black, "Red Glove"

"I never knew it was possible to be so miserable in so many ways." ― Amie Kaufman, "These Broken Stars"

"I was fifteen. I was bored. I was miserable." ― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"

Daniel Kahneman’s quote: "Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery." | Image: AmoDays

Daniel Kahneman’s quote: "Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery." | Image: AmoDays

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"I wasn't an insomniac, but I was miserable." ― Ottessa Moshfegh, "My Year of Rest and Relaxation"

"Oh, darling, I've been so miserable." ― Ernest Hemingway, "The Sun Also Rises"

"I am malicious because I am miserable" ― Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein"

"I never knew it was possible to be so miserable in so many ways." ― Amie Kaufman, "These Broken Stars"

Misery and Company Quotes

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain

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Brandi Glanville’s quote: "Miserable people love to make other people miserable. I don't hate them; I just feel sorry for them." | Image: AmoDays

Brandi Glanville’s quote: "Miserable people love to make other people miserable. I don't hate them; I just feel sorry for them." | Image: AmoDays

"A relationship will either make the majority of your life happy or miserable. It is important to take your time and make sure that it is a wise choice before making a commitment." ― Pamela Cummins

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"We are sometimes dragged into a pit of unhappiness by someone else's opinion that we do not look happy." ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

"Each indulgence in pleasure is an appointment made with misery." Jason Paul

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

"Miserable people love to make other people miserable. I don't hate them; I just feel sorry for them." — Brandi Glanville

Many More Miserable Quotes

 Bryant H. McGill’s quote: "Some people are so addicted to their misery that they will destroy anything that gets in the way of their fix." | Image: AmoDays

Bryant H. McGill’s quote: "Some people are so addicted to their misery that they will destroy anything that gets in the way of their fix." | Image: AmoDays

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"But the thing about people, Kell had discovered, is that they didn't really want to know. They thought they did, but knowing only made them miserable." ― Victoria Schwab, "A Darker Shade of Magic"

"Some of the most miserable people I know are some of the richest people in America; they are the most miserable individuals I've ever seen." — Chuck Norris

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

"Civilized misery is the worst misery." – Agatha Christie, "Destination Unknown"

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"Life is misery without music." ― Lailah Gifty Akita

 Daniel Handler’s quote: "Oftentimes, when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps." | Image: AmoDays

Daniel Handler’s quote: "Oftentimes, when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps." | Image: AmoDays

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

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"Misery is wasted on the miserable." Louis C.K.

"No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable." Adam Smith

"There is no Mystery so great as Misery." Oscar Wilde, "The Happy Prince"

"Misery can only be quelled but never cured." Nina, "Johnny Kiddow"

Amie Kaufman’s quote from "These Broken Stars": "I never knew it was possible to be so miserable in so many ways." | Image: AmoDays

Amie Kaufman’s quote from "These Broken Stars": "I never knew it was possible to be so miserable in so many ways." | Image: AmoDays

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If, while reading this, you recognized yourself, it is not the end of the world. We all have flaws, and although we can't change overnight, we can learn to take some steps to improve and eventually become better.

In this case, it is advisable to practice gratitude, learn to give back to others, and possibly even attend therapy if you feel it is a severe issue. To begin playing around with some positivity, read these 62 balloon quotes to bring out your inner child.

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