Phrases with "miseries"

Jane Austen Tom himself began to fret over the scene-painter’s slow progress, and to feel the miseries of waiting. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Charles Dickens This went on for years and years; he sinking lower and lower; she enduring, poor thing, miseries enough to wear her life away. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

And there are the special miseries attendant upon back to back houses. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Thy shames and sins are the austere fruits of thy miseries, and thy miseries have been poured out upon thee by foreign hands. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The gods from heav’n survey the fatal strife, And mourn the miseries of human life. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Jack London For the unfortunate man or woman, it is a race between miseries that ends with death. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Henry Fielding Let me beseech you, madam, let not that dear heart, whose tenderness is so inclined to compassionate the miseries of others, be hardened only against the sufferings which itself occasions. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Frances Hodgson Burnett One of his darkest miseries in the unhealthy morbid past days had been his hatred of being a sickly weak-backed boy whose father was afraid to look at him. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Thomas Hardy For of all the miseries attaching to miserable love, the worst is the misery of thinking that the passion which is the cause of them all may cease. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Mark Twain All that they knew was, that after what seemed a mighty stretch of time, both awoke out of a dead stupor of sleep and resumed their miseries once more. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Thomas Hardy To be the vassal of her sweet will for a time, he demanded no more, and found solace in the contemplation of the soft miseries she caused him. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling He babbled tales of oppression and wrong till the tears ran down his cheeks for the miseries of his land. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Isabella Bird Kotranis is my last Syrian halting-place, and its miseries are well fitted to leave a lasting impression. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

H. G. Wells But he would not tell her of his own miseries because indeed, such was his temperament, he had none; he had only exasperations and regrets. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

George Gissing In the daytime she could think of death with resignation, as a refuge from miseries of which she saw no other end; but this hour of silent darkness shook her with terrors. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Oliver Goldsmith Could such a thing as I am give you so much uneasiness? Sure you have too much wisdom to take the miseries of my guilt upon yourself. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Facts must be recognized, he pleaded, and the French claim for peculiar consideration and their traditional amour propre must not be allowed to prolong the miseries of war. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Mrs Pither had only two subjects of conversation; one of them was the joys of Heaven, and the other the miseries of her present state. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Maria Edgeworth But I resolved, as soon as I heard it, to mention it to you; for I believe that half the miseries of the world arise from foolish mysteries — from the want of courage to speak the truth. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing It would doubtless have developed into some more pronounced illness, but for the period of comparative rest and quietness which had begun shortly after the miseries of the trial. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Soon these burning miseries will be extinct. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Isabella Bird He cannot be over fifty, but the miseries and intrigues around him make him appear prematurely old. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

To me it was the revelation of causes which had led, and would lead yet, to miseries for which she had no pity, and which I felt myself too weak to avert. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Anatole France Therese looked at her curiously, divining her exquisite form under the miseries of her flesh, poorly fed and badly cared for. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

H. G. Wells Russia fell into its present miseries through the world war and the moral and intellectual insufficiency of its ruling and wealthy people. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins Nor did my miseries end with the morning calls. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Eliot One way of getting an idea of our fellow-countrymen’s miseries is to go and look at their pleasures. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Henry James I went through my miseries long ago; I suffered what you have not had to suffer; I wished for death many times, and I survived it all. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Jules Verne The next day, 1st January 1860, Lieutenant Hobson wished Mrs Barnett a happy new year, and complimented her on the courage and good temper with which she endured the miseries of this northern winter. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Sidney Colvin He avoided teazing any one with his miseries but Tom and myself, and often asked our forgiveness; venting and discussing them gave him relief. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Anthony Trollope Among her other miseries had been the great misery of having to seek a home. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

E. F. Benson For the sensualist carries his miseries pick-a-back, and round his feet is wound the shroud that shall soon enwrap him. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

H. G. Wells The miseries underlying human society were revealed. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

She has told me that in the greatest miseries of her life, you were as true a friend to her as her own mother could have been. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

He told himself that he was being scandalously treated by Fate, and for the first half-mile hugged his miseries like a sulky child. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

T. E. Lawrence Salt was rubbed into our miseries by the spectacle of that near winter garden beneath us by the lake-side. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is not because of your letter, but because of the complicated miseries that surround me and that I choose to say nothing of. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson He was for ever drawing a parallel, already exemplified from his own words, between the happy life of the well-to-do and the miseries of the poor. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mark Twain The boys forgot all their fears, all their miseries in an instant. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

William Morris Now why or wherefore I know not, but it seemeth that it would not avail her to slay me outright, or suffer me to die; but nought withheld her from piling up griefs and miseries on my head. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

Anthony Trollope More than once it had occurred to Sir Thomas that he would put an end to all these miseries by a mere scratch of his pen. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Milton’s frequent change of abode has been thought indicative of a restless temperament, seeking escape from petty miseries by change of scene. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Virginia Woolf Here we find anchorage in these thwarting currents of being; here we balance ourselves after the splendours and miseries of the streets. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Oliver Goldsmith It tells us that life is filled with comforts, if we will but enjoy them; and on the other hand, that though we unavoidably have miseries here, life is short, and they will soon be over. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

At the first cock-crow we were up, and as the cheerful dawn lighted up the east, we were in our saddles, and the miseries of the night Were but the jests of the morning. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Margaret Oliphant But to tell the miseries of their search after a way of escape would demand more space than their historian can afford. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Trollope She had again become silent, dull, and unhappy, was brooding over her miseries and disappointments, and she declined. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson He now began very sensibly to feel the miseries of dependence. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Charles Dickens Such miseries must fall on thy innocent head without it, that I cannot believe but that, being tempted, it will come at last!’ She looked cheerfully into his face, but made no answer. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Wilkie Collins Three days before the date at which Rothsay and I were to pay our visit to Lord Lepel, I found myself compelled to undergo one of the minor miseries of human life. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Nor is this the worst; but they are angry with Menander for saying upon the stage, The chief beginning of men’s miseries Are things exceeding good; for that this is against sense. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Virginia Woolf She said, in her odious way, “Now, Mrs. Ramsay and I want to have a little talk together,” and Mrs. Ramsay could see, as if before her eyes, the innumerable miseries of his life. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Oscar Wilde Well, I am not like that young man you told me of when we were down at Marlow together, the young man who used to say that yellow satin could console one for all the miseries of life. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Affronting all, conquering all, he came in time to Morgan’s dun, a place so lovely that after the miseries through which he had struggled he almost wept to see beauty again. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Oliver Goldsmith They who would know the miseries of the poor must see life and endure it. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

John Galsworthy Even in the nursery, grieved and discomforted by the feverish miseries of her little son, Fleur continued that search. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Like a sleeper who, on waking, finds his miseries forgotten during his slumber, lying in wait for him, he regained with consciousness the capacity to suffer. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope She is inimitable in discussing the miseries of her own position as the wife of a Master of Hounds; but the miseries are as evidently fictitious as the art is real. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Yes, he was one of the men who succeed, and the life before him would be richer for all the mistakes and miseries through which he had passed. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing Through summer months the Morgans had suffered sufficiently from the defects of their house; with the coming on of winter, they found themselves exposed to miseries barely endurable. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing Mary Bower came frequently; her silent presence was a help to Lydia through the miseries of the next few days. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Tobias Smolle And perhaps it would be petter for some of us to be tucked up than to undergo the miseries to which we have been exposed. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope He had evidently learned to suppose that they two outcasts might lessen their miseries by joining them together. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

The sum of miseries in any life (here in Lalugnan at least) exceeds the sum of pleasures; but suppose that it did not. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Thomas Paine It has all the tracings and colorings of horror and despair; and excites the most swelling emotions of gratitude by exhibiting the miseries we are so graciously preserved from. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Ralph Waldo Emerson Landor said, “I have suffered more from my bad dancing, than from all the misfortunes and miseries of my life put together. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

What was the good of telling him the story of all these miseries now past and gone, of all those bewildering difficulties and humiliations? What she must tell him was difficult enough to say. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Wilkie Collins You know how strong I am? You remember how I used to fight against all my illnesses when I was a child? Now I am a woman, I fight against my miseries in the same way. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Willa Cather It was with a lightening of the heart, a feeling of throwing off the old miseries and old sorrows of the world, that she ran up the wide staircase to the pictures. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Charles Dickens I would spare her the miseries that brought her mother, my own dear child, to an early grave. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing She would have discharged a duty at the expense of such shame, and this fact alone might strengthen her to face the miseries beyond. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells All the rich, all the influential, all who are happy, come at last to take these miseries for granted. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Neither could I dream of taking refuge with her in Orenburg, where at this juncture all the miseries of a siege were being undergone. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

James Joyce And your soreful miseries first come on you. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope But papa! And Fanny sighed as she felt that all the recognised miseries of a young lady in love were about to fall upon her. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

What were this woman’s troubles to me? I had miseries of my own, and worse miseries than her coarse nature could ever have to endure. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

In the sunshine of my own happiness I felt, for the first time in my life, for the miseries of others. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

She has never told me what those miseries were, but I trust her so fully that I do not care to torment her with questions about a past which she tells me was sorrowful. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Thomas Carlyle They embark in the “philanthropic movement;” they calculate that the miseries of the world can be cured by bringing the philanthropic movement to bear on them. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

All the minor miseries peculiar to a toilet in a strange room were doubly miserable to her. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Jeremy Bentham The ground-work, pure sympathy and loving-kindness: the superstructure, all the miseries which the most determined maevolence could have devised. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Tobias Smolle She forthwith accommodated herself to the exigency of her fortune; yet she still affects to keep state amidst the miseries of a jail; and this affectation is truly ridiculous. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Robert Louis Stevenson Nay, the very attempt, I thought, might have inflamed his terrors, and thus increased the miseries of our position. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James There!” Mrs. Gereth turned her back and, with a fine imitation of superiority, began to redress the miseries immediately before her. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

D. H. Lawrence The hot stream of his words flowed over the old wounds that the knowledge of the unending miseries of the poor had given me, and I winced. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The miseries of us poor earth-dwellers gain no alleviation from the sympathy of those who merely hunt them out to be pathetic over them. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry James He had therefore wrongfully believed himself to be degraded; and the last word about him would be that he couldn’t then, it appeared, sink to vulgarity as he had tried to let his miseries make him. The Bench of Desolation by Henry James [1909]

Taught by experience that an union contracted against the inclinations of families on either side must be unfortunate, I will save my Daughter from those miseries which I have suffered. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Charles Dickens We went, before dark, through all the natural — as opposed to supernatural — miseries incidental to our state. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edward Bellamy The key-note of the literature of the period was one of compassion for the poor and unfortunate, and indignant outcry against the failure of the social machinery to ameliorate the miseries of men. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

George Gissing Morbid miseries brought out the frailty of her character. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing He knew what miseries had again and again resulted from marriages such as this, and he feared for her quite as much as for himself. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Charles Dickens Such heart as I had summoned to sustain me against the miseries of the adults failed me when I looked at the children. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Melancholy followed, but by degrees I gained a clear conception of my miseries and situation and was then released from my prison. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Nay, she was now suffering more, for then there had not been added to her other miseries that feeling of soreness and sense of personal loss. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

I neither spoke nor looked at anyone, but sat motionless, bewildered by the multitude of miseries that overcame me. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

George Gissing Domestic miseries might greatly account for the girl’s mood, but Irene had insight enough to perceive that this was not all. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Pardon the folly, the weakness of a man who, having known you for less than a week, finds the loss of your esteem the hardest of the many miseries he is called upon to bear. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

William Makepeace Thackeray Mrs. Crump and Woolsey, perhaps, received Morgiana’s account of her husband’s miseries with some incredulity. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

George Gissing She had the sensation of standing for the first time face to face with one of the sterner miseries of life. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope The arguments on which the greatest stress was laid tended to show that the Fixed Period had been carried chiefly with a view to relieving the miseries of the old. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant The miseries of the night’s imprisonment were soon forgotten. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Gissing To Emily it was simply a detestable instance of the worst miseries she had to endure at home. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Edgar Allan Poe It was not, however, that to life itself I had any, positive disgust, but that I was harassed beyond endurance by the adventitious miseries attending my situation. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Arthur Morrison To carry the tale to Bob would have been a thankless errand, for he would have none of anybody’s sympathy, even in regard to miseries plain to his eye. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison