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- Adversity was spreading over him like mold —Irvin S. Cobb
- Bad moments, like good ones, tend to be grouped together —Edna O’Brien
- Blessed as the meek who shall inherit the earth —Anon
This illustrates how a quote can be transposed into a simile.
- The day of fortune is like a harvest day, we must be busy when the corn is ripe —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Disasters … rolling in the brain like pebbles —Denise Levertov
- Fortune is as … brittle as glass —Publilius Syrus
- Fortune is like glass: she breaks when she is brightest —Latin proverb
- Fortune is like the market, where if you will bide your time, the price will fall —German proverb
A variation by Francis Bacon begins like the above and finishes as follows: “If you can stay a little, the price will fall.”
- Fortunes made in no time are like shirts made in no time; it’s ten to one if they hang long together —Douglas Jerrold
- Fortune sits on him like a ton of shit —Irving Feldman
- Good fortune, like ripe fruit, ought to be enjoyed while it is present —Epictetus
- Good fortune seemed to be following me like a huge affectionate dog —John Braine
- It’s a nightmare like trying to conquer the Himalayas on roller skates or swim the English Channel lashed to a cannon —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Luck is like having a rice dumpling fly into your mouth —Japanese proverb
- A luckless man … the kind of man who would have gotten two complimentary tickets for the Titanic —William Mcllvanney
The actual text in Scotch author Mcllvanney’s Papers of Tony Veitch reads: “The kinnaa man woulda got two complimentary tickets for the Titanic.”
- Luck shines in his face like good health —Anon
- Misfortunes disappeared, as though swept away by a great flood of sunlight —Emile Zola
- Misfortunes, like the owl, avoid the light —Charles Churchill
- Misfortunes … passed over her like wild geese —Ellen Glasgow
- Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle —James Russell Lowell
- The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties —Captain Frederick Marryatt
- Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head —William Shakespeare
- Tried to conceal his misfortune as if it were a vice —Mihail Lermontov
- To wait for luck is like waiting for death —Japanese proverb
|Noun||1.||misfortune - unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event|
trouble - an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"
calamity, catastrophe, tragedy, disaster, cataclysm - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
adversity - a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event; "a period marked by adversities"
hardship - something that causes or entails suffering; "I cannot think it a hardship that more indulgence is allowed to men than to women"- James Boswell; "the many hardships of frontier life"
knock - a bad experience; "the school of hard knocks"
|2.||misfortune - an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes|
circumstances, luck, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, portion - your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you); "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"
weakness - the condition of being financially weak; "the weakness of the dollar against the yen"
adversity, hard knocks, hardship - a state of misfortune or affliction; "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity"; "a life of hardship"
gutter, sewer, toilet - misfortune resulting in lost effort or money; "his career was in the gutter"; "all that work went down the sewer"; "pensions are in the toilet"
hard cheese - bad luck
relief, fortune, good luck
"In the misfortune of our best friends, we always find something which is not displeasing to us" [Duc de la Rochefoucauld Réflexions ou Maximes Morales]
"misfortune: the kind of fortune which never misses" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
"Misfortunes never come singly"