Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune.
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.