Like warmed-up cabbage served at each repast, The repetition kills the wretch at last.
— Juvenal

Patron: One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery.
Samuel Johnson wretch quote

The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.
— Hannah More

It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.
— Edmund Spenser

Pain, scorned by yonder gout-ridden wretch, endured by yonder dyspeptic in the midst of his dainties, borne bravely by the girl in travail. Slight thou art, if I can bear thee, short thou art if I cannot bear thee!
— Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder