He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
— Plato

It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.
Isaac Disraeli wretch quote

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
— Voltaire

There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy.
— Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
— wretch quotation by Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder