Mischief Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old mischief quotes, mischief sayings, and mischief proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Much mischief is done in the world with very little interest or design.     

Samuel Johnson

It is always esteemed the greatest mischief a man can do to those whom he loves, to raise men's expectations of them too high by undue and impertinent commendations.     

Thomas Sprat

He who has a mind to do mischief will always find a pretense.     

Publilius Syrus

The most baleful mischiefs may be expected from the unmanly conduct of not daring to face truth because it is unpleasing.     

Thomas Malthus

The mischiefs of anarchy have been equaled by the mischiefs of government.     

Henry Ward Beecher

To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.     

William Shakespeare

The mischief of children is seldom actuated by malice; that of grown-up people always is.     

Antoine Rivarol

No greater mischief could be wrought than love united to a jealous thought.     

Robert Greene

Mischief springs from the power which the moneyed interest derives from a paper currency which they are able to control, from the multitude of corporations with exclusive privileges which are employed altogether for their benefit.     

Andrew Jackson

Between frivolity and intentional mischief there is little difference, none in the results.      

Ilka Chase

The greater part of all the mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.     

Edward Gibbon

Greater mischief happens often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition.     

Edmund Burke

The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.     

Voltaire

Mischief and malice grow on the same branch of the tree of evil.     

Aaron Hill

Turn away from mischief. Again and again, turn away. Before sorrow befalls you.     

Gautama Buddha

Great mischief comes from attempts to steady other people's altars.     

Mary Baker Eddy

The mischief of flattery is, not that it persuades any man that he is what he is not, but that it suppresses the influence of honest ambition, by raising an opinion that honour may be gained without the toil of merit.     

Samuel Johnson

It is a general rule of Judgment, that a mischief should rather be admitted than an inconvenience.     

William Cowper

It is a world of mischief that may be done by a single example of avarice or luxury. One voluptuous palate makes many more.     

Seneca The Younger

Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.     

John Green

A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words.     

Edmund Burke

It has been said that idleness is the parent of mischief, which is very true; but mischief itself is merely an attempt to escape from the dreary vacuum of idleness.     

George Borrow

When the mischief is done the door is shut.     

Juvenal