Unlucky Sayings and Quotes

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

People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.     

Samuel Butler

It is the nature of the unfortunate to be spiteful, and to envy those who are well to do.     


I'm the luckiest unlucky person.     

Tig Notaro

How unfortunate is the guy who does not live in the extravagant memory of an infatuated young woman.     

Manu Joseph

Sometimes what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may be the first steps of a beautiful journey.     


If you're unlucky enough not to have alcoholic parents, it takes you a whole lifetime of intoxication to overcome the dead weight of their virtues.     

Emile M. Cioran

It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

It's extremely unlucky to be superstitious, for no other reason than it is always unlucky to be colossally stupid.     

Stephen Fry

It's unfortunate, you know, that you can't change people's - habits, their personal habits.     

Linda McMahon

The unfortunate do not pity the unfortunate.     

Josh Billings

It's unfortunate that sometimes in schools, there's this need to have things quantified and graded.     

Rita Dove

It is unlucky to sound off about happiness.      

I Ching

How unfortunate, considering I have decided to loathe him for eternity.     

Jane Austen

Look at those they call unfortunate and at a closer view, you'll find many of them are unwise.     

Andrew Young

Unfortunate and wretched are those who have respected a book they did not love and hated those they did.     

Milorad Pavić 

If lucky be not proud; if unlucky, do not despond.     

Decimius Magnus Ausonius

I never thought of myself as unlucky. When you aim high, it's tough to get there unless something really fortunate happens.     

Henry Cavill

An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Unlucky people are stuck in routines. When they see something new, they want no part of it. Lucky people always want something new. They're prepared to take risks and relaxed enough to see the opportunities in the first place.     

Richard Wiseman

It's always unfortunate when something gets misreported and the facts are not clear.     

Roger Goodell

The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new.     

Leo Buscaglia

He is so unlucky that he runs into accidents which start out to happen to somebody else.     

Don Marquis

The unfortunate are always egotistical.     

Benjamin Disraeli

The most unlucky generation is the one which couldn't produce a hero to look upto.     

Amit Kalantri

Sometimes even in most unfortunate of lives there will occur a moment or two of good.     

Daniel Handler

But like so many unfortunate events in life, just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.     

Lemony Snicket

It's unfortunate biologically we have to sleep.     

Aaron Levie

How unfortunate it is to be constrained by what people might say at our funeral or on our gravestone.     

Lawrence Fagg

There is an unlucky tendency ... to allow every new invention to add to life's complications, and every new power to increase life's hustling; so that, unless we can dominate the mischief, we are really the worse off instead of the better.     

Vernon Lee

the unfortunate thing about worldliness is that its rewards are rather less than its appetites.     

Phyllis Bottome