Quotes of Suffering

“ To perceive is to suffer. ”

- Aristotle

“ But penance need not be paid in suffering...It can be paid in forward motion. Correcting the mistake is a positive move, a nurturing move. ”

- Barbara Hall

“ In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. ”

- Edgar Allan Poe

“ I felt despair. Though it seems to me now there's two kinds of it: the sort that causes a person to surrender and then the sort I had which made me take risks and make plans. ”

- Erica Eisdorfer

“ I have found that it don't really matter if you're brought up fine or rough, but that it helps to have someone to spill your sorrows to. ”

- Erica Eisdorfer

“ But a somewhat more liberal and sympathetic examination of mankind will convince us that the cross is even older than the gibbet, that voluntary suffering was before and independent of compulsory; and in short that in most important matters a man has always been free to ruin himself if he chose. ”

- G. K. Chesterton

“ Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. ”

- Helen Keller

“ Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ”

- Helen Keller

“ You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering. ”

- Henri Frederic Amiel

“ So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world. ”

- Isodore Duncan

“ One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering. ”

- Jane Austen

“ Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some. ”

- Jose Marti

“ A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer. ”

- Joseph Addison

“ I have not yet met with a sorrow that could not be borne, nor with one who's passing did not leave me stronger. ”

- Kathryn L. Nelson

“ Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers. ”

- Leigh Hunt

“ I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy! ”

- Louise Bogan

“ Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. ”

- Thich Nhat Hanh

“ The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt. ”

- Thomas Merton

“ The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage. ”

- Thucydides

“ Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. ”

- Unknown

“ If suffer we must, let's suffer on the heights. ”

- Victor Hugo

“ If I can stop one Heart from breaking I shall not live in vain If I can ease one Life the Aching, or cool one Pain, Or help one fainting Robin into his Nest again, I shall not live in Vain. ”

- Emily Dickinson

“ Nothing begins, and nothing ends, That is not paid with moan; For we are born in others pain And perish in our own. ”

- Francis Thompson

“ One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. ”

- Sophocles

“ Pains of love be sweeter far than all the other pleasures are. ”

- John Dryden

“ In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness — otherwise how would you know when you're happy? ”

- Leslie Caron

“ We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it in full. ”

- Marcel Proust

“ There's a hope for every woe, and a balm for every pain, but the first joys of our heart come never back again! ”

- Robert Gilfillan
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