Suffering Quotes


The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

Without pain, how could we know joy?' This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

Hell    Love    Suffering

But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations
Growth    Heart    Life    Suffering

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
- I shall fear only God.
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.

Bravery    God    Goodness    Humanity    Justice    Kindness    Peace    Suffering

She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuances. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinite spectrum.

Grief    Mourning    Sadness    Sorrow    Suffering

Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal in their lifetime. It’s what unites us. The trick is not to let it destroy your trust in others when that happens. Don’t let them take that from you.

When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.

People pontificate, "Suicide is selfishness." Career churchmen like Pater go a step further and call in a cowardly assault on the living. Oafs argue this specious line for varying reason: to evade fingers of blame, to impress one's audience with one's mental fiber, to vent anger, or just because one lacks the necessary suffering to sympathize. Cowardice is nothing to do with it - suicide takes considerable courage. Japanese have the right idea. No, what's selfish is to demand another to endure an intolerable existence, just to spare families, friends, and enemies a bit of soul-searching.

Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas

I knew you'd kiss me."
"How?" I say. Because I didn't know myself.
"Because I am in pain," He say's. "That's the only way I get your attention.

Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.

At some point we all look up and realize we are lost in a maze.

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.

Dreams    Fantasy    Life    Living    Pain    Suffering

No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.

Endurance    Experience    Faith    Fortitude    Humility    Pain    Patience    Sorrow    Suffering    Trial

She said, "It's not life or death, the labyrinth."
"Um, okay. So what is it?"
"Suffering," she said. "Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That's the problem. Bolivar was talking about the pain, not about the living or dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?... Nothing's wrong. But there's always suffering, Pudge. Homework or malaria or having a boyfriend who lives far away when there's a good-looking boy lying next to you. Suffering is universal. It's the one thing Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims are all worried about.

Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.

Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.

La Chute

Albert Camus

La Chute

If you desire healing,
let yourself fall ill
let yourself fall ill.

Denial    Depression    Healing    Pain    Recovery    Sadness    Suffering

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn,' and I accept it. I've got nothing that I hadn't bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.

There is the solitude of suffering, when you go through darkness that is lonely, intense, and terrible. Words become powerless to express your pain; what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering.

Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering.

Death    Grief    Loss    Mourning    Suffering

There is an ancient tribal proverb I once heard in India. It says that before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way.

Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.

She had become accustomed to being lonely. She was used to walking alone and to being considered 'different.' She did not suffer too much.

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.

There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. It’s just a waste of perfectly good happiness.

Beauty    Fear    Growth    Happiness    Hate    Honor    Sadness    Suffering    Waste

Pain is the feeling. Suffering is the effect the pain inflicts. If one can endure pain, one can live without suffering. If one can withstand pain, one can withstand anything. If one can learn to control pain, one can learn to control oneself.

My Friend Leonard

James Frey (Author)

My Friend Leonard

but something always went wrong, and the relationship would end precisely at the moment when she was sure that this was the person with whom she wanted to spend the rest of her life. After a long time, she came to the conclusion that men brought only pain, frustration, suffering and a sense of time dragging.

Eleven Minutes

Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes

The whole image is that eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love. That's the message we're brought up with, isn't it? Believe or die! Thank you, forgiving Lord, for all those options.

Atheism    Belief    Damnation    Death    Eternal suffering    Forgiving    Hell    Humor    Infinite love    Lord    Love    Message    Options    Question    Suffering

The paradox of vengefulness is that it makes men dependent upon those who have harmed them, believing that their release from pain will come only when their tormentors suffer.

I'm rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I'm tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we's comin from or goin to or why. I'm tired of people bein ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I'm tired of all the times I've wanted to help and couldn't. I'm tired of bein in the dark. Mostly it's the pain. There's too much. If I could end it, I would. But I can't.

There are far too many silent sufferers.  Not because they don't yearn to reach out, but because they've tried and found no one who cares.

Time is not the great teacher. Experience is. A man may live a whole life, but if he never leaves his home to experience that life, he dies knowing nothing. A mere child who has suffered and lived can be the wiser of the two.

Love Bites

Lynsay Sands

Love Bites

Never stop just because you feel defeated. The journey to the other side is attainable only after great suffering.

Quote Me Everyday

Santosh Kalwar

Quote Me Everyday
Attainable    Defeat    Journey    Life    Other side    Stop    Suffering

You will suffer, son of Hades!’
What else is new? Nico thought.

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.

Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment help us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments — but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.

Perhaps watching someone you love suffer can teach you even more than suffering yourself can.

I will not deny but that the best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words.

There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.

Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin

Giovanni's Room

Our tendency in the midst of suffering is to turn on God. To get angry and bitter and shake our fist at the sky and say, "God, you don't know what it's like! You don't understand! You have no idea what I'm going through. You don't have a clue how much this hurts."
The cross is God's way of taking away all of our accusations, excuses, and arguments.
The cross is God taking on flesh and blood and saying, "Me too.

Anger    Cross    Crucifixtion    God    Hurt    Jesus    Suffering

it is being honest
about
my pain
that
makes me invincible.

There are many who don't wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don't wish to wake for the same fear.

All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.

Blood    Cruelty    Fear    Gods    Religion    Suffering

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