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Quotations: Suffering

Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does not understand it.
Alfred Adler

To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.
Woody Allen

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
Aristotle

Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (Romans 5:3-4).
Bible

What is the noble truth of suffering? Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering and sorrow and lamentation, pain, grief and despair are suffering.
Buddha

The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.
Edmund Burke

You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy
John Calvin

One of the greatest sources of suffering is to have an inborn sense of honor
De Casseres

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone
John Ciardi

But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.
Paulo Coelho

Suffering is the price of being alive, and it is music and singing and art that has helped me live through some of the most difficult things that have happened to me
Judy Collins

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
Confucius

'Tis better to suffer wrong than do it
Thomas Fuller

Suffering, once accepted, loses its edge, for the terror of it lessens, and what remains is generally far more manageable than we had imagined.
Lesley Hazelton

Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.
Horace

If you suffer, thank God! -- it is a sure sign that you are alive.
Elbert Hubbard

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ''Blessed are they that mourn.''
C.S. Lewis

Know how sublime a thing it is To suffer and be strong
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

man suffers most from the suffering he fears, but never appears, therefore he suffers more then god meant him to suffer.
Marleen

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive
William Somerset Maugham

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 most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.
Ben Okri

What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.
Ovid

People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.
Chuck Palahniuk

Those whose suffering is due to love are, as we say of certain invalids, their own physicians
Marcel Proust

He who suffers much will know much
Greek proverb

Suffering is not good for the soul, unless it teaches you to stop suffering
Jane Roberts

Suffering is the true cement of love
Paul Sabatie

Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough
Jean-Paul Sartre

He jests at scars that never felt a wound
William Shakespeare

To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite; To forgive wrongs darker than death or night; To defy power which seems omnipotent; To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates From its own wreck the thing it contemplates
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
Mark Twain

The heart was made to be broken
Oscar Wilde

To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.
Oscar Wilde

I can sympathize with everything, except suffering.
Oscar Wilde

Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world.
Oscar Wilde

Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, And shares the nature of infinity
William Wordsworth

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