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Absence Of Suffering Quotes


"Absence of proof isn't proof of absence." - Robert Buettner

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." - Martin Rees

"The absence of risk is a sure sign of mediocrity." - Charles de Foucauld

"Doubts arise because of an absence of surrender." - Ramana Maharshi

"The mere absence of war is not peace." - John F Kennedy

"Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness." - Zhuangzi

"The soul cannot thrive in the absence of art." - Henry Moore

"All problems exist in the absence of a good conversation." - Thomas Leonard

"Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature." - Joseph Addison

"The reward of suffering is experience" - Aeschylus

"The flip side of happiness is suffering." - Radhanath Swami

"Each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ." - Pope John Paul Ii

"The mark of a man of the world is absence of pretension." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The heart of man does not tolerate an absence of the excellent and supreme." - Jose Ortega Y Gasset

"Ideally, peace means the absence of violence. It is an ethical value." - Mikhail Gorbachev

"Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it" - Mahatma Gandhi

"In the absence of truth, power is the only game in town." - Richard John Neuhaus

"Trust is not established in the absence of betrayal, but in those whose betrayal is least." - Wes Fesler

"All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Mind is the absence of meditation. The moment meditation arises in you, mind is found nowhere." - Rajneesh

"In the absence of orders, go find something and kill it." - Erwin Rommel

"Peace is not the absence of conflict it is authority over chaos." - Danny Silk

"... freedom isn't the absence of boundaries; it's the ability to operate successfully and happily within boundaries." - Shirley Boone

"What we call pleasure, and rightly so is the absence of all pain." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"The salvation of the world is in man's suffering." - William Faulkner

"people are strong despite suffering, not because of it." - Sonia Johnson

"The astonishment of life is the absence of any appearances of reconciliation between the theory and the practice of life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Peace is neither the absence of war nor the presence of a disarmament agreement. Peace is a change of heart." - Richard Lamm

"Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the making of action in spite of fear." - M Scott Peck

"An absence of antecedents and of relatives is sometimes an aid rather than an impediment to social advancement . . ." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"Freedom doesn't mean the absence of all restrictions. It means possessing unshakable conviction in the face of any obstacle." - Daisaku Ikeda

"As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence." - Alcibiades

"The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be rekindled by intervals of absence." - Samuel Johnson

"Among Jews, there is an absence of drunkenness, always a fruitful source of domestic strife and misconduct." - Hermann Adler

"Without will, without individuals, there are no heroes. But neither are there villains. And the absence of villains is as prostrating, as soul-destroying, as the absence of heroes." - Gertrude Himmelfarb

"There is one pain, I often feel, which you will never know. It's caused by the absence of you." - Ashleigh Brilliant

"it is inconceivable that poverty eradication can make much headway in the absence of major advances in literacy." - Koichiro Matsuura

"Fond as we are of our loved ones, there comes at times during their absence an unexplained peace." - Anna Howard Shaw

"Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God." - Sam Storms

"The Laws of Reasoning consist of the ground, the path, and the result. ...Suffering is in the mind. How we perceive happiness determines our suffering or not." - Dalai Lama

"Let's get rid of the suffering and bring real peace, which is not just the absence of war, but the absence of all negativity." - David Lynch

"There are two kinds of suffering. There is the suffering you run away from, which follows you everywhere. And there is the suffering you face directly, and so become free." - Ajahn Chah

"If there is no enjoyment in this world, there would not be so much suffering. As suffering really is the frustration of our attempts to enjoy." - Radhanath Swami

"But under the beaming, constant and almost vertical sun of Virginia, shade is our Elysium. In the absence of this no beauty of the eye can be enjoyed." - Thomas Jefferson

"As the presence of those we love is as a double life, so absence, in its anxious longing and sense of vacancy, is as a foretaste of death." - Anna Brownell Jameson

"For most men the love of justice is only the fear of suffering injustice." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Compassion can shoulder the suffering of the entire world without feeling the slightest bit of pain." - Mata Amritanandamayi

"The abuse of love, like the abuse of health, brings suffering and death in its train." - Juliette Drouet

"It isn't the absence of conscience or values that prevents us from being all we should be, it is simply the lack of moral courage." - Michael Josephson

"Inner silence is not just the absence of thoughts. No! Silence is the blossoming of our indomitable inner will. Silence is our inner wisdom-light." - Sri Chinmoy

"Solitude is not an absence of energy or action, as some believe, but is rather a boon of wild provisions transmitted to us from the soul." - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

"Happiness is the absence of suffering. I think it's an interesting way of looking at it. I think the absence of suffering exists very rarely in the world we live in." - Julie Christie

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

"The appearances of the world are not the problem, it's clinging to them that causes suffering" - Tilopa

"Often it is just lack of imagination that keeps a man from suffering very much." - Marcel Proust

"The only thing wrong with Christianity is the lack of suffering." - Winston Churchill

"In the face of suffering, one has no right to turn away, not to see." - Elie Wiesel

"We must be instruments of God's compassion to those who are suffering." - Radhanath Swami

"The sight or sound of perfect things causes a certain suffering." - Adrienne Monnier

"Every mind deserves to be free. When the mind is free, that's the end of suffering." - Byron Katie

"To know after absence the familiar street and road and village and house is to know again the satisfaction of home." - Hal Borland

"If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless." - Henry A Kissinger

"So long as he was personally present, [Alcibiades] had the perfect mastery of his political adversaries; calumny only succeeded in his absence." - Plutarch

"Within the framework of the Buddhist Path, reflecting on suffering has tremendous importance because -realizing the nature of suffering, you will develop greater resolve to put an end to the causes of suffering and the unwholesome deeds which lead to suffering. And it will increase your enthusiasm for engaging in the wholesome actions and deeds which lead to happiness and joy." - Dalai Lama

"The world sees peace as the absence of conflict or pain, but Jesus offers us solace despite our suffering." - David E. Sorensen

"There is much suffering in the world - physical, material, mental. The suffering of some can be blamed on the greed of others. The material and physical suffering is suffering from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience." - Mother Teresa

"Even if the absence of evidence for a given god were not evidence of its absence, it would still be evidence that the belief in that god is unreasonable. That's the only proposition that any atheist of any kind has to demonstrate in order to win the argument. Because anything beyond that... is just having fun." - Scott Clifton

"Your absence has gone through me" - W S Merwin

"Patience means self-suffering." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Still, our creationist incubi, who would never let facts spoil a favorite argument, refuse to yield, and continue to assert the absence of all transitional forms by ignoring those that have been found, and continuing to taunt us with admittedly frequent examples of absence." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Getting used to our blessings is one of the most important non-evil generators of human evil, tragedy and suffering." - Abraham Maslow

"You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"The mind and spirit of man advance when he is tried by suffering. ... so suffering and tribulation free man from the petty affairs of this worldly life until he arrives at a state of complete detachment." - Abdu'l-Baha

"What is the world full of? It is full of things that arise, persist, and cease. Grasp and cling to them, and they produce suffering. Don't grasp and cling to them, and they do not produce suffering." - Buddhadasa

"But how to explain suffering because of a man? It's not explainable. With that kind of suffering, a person feels as if they're in hell, because there is no nobility, no greatness - only misery." - Paulo Coelho

"You can practice deep listening in order to relieve the suffering in us, and in the other person. That kind of listening is described as compassionate listening. You listen only for the purpose of relieving suffering in the other person." - Nhat Hanh

"Do you want a sign that you're asleep? Here it is: you're suffering. Suffering is a sign that you're out of touch with the truth. Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth, that you might understand that there's falsehood somewhere, just as physical pain is given to you so you will understand that there is disease or illness somewhere. Suffering occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality, when your falsehoods clash with truth, then you have suffering. Otherwise there is no suffering." - Anthony De Mello

"If solitude deprives of the benefit of advice, it also excludes from the mischief of flattery. But the absence of others' applause is generally supplied by the flattery of one's own breast." - William Benton Clulow

"A tremendous amount of needless pain and suffering can be eliminated by ensuring that health insurance is universally available." - Daniel Kahikina Akaka

"The worst type of freedom we are suffering from in modern times is the freedom to lead an immoral life." - Nirmala Srivastava

"The highest happiness is when one reaches the stage of liberation, at which there is no more suffering." - Dalai Lama

"We have more than enough programs, organisations, parties, and strategies in the world for the alleviation of suffering and injustice." - Sulak Sivaraksa

"Heart-suffering because of sin is the best proof that the Holy Spirit dwells in your heart." - Johann Arndt

"Love does not cause suffering: what causes it is the sense of ownership, which is love's opposite" - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Yes, child of suffering, thou may'st well be sure He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor!" - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"When we will think deeply, then we will realize that enjoyment is short lasting and reality of it is suffering." - Bhakti Charu Swami

"Your silent tents of green We deck with fragrant flowers; Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God's scheme ultimately leads back to the cross." - Philip Yancey

"Look at the optimism of Nature. Nothing can stop it. Only the ego makes humans pessimistic, and this causes suffering." - Mata Amritanandamayi

"Suffering accepted and vanquished. . . . will give you a serenity which may well prove the most exquisite fruit of your life." - Desire-Joseph Mercier

"People with really weak characters cause an immense amount of suffering in the world. They destroy whole civilisations." - Bessie Head

"We turn pain into suffering by adding on all kinds of beliefs, interpretations and judgments to it." - Brenda Shoshanna

"Absence does not so much make the heart grow fonder as give the heart time to integrate what it has not previously absorbed, time to make sense of what happened too quickly to have any meaning in the instant. This is always true. If it is in absence that people forget each other, it is also in the quiet pause of absence that, minds running in symmetry, people come to know each other; there is sometimes as much intimacy in the span of continents as in the shared hours before dawn." - Andrew Solomon

"Total depravity means the entire absence of holiness, not the highest intensity of sin. A totally depraved man is not as bad as he can be, but he has no holiness, that is, no supreme love of God" - William Greenough Thayer Shedd

"It has been estimated that even in the absence of net investment, the mere substitution of modern machinery for worn-out equipment in the United States would cause an annual productivity increase of approximately 1.5 percent." - Paul A. Baran

"I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war but the nurture of human life, and that in time this nurture would do away with war as a natural process." - Jane Addams

"The void in our society has been produced by the absence of values... we have no widespread belief in the value of participation. The rational system has made us fear standing out in any serious way." - John Ralston Saul

"It has seemed so strange to me that the larger culture, with its own absence of spirit and lack of attachment for the land, respects these very things about Indian traditions, without adopting those respected ways themselves." - Linda Hogan

"Indeed, among the lesser auxiliaries to success in love, an absence, the declining of an invitation to dinner, an unintentional, unconscious harshness are of more service than all the cosmetics and fine clothes in the world." - Marcel Proust

"People think responsibility is hard to bear. It's not. I think that sometimes it is the absence of responsibility that is harder to bear. You have a great feeling of impotence." - Henry A Kissinger

"The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualist accounts of evolution." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. So many look to eradicate fear from their lives, when that is an impossible task. You can certainly experience moments in absence of fear, however accept that fear will be with you whenever you are in the process of living creatively. The challenge is to go ahead regardless, simply notice the feeling and manage being courageous." - Mark Twain

"The poor, you know, have a way of solving problems...they have a tremendous capacity for suffering. And so when you build a vehicle to get something done, as we've done here in the strike and the boycott, then they continue to suffer - and maybe a little bit more - but the suffering becomes less important because they see a chance of progress; sometimes progress itself. They've been suffering all their live.s It's a question of suffering with some kind of hope now. That's better than suffering with no hope at all." - Cesar Chavez

"Thus with hir fader for a certeyn space Dwelleth this flour of wyfly pacience, That neither by hir wordes ne hir face Biforn the folk, ne eek in her absence, Ne shewed she that hir was doon offence." - Geoffrey Chaucer

"If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning.... The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living." - Marion Woodman

"Nothing marks the change from the city to the country so much as the absence of grinding noises. The country is never silent. But its sounds are separate, distinct, and as it were, articulate." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Peace is not just the absence of mass destruction, but a positive internal and external condition in which people are free so that they can grow to their full potential." - Petra Kelly

"The early American knew that freedom was nothing more than the absence of external restraint on behavior; the government could not give you freedom, it could only take it away." - Frank Chodorov

"Whatever is genuine in social relations endures, despite of time, error, absence, and destiny; and that which has no inherent vitality had better die at once. A great poet has truly declared that constancy is no virtue, but a fact." - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

"Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith. Patient endurance attends to all things." - Teresa of Avila

"Relying on another is an expression of attachment, not love, a manifestation of insecurity and suffering, not understanding the true nature of our lives." - Brenda Shoshanna

"The achievement of nationhood is a product not only of time and circumstance but usually of war and suffering as well." - William Pfaff

"The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence." - Carl Sagan

"The absence of temptation is the absence of virtue." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." - Carl Sagan

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence." - William Cowper

"... the absence of theistic belief." - Joseph Mccabe

"The absence of theistic belief..." - Joseph Mccabe

"Solitude: sweet absence of faces." - Milan Kundera

"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

"Anyone who has gone through great suffering is bound to have a greater sympathy and understanding of the problems of mankind." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"The more we think of others, the happier we are. The more we think of ourselves, the more suffering we feel." - Dalai Lama

"The deep meaning of the cross of Christ is that there is no suffering on earth that is not borne by God." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Our evenings are farewells. Our parties are testaments. So that the secret stream of suffering. May warm the cold of life." - Boris Pasternak

"The call of the gospel is for the church to implement the victory of God in the world through suffering love." - N T Wright

"The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves "inside the skin" of the other. We "go inside" their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering. Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering. We must become one with the subject of our observation. When we are in contact with another's suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us. Compassion means, literally, "to suffer with."" - Nhat Hanh

"By the law of nature, there is no pleasure in suffering; but divine love, when it reigns in a heart, makes it take delight in its sufferings." - Alphonsus Liguori

"The day that you stop learning is the day that you start decreasing your rewards and start suffering from frustration and lower levels of satisfaction." - Brian Tracy

"We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture's mandate to us is, "Weep with them that weep." (Romans 12:15, KJV)" - Billy Graham

"It is only possible through the fact that sympathy for the general life and suffering of mankind is very weakly developed in the individual." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, I would not advise you to seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual evolution." - M Scott Peck

"This tendency to avoid problems and the emotional suffering inherent in them is the primary basis of all human mental illness" - Charles R Swindoll

"Suffering is a great favor. Remember that everything soon comes to an end . . . and take courage. Think of how our gain is eternal." - Teresa of Avila

"The worst tragedy is that this uncontrolled mind steals our consciousness away from Krishna and that is the beginning, the essence of all suffering." - Radhanath Swami

"Everybody tells me that I never look as if I'm suffering. But, when I watch videotapes of a race, I always remember the pain I had to endure." - Miguel Indurain

"Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals' suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote." - Paul Harvey

"Whoever prefers life to death, happiness to suffering, well-being to misery must defend without compromise private ownership in the means of production." - Ludwig Von Mises

"society ... is tolerant of crimes, and long suffering with dullness, but it shows no mercy to those who are different from other people." - Geraldine Jewsbury

"The families of the killed and disappeared are entitled to the right to know what happened to their loved ones, and to adequate reparation for the suffering endured." - Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

"As the medieval mind blamed God for human suffering, so the modern mind blames 'the system' for the industrial blight and plague of technology." - Jennifer Stone

"They, the holy ones and weakly, Who the cross of suffering bore, Folded their pale hands so meekly, Spake with us on earth no more!" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The source of our suffering has been our timidity. We have been afraid to think....Let us dare to read, think, speak, write." - David Mccullough

"Energy markets can be thought of as suffering from appendicitis due to fossil fuel subsidies. They need to be removed for a healthy energy economy." - Fatih Birol

"The mental suffering you create is always some form of non-acceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgement. The intensity of the suffering depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment." - Eckhart Tolle

"When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. . . . He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden." - Viktor E Frankl

"Nobody wants to see the truth. Everybody wants to have the fantasy. When I look back at the books I was reading in my childhood were selling some sort of fantasy as well. Most stories are not going to tell the deep suffering of every day. No book prepared me for the suffering I would experience in life because the word "suffering" does not even describe what the suffering is. No story is going to tell you that, and no words can tell you that." - Signe Baumane

"Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering." - Walter Savage Landor

"Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering." - Theodore Roosevelt

"People have judged you; you have accepted their idea without any scrutiny. And you are suffering from all kinds of people's judgments, and you are throwing those judgments on other people. And this game has become out of proportion. The whole humanity is suffering from it. If you want to get out of it, the first thing is: Don't judge yourself." - Rajneesh

"That there is much suffering in the world no one disputes. Which is more likely, that pain and evil are the result of an all-powerful and good God, or the product of uncaring natural forces? The presence of much suffering agrees well with the view that all organic beings have been developed through variation and natural selection." - Charles Darwin



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