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Pain Suffering Quotes


"I understand people's suffering, people's pain, more than you will every know yourself." - Princess Diana

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

"There is only one effective antidote for mental suffering and that is physical pain." - Karl Marx

"Suffering = Pain x Resistance" - Shinzen Young

"When we do not reject our suffering, or add anything to it, pain is simply pain. It is what we add to our pain that turns it into suffering." - Brenda Shoshanna

"Pain itself destroys pain. Suffering itself frees man from suffering." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

"Now that another is suffering pain at thy hand, trust not that thy heart shall be exempt from affliction." - Saadi

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

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

"There is not much sense in suffering, since drugs can be given for pain, itching, and other discomforts. The belief has long died that suffering here on earth will be rewarded in heaven. Suffering has lost its meaning." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"The facts of our lives, when we are able to know them, will free us from the torment we are in. When we can bear reality thoroughly, suffering is over. Pain may exist, but it is only pain. Suffering is what we add to pain." - Brenda Shoshanna

"I never feel more alive than when I'm in great pain, struggling against insurmountable odds and untold adversity. Hardship? Suffering? Bring it!" - Dean Karnazes

"We often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally." - Dalai Lama

"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

"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

"Not getting our needs fulfilled is painful - but it's a sweet pain, not suffering, which is what comes from life-alienated thinking and interpretation." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Suffering comes from desire, not from pain." - Paulo Coelho

"Pain is evitable. Suffering is optional." - Kathleen Casey

"Pain is certain, suffering is optional." - Gautama Buddha

"Pain is inevitable, suffering is not." - Henepola Gunaratana

"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional." - Anonymous

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." - M. Kathleen Casey

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." - Haruki Murakami

"When we are willing to accept our experience, just as it is, a strange thing happens: it changes into something else. When we avoid pain, struggle not to feel it, pain turns into suffering." - Brenda Shoshanna

"Pain and suffering are two completely difference experiences. Pain is unavoidable. Suffering is self-created." - Noah Levine

"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

"The cause of so much suffering and pain and one of the impediments to our spiritual progress, is the conditioning of expecting things to go our way, even in our spiritual life." - Radhanath Swami

"To me, cruelty is the worst of human sins. Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal." - Jane Goodall

"Without pain and suffering, we would be nothing" - Brad Pitt

"Compassion is to share the pain without sharing the suffering." - Shinzen Young

"O Seeker, pain and suffering make one aware of God." - Rumi

"Suffering is a call for inquiry, all pain needs investigation." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"I call it suffering and pain, they call it entertainment." - Ray Davies

"The cause of all pain and suffering is ignorance." - Gautama Buddha

"Pain is part of life. Suffering is an option." - Tony Robbins

"Pain in life is inevitable but suffering is not." - Gautama Buddha

"Suffering is a short pain and a long joy." - Henry Suso

"Through pain I've learned to comfort suffering men" - Virgil

"You don't want to diminish anybody's pain and suffering." - James Callis

"The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain." - Karl Marx

"Pain and suffering are the soil of strength and courage." - Lurlene Mcdaniel

"It's like a mother, when the baby is crying, she picks up the baby and she holds the baby tenderly in her arms. Your pain, your anxiety is your baby. You have to take care of it. You have to go back to yourself, to recognize the suffering in you, embrace the suffering, and you get a relief." - Nhat Hanh

"Being human, we would expel from our lives physical pain and mental anguish and assure ourselves of continual ease and comfort, but if we were to close the doors upon sorrow and distress, we might be excluding our greatest friends and benefactors. Suffering can make saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering, and self-mastery." - Spencer W. Kimball

"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

"Compassion allows us to use our own pain and the pain of others as a vehicle for connection. This is a delicate and profound path. We may be adverse to seeing our own suffering because it tends to ignite a blaze of self-blame and regret. And we may be adverse to seeing suffering in others because we find it unbearable or distasteful, or we find it threatening to our own happiness. All of these possible reactions to the suffering in the word make us want to turn away from life." - Sharon Salzberg

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

"No society can change the nature of existence. We can't prevent suffering. This pain and that pain, yes, but not Pain. A society can only relieve social suffering, unnecessary suffering. The rest remains. The root, the reality." - Ursula K Le Guin

"Patience means self-suffering." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I find it difficult to feel responsible for the suffering of others. That's why I find war so hard to bear. It's the same with animals: I feel the less harm I do, the lighter my heart. I love a light heart. And when I know I'm causing suffering, I feel the heaviness of it. It's a physical pain. So it's self-interest that I don't want to cause harm." - Alice Walker

"The suffering itself is not so bad; it's the resentment against suffering that is the real pain." - Allen Ginsberg

"Suffering is only suffering if it's done in silence, in solitude. Pain experienced in public, in view of loving millions, was no longer pain. It was communion." - Dave Eggers

"Suffering is only suffering if it's done in silence, in solitude. Pain experienced in public, in view of loving millions, was no longer pain. It was communion." - Dave Eggers

"Suffering is only suffering if it's done in silence, in solitude. Pain experienced in public, in view of loving millions, was no longer pain. It was communion." - Dave Eggers

"Pain and suffering, they are a secret. Kindness and love, they are a secret. But I have learned that kindness and love can pay for pain and suffering." - Alan Paton

"Whether we fear pain and suffering or not, pain and suffering will come to everyone. Why not keep our minds focused on where we want to go?" - Radhanath Swami

"In contrast, compassion manifests in us as the offering of kindness rather than withdrawal. Because compassion is a state of mind that is itself open, abundant and inclusive, it allows us to meet pain more directly. With direct seeing, we know that we are not alone in our suffering and that no one need feel alone when in pain. Seeing our oneness is the beginning of compassion, and it allows us to reach beyond aversion and separation." - Sharon Salzberg

"That is what they call being reconciled to die. They call it reconciled when pain has strummed a symphony of suffering back and forth across you, up and down, round and round you until each little fibre is worn tissue-thin with aching. And when you are lying beaten, and buffeted, battered and broken - pain goes out, joins hands with Death and comes back to dance, dance, dance, stamp, stamp, stamp down on you until you give up." - Marita Bonner

"Pain is an event ... Suffering, on the other hand, is the nightmare reliving of unscrutinized and unmetabolized pain." - Audre Lorde

"The Noble Truth of Suffering is this: Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering; sickness is suffering; death is suffering; sorrow and lamentation, pain, grief, and despair are suffering; association with the unpleasant is suffering; dissociation from the pleasant is suffering; not to get what one wants is suffering." - Pali Tipitaka

"Pain is pain, and the importance of preventing unnecessary pain and suffering does not diminish because the being that suffers is not a member of our own species." - Peter Singer

"In sickness, with its attendant pain, patience is required. If the only perfect man who ever lived-even Jesus of Nazareth-was called upon to endure great suffering, how can we, who are less than perfect, expect to be free of such challenges?" - Thomas S Monson

"Goaltending is a suffering position. Your equipment protects you from injury, but not from pain, every time you go out there. And if you allow a goal, the red lights go on for everyone to see. But you get to be a hero too!" - Kevin Constantine

"Through me the way into the suffering city, Through me the way to the eternal pain, Through me the way that runs among the lost. Justice urged on my high artificer; My maker was divine authority, The highest wisdom, and the primal love. Before me nothing but eternal things were made, And I endure eternally. Abandon every hope, ye who enter here." - Dante Alighieri

"A Jew must be sensitive to the pain of all human beings. A Jew cannot remain indifferent to human suffering... The mission of the Jewish people has never been to make the world more Jewish, but to make it more human." - Elie Wiesel

"Nile perch are enormous but lethargic fish, easy to catch once they have taken your bait. Some are bright golden yellow, some grey pink with the large, round surprised eyes of all fish, in which we humans cannot read any expression of pain or suffering, so that, as with insects or mollusks, we feel absolved of their deaths." - Kuki Gallmann

"America must deal once and for all with an utterly irrational health care financing system that allows private interests to make billions in profits from the pain and suffering of their fellow citizens. America is the only country in the industrialized world that does not provide tax-supported universal health care coverage in some form." - Suzanne Gordon

"the greater part of the suffering in the world is caused not by wicked intents and hard hearts, but by the careless desire to shirk unpleasant facts, and the soft-heartedness that will assuage momentary pain at the price of making a life-long cripple, either mentally, morally, or physically." - Marah Ellis Ryan

"Suffering is optional. You're gonna have some pain but it doesn't have to make you suffer." - Jhene Aiko

"You couldn't expect anyone else to share your suffering. You had to carry your pain alone." - Kass Morgan

"one does not remember one's own pain. It is the suffering of others that undoes us" - Anna Funder

"I understand people's suffering, people's pain, more than you will every know yourself." - Diana, Princess of Wales

"His perfect kingdom of killing, suffering and pain Demands devotion, atrocities done in his name." - Trent Reznor

"Pain is inevitable, it eventually touches us all. Suffering is optional." - Sean Stephenson

"True power does not amass through the pain and suffering of others." - Joy Harjo

"The Martyr finds her way to self-knowledge through pain, suffering, and surrender." - Paulo Coelho

"Pause and remember - Making the wrong assumptions causes pain and suffering for everyone." - Jennifer Young

"Pain and suffering that are not transformed are usually projected onto others." - Richard Rohr

"How easy it is to deny the pain of someone else's suffering," - Chuck Schuldiner

"You must remember that no one lives a life free from pain and suffering." - Sophocles

"Suffering is optional. You're gonna have some pain but it does' have to make you suffer." - Jhene Aiko

"For broad understanding and deep feeling, you need pain and suffering." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"When I was young, I remember having a particular pain about injustice. Suffering hurt me." - Maggie Q

"I believe that pain and suffering can either be a prison or a prism." - Tim Hansel

"one does not remember one's own pain. It is the suffering of others that undoes us" - Anna Funder

"It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys." - Emil Zatopek

"There are millions of Americans who are suffering from chronic pain." - Jennifer Grey

"What can I say: I'm a writer - I enjoy forcing pain and suffering on my characters!" - Marie Lu

"The Bible doesn't sugarcoat pain and suffering; it gives you something to move past it." - Jud Wilhite

"Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from over mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life." - Angelina Jolie

"Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life." - Angelina Jolie

"Pain in life is inevitable but suffering is not. Pain is what the world does to you, suffering is what you do to yourself [by the way you think about the 'pain' you receive]. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. [You can always be grateful that the pain is not worse in quality, quantity, frequency, duration, etc]" - Gautama Buddha

"Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is." - Christiaan Barnard

"Pain is never permanent." - Saint Teresa Of Avila

"Alas, Siddhartha, I see you suffering, but you're suffering a pain at which one would like to laugh, at which you'll soon laugh for yourself." - Hermann Hesse

"Those suffering emotional pain often grant courtesies to others instead of to themselves. Those causing suffering in others do the reverse." - Alan Robert Neal

"By suffering we are able to give something to God. The gift of pain, of suffering is a big thing and cannot be accomplished in Paradise." - Pio of Pietrelcina

"You will know how to stop suffering as soon as suffering ceases to be valuable. If you are in pain, you are being led." - Martha Beck

"For valuing your own suffering sets on it the gold of a sun of pride. Suffering a lot can originate the illusion of being the Chosen of Pain." - Fernando Pessoa

"Pain by itself is merely pain, but the experience of pain couples with an understanding that the pain serves a worthy purpose as suffering. Suffering can be endured because there is a reason for it that is worth the effort. What is more worthy of your pain than the evolution of your soul?" - Gary Zukav

"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." - James Frey

"There's no way that I know of to avoid pain absolutely, but suffering is the interpretation we choose to place on the pain we encounter." - Florynce Kennedy

"The avoidance of that which causes you pain does not produce enlightenment. It produces avoidance. Religion is the avoidance of pain and suffering." - Frederick Lenz

"Suffering... is not just lots of pain but pain amplified by distinctly human emotions such as regret, self-pity, shame, humiliation, and dread." - Michael Pollan

"Anxiety and anticipation, I was to learn, are the essential ingredients in suffering from pain, as opposed to feeling pain pure and simple." - Lucy Grealy

"The reality of heaven doesn't take away the pain of or suffering or our losses, but it assures us that our pain is temporary." - Dave Dravecky

"Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus - a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you." - Mother Teresa

"Pain hardens, and great pain hardens greatly, whatever the comforters say, and suffering does not ennoble, though it may occasionally lend a certain rigid dignity of manner to the suffering frame." - A S Byatt

"As long as we are on earth, the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another, because this love is the resetting of a body of broken bones. Even saints cannot live with saints on this earth without some anguish. There are two things which men can do about the pain of disunion with other men. They can love or they can hate." - Thomas Merton

"Most people have come to prefer certain of lifes experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain and even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness" - Rachel Naomi Remen

"Every uncomfortable feeling, every pain, every moment of stress & suffering is for your own self-realizatio n." - Byron Katie

"We may be confident in this: that in the pain of our suffering is the presence of a faithful God." - Alistair Begg

"The cross reminds us that there is no true love without suffering, there is no gift of life without pain." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"Those who worship and adore the Lord through the Guru's Word forget all their pain and suffering." - Guru Gobind Singh

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

"You're lucky I took me a vow of non-violence, or you'd be suffering some pain right now." - Mike Fink

"Suffering is the pain of constraints. An atom of pure delight, no matter how small, can hold it at bay." - Raoul Vaneigem

"Transformation without work and pain, without suffering, without a sense of loss is just an illusion of true change." - William P Young

"In the sky there are always answers and explanations for everything: every pain, every suffering, joy and confusion." - Ishmael Beah

"Any pain entailed in repentance will always be far less than the suffering required to satisfy justice for unresolved transgression." - D. Todd Christofferson

"If you knew the pain I had in my legs...what suffering! I couldn't wait to get to the hotel." - Thomas Voeckler

"We are the spirit, the collective conscience. We create the pain, and suffering, and beauty in this world." - Tracy Chapman

"There is dignity in suffering; nobility in pain; but failure is a salted wound, that burns and burns again!" - Woody Allen

"To care only about your pain and suffering, and disregard the emotional toll of others is hypocritically sub-human." - Willie D

"At a certain level of suffering or injustice no one can do anything for anyone. Pain is solitary." - Albert Camus

"You who feel no pain at the suffering of others It is not fitting for you to be called human." - Saadi

"Why is there still so much pain and suffering being produced when there's so little demand for it?" - Ashleigh Brilliant

"I'll accept the pain and the suffering, because I know that in that there's a lot of beauty, too." - Wayne Coyne

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

"We are misery-making machines! Homo sapiens has perfected the art of causing suffering. Pain is humankind's collective GDP." - Henry Rollins

"Pain is such an important thing in life. I think that as an artist you have to experience suffering." - Naomi Watts

"Fear and pain and suffering is not OK for any being to feel intentionally at the hands of us." - Leona Lewis

"You have no fixed self. This is only an illusion that causes you to feel pain and suffering." - Frederick Lenz

"Pain is not the same as suffering. Left to itself, the body discharges pain spontaneously, letting go of it the moment that the underlying cause is healed. Suffering is pain that we hold on to. It comes from the mind's mysterious instinct to believe that pain is good, or that it cannot be escaped, or that the person deserves it." - Deepak Chopra

"Pain is not the same as suffering. Left to itself, the body discharges pain spontaneously, letting go of it the moment that the underlying cause is healed. Suffering is pain that we hold on to. It comes from the mind's mysterious instinct to believe that pain is good, or that it cannot be escaped, or that the person deserves it." - Deepak Chopra

"The Gospel gives our suffering personal and cosmic meaning, by connecting our pain to the pain of others, and finally, by connecting us to the very pain of God." - Richard Rohr

"Pain is inevitable. It is actually a great opportunity for growth, but when we blame or fail to take responsibility for our suffering, the pain becomes stagnant, and stagnant pain can have a compounding effect if left unchecked." - Romany Malco

"Rather the pain of discipline than the pain of regret." - Bob Andrews

"The reward of suffering is experience" - Aeschylus

"I can sympathize with everything, except suffering." - Oscar Wilde

"Only through suffering can we find ourselves." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Suffering is a great grace; through suffering the soul becomes like the Saviour; in suffering love becomes crystallised; the greater the suffering, the purer the love." - Mary Faustina Kowalska

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

"Nothing, including human suffering, happens by chance......" - John Calvin

"Suffering is not a prerequisite for happiness." - Judy Tatelbaum

"Sweet is pleasure after pain." - John Dryden

"Pain is physical; suffering is mental. Beyond the mind there is no suffering. Pain is essential for the survival of the body, but none compels you to suffer. Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting; it is a sign of our unwillingness to move on, to flow with life." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is... The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds." - Dan Millman

"I don't speak about my pain. My pain is something that doesn't need to be purged. I want to prevent people from suffering. I don't speak about my suffering. Suffering is something personal and discreet. Also, I know it will never leave me. I don't want it to leave me. It would be a betrayal." - Elie Wiesel

"In a train...smash. In his arm her last...breath.' He had loved her. But he hated himself more. Such suffering, so much pain. And he thought it made him hateful. As if suffering was shameful, disgusting, as if pain were a crime. Who can judge another man's suffering?" - Janet Fitch



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