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Suffering quotes and quotations

To perceive is to suffer.
Aristotle

How little it takes to make life unbearable: a pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman's laugh.
H. L. Mencken

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Author Unknown

And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
Bible

Knowledge by suffering entereth, And life is perfected by Death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To each his suff'rings; all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan; The tender for another's pain, Th' unfeeling for his own. Yet ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would destroy their paradise.
Thomas Gray

If suffer we must, let's suffer on the heights.
Victor Hugo

Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.
Hesiod

And taste The melancholy joys of evils pass'd, For he who much has suffer'd, much will know.
Homer

Present sufferings seem far greater to men than those they merely dread.
Titus Livy

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

Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial.
Ovid

Ho! why dost thou shiver and shake, Gaffer Grey? And why does thy nose look so blue?
Thomas Holcroft

I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
Bible

Oh, I have suffered With those that I saw suffer!
William Shakespeare

For there are deeds Which have no form, sufferings which have no tongue.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

It is a glorious thing to be indifferent to suffering, but only to one's own suffering.
Robert Lynd

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

I have suffered too much in this world not to hope for another.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

The only way to be happy is to love to suffer.
Woody Allen

Be patient, my soul: thou hath suffered worse than this.
Thomas Holcroft

What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember.
Seneca

If you strike the goads with your fists, your hands suffer most.
Plautus

We have suffered lightly, if we have suffered what we should weep for.
Seneca

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.
Roberta Flack

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

Those who inflict must suffer, for they see The work of their own hearts, and that must be Our chastisement or recompense.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Can it be, O Christ in heaven, that the holiest suffer most, That the strongest wander furthest, and more hopelessly are lost?
Sarah Williams

He could afford to suffer With those whom he saw suffer.
William Wordsworth

Suffering is the ancient law of love; there is not quest without pain; there is no lover who is not also a martyr.
Heinrich Suso

The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.
Aesop

In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day.
Albert Camus

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it in full.
Marcel Proust

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem (quoted by Judy Collins on Diane Rehm Show).
Author Unknown