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Suffering Quotes

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.

Author: Aeschylus

Profession: Greek Dramatist

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

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

I've suffered from all of the hang-ups known, and none is as bad as the telephone.

Author: Richard Armour (1906-1989)

Profession: American Poet

You are outside life, you are above life, you have miseries which the ordinary man does not know, you exceed the normal level, and it is for this that men refuse to forgive you, you poison their peace of mind, you undermine their stability. You have irrepressible pains whose essence is to be inadaptable to any known state, indescribable in words. You have repeated and shifting pains, incurable pains, pains beyond imagining, pains which are neither of the body nor of the soul, but which partake of both. And I share your suffering, and I ask you: who dares to ration our relief? We are not going to kill ourselves just yet. In the meantime, leave us the hell alone.

Author: Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)

Profession: French Theater Producer, Actor, Theorist

Suffering is part of the divine idea.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

It is good for me that I was afflicted that I may learn Thy statutes. [Psalms 119:71]

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away blessed be the name of the Lord.

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer

Author: Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780)

Profession: British Jurist

It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.

Author: Francis H. Bradley (1846-1924)

Profession: British Philosopher

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.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

For suffering and enduring there is no remedy, but striving and doing.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.

Author: Alexis Carrel (1873-1944)

Profession: French Biologist

You do not have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

Author: John Ciardi (1916-1986)

Profession: American Teacher, Poet, Writer

No one is more miserable than the person who wills everything and can do nothing.

Author: Claudius (10 BC-AD 54)

Profession: Roman Emperor

Is suffering so very serious? I have come to doubt it. It may be quite childish, a sort of undignified pastime -- I'm referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It's extremely painful. I agree that it's hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain deserves no consideration at all. It's no more worthy of respect than old age or illness.

Author: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)

Profession: French Author