suffering quotes

quotations, images & sayings

What are suffering quotes?

Accurate and famous quotes by Sir Richard Francis Burton, Aeschylus, Hermann Hesse, John Green, Walter Kaufmann, Helen Keller, Miguel de Unamuno, Robert Lynd, that are about suffering. You can read the best of all time and enjoy Top 10 lists. These sayings are handy to improve yourself and your knowledge.

What are the best suffering images quotes?

Here is selection of the finest quotes embed as messages on beautiful images. Beautiful suffering affirmations to read, bookmark and share with your friends and family.

  1. Picture quote by Buddha about attachment

    The root of suffering is attachment. ⏤ Buddha

  2. Picture quote by Elizabeth Gilbert about happiness

    I am choosing happiness over suffering. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises. ⏤ Elizabeth Gilbert

  3. Picture quote by Khalil Gibran about suffering

    Out of suffering have emerged the strangest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. ⏤ Khalil Gibran

  4. Picture quote by Dalai Lama about compassion

    Compassion is the wish to see other free from suffering. ⏤ Dalai Lama

  5. Picture quote by Rumi about mercy

    Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy. ― Rumi ⏤ Rumi

What are the best suffering quotations?

Below you can read the best quotes about suffering of all times. Some of the top sayings from famous people here to read and remember. Access the best suffering quotations. Top suffering sayings on images and beautiful affirmations. Enjoy and bookmark favorite ones.

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.

Oscar Wilde

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

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

Helen Keller

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


Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering - an image of death.


The worst part a man can suffer is to have insight into much and power over nothing.


We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.

Winston Churchill

As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields.

Leo Tolstoy

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

Theodore Roosevelt

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

John Green

We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.

Sigmund Freud

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.


Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.

George Orwell

Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery.

Katherine Mansfield

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Kahlil Gibran

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

Alexis Carrel

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.

Rita Mae Brown

You must realize that I was suffering from love and I knew him as intimately as I knew my own image in a mirror. In other words, I knew him only in relation to myself.

Angela Carter

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

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth.

Michel de Montaigne

We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.

Willie Nelson

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared.

Edward Dahlberg

Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.

Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams

What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades.

Susan Sontag

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

Marcel Proust

The mind grows sicker than the body in contemplation of it's suffering.


You can't drown your sorrows, they always float to the surface.


The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.

Thomas Carlyle

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

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

William Faulkner

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

Roberta Flack

A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.

George Gurdjieff

Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.

John Donne

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


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

Elbert Hubbard

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.

Woody Allen

Great artists suffer for the people.

Marvin Gaye

A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth.

Charles Spurgeon

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


To try to fashion something from suffering, to relish our triumphs, and to endure defeats without resentment: all that is compatible with the faith of a heretic.

Walter Kaufmann

My illness is excruciating and difficult to cope with. It takes over your entire life and causes more suffering than I can describe.

Laura Hillenbrand

A cold in the head causes less suffering than an idea.

Jules Renard

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

Helen Keller

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

John Ciardi

To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.

Benjamin Franklin

I like a look of Agony, because I know it's true -- men do not sham Convulsion, nor simulate, a Throe --

Emily Dickinson

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.

Paulo Coelho

I urge you to ask yourself just how honorable it is to preside over the abuse and suffering of animals.

Richard Pryor

Rather suffer than die is man's motto.

Jean De La Fontaine

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.

Sir Richard Francis Burton

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

Thomas Carlyle

I do not believe that God has imposed suffering upon anyone to punish them or to teach them a lesson.

Ernest Holmes

Know how sublime a thing is to suffer and be strong.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Suffering is one of life's great teachers.

Bryant H. McGill

It is the lot of man to suffer.

Benjamin Disraeli

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


I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.

Anais Nin

Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites.

Christian Nevell Bovee

When suffering comes, we yearn for some sign from God, forgetting we have just had one.

Mignon McLaughlin

Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is.

Christiaan Barnard

Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.

Robert Green Ingersoll

Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I'm attracted to subjects who overcome tremendous suffering and learn to cope emotionally with it.

Laura Hillenbrand

I expect to plead not for the slave only, but for suffering humanity everywhere. Especially do I mean to labor for the elevation of my sex.

Lucy Stone

Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.

Kurt Cobain

If the market is left to sort matters out, social injustice will be heightened and suffering in the community will grow with the neglect the market fosters.

Helen Clark

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

Robert Lynd

Why don't Jews drink? It interferes with their suffering.

Henny Youngman

Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers' suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

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

Oscar Wilde

Suffering is part of the divine idea.

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Richard Armour

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Elie Wiesel

I didn't want to be on the losing side. I was fed up with Jewish weakness, timidity and fear. I didn't want any more Jewish sentimentality and Jewish suffering. I was sickened by our sad songs.

Lionel Blue

If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.

Paulo Coelho

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

Erich Fromm

If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete.

Viktor E. Frankl

All the suffering and joy we experience depend on conditions.


I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.

Christopher Hitchens

Girls' inner critics are starting to reveal themselves at a younger and younger age. And body image issues are an aspect of their lives which is causing them low self esteem and day-to-day suffering.

Elizabeth Berkley

It is true that I have had heartache and tragedy in my life. These are things none of us avoids. Suffering is the price of being alive.

Judy Collins

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.

Helen Keller

With faith and courage, generations of Armenians have overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their culture, traditions, and religion and have told the story of the genocide to an often indifferent world.

Jerry Costello

When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.

Yann Martel

I will always stay close to all compatriots, and share together the happiness and suffering.

Norodom Sihamoni

As we celebrate Recovery Month, it is time for Congress to knock down the barriers to treatment and recovery for 26 million Americans suffering the ravages of alcohol and drug addiction.

Jim Ramstad

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.

Albert Schweitzer

Perfectionism becomes a badge of honor with you playing the part of the suffering hero.

David D. Burns

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.

Leo Tolstoy

The people of Nicaragua were suffering oppression. This made us develop an awareness which eventually led us to commit ourselves to the struggle against the domination of the capitalists of our country in collusion with the U.S. government, i.e. imperialism.

Daniel Ortega

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

John Calvin

The great artist is the man who most obviously succeeds in turning his pains to advantage, in letting suffering deepens his understanding and sensibility, in growing through his pains.

Walter Kaufmann

One must really have suffered oneself to help others.

Mother Theresa

When we're dealing with the people in our family - no matter how annoying or gross they may be, no matter how self-inflicted their suffering may appear, no matter how afflicted they are with ignorance, prejudice or nose hairs - we give from the deepest parts of ourselves.

Anne Lamott

I see myself in all the people in the world who are suffering and who are very badly treated and who are often made to feel that they have no place on this Earth.

Alice Walker

I have a collective sense of suffering.

Alice Walker

Politically, the world is so confused right now - there's so much suffering caused by various movements by various parties and people in power in government.

Alice Walker

Go to table of contents

Famous authors

Who has the best quotes? Top quotes from American, British, French, German and Spanish authors. Miguel de Unamuno quotes, John Green quotes, Sir Richard Francis Burton quotes, Hermann Hesse quotes, Aeschylus quotes, Helen Keller quotes, Walter Kaufmann quotes, Robert Lynd quotes, sayings and images.


How to save quotes that I like? Save every quote you like to your Bookmarks. This way you can access any quote for futher reference. You can also bookmark this topic page for easier access. This way you can access any new quotes and updated lists.

How to get daily quotes? Every bookmark increase quote's position in Quotlr rankings. We feature quotes which get the most hype as Daily Quotes in our app. You can download Best Quotes by Quotlr for iPhone from the App Store.

How do you quote suffering quotations? You are free to cite every suffering quote found on Quotlr. Hit the share button to get sharing options for Facebook, Twitter or direct link for email.

Read more about suffering on Wikipedia or watch videos with quotes that are about suffering. There are awesome quotations about suffering with images on Pinterest too. Browse a lot of reference books with quotes that are about suffering on Amazon.


Loading ...