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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, dramatist

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, author

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

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

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

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

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. Winston Churchill, statesman

As long as there are slaughterhouses there will be battlefields. Leo Tolstoy, novelist

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

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

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

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, author

Wisdom comes alone through suffering. Aeschylus, poet

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

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, writer

We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love. Sigmund Freud, psychologist

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

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, novelist

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

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

Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

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, writer

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

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

What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades. Susan Sontag, author

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

Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead. Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams,

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

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, musician

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

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

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

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

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

Great artists suffer for the people. Marvin Gaye, musician

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

No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth. C. H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon,

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, author

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

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue. Sir Richard Francis Burton, british

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

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

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

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

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

Rather suffer than die is man's motto. Jean De La Fontaine, poet

A cold in the head causes less suffering than an idea. Jules Renard, dramatist

A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

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, novelist

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

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

It is the lot of man to suffer. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman

Know how sublime a thing is to suffer and be strong. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

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

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

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

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

Suffering is one of life's great teachers. Bryant H. McGill, poet

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, statesman

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, activist

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, philosopher

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

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

Suffering is part of the divine idea. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

One must really have suffered oneself to help others. Mother Theresa, saint

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

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, politician

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

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, author

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, actress

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, psychologist

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, statesman

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. Helen Keller, author

Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result. Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer

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, novelist

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, novelist

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, musician

Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is. Christiaan Barnard, scientist

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

You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy. John Calvin, theologian

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. Albert Schweitzer, theologian

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

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, novelist

Perfectionism becomes a badge of honor with you playing the part of the suffering hero. David D. Burns, writer

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, musician

All the suffering and joy we experience depend on conditions. Bodhidharma, leader

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

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, clergyman

Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. Hindu Spiritual,

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. Aeschylus, poet

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. Bible,

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. Francis H. Bradley,

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, philosopher

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have put on their coronation robes glittering with fire, and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gates of Heaven. Edwin Hubbell Chapin,

Suffering is nothing. It's all a matter of preventing those you love from suffering. Alphonse Daudet, novelist

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy. Felicia D. Hemans,

You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation...and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else. Hermann Hesse, novelist

Our sufferings will give us strength to help create a brave new world without needless sufferings. Peter Lopez,

The dominant characteristic of an authentic spiritual life is the gratitude that flows from trust Brennan Manning,

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, playwright

What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

No one could be more happy than a man who has never known affliction Demetrius Phalerens,

Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another. Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher

We all choke. Curtis Strange,

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,

Though all afflictions are evils in themselves, yet they are good for us, because they discover to us our disease and tend to our cure. John Tillotson, theologian

There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. . . . Man is the more man -- that is, the more divine -- the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish. Miguel de Unamuno, educator

If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who's now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that's what it's all about after all... Source Unknown,

I can sympathize with everything, except suffering. Oscar Wilde, dramatist

You may take great comfort from the fact that suffering inwardly for the sake of truth proves abundantly that one loves it and marks one out as being of the elect. Ernest Renan, philosopher

I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create. Vincent Van Gogh, painter

Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love. Honore de Balzac, novelist

Of all the joys that lighten suffering earth, what joy is welcomed like a newborn child? Dorothy Nolte, writer

Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice. Plato, philosopher

Deep, unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state. Ira Gershwin, musician

Why don't Jews drink? It interferes with their suffering. Henny Youngman, comedian

If time is not real, then the dividing line between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil, is also an illusion. Herman Hesse, author

I do not understand how anyone can, in good conscience, tell a family whose child is suffering from a life-threatening disease that politics is more important than finding a cure. Jim Doyle, politician

It has always appeared to me, that there is so much to be done in this world, that all self-inflicted suffering which cannot be turned to good account for others, is a loss - a loss, if you may so express it, to the spiritual world. Arthur Helps, historian

Coping with the demands of everyday life would be exceedingly trying if one could arrive at solutions to problems only by actually performing possible options and suffering the consequences. Albert Bandura, psychologist

As we all know, many people remain buried under tons of rubble and debris, waiting to be rescued. When we think of their suffering, we feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, statesman

As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, statesman

What I liked about American movies when I was a kid was that they're sort of larger than life and I think I'm still suffering from that reaction. Guy Ritchie, director

When they call the slightest spending reductions 'painful', we will say 'If government spending prevents pain, why are we suffering so much of it?' And 'If you want to experience real pain, just stay on the track we are on.' Mitch Daniels, politician

If you don't have liberty and self-determination, you've got nothing, that's what this is what this country is built on. And this is the ultimate self-determination, when you determine how and when you're going to die when you're suffering. Jack Kevorkian, activist

Perhaps they thought I was on a fact-finding mission, never for one moment thinking that a man of my age and build could be suffering from bulimia nervosa, but that's what the consultant said I had. John Prescott, politician

It is high time that the Palestinian people restore their freedom and independence. It is high time that the decades, the long decades of suffering and pain would stop. Mahmoud Abbas, statesman

I say: The time has come for my courageous and proud people, after decades of displacement and colonial occupation and ceaseless suffering, to live like other peoples of the earth, free in a sovereign and independent homeland. Mahmoud Abbas, statesman

I've just been growing right along. It's painful, but it's a great pain, and I like suffering for great results. It's like going to the gym. It hurts really bad at first, but after a couple of months and after that diet, you're looking so hot. Mary J. Blige, musician

Suffering will get you great footage. I don't know about closer to God. Although there have been times when I've suffered to the point where I think I might be about to meet him. Johnny Knoxville, actor

The Iraqi people are suffering just as if they were still under Saddam. Muqtada al Sadr, clergyman

Our arguments - and those of hundreds more Venezuelans suffering the same injustice - are clear and forceful: political disqualification violates laws in Venezuela and throughout the continent. Leopoldo Lopez, politician

Obviously, I'm suffering from lack of sleep, but it truly is a blessing to be a mother. Bernard Lagat, athlete

I don't look at myself as suffering. A. J. Langer, actress

It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form. Jerome K. Jerome, author

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone. John Ciardi, dramatist

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. Bertrand Russell, philosopher

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices. Paul Tournier, author

The sense of war, the extraordinary bravery of the Allied armies, the numbers, the losses, the real suffering that disappears in time and commemorative oratory, are not marked out in any red guidebook of the emotions, but they are present if you look. John Vinocur, journalist

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, playwright

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writer

To tell you the truth, in my work, love is always in opposition to the elements. It creates dilemmas. It brings in suffering. We can't live with it, and we can't live without it. You'll rarely find a happy ending in my work. Krzysztof Kieslowski, director

On September 11 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the Earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat from any source that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America. George W. Bush, president

I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people. Kofi Annan, statesman

War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering. Karl von Clausewitz, soldier

To my mind the election was stolen by George Bush and we have been suffering ever since under this man's leadership. Jessica Lange, actress

Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill. Betty Friedan, activist

There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. Man is the more man - that is, the more divine - the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish. Miguel de Unamuno, educator

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