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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
  • symphatise

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
  • strength

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisdom comes alone through suffering. Aeschylus, poet
  • Suffering

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

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
  • best

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

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
  • image

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

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

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

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

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
  • Suffering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great artists suffer for the people. Marvin Gaye, musician
  • Suffering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • causes

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

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
  • fear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • community

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
  • compatible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • accepting

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

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
  • being

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
  • age

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
  • life

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
  • called

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

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

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
  • beings

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
  • consists

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
  • close

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

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

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

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

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
  • forgetting

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

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
  • alive

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

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

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
  • fear

Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. Hindu Spiritual,
  • Suffering

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
  • Suffering

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,
  • Suffering

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,
  • Suffering

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
  • Suffering

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

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

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

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
  • Suffering

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

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

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
  • Suffering

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

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

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

We all choke. Curtis Strange,
  • Suffering

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,
  • Suffering

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
  • Suffering

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
  • Suffering

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,
  • Suffering

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

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
  • being

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
  • create

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
  • constancy

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

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

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

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

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
  • between

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
  • anyone

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
  • account

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
  • arrive

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
  • best

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
  • far

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
  • american

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
  • experience

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
  • built

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
  • age

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
  • decades

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
  • ceaseless

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
  • bad

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
  • closer

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

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
  • clear

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

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

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
  • advertisement

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

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
  • governed

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
  • acceptance

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
  • allied

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
  • character

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
  • added

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
  • brings

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
  • america

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
  • begin

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

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
  • bush

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
  • bears

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
  • anguish

Cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit to help you inflict suffering. Swearing on the other hand, is invoking, only the witness of a spirit to an statement you wish to make. John Ruskin, writer
  • assistance

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism. Albert Camus, philosopher
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