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Picture quote by Buddha about attachment

The root of suffering is attachment. ⏤ Buddha

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

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

Picture quote by Dalai Lama about compassion

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

Picture quote by Rumi about mercy

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

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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, monk

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, politician

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,

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.

Aeschylus, poet

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

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

Sigmund Freud, psychologist

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

Kahlil Gibran, artist

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

Alexis Carrel, scientist

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

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

Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth.

Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

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

Willie Nelson, musician

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher

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

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, writer

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

Tennessee (Thomas Lanier) Williams,

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

Edward Dahlberg, novelist

What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

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

Marcel Proust, author

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


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

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

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

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

Susan Sontag, author

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

Ovid, poet

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

Roberta Flack, musician

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

William Faulkner,

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

George Gurdjieff, philosopher

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

John Donne, poet

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, writer

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

Woody Allen, director

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

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

Charles Spurgeon, preacher

Great artists suffer for the people.

Marvin Gaye, musician

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

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

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

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

Claudius, leader

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

Jules Renard, 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, president

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

Sir Richard Francis Burton, british

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

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

Richard Pryor, actor

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

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

Rather suffer than die is man's motto.

Jean De La Fontaine, poet

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

John Ciardi, dramatist

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

Helen Keller, author

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

Laura Hillenbrand, author

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

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

Ernest Holmes, theologian

Suffering is one of life's great teachers.

Bryant H. McGill, poet

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

Robert Lynd,

It is the lot of man to suffer.

Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister

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

Aristotle, philosopher

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

Mignon McLaughlin, journalist

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

Christian Nevell Bovee,

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

Anais Nin, author

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

Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is.

Christiaan Barnard, scientist

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

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

Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer

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

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

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

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, politician

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, statesman

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

Henny Youngman, comedian

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

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

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

One must really have suffered oneself to help others.

Mother Theresa, saint

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

Norodom Sihamoni, royalty

Suffering is part of the divine idea.

Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

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

Richard Armour, poet

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

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

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

Helen Keller, 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

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

All the suffering and joy we experience depend on conditions.

Bodhidharma, leader

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, politician

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

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

Yann Martel,

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

Albert Schweitzer, theologian

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

John Calvin, theologian

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

David D. Burns, writer

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, philosopher

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

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

Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching. They may awaken simply because they can't stand the suffering anymore.

Eckhart Tolle, teacher

Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of 'I know.' Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.

Eckhart Tolle, teacher

Thoughts are fine when you don't confuse them with who you are, and then thoughts are not a problem. Thinking is a wonderful tool to create things in this world. It only becomes problematic and a source of suffering when you confuse thinking with who you are.

Eckhart Tolle, teacher

Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.

Dalai Lama, leader

We must remember that the people for whom this change represents a first taste of freedom and a new and brighter future did not allow their resolution to falter, no matter how great the suffering by which they bought this independence.

Hjalmar Branting, statesman

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