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Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.
- Francis Bacon
To man, faith; to woman, doubt. She bears the heavier burden. Does not woman invariably suffer for two?
- Honore de Balzac
Suffering is part of the divine idea.
- Henry Ward Beecher
We are never ripe till we have been made so by suffering.
- Henry Ward Beecher
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
- Bible, Acts (ch. IX, v. 5)
I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
- Bible, Isaiah (ch. LXIII, v. 3)
Knowledge by suffering entereth,
And life is perfected by Death.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
A Vision of Poets--Conclusion
Suffering is the price of being alive, and it is music and singing and art that has helped me live through some of the most difficult things that have happened to me.
- Judy Collins
So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.
- Isadora Duncan
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 Emil Frankl,
Man's Search for Meaning
To each his suff'rings; all are men,
Condemn'd alike to groan;
The tender for another's pain,
Th' unfeeling for his own.
Yet ah! why should they know their fate,
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies?
Thought would destroy their paradise.
- Thomas Gray,
On a Distant Prospect of Eton College
Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.
- Hesiod, Works and Days (l. 240)
Ho! why dost thou shiver and shake, Gaffer Grey?
And why does thy nose look so blue?
- Thomas Holcroft, Gaffer Grey
Be patient, my soul: thou hath suffered worse than this.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")
The melancholy joys of evils pass'd,
For he who much has suffer'd, much will know.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssesy
(bk. XV, l. 434), (Pope's translation)
The feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatsoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the human sufferer.
- James Joyce
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
- Helen Adams Keller
Present sufferings seem far greater to men than those they merely dread.
[Lat., Graviora quae patiantur videntur jam hominibus quam quae metuant.]
- Titus Livy, Annales (III, 39)
They, the holy ones and weakly,
Who the cross of suffering bore,
Folded their pale hands so meekly,
Spake with us on earth no more!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Footsteps of Angels (st. 5)
A great part of human suffering has its root in the nature of man, and not in that of his institutions.
- James Russell Lowell
Our merciful Father has no pleasure in the sufferings of His children; He chastens them in love; He never inflicts a stroke He could safely spare; He inflicts it to purify as well as to punish, to caution as well as to cure, to improve as well as to chastise.
- Hannah More
Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial.
[Lat., Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
(III, 11, 7)
What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.
[Lat., Leniter ex merito quidquid patiare ferendum est,
Quae venit indigne poena dolenda venit.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heriodes
If you strike the goads with your fists, your hands suffer most.
[Lat., Si stimulos pugnis caedis manibus plus dolet.]
- Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
Truculentus (IV, 2, 54)
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