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pain Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about pain
  1. #1
    “People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture or violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss. ”
  2. #2
    “Even so, I rather think they understand one thing—fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death.”
  3. #3
    “I promised him!” he screamed, realizing even as he did so that his voice was laced with something wrong. Almost insanity. “I promised I’d save him, take him home! I promised him!”
  4. #4
    “As more and more footage rolls, showing the marble façade of the courthouse explode into dust or a diamondglass wall withstanding a fireball, part of me feels happy. The Silvers are not invincible. They have enemies, enemies who can hurt them, and for once, they aren’t hiding behind a Red shield.”
  5. #5
    “stay strong through your pain
    grow flowers from it
    you have helped me
    grow flowers out of mine so
    bloom beautifully
    dangerously
    loudly
    bloom softly
    however you need
    just bloom”
  6. #6
    “the world gives you so much pain
    and here you are making gold out of it
    - there is nothing purer than that”
  7. #7
    Pain was a fascinating horror.
  8. #8
    “Tedium is the worst pain.”
  9. #9
    “No there’s no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it, to keep on top of it, and to make it seem—well, like, you. Like you did something, all right, and now you’re suffering for it.”
  10. #10
    “He saw it in her eyes. The anguish, the frustration. The terrible nothing that clawed inside and sought to smother her. She knew. It was there, inside. She had been broken.
    Then she smiled. Oh, storms. She smiled anyway.
    It was the single most beautiful thing he’d seen in his entire life.”
  11. #11
    “You see, though nothing mattered to me, I could feel pain, for instance. If any one had struck me it would have hurt me. It was the same morally: if anything very pathetic happened, I should have felt pity just as I used to do in old days when there were things in life that did matter to me.”
  12. #12
    “Halleck turned away to hide his emotions. Something burned in his eyes. There was pain in him -- like a blister, all that was left of some lost yesterday that Time had pruned off him. ”
  13. #13
    “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”
  14. #14
    “He just screamed and screamed and all that time we didn’t know that he was screaming because he hurt.”
  15. #15
    “The more we diminish our own pain, or rank it compared to what others have survived, the less empathetic we are to everyone.”
  16. #16
    “In the face of pain there are no heroes.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    painheroes
  17. #17
    “Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    pain
  18. #18
    ″The more people are into quick fix and focus on the acute problems and pain, the more that very approach contributes to the underlying chronic condition.″
  19. #19
    “...when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.”
  20. #20
    “Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.”
  21. #21
    “‘MY DEAR FOXY!’ cried Badger. ‘What in the world has happened to your tail?’ ‘Don’t talk about it, please,’ said Mr. Fox. ‘It’s a painful subject.‘”
  22. #22
    “... after the initial euphoria has passed, there is so much unhappiness, so much pain in intimate relationships. They do not cause pain and unhappiness. They bring out the pain and unhappiness that is already in you.”
  23. #23
    “I want to confess everything, to hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else.”
  1. #24
    “There are two levels to your pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain from the past that still lives on in your mind and body. Ceasing to create pain in the present and dissolving past pain - this is what I want to talk about now.”
  2. #25
    “You got to take the crookeds with the straights. That’s what Papa used to say.”
  3. #26
    “When we face pain in relationships our first response is often to sever bonds rather than to maintain commitment.”
  4. #27
    “The ancient code of the Knights Radiant says “journey before destination.” Some may call it a simple platitude, but it is far more. A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us.”
  5. #28
    “Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill the love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or, Corrie, we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”
  6. #29
    “You can’t visit the sins of the father upon the child.”
  7. #30
    “I felt anger and fear and pain coming from him, but I didn’t back away, I stayed right there, and knew I had done the right thing when he buried his face in my neck and cried some more.”
  8. #31
    “The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control.”
  9. #32
    “Sometimes the one who is running from the Life/Death/Life nature insists on thinking of love as a boon only. Yet love in its fullest form is a series of deaths and rebirths. We let go of one phase, one aspect of love, and enter another. Passion dies and is brought back. Pain is chased away and surfaces another time. To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings- all in the same relationship.”
  10. #33
    “It is so sharp that it slips in very quickly. But, Much-Afraid, I have already warned you that Love and Pain go together, for a time at least. If you would know Love, you must know pain too.”
  11. #34
    “What scared Stanley the most about dying wasn’t his actual death. He figured he could handle the pain. It wouldn’t be much worse than what he felt now. In fact, maybe at the moment of his death he would be too weak to feel pain. Death would be a relief. What worried him the most was the thought of his parents not knowing what happened to him, not knowing whether he was dead or alive. He hated to imagine what it would be like for his mother and father, day after day, month after month, not knowing, living on false hope. For him, at least, it would be over. For his parents, the pain would never end.”
  12. #35
    “Without warning, the statue squirmed and bit the side of his thumb. Yelling in surprise, Seth dropped the figurine and the flashlight onto the carpeted floor.”
  13. #36
    “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
  14. #37
    “She bent forward to look, then gave a startled little cry and drew back. There was indeed a seed lying in the palm of his hand, but it was shaped exactly like a long, sharply-pointed thorn… ‘The seed looks very sharp,’ she said shrinkingly. ’Won’t it hurt if you put it into my heart?”
  15. #38
    “They have never known pain, he thought. The realization made him feel desperately lonely.”
    author
    Lois Lowry
    book
    The Giver
    character
    Jonas
    concepts
    painloneliness
  16. #39
    “Augustus nodded at the screen. ‘Pain demands to be felt,’ he said, which was a line from An Imperial Affliction.”
  17. #40
    “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
  18. #41
    “Accept the pain, but don’t accept that you deserved it.”
  19. #42
    “But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”
  20. #43
    “But I know what it’s like to want to die. How it hurts to smile. How you try to fit in but you can’t. You hurt yourself on the outside to try to kill the thing on the inside.”
  21. #44
    “For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”
  22. #45
    “People reflexively assume that competition is always a good thing, that it always brings out the best in people, but that’s only true of people who can forget the competition. The art of competing, I’d learned from track, was the art of forgetting, and I now reminded myself of that fact. You must forget your limits. You must forget your doubts, your pain, your past.”
  23. #46
    “Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God. The more we know Him, the more we will desire to know Him. As love increases with knowledge, the more we know God, the more we will truly love Him. We will learn to love Him equally in times of distress or in times of great joy.”

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  1. #47
    “That we should establish ourselves in a sense of GOD’s Presence, by continually conversing with Him. That it was a shameful thing to quit His conversation, to think of trifles and fooleries.”
  2. #48
    “Pain is pain. It needs no description.”
  3. #49
    “For when youth passes with its giddy train, Troubles on troubles follow, toils on toils, Pain, pain for ever pain; And none escapes life’s coils. Envy, sedition, strife, Carnage and war, make up the tale of life. Last comes the worst and most abhorred stage Of unregarded age, Joyless, companionless and slow.”
  4. #50
    “When I knew my mother would be dead in a few months, I had two choices . . .” She looked at him. “I could distance myself from the pain or get closer to it. Maybe because I’d lost my dad without getting a chance to tell him what he meant to me, I decided to get closer. I got so close, her pain and fear became my own. We shared everything and loved each other like we never had when death was some distant thing.”
  5. #51
    “Dealing with the pain was a day-by-day ordeal.”
  6. #52
    “I am what you designed me to be. I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt.”
  7. #53
    “I’m jus’ pain covered with skin.”
  8. #54
    “It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what you will do, and how well you will do it, while pain has her wanton way with you.”
  9. #55
    “When all you can see is your pain, perhaps then you lose sight of me?”
  10. #56
    “[My father] taught me with silence. . .to look into myself, to find my own strength, to walk around inside myself in company with my soul. . . . One learns of the pain of others by suffering one’s own pain … by turning inside oneself. . . . It makes us aware of how frail and tiny we are and of how much we must depend upon the Master of the Universe.”
  11. #57
    “Feeling pain is still better than not feeling, isn’t it?”
  12. #58
    “Years ago, a wise friend told me that no one ever changes until the pain level gets high enough.”
  13. #59
    “It hurts to look at the clouds, but it also helps, like most things that cause pain.”
  14. #60
    “And then she groaned, deep in her chest, her mouth still closed. It was a sound so painful, Conor could barely keep himself from putting his hands over his ears.”
  15. #61
    “It was the worst hurt he had ever known.”
  16. #62
    “Perhaps the greatest faculty our minds possess is the ability to cope with pain.”
  17. #63
    “Harry, suffering like this proves you are still a man! This pain is part of being human … the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength.”
  18. #64
    “There was the woman I was before my mom died and the one I was now, my old life sitting on the surface of me like a bruise.”
  19. #65
    “When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope.”
  20. #66
    “A minister is not a doctor whose primary task is to take away pain. Rather, he deepens the pain to a level where it can be shared. ”
  21. #67
    “I’d once been fascinated by his legend - all the stories I’d heard before I met him. Now I can feel that same sense of fascination returning. I picture his face, so beautiful even after pain and torture and grief, his blue eyes bright and sincere.”
  22. #68
    “We begin so aware and grateful. The sun somehow hangs there in the sky. The little bird sings. The miracle of life just happens. Then we stub our toe, and in that moment of pain, the whole world is reduced to our poor little toe. Now, for a day or two, it is difficult to walk. With every step, we are reminded of our poor little toe.”
  23. #69
    “I thought she might change her mind, or at least tell me when she was leaving. But she did neither of those things. She left me a letter which explained that if she said good-bye, it would be too terribly painful and it would sound too permanent. She wanted me to know that she would think of me every minute and that she would be back before the tulips bloomed.”
  1. #70
    He growled and grimaced as they came to him, and clenched his fists in pain and anger. “Unusual name,” commented Mogget. “More of a bear’s name, that growl.
    author
    Garth Nix
    book
    Sabriel
    character
    Mogget
    concepts
    growlpainanger
  2. #71
    “Much of your pain is self-chosen.”
  3. #72
    He left her. She was dissatisfied with him. He had preferred to incur her anger rather than cause her pain. He had kept all the pain for himself.
  4. #73
    “‘I’m fine.’ It’s a lie. I am not fine. My head is a symphony of pain, a sadistic master maestro conducting an opus of excruciating, devastating perfection.”
  5. #74
    “Ah how shameless -- the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone, they say, come all their miseries, yes, but they themselves, with their own reckless ways, compound their pains beyond their proper share.”
  6. #75
    “How will I teach this mind what it is to have a soul? How will I teach this mind to understand pain? How will I teach it to want to take on another person’s suffering?”
  7. #76
    “One of the essential requirements for true spiritual growth and deep personal transformation is coming to peace with pain.”
  8. #77
    “In truth, pain is the price of freedom. And the moment you are willing to pay that price, you will no longer be afraid. The moment you are not afraid of the pain, you’ll be able to face all of life’s situations without fear.”
  9. #78
    They are committing the greatest indignity human beings can inflict on one another: telling people who have suffered excruciating pain and loss that their pain and loss were illusions.
  10. #79
    “But there’s only one, and before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now there’s sorrow. I don’t envy the pain.”
  11. #80
    “She is dying Sara. She will die, either tonight or tomorrow or maybe a year from now if we’re really lucky. You heard what Dr. Chance said. Arsenic’s not a cure. It just postpones what’s coming.’
    My eyes fill with tears. ‘But I love her,’ I say, because that is reason enough.”
  12. #81
    ″ One of the most interesting and remarkable things Christians learn is that laughter does not exclude weeping. Christian joy is not an escape from sorrow. Pain and hardship still come, but they are unable to drive out the happiness of the redeemed.”
  13. #82
    “It quickly became my way out; my escape from captivity. I didn’t have to live inside my pain anymore.”
  14. #83
    “The hard work of sowing seed in what looks like perfectly empty earth has, as every farmer knows, a time of harvest. All suffering, all pain, all emptiness, all disappointment is seed: sow it in God and he will, finally, bring a crop of joy from it.”
  15. #84
    “THROUGH me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric mov’d: To rear me was the task of power divine, Supremest wisdom, and primeval love. Before me things create were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I endure. All hope abandon ye who enter here.”
  16. #85
    “My life was lived through falling rain
    so call on me if there be pain.”
  17. #86
    “She talks of the pain, grief, and horror of the past four years; of learning to cope with being the wife of a man so violent and unpredictable his touch made her skin crawl and of thinking, until quite recently, that she’d finally managed to do that. And then, finally, of how my appearance had forced her to realize she hadn’t learned to cope at all.”
  18. #87
    “All the running, the hiding, the lies, the killing, for what? The endless circle of revenge: answering pain by inflicting pain. Why did I do it?”
  19. #88
    “It was hard to let go of that; to let go of the life I had before, but the truth was, it was harder for me to stay there inside the pain. I wasn’t strong enough to live there no matter how much I wanted to.”
  20. #89
    “Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain’t through learning – because that ain’t the time at all. It’s when he’s at his lowest and can’t believe in hisself ‘cause the world done whipped him so! When you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.”
  21. #90
    “Patients with complex PTSD often come to doctors with vague complaints - intractable insomnia, unrelenting aches and pains, or stubborn depressive symptoms - so the link between their trauma and the present situation is not clearly identifiable.”
  22. #91
    “It’s strange how pain marks our faces, and makes us look like family.”
  23. #92
    “The fruit of Soothfastness is true and sweet;
    The fruit of lusts is pain and toil; the fruit
    Of Ignorance is deeper darkness
    The elements, the conscious life, the mind,
    The unseen vital force, the nine strange gates
    Of the body, and the five domains of sense;
    Desire, dislike, pleasure and pain, and thought
    Deep-woven, and persistency of being;
    These all are wrought on Matter by the Soul!”

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  1. #93
    “Fear is caused by whatever we feel has great power of destroying or of harming us in ways that tend to cause us great pain.”
  2. #94
    “If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.”
  3. #95
    “Everyone wants happiness. No one wants pain. But you can have a rainbow without a little rain.”
  4. #96
    “ ‘Ha, ha, ha! Next you’ll be finding pleasure in a toothache!’ you will exclaim, laughing.
    ‘And why not? There is also pleasure in a toothache,’ I will answer.”
  5. #97
    “No matter how depressed you are or how much pain you’re in, you have to return to your routine, daily life.”
  6. #98
    “What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”
  7. #99
    “And when she gained the privacy of her own little shack she stayed on her knees so long she forgot she was there herself. There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought. Nanny entered this infinity of conscious pain again on her old knees.”
  8. #100
    “Shadow had heard too many people telling each other not to repress their feelings, to let their emotions out, let the pain go. Shadow thought there was a lot to be said for bottling up emotions. If you did it long enough and deep enough, he suspected, pretty soon you wouldn’t feel anything at all.”
  9. #101
    “It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. When we desire to encourage the growth of the human spirit, we challenge and encourage the human capacity to solve problems, just as in school we deliberately set problems for our children to solve. It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.”
  10. #102
    “I am not the girl I used to be. I am no longer desirable, I’m off-putting in some way. It’s not just that I’ve put on weight, or that my face is puffy from the drinking and the lack of sleep; it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the way I hold myself, the way I move.”
  11. #103
    “Man can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, of independence of mind, even in . . . terrible conditions of psychic and physical stress.”
  12. #104
    “Move out or grow in any dimension and pain as well as joy will be your reward. A full life will be full of pain.”
  13. #105
    “If the rings [of the stovetop] ever go against something like a dish towel or our clothes even, flames would run all over with orange tongues and burn Room to ashes with us coughing and choking and screaming with the worst pain ever.”
  14. #106
    “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
  15. #107
    “And I kept trying to find the little pieces of joy in my life. That’s the only way I managed to make it through all of that death and change.”
  16. #108
    “Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don’t want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you.”
  17. #109
    “He could make me feel better and, for a second, I seriously contemplated it. But I knew that taking the easy way out - escaping into Dominic and leaving this unbearable pain and darkness behind me - was only a temporary fix.”
  18. #110
    “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.”
  19. #111
    “It was the exercise of my power that attracted me most.”
  20. #112
    “Those eyes, ’neath which my passionate rapture rose,
    The arms, hands, feet, the beauty that erewhile
    Could my own soul from its own self beguile,
    And in a separate world of dreams enclose,
    The hair’s bright tresses, full of golden glows,
    And the soft lightning of the angelic smile
    That changed this earth to some celestial isle,—
    Are now but dust, poor dust, that nothing knows.
    And yet I live! Myself I grieve and scorn,
    Left dark without the light I loved in vain,
    Adrift in tempest on a bark forlorn;
    Dead is the source of all my amorous strain,
    Dry is the channel of my thoughts outworn,
    And my sad harp can sound but notes of pain.”
  21. #113
    “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
  22. #114
    “Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”
  23. #115
    “The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”
  1. #116
    “Without pain, how could we know joy?′ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
  2. #117
    “I said I would not hurt him. But I never for a moment said he would not suffer pain. You will do the actual tormenting.”
  3. #118
    “Her hazel eyes seemed to have experienced all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a superhuman understanding.”
  4. #119
    Time only blunts the pain of loss. It doesn’t erase it.
  5. #120
    “She knew this pain would fade again; like a sunburn, it would heal itself and leave her slightly more protected from the glare.”
  6. #121
    “When someone refuses to tell me a certain piece of information, it only makes me that much more determined to find out the truth. I hate being ignorant. For me, a question unanswered is like a thorn in my side that pains me every time I move until I can pluck it out.”
  7. #122
    “You have allowed yourself to become angrier than you should . . . Anger has its place, but it will not help you here. The way of the warrior is the way of knowing. If that knowledge requires you to use anger, then you use anger, but you cannot wrest forth knowledge by losing your temper. Pain and frustration will be your only reward if you try.”
  8. #123
    “[Y]ou cannot wrest forth knowledge by losing your temper. Pain and frustration will be your only reward if you try.”
  9. #124
    “In my experience, this is the hardest lesson of them all. After a certain age, we are all walking around this world in bodies made of secrets and shame and sorrow and old, unhealed injuries. Our hearts grow sore and misshapen around all this pain - yet somehow, still, we carry on.”
  10. #125
    “Take pains. Be perfect.”
  11. #126
    [S]he made haste to light the whole bundle of matches, for she wished to keep her grandmother there. And the matches glowed with a light that was brighter than the noon-day, and her grandmother had never appeared so large or so beautiful. She took the little girl in her arms, and they both flew upwards in brightness and joy far above the earth, where there was neither cold nor hunger nor pain, for they were with God.
  12. #127
    A short time before Christmas, the discontented fir-tree was the first to fall. As the axe cut through the stem, and divided the pith, the tree fell with a groan to the earth, conscious of pain and faintness, and forgetting all its anticipations of happiness, in sorrow at leaving its home in the forest.
  13. #128
    “Good luck to you, even so. Farewell! But if you only knew, down deep, what pains are fated to fill your cup before you reach that shore.”
  14. #129
    “For never can true reconcilement grow
    Where wounds of deadly hate have peirc’d so deep.”
  15. #130
    There is nothing alive more agonized than man of all that breathe and crawl across the earth.
    author
    Homer
    book
    The Iliad
    character
    Zeus
    concept
    pain
  16. #131
    Pain, anguish and suffering in human life are always in proportion to the strength with which a man is endowed.
  17. #132
    Does the open wound in another’s breast soften the pain of the gaping wound in our own?
  18. #133
    Does the general anguish of our fellow creatures lessen our own private and particular anguish?
  19. #134
    I’ve lived too long with pain. I won’t know who I am without it.
  20. #135
    “As long as some suffer
    The River Flows Forever
    As long as there is pain
    The River Flows Forever
    As strong as a smile can be
    The River will Flow Forever”
  21. #136
    What do people mean when they say, ‘I am not afraid of God because I know He is good’? Have they never even been to a dentist?
  22. #137
    “If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails.”
  23. #138
    “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
  1. #139
    “Until the evil man finds evil unmistakably present in his existence, in the form of pain, he is enclosed in illusion. Once pain has roused him, he knows that he is in some way or other ‘up against’ the real universe: he either rebels (with the possibility of a clearer issue and deep repentance at some other stage) or else makes some attempting at an adjustment, which, if pursued, will lead him to religion.”
  2. #140
    “I must add, too, that the only purpose of the book is to solve the intellectual problem raised by suffering; for the far higher task of teaching fortitude and patience I was never fool enough to suppose myself qualified, nor have I anything to offer my readers except my conviction that when pain is to be borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all. ”
  3. #141
    “Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself. ”
  4. #142
    “I knew the human exaggeration for sorrow—a broken heart. I’d always thought of it as a hyperbole. I wasn’t expecting the pain in my chest.”
  5. #143
    ″Whoever got the idea that we could have pleasure without pain? It’s promoted rather widely in this world, and we buy it. But pain and pleasure go together; they are inseparable. They can be celebrated. They are ordinary. Birth is painful and delightful. Death is painful and delightful. Everything that ends is also the beginning of something else. Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward.″
  6. #144
    ″Thinking that we can find some lasting pleasure and avoid pain is what in Buddhism is called samsara, a hopeless cycle that goes round and round endlessly and causes us to suffer greatly.″
  7. #145
    ″All addictions stem from this moment when we meet our edge and we just can’t stand it. We feel we have to soften it, pad it with something, and we become addicted to whatever it is that seems to ease the pain. In fact, the rampant materialism that we see in the world stems from this moment. There are so many ways that have been dreamt up to entertain us away from the moment, soften its hard edge, deaden it so we don’t have to feel the full impact of the pain that arises when we cannot manipulate the situation to make us come out looking fine.″
  8. #146
    “Then one day I realized that my heart was withering, and in it there was nothing but pain. And that my beliefs, that I once held so passionately, had completely disappeared.”
  9. #147
    “They called it battle fatigue, and they said hallucinations were common with malarial fever.”
  10. #148
    “Thank you for seeing the stars within my soul
    when all I saw was pain, scars, and darkness”
  11. #149
    “The pain means you’re alive. The scars mean you’ve survived.”
  12. #150
    “Pain or love or danger makes you real again...”
  13. #151
    “Tessa Kelly is a man-eater. She’s like Medusa, but without the whole “freezing to stone” bit. Because that’s not her style. That’s not painful enough for her. She’d much rather draw you in with her blinding beauty, and then rip your heart out and eat it in front of you. And then she’ll stand over you and watch you slowly die at her feet.”
  14. #152
    “A warrior doesn’t seek pain, but if pain comes, he uses it.”
  15. #153
    “Does a woman’s broken heart ever truly heal or do you simply become stronger and find better ways to conceal the pain? You see, I might not know your name, but you can’t fool me with the lines, telling me you don’t care about him anymore, but I can see it in your eyes that he hurt you. Don’t be ashamed of the pain: embrace it. Don’t turn your back on the pain: face it. Let it all out and release it to the wind and when you’ve gotten it all out, there will be just enough room in your heart for you to finally love again.”
  16. #154
    “For many of us, we will come to the point where death will be the only healer for the pain which our lives will have come to contain.”
  17. #155
    “When we understand that, our question will change from, ‘Why do we have to feel pain?’ to ‘What do we do with our pain so that it becomes meaningful and not just pointless empty suffering?‘”
  18. #156
    “Pain is the price we pay for being alive. Dead cells—our hair, our fingernails—can’t feel pain; they cannot feel anything.”
  19. #157
    “Unk, old friend—almost everything I know for sure has come from fighting the pain from my antenna […] Whenever I start to turn my head and look at something, and the pain comes, I keep turning my head anyway, because I know I am going to see something I’m not supposed to see. Whenever I ask a question, and the pain comes, I know I have asked a really good question […] The more pain I train myself to stand, the more I learn. You are afraid of the pain now, Unk, but you won’t learn anything if you don’t invite the pain. And the more you learn, the gladder you will be to stand the pain.”
  20. #158
    ″ ‘There it is—friend,’ he said to his memory of Rumfoord, ‘and much consolation may it give you, Skip. Much pain it cost your old friend Salo. In order to give it to you—even too late—your old friend Salo had to make war against the core of his being, against the very nature of being a machine.’ ”
  21. #159
    “You’re only human. And as humans, we can’t expect to shoulder all of our pain.”
  22. #160
    “Sometimes we have to share it with the people who love us so we don’t come crashing down from the weight of it all. But I can’t help you unless I know you need it. Ask me for help. We’ll get through this, I know we can.”
  23. #161
    “The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting.”
  1. #162
    “Lord Jesus, You know the struggle that Tony has. You know the indecision, the shame, the pain of his choices. I pray You would remind him right now of whose child he is. And that when You look at him, You see the perfection of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You that You have conquered sin. Thank You that the evil one is not in control. Give Tony the courage to do what You’re asking him to do, in Your timing.”
  2. #163
    “It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern.”
  3. #164
    “She stares awkwardly down at the kitchen counter. Then, quietly, she tells me about four other children I never knew existed.”
  4. #165
    “And then one day, after the longest (and somehow, shortest) nine months of your life you get to take part in a miracle. It’s a blur of pain (which you promptly forget) and joy (which you remember forever). And then, suddenly, you’re cradling a tiny bundle in your arms.”
  5. #166
    “Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire….Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you. It’s real. And to anybody watching, you look foolish. Like you’ve suddenly become an idiot. There’s no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help.”
  6. #167
    “The pain involved in a premeditated broken heart would easily compare with a case of assault, and yet no court of law would recognize it as a crime. A broken arm heals.”
  7. #168
    “One well-aimed punch is not just painful; when the person who has been in shock starts to put the weight back on, the heart remains bruised, and this can lead to aortic fibrillation. It’s not life threatening, but it is uncomfortable.”
  8. #169
    “The idea was to create a sort of lasagna of pain.”
  9. #170
    “Hurt people hurt people more skillfully. An expert heartbreaker knows the effect of each incision. The blade slips in barely noticed, the pain and the apology delivered at the same time.”
  10. #171
    “So in order to feel something through the numbness, I decided to perpetuate on my soul and hers the equivalent of quenching cigarettes on my paralyzed limbs. My hope was that if I registered pain, it would be welcomed as a sign of life.”
  11. #172
    “I hadn’t expected physical pain. A burning sensation in my chest as if a large smoldering boulder had somehow lodged there overnight. A king of drawn-out slowly unfolding panic. The exact opposite of excitement.”
  12. #173
    “Pain is certain, suffering is optional.”
  13. #174
    “It’s like an ache, a pain that never ceases.”
  14. #175
    “And yet she hadn’t the air of a woman whose life had been touched by uncertainty or suffering. Pain, fear, and grief were things that left their mark on people. Even love, that exquisite torturing emotion, left its subtle traces on the countenance.”
  15. #176
    “I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”
  16. #177
    “The ultimate answer, then, to the problem of pain is a person. It’s God himself.”
  17. #178
    “And so, irritants, it is with this that I leave you. You are spared so that you can think of what it really is to live in a world that engenders a pain for which there is no comfort. Here is your product! You have the rest of your lives to think of this. And I suggest you think quickly, for a long life is never a guarantee.”
  18. #179
    “Pain is not wrong. Reacting to pain as wrong initiates the trance of unworthiness. The moment we believe something is wrong, our world shrinks and we lose ourselves in the effort to combat the pain.”
  19. #180
    “Remember: The pain isn’t the enemy. Pain is the indicator that brokenness exists. Pain is the reminder that the real enemy is trying to take us out and bring us down by keeping us stuck in broken places. Pain is the gift that motivates us to fight with brave tenacity and fierce determination knowing there’s healing on the other side.”
  20. #181
    “If you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder. (Pain is one way the universe gets your attention.)”
  21. #182
    “No good can ever come from deviating from the path that you were destined to follow. You will be assailed by varieties of hidden pain. Most often you deviate because of the lure of money, of more immediate prospects of prosperity.Because this does not comply with something deep within you, your interest will lag and eventually the money will not come so easily.”
  22. #183
    “So what if he’s alone. We’re all alone.”
  23. #184
    “I can bear pain, myself, but I couldna bear yours. That would take more strength than I have.”
  24. #185
    “Maybe it was simply that falling in love wasn’t something Lori would ever be able to turn away from, regardless of just how much pain she knew would be coming down the pike. ”
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