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Suffering Quotes

13 of the best book quotes about suffering
  1. #1
    “And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”
  2. #2
    “Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.”
  3. #3
    “An experience of collective pain does not deliver us from grief or sadness; it is a ministry of presence. These moments remind us that we are not alone in our darkness and that our broken heart is connected to every heart that has known pain since the beginning of time.”
  4. #4
    “For with eyes made clear by many tears, and a heart softened by the tenderest sorrow, she recognized the beauty of her sister’s life--uneventful, unambitious, yet full of the genuine virtues which ‘smell sweet, and blossom in the dust’, the self-forgetfulness that makes the humblest on earth remembered soonest in heaven, the true success which is possible to all. ”
  5. #5
    “Beauty, youth, good fortune, even love itself, cannot keep care and pain, loss and sorrow, from the most blessed for...into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and sad and dreary.”
  6. #6
    “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”
  7. #7
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
  8. #8
    “One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger, or of the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it.”
  9. #9
    “I am not used to Hope —
    It might intrude upon —
    Its sweet parade — blaspheme the place —
    Ordained to Suffering —”
  10. #10
    “Why joys so scantily disburse,
    Why Paradise defer,
    Why floods are served to us in bowls,—
    I speculate no more.”
  11. #11
    “The more we diminish our own pain, or rank it compared to what others have survived, the less empathetic we are to everyone.”
  12. #12
    “For each ecstatic instant
    We must an anguish pay
    In keen and quivering ratio
    To the ecstasy.”
  13. #13
    “The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day.
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