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Suffering Quotes

30 of the best book quotes about suffering
  1. #1
    “There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can’t hope.”
  2. #2
    “And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”
  3. #3
    “Without the frown of clouds and lightning, the vines would be burned by the smiling sun.”
  4. #4
    “Everyone was so kind. Strong, too. In the darkest days, the Lord puts the best people into your life.”
  5. #5
    “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.”
  6. #6
    “I hated hurting him. Most of the time, I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this: They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and the omega of my parents’ suffering.”
  7. #7
    “Let me take a moment to tell those of you who are dealing with and fighting through something painful: it is a miracle that you’re sitting here. You are nobly doing your best to battle your way through it. You are a warrior because of the trials you are going through, but don’t you dare squander the strength you have earned just because the acquisition of it was painful.”
  8. #8
    “If I had read all this in a book, Harry, I think I would have wept over it. Somehow, now that it has happened actually, and to me, it seems far too wonderful for tears.”
  9. #9
    “I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind?”
  10. #10
    “I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.”
  11. #11
    “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.”
  12. #12
    “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.”
  13. #13
    “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. ”
  14. #14
    “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.”
  15. #15
    “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”
  16. #16
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
  17. #17
    Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself.
  18. #18
    “As I fixed my eyes on the child, I saw something glittering on his breast. I took it; it was a portrait of a most lovely woman. In spite of my malignity, it softened and attracted me. For a few moments I gazed with delight on her dark eyes, fringed by deep lashes, and her lovely lips; but presently my rage returned; I remembered that I was forever deprived of the delights that such beautiful creatures could bestow and that she whose resemblance I contemplated would, in regarding me, have changed that air of divine benignity to one expressive of disgust and affright.”
  19. #19
    “The more we diminish our own pain, or rank it compared to what others have survived, the less empathetic we are to everyone.”
  20. #20
    “I am not used to Hope —
    It might intrude upon —
    Its sweet parade — blaspheme the place —
    Ordained to Suffering —”
  21. #21
    “The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day.
  22. #22
    “Why joys so scantily disburse,
    Why Paradise defer,
    Why floods are served to us in bowls,—
    I speculate no more.”
  23. #23
    They were eyes no longer, but had become those fathomless mirrors which in men who have known the depths of suffering may replace the conscious gaze, so that they no longer see reality but reflect the memory of past events.
  24. #24
    “For each ecstatic instant
    We must an anguish pay
    In keen and quivering ratio
    To the ecstasy.”
  25. #25
    “Augustus nodded at the screen. ‘Pain demands to be felt,’ he said, which was a line from An Imperial Affliction.”
  26. #26
    “Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it’s actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.”
  27. #27
    “Sometimes I think God is trying to test me, both now and in the future. I’ll have to become a good person on my own, without anyone to serve as a model or advise me, but it’ll make me stronger in the end.”
  28. #28
    “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.”
  29. #29
    “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.”
  30. #30
    “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.”
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