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

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

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

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Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away blessed be the name of the Lord.

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Wisdom comes alone through suffering. Aeschylus

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

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Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth. Michel de Montaigne

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

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It is the lot of man to suffer. Benjamin Disraeli

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I like a look of Agony, because I know it's true -- men do not sham Convulsion, nor simulate, a Throe -- Emily Dickinson

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

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It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive. W. Somerset Maugham

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

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The worst part a man can suffer is to have insight into much and power over nothing. Herodotus

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

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It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least. F. H. Bradley

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Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and cruelties; it accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap. Hermann Hesse

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Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery. Katherine Mansfield

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Oh, fear not in a world like this, and thou shalt know erelong, know how sublime a thing it is to suffer and be strong. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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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

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

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You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid. Franz Kafka

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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. J. K. Rowling

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

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In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day. Albert Camus

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I have suffered too much in this world not to hope for another. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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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

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What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Suffering is part of the divine idea. Henry Ward Beecher

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You are outside life, you are above life, you have miseries which the ordinary man does not know, you exceed the normal level, and it is for this that men refuse to forgive you, you poison their peace of mind, you undermine their stability. You have irrepressible pains whose essence is to be inadaptable to any known state, indescribable in words. You have repeated and shifting pains, incurable pains, pains beyond imagining, pains which are neither of the body nor of the soul, but which partake of both. And I share your suffering, and I ask you: who dares to ration our relief? We are not going to kill ourselves just yet. In the meantime, leave us the hell alone. Antonin Artaud

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One must really have suffered oneself to help others. Mother Teresa

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Without out suffering, our work would just be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the Redemption. All the desolation of the poor people, not only their material poverty, but their spiritual destitution, must be redeemed. And we must share it, for only by being one with them can we redeem them by bringing God into their lives and bringing them to God. Mother Teresa

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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 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. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who's now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that's what it's all about after all...

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The afflicted are not listened to. They are like someone whose tongue has been cut out and who occasionally forgets the fact. When they move their lips no ear perceives any sound. And they themselves soon sink into impotence in the use of language, because of the certainty of not being heard. Simone Weil

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

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

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"Ours is an age in which thousands are driven daily from their homelands by the unforgiving brutalities of war, terrorism, political oppression, starvation, disease, economic piracy, and the relentless suffocation of that singular breath which makes human beings individuals." Aberjhani

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If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive. Elbert Hubbard

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Is suffering so very serious? I have come to doubt it. It may be quite childish, a sort of undignified pastime -- I'm referring to the kind of suffering a man inflicts on a woman or a woman on a man. It's extremely painful. I agree that it's hardly bearable. But I very much fear that this sort of pain deserves no consideration at all. It's no more worthy of respect than old age or illness. Colette

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

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I can sympathize with everything, except suffering. Oscar Wilde

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Rather suffer than die is man's motto. Jean de La Fontaine

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It is good for me that I was afflicted that I may learn Thy statutes. -- Psalms 119:71

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What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember. Seneca the Younger

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‎"Dreamers and dreaming dead, lots of them from neither here nor there with no chance of getting home again, lost in place and time..." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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To choose a hardship for ourselves is our only defense against that hardship. This is what is meant by accepting suffering. Those who, by their very nature, can suffer completely, utterly, have an advantage. That is how we can disarm the power of suffering, make it our own creation, our own choice; submit to it. A justification for suicide. Cesare Pavese

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

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Suffering is by no means a privilege, a sign of nobility, a reminder of God. Suffering is a fierce, bestial thing, commonplace, uncalled for, natural as air. It is intangible; no one can grasp it or fight against it; it dwells in time -- is the same thing as time; if it comes in fits and starts, that is only so as to leave the sufferer more defenseless during the moments that follow, those long moments when one relives the last bout of torture and waits for the next. Cesare Pavese