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Quotations The Best Quotes About Suffering  

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A list of the best suffering quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous suffering quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic suffering quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational suffering quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about suffering?" and "What are inspirational suffering quotes?"

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

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

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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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Wisdom comes alone through suffering. Aeschylus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It is the lot of man to suffer. Benjamin Disraeli

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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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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