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46 Suffering Quotes

He jests at scars that never felt a wound

William Shakespeare Quotes

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To each his suff'rings; all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan; The tender for another's pain, Th' unfeeling for his own. Yet ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would destroy their paradise.

Thomas Gray Quotes , Source: On a Distant Prospect of Eton College (st. 10)

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Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial. [Lat., Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Amorum (III, 11, 7)

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Oh, I have suffered With those that I saw suffer!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Tempest (Miranda at I, ii)

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The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.

Aesop Quotes

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Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.

Woody Allen Quotes

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

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

Bible Quotes , Source: Isaiah (ch. LXIII, v. 3)

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Present sufferings seem far greater to men than those they merely dread. [Lat., Graviora quae patiantur videntur jam hominibus quam quae metuant.]

Titus Livy Quotes , Source: Annales (III, 39)

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We have suffered lightly, if we have suffered what we should weep for. [Lat., Levia perpessi sumus Si flenda patimur.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Agamemnon (665)

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People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes

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The heart was made to be broken

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ''Blessed are they that mourn.''

C.S. Lewis Quotes

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I can sympathize with everything, except suffering.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt

Thomas Merton Quotes

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The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

Confucius Quotes

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And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Bible Quotes , Source: Acts (ch. IX, v. 5)

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Knowledge by suffering entereth, And life is perfected by Death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: A Vision of Poets--Conclusion

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Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.

Hesiod Quotes , Source: Works and Days (l. 240)

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Ho! why dost thou shiver and shake, Gaffer Grey? And why does thy nose look so blue?

Thomas Holcroft Quotes , Source: Gaffer Grey

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Be patient, my soul: thou hath suffered worse than this.

Thomas Holcroft Quotes , Source: Gaffer Grey

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And taste The melancholy joys of evils pass'd, For he who much has suffer'd, much will know.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Odyssesy (bk. XV, l. 434), (Pope's translation)

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They, the holy ones and weakly, Who the cross of suffering bore, Folded their pale hands so meekly, Spake with us on earth no more!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Footsteps of Angels (st. 5)

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What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless. [Lat., Leniter ex merito quidquid patiare ferendum est, Quae venit indigne poena dolenda venit.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Heriodes (V, 7)

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