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Quotes About Pain

Most of us are familiar with pain. During our lives we have either experienced pain ourselves or have seen a family member or friend suffering from physical or emotional pain. It is never easy. How we cope with or deal with these times of difficulty is the important part. Below is a compilation of famous quotes and sayings relating to pain and suffering. Do you have a favorite quote about pain that you think others would benefit from? Let us know.


Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.  ~ John Patrick


How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.  ~ Thomas Jefferson


The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.  ~ Aristotle


If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.  ~ Marcus Aurelius


It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.  ~ A.W. Tozer


God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.  ~ C.S. Lewis


The art of life is the art of avoiding pain.  ~ Thomas Jefferson


Luckily, I never feel at one time more than half my pains.  ~ Joseph Joubert


The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.  ~ Anaïs Nin


Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.  ~ Winston Churchill


We are content to forgo joy when pain is also lost.  ~ Latin proverb


We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. ~ C.S. Lewis


There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.  ~ Oscar Wilde


You need bruises to know blessings and I have known both.  ~ Francis Shand Kydd


The end of pain we take as happiness.  ~ Giacomo Leopardi


Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.  ~ Helen Keller


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


Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.  ~ Bob Dylan


Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain.  ~ Aristotle


Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus - a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.  ~ Mother Teresa


Turn your wounds into wisdom.  ~ Oprah Winfrey


Laugh and the world laughs with you. Stub your toe and the world laughs whether you do or not.  ~ Linda Perret


After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.  ~ Emiliy Dickinson


It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.  ~ Epictetus


Those things that hurt, instruct.  ~ Benjamin Franklin


Pain is life - the sharper, the more evidence of life.  ~ Charles Lamb


In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.  ~ Saint Augustine


Happiness is but a mere episode in the general drama of pain.  ~ Thomas Hardy


Pain is the root of knowledge.  ~ Simone Weil


There is no coming to consciousness without pain.  ~ Carl Jung


Laugh and the world laughs with you. Stub your toe and the world laughs whether you do or not.  ~ Linda Perret


You can be happy indeed if you have breathing space from pain.  ~ Giacomo Leopardi


Behind joy and laughter there may be a temperament, coarse, hard, and callous. But behind sorrow there is always sorrow. Pain, unlike pleasure, wears no mask.  ~ Oscar Wilde


I seek the utmost pleasure and the least pain.  ~ Plautus


It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.  ~ Rose Kennedy


You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.  ~ James Baldwin


We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.  ~ C. S. Lewis


Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.  ~ Kahlil Gibran


The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight. ~ Joseph Joubert


I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.  ~ Maya Angelou


We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.  ~ Paulo Coelho


Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.  ~ Kahlil Gibran


Our greatest joy-and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others.  ~ Stephen R. Covey


Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.  ~ M. Kathleen Casey


Is there any stab as deep as wondering where and how much you failed those you loved.  ~ Florida Scott-Maxwell


The great object of life is sensation- to feel that we exist, even though in pain.  ~ George Gordon Byron


He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.  ~ Dr. Seuss


One thing you can't hide - is when you're crippled inside.  ~ John Lennon


Pain is never permanent.  ~ Teresa of Avila


It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.  ~ Bill Cosby


The pain of love is the pain of being alive. It is a perpetual wound.  ~ Maureen Duffy


The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.  ~ George Gordon Byron


Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.  ~ Mark Twain


The summit of pleasure is the elimination of all that gives pain.  ~ Epicurus


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