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Lord ByronThe great object of life is sensation- to feel that we exist, even though in pain.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

Benjamin DisraeliSeeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

NapoleonIt requires more courage to suffer than to die.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Emile M. CioranThe more one has suffered, the less one demands. To protest is a sign one has traversed no hell.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerThe two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Michel de MontaigneHe who fears he will suffer, already suffers because of his fear.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Mark TwainI have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Eric HofferIt is not actual suffering but a taste of better things which excites people to revolt.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

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

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Antonio PorchiaYes, it is necessary to suffer, even in vain, so as not to live in vain.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Fernando PessoaI sometimes think that I enjoy suffering. But the truth is I would prefer something else.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Marquis de SadeIt is only by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

Charles BaudelaireRemembering is only a new form of suffering.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Will DurantThose who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Fyodor DostoyevskyAccept suffering and achieve atonement through it — that is what you must do.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Fyodor DostoyevskyPain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Karl KrausAnesthesia: wounds without pain. Neurasthenia: pain without wounds.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Jean Jacques RousseauThe happiest is he who suffers least; the most miserable is he who enjoys least.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Marcel ProustIllness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Friedrich NietzscheTo see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more: this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all-too-human principle which even the apes might subscribe.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Quotes in Verse

DanteMidway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straight-forward pathway had been lost.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet


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