Pain Quotes

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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.


The cure for pain is in the pain.
Pain is like the winter before spring.
There is no tyrant as merciless as pain.
In the country of pain we are each alone.
One does not become fully human painlessly.

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My soul is a broken field
Ploughed by pain.
Life's sharpest rapture is surcease of pain.
The Fellowship of Those who Bear the Mark of Pain.
The wound is the place where the light enters you.


Isn't the fear of pain next brother to pain itself?
There's no pain equal to that of being forced to think.
Those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt.
Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.

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We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
We are kept keen on the grindstone of pain and necessity.


Pain is another word for fear.  True believers have no fears.
Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
We forget that pain is information and can be a powerful teacher.
When all you can see is your pain, perhaps then you lose sight of me?


Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Pain is a gift.  Humanity, without pain, would know neither fear nor pity.
He has seen but half the universe who never has been shown the house of pain.
For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.


There is only one thing that arouses animals more than pleasure, and that is pain.
Pain is always new to the sufferer, but loses its originality for those around him.
If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.

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Pain must enter into its glorified life of memory before it can turn into compassion.


Pain was not given thee merely to be miserable under; learn from it, turn it to account.
Tragedy, difficulty and pain keep coming back because they are things for us to learn from.

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Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
It is easy for the one who stands outside
The prison-wall of pain to exhort and teach the one
Who suffers.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?


History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.


Pain is part of the body's magic.  It is the way the body transmits a sign to the brain that something is wrong.
Often, we attach ourselves to our pain, and we start to judge our lives based on how we feel and not on what we do.

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I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pains of others.


Nothing begins, and nothing ends,
That is not paid with moan;
For we are born in others' pain, 
And perish in our own.
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.


To the person with a toothache, even if the world is tottering, there is nothing more important than a visit to a dentist.
In deep pain, people don't need logic, advice, encouragement, or even Scripture. They just need you to show up and shut up.


There is no real evil in life, except great pain; all the rest is imaginary, and depends on the light in which we view things.
The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

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You can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.


They talk of short-lived pleasure—be it so—
Pain dies as quickly: stern, hard-featured pain
Expires, and lets her weary prisoner go.
The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain, is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into the minds of ordinary men.


The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.
Pain is something that's common to human life.  When we ignore it, we aren't engaging in the whole reality, and the pain begins to fester.
An aspirin can cure a headache for an hour or two, but if the pain's really deep, nothing short of brain surgery is going to make it go away.
There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence.
Generally, the more you live your life trying to ward off the pain of presence, the more pain you get, particularly in the form of the pain of absence.

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There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful; nor is there any port of call where it is possible to forget.
Does God guarantee the absence of struggle and the abundance of strength? Not in this life. But he does pledge to reweave your pain for a higher purpose.


So remember this principle when something threatens to cause you pain: the thing itself was no misfortune at all; to endure it and prevail is great good fortune.


Psychological pain has a history and, at least in that aspect, it is not a matter of getting rid of it. It is more a matter of how we deal with it and move forward.
Once you get beyond the crust of the first pang it is all the same and you can easily bear it.  It is just the transition from painlessness to pain that is so terrible.
When we are caught in a struggle with psychological problems we often put life on hold, believing that our pain needs to lessen before we can really begin to live again.
When pain is to be borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all.

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But who can remember pain, once it's over?  All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh.  Pain marks you, but too deep to see.  Out of sight, out of mind.
Pain is an event, an experience that must be recognized, named, and then used in some way in order for the experience to change, to be transformed into something else, strength or knowledge or action.


Not only must you deal with the immediate pain of your thoughts, feelings, and physical ailments, you also must deal with the pain caused by the fact that your pain prevents you from living the kind of life you want to live.

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In a sense, it creates, rather than solves, the problem of pain, for pain would be no problem unless, side by side with our daily experience of this painful world, we had received what we think a good assurance that ultimate reality is righteous and loving.
Your responsibility then is not to create further pain. Let me summarize the process. Focus attention on the feeling inside you. Know that it is the pain-body. Accept that it is there. Don't think about it — don't let the feeling turn into thinking. Don't judge or analyze. Don't make an identity for yourself out of it. Stay present, and continue to be the observer of what is happening inside you. Become aware not only of the emotional pain but also of "the one who observes," the silent watcher. This is the power of the Now, the power of your own conscious presence. Then see what happens.