„Man needs to suffer. When he does not have real griefs he creates them. Griefs purify and prepare him.“

— José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895

"Adúltera" (1883)


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„The fact is that when you make the other suffer, he will try to find relief by making you suffer more. The result is an escalation of suffering on both sides.“

— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

Source: Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames


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„If a person holds no ambitions in this world, he suffers unknowingly. If a person holds ambitions, he suffers knowingly, but very slowly.“

— Alan Lightman, book Einstein's Dreams

Source: Einstein's Dreams


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„Suffering, my son, is the fount of love. Suffering is the grace, the great grace, which our Father in heaven pours down upon us. For suffering gives men submissive hearts. He that does not suffer thinks that he stands upon a mighty rock which he himself has raised. He does not see his brother; he sees only himself. He believes in no one; he believes only in his own strength. His heart becomes a swamp which swarms with reptiles: pride, obstinacy, and self-love. And when his footstool is rolled away from under him, he sinks, together with all the reptiles, into the depths of hell. But he to whom God has granted suffering shall find his pains like ropes which bind him to his Father in heaven. His heart is awake to feel the pains of his brother in need. He sends afflictions upon you and makes you small on earth that you may be great in heaven.“

— Sholem Asch Polish-American novelist, dramatist, essayist 1880 - 1957

The Nazarene, 1939, p. 512.

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„When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.“

— Chinua Achebe Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic 1930 - 2013

Variant: When Suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat left for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.


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„The crowning experience of all, for the homecoming man, is the wonderful feeling that, after all he has suffered, there is nothing he need fear anymore—except his God.“

— Viktor E. Frankl, book Man's Search for Meaning

Source: Man's Search for Meaning


„Only when he has suffered does the fool learn.“

— Hesiod, book Works and Days

Original: (el) Παθὼν δέ τε νήπιος ἔγνω.Source: Works and Days (c. 700 BC), line 218.


„The person who does not know how to put up with others should retire into himself, if indeed he can suffer even himself.“

— Baltasar Gracián, book The Art of Worldly Wisdom

El que no se hallare con ánimo de sufrir apele al retiro de sí mismo, si es que aun a sí mismo se ha de poder tolerar.Maxim 159 (p. 90)The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)


„He is a fool who tries to withstand the stronger, for he does not get the mastery and suffers pain besides his shame.“

— Hesiod, book Works and Days

Original: (el) Ἄφρων δ᾽, ὅς κ᾽ ἐθέλῃ πρὸς κρείσσονας ἀντιφερίζειν·νίκης τε στέρεται πρός τ᾽ αἴσχεσιν ἄλγεα πάσχει.Source: Works and Days (c. 700 BC), line 210.


„He makes his own paint and does not suffer from any erectile dysfunction or infection.“

— Pricasso Australian painter 1949

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„That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good“

— Jean de La Bruyère, book Les Caractères

Aphorism 44Les Caractères (1688), Du mérite personnelContext: That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.

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„When you oppose the shaykh, it's like the slave who kills himself over a quarrel with his master. Hey, why are you killing yourself over a quarrel?He says, So my master will suffer loss.“

— Shams-i Tabrizi 1185-1248, spiritual instructor of Mewlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi. 1185 - 1248

Me & Rumi (2004)


„When God wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight, but when He wants to make a giant oak, He takes a hundred years. Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process.“

— Rick Warren Christian religious leader 1954

Source: The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?


„He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.“

— Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592

Book III, Ch. 13AttributedSource: The Complete Essays


laughed once and said, 'That man is such an ignoramus, Father.' I was angry. 'Look into his soul,' I said. 'Stand inside his soul and see the world through his eyes. You will know the pain he feels because of his ignorance, and you will not laugh.' He was bewildered and hurt. The nightmares he began to have…. But he learned to find answers for himself. He suffered and learned to listen to the suffering of others. In the silence between us, he began to hear the world crying.“

— Chaim Potok, book The Chosen

Reb Saunders to Reuven Malter when talking about when Daniel was younger (p. 286)The Chosen (1967)


„We will not just say, "I love him very much," but instead, "I will do something so that he will suffer less." The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person's suffering.“

— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

Source: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life


„In a world, man must create his own essence: it is in throwing himself into the world, suffering there, struggling there, that he gradually defines himself.“

— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980

Characterizations of Existentialism (1944)


„The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.“

— Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992

Source: The Roving Mind (1983), Ch. 25Context: How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, they think, and uses only his intuition; he sees all at once and has no need of reason. A scientist is cold, they think, and uses only his reason; he argues carefully step by step, and needs no imagination. That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.


„Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor“

— Alexis Carrel French surgeon and biologist 1873 - 1944


„When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates.“

— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

Source: Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames


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