On pain and suffering.

Because I’m just in the mood for some. 🙂


“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”


“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
Khalil Gibran

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.”

Sigmund Freud

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”

Khalil Gibran

“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” –Unknown

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

“There is an ancient tribal proverb I once heard in India. It says that before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way.”
Libba Bray

“We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.”
Marcel Proust

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?”
Kahlil Gibran

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8 thoughts on “Quotes

  1. Suzanne May 29, 2014 at 14:39 Reply

    Good food for thought, Ines. I need to be reminded of these things … I become a wimp too easily.


    • Ines May 29, 2014 at 14:47 Reply

      I think I do too. At the moment, I just wish for less suffering and more joy.


  2. Undina May 29, 2014 at 23:13 Reply

    Don’t care for the “suffering” – quoted or real. To think of that: I don’t really care for “building character.” If I could live my whole life without suffering – I would have taken it in a heartbeat. But since it’s not possible, I prefer to live through whatever is given to me just by surviving and hoping it’ll pass. Those “wisdoms” just annoy me and do not help at all.


    • Ines May 29, 2014 at 23:27 Reply

      Ha,ha,ha. 🙂 No need to mince your words. 😉
      Honestly, I don’t care for suffering either but it’s unavoidable at timrs. On the other hand, I did learn some things about myself and the world around me and I feel some more realizations coming my way.


  3. Asali May 29, 2014 at 23:32 Reply

    I hope you’ll experience better times soon. For me quotes don’t really work either as they can make me feel worse for not living up to them. But when they help you, it’s great ❤


    • Ines May 30, 2014 at 12:28 Reply

      I chose those that resonated with me. Some didn’t make sense at all. 🙂


  4. haefennasiel June 24, 2014 at 17:23 Reply

    Thank you for these quotes! Last month had been a very difficult and depressing one for me and many of these quotes really helped. i think Rumi, Gibran and Dickens said it best … 🙂


    • Ines June 24, 2014 at 19:40 Reply

      Dear haefennasiel, I am sorry to hear last month has been difficult for you. Unfortunately, I can commiserate as it’s been one of the hardest for me in recent memory as well. I do know though that this all shall pass and we will emerge stronger and better people out of it.
      I now read through the quotes I compiled, and I must say that for me, they are all true, but the one that resonates the most, as the one I actually seem to have practiced recently, is the Indian one, described by Libba Bray.
      I don’t like crying but it does feel like I’m shedding pain each time I do it. I should probably do it more often then… 😉


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