54 Best Quotes about Suffering

Suffering Quote of the Day

Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety. - Dalai Lama, Leader

I've always loved the blues, ever since I was a kid. It has a depth to it that a lot of contemporary music doesn't have. It has pain and suffering in it, but funny stories, too. And it is built on storytelling, which is something I really love. - Nickolas Ashford, Musician

Love Quotes, Pain Quotes, Music Quotes

I can trust in Jesus. And this Gospel that we preach does work. So those who are hurting and suffering today, hang in there. The sun will shine again. - Tammy Faye Bakker, Celebrity

Hang in There Quotes, Trust Quotes, Work Quotes

Coping with the demands of everyday life would be exceedingly trying if one could arrive at solutions to problems only by actually performing possible options and suffering the consequences. - Albert Bandura, Psychologist

Life Quotes, Problems Quotes


The role of a clown and a physician are the same - it's to elevate the possible and to relieve suffering. - Patch Adams, Author

People are really suffering these days. There's a lot of corporate triumph and a lot of personal despair as they wonder what are they working for. - Laurie Anderson, Musician

Work Quotes, Wonder Quotes, Despair Quotes

We can take suffering to be an opportunity to learn and to grow. But if we are honest, we should remember that this is making the best of a bad job, and that minimising suffering takes priority over optimising its outcome. - Julian Baggini, Author

Opportunity Quotes

The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism. - Albert Camus, French Philosopher

Knowledge Quotes, Intelligence Quotes, Mind Quotes

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. - Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

Great Quotes, Greatness Quotes, Mind Quotes

Whatever your religious persuasion, if you believe that that the universe is governed by benign forces, at some point you have to explain why there is so much suffering, misfortune and misery in the world. - Julian Baggini, Author

Persuasion Quotes, Religious Quotes

We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings. - Marcus Tullius Cicero, Statesman

All around the United States of America - in the cities and the counties - our public education is suffering and has been suffering. Cuts, cuts, cuts. - Bill Cosby, American Comedian

Education Quotes

Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety. - Dalai Lama, Leader

Anxiety Quotes, Wealth Quotes, Possessions Quotes

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you. - Rita Mae Brown

American Quotes, Sanity Quotes

One can not love without opening oneself, and opening oneself, that's taking the risk of suffering. One does not have control. - Isabelle Adjani, Actress

Love Quotes, Risk Quotes, Control Quotes

I was raised in Duluth, Minnesota, where you never say that you're cold, or that you're suffering, and you listen politely to people, even if you disagree with them completely. Then you say passive-aggressive things later. - Maria Bamford

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. - Nelson Mandela

Hope Quotes, Compassion Quotes, Future Quotes

There's a belief that you're supposed to be poor, and suffering, and show your humility. I just don't see the Bible that way. I see that God came and Jesus died so that we might live an abundant life and be a blessing to others. - Joel Osteen

Life Quotes, God Quotes, Belief Quotes, Humility Quotes

Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering. - Dalai Lama, Leader

Attitude Quotes, Anger Quotes, Fear Quotes, Loneliness Quotes

Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering. - Theodore Roosevelt, President

Death Quotes

Justice turns the scale, bringing to some learning through suffering. - Aeschylus, Greek Poet

Learning Quotes, Justice Quotes

We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering. - Bill Gates, American Businessman

Future Quotes

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. - Nelson Mandela

Poverty Quotes

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. - Helen Keller

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

All religions are designed to teach us how to live, joyfully, serenely, and kindly, in the midst of suffering. - Karen Armstrong , Writer

Religion Quotes

How do we know that Moses was grown up? Because he went out unto his brethren, and was ready to bear the burdens and share the plight of his people. Maturity is sensitivity to human suffering. - Julius Gordon

Maturity Quotes

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

Success Quotes, Ambition Quotes, Strength Quotes, Character Quotes, Experience Quotes

We have lived through the flood time of fascism and of the nazism which ran its meteoric course at a cost to mankind in suffering and waste beyond all computation. - Emily Greene Balch, Educator

Time Quotes

There is no disgrace in an enemy suffering ill at an enemy's hand, when you hate mutually. - Aeschylus, Greek Poet

Grace Quotes

I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people... to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people. - Kofi Annan , Statesman

Leadership Quotes, Opportunity Quotes

Wisdom comes alone through suffering. - Aeschylus, Greek Poet

Wisdom Quotes

Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock. - Kurt Cobain , Musician

Freedom Quotes, Pain Quotes, Music Quotes

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival - Winston Churchill, Statesman

Hang in There Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Heart Quotes

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream. - Paulo Coelho, Novelist

Fear Quotes, Heart Quotes

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, Writer

Worry Quotes

Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body. Then look at, or think of, the person triggering this emotion: With mindfulness, you can see that she is unhappy, that she is suffering. You can see her wrong perceptions. You can see that she is not beautiful when she says things that are unkind. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Perception Quotes, Emotion Quotes, Mind Quotes, Mindfulness Quotes

Suffering is a corrective to point out a lesson which by other means we have failed to grasp, and never can it be eradicated until that lesson is learnt. - Edward Bach, Scientist

Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon. - Woody Allen , Director

Life Quotes, Loneliness Quotes

Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering. - Paulo Coelho, Novelist

Pain Quotes

A tremendous amount of needless pain and suffering can be eliminated by ensuring that health insurance is universally available. - Daniel Akaka , Politician

Health Quotes, Pain Quotes

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. - Anais Nin

Death Quotes, Risk Quotes, Giving Quotes

Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love. - Honore de Balzac

Love Quotes, Pain Quotes, Men Quotes

Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering - an image of death. - Buddha, Leader

Death Quotes, Life Quotes, Health Quotes

It wasn't until we got over the self pity that we were able to accept suffering as apart of our life with Christ. A man or woman reaches this plane only when he or she ceases to be the hero. - Corazon Aquino , Statesman

Life Quotes

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. - Martin Luther King Jr

Goal Quotes, Passion Quotes, Sacrifice Quotes, Justice Quotes

History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong. - Lord Acton, Historian

History Quotes

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. - Kahlil Gibran

Character Quotes

Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation. - Thomas Carlyle, Philosopher

Hard Work Quotes, Reform Quotes

Pacifism as a mass movement aims to avoid suffering; pacifists often say that no cause is worth suffering or dying for. The ethos of Solidarity is based on an opposite premise - that there are causes worth suffering and dying for. - Adam Michnik

Aim Quotes, Solidarity Quotes, Worth Quotes

Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end? - Marie Antoinette , Royalty

Courage Quotes

4 Top quotes about Suffering by Friedrich Nietzsche

Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings. - Friedrich Nietzsche

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. - Friedrich Nietzsche

What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering. - Friedrich Nietzsche