I will lamely apologize for my long absence by begging off an elective surgery and painful recovery. That being the case, just now I seem curious to find what-all the world might have to say regarding pain…

Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.

– Samuel Johnson, Life of Johnson

Perhaps the innocence of the adult, where it is achieved, is greater than the innocence of a child, though bought at the cost of much painful awareness.

– Iain McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary

We are burnt in the cold treasures of separation.

– Poetry world, the memory of Ghaznavi

Complete misery is always self-induced.

– Proctor Charlie

Being uncomfortable is not the same as being unsafe.

– Mike Anderer

Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete.

– Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Why does full consciousness always include the mysterious capacity for misery as well as for happiness?

– Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism

When bad behaviors become habits, the worst outcomes become inevitabilities.

– Elliot Ackerman, The Fifth Act

What we often seek in perfection is freedom from the discomfort of making mistakes. In return we trade our curiosity, our flexibility, and the room to grow.

– Momen

What does a storm know of sorrow?

– Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

We would much rather be angry than sad.

– Richard Rohr, The Gift of Tears

We who are creatures of impulse are not creatures of despair.

– Joseph Conrad, Chance

We were not born to survive, only to live.

– William Stanley Merwin, The River of Bees

We don’t tend to see the truth as something that could set us free because it means embracing pain, acknowledging our differences and conflicts, taking our real situation into account.

– Kathleen Norris, Dakota

Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.

– G.K. Chesterton, A Piece of Chalk

Violence has a long tail.

– Elliot Ackerman, The Fifth Act

Truth tastes nasty.

– Elizabeth Tervo, Hilde and the Bad Poets

To exist is to survive unfair choices.

– Ruby Rae Spiegel, The OA Way

They breathe truth that breathe their words in pain.

– William Shakespeare, King Richard II

There was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.

– William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

There is no life without pain, just as there is no art without submitting to chaos.

– Rita Mae Brown

There are truths that can be discovered only through suffering or from the critical vantage point of extreme situations.

– Ignacio Martin-Baro

There are griefs which leave the poet without words.

– Proctor Charlie

There are always places to go further down.

– Neil Gaiman, American Gods

There [is] no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears [bear] witness that a man [has] the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.

– Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

The truth, the whole truth, tends to be complex, its contentments and joys wrestled out of doubt, pain, change.

– Kathleen Norris, Dakota

The same substances that take the edge off anxiety and pain also dull our sense of observation.

– Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart

The only comparison which we make of ourselves to the finite is painful to us.

– Blaise Pascal, Pensees

The ocean is always incomplete, just like the sky, just like the rain, and so in all those things lie an impossible yearning.

– Umair Haque, A Book of Nights

The more our lives go on, the more the forge contained in our soul hammers out chains.

– Andreas Karkavitsas, The Archeologist

The iron forged on the anvil cannot be blamed for the hammer.

– Terry Pratchett, Dodger

The impossible is what men get from events — and often at its most unwelcome.

– A.J.P. Taylor, Trotsky

The higher the love the greater the pain.

– Mechthild of Magdeburg, The Flowing Light of the Godhead

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.

– Lord Byron

The energy of evil is so much more forcible than the energy of good.

– Joseph Conrad, Chance

The enemy isn’t pain; it’s fear of pain.

– Richard Rohr, What the Mystics Know

The dark past is the greatest possession you have-the key to life and happiness for others.

– Bill Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

– J. K. Galbraith

The comic when it is human becomes quickly painful.

– Joseph Conrad, Chance

That to be fully alive you have to be willing to bear pain.

– Vandana Singh, Requiem

Suffering will only be removed by wisdom, not by drenching it in sunshine or attempting to bury it in a dark basement.

– Frank Ostaseski, The Five Invitations

Suffering opens the channel through which all of life flows and by which all creation breathes, and I still do not know why.

– Richard Rohr, Breathing Under Water

Suffering cannot wipe away the heart’s smile.

– William Paul Young, The Divine Dance (forward)

Sometimes God’s economy seems severe.

– Brother Them, Wrestling with Iggy

Screaming was no kind of kindly neighbor.

– Patrick Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things

Reason is no match for pain.

– John-Henry Butterworth, Nine Perfect Strangers.

Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows.

– C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Poverty is a thing created by that which is called civilized life.

– Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice

People don’t really want to be cured. What they want is relief; a cure is painful.

– Anthony de Mello, Awareness

Pain hurts, just as greed intoxicates and lust burns.

– Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Only those who have tried breathing under water know how imporant breathing really is, and will never take it for granted again.

– Richard Rohr, Breathing Under Water

Only the living know what loss means.

– Lucy Kaplansky, Booklyn Train

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.

– Sophocles

No soldier was ever ashamed of his scars.

– Benjamin Paul Blood, Optimism

Misery is not inevitable.

– Arthur C. Brooks, Your Professionl Decline is Coming (much) Sooner Than You Think

Men think they are better than grass.

– William Stanley Merwin, The River of Bees

Love, Hope, and Joy, fair pleasure’s smiling train, Hate, Fear, and Grief, the family of pain; these mixed with art, and to due bounds confined, make and maintain the balance of the mind.

– Alexander Pope, Essay on Man

Love runs best when it seems to break down.

– Thomas Merton, Eighteen Poems

Life is like being at the dentist. You always think that the worst is still to come, and yet it is over already.

– Otto von Bismarck

Life is an accommodation to life in exile.

– Terry Chapman

Life is a tragedy when seen in closeup, But a comedy in longshot

– Charlie Chaplin

Letting go of a sure thing is the only way to get something better.

– Isaiah Hankel, How to Beat Fear of Failure and Take Calculated Risks

Just because we can use the noise of the world to block out the discomfort of dealing with ourselves doesn’t mean that this discomfort goes away.

– Zat Rana, The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You

It seems to me that if you can’t ever admit to being a wretch, you haven’t been paying attention.

– Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace

It is only among humanity that we find a natural tendency toward abnormality.

– Proctor Charlie

It is most blessed for man to be taken from pain, more than pain to be taken from man.

– Julian of Norwich, Showings

It is hard to rule and wisdom can be painful.

– Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning

Internal warfare is our normal state.

– Doug Frank, A Gentler God

If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering.

– Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

If I were dead, I don’t think I’d have this blinding headache.

– Terry Nation, Blake’s 7: Aftermath

If heartaches were commercials we’d all be on TV.

– John Prine, Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard

I never want to be too busy for the person in pain. That goes double if I happen to be that busy person.

– Proctor Charlie

I hope when I die I start feeling good about myself.

– Tom Clayton

Hope is that virtue which implies a deficiency in strength as well as a sense of loneliness.

– Brother Them

He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.

– Samuel Johnson, Anecdotes of the RVD Percival Stockdale

He who learns must suffer.

– Aeschylus, Agamemnon

Grief is the price we pay for loving and we gladly pay the price.

– Paul Mariani, Thirty Days

God loves rock bottom.

– Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway

For some reason, which I have yet to understand, beauty hurts.

– Richard Rohr, Breathing Under Water

Do I hope that if feeling disguises itself as thought that I will feel less?

– C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Donne was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each other’s tragedies.

– Neil Gaiman, American Gods

For all the senseless phenomena of our existence, and the most senseless most of all, are susceptible of investigation. Not completely, but sufficiently to spare one painful questions.

– Franz Kafka, Investigations of a Dog

For some reason we human beings seem to learn best how to love when we’re a bit broken.

– Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace

Do human beings really like being happy?

– C.S.Lewis, That Hideous Strength

Discomfort is a sign that we are being stretched into new territory.

– Christine Valters Painter, The Soul’s Slow Ripening

Delivery is only real when pain and suffering are real.

– Brother Them, Wrestling with Iggy

Bones mend. Regret stays with you forever.

– Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Better to have pain and pleasure in some intensity than to have a lukewarm sensation between them.

– Benjamin Paul Blood, Optimism

Being able to see what’s coming doesn’t make it any less painful when it arrives.

– Brene Brown, Atlas of the Heart

And the seasons, they go round and round and the painted ponies go up and down–we’re captives on a carousel of time.

– Joni Mitchell, The Circle Game

An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.

– Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

[People] would rather be unhappy for ten years than be uncertain about their future for ten minutes.

– Isaiah Hankel, How to Beat Fear of Failure and Take Calculated Risks

If you have read all the way down to here, I hope you are feeling a little less pain.

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