“Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things.
We must know the pain of loss, because if we never knew it
we would have no compassion for others, and
we would become monsters of self-regard,
creatures of un-alloyed self interest.
The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind,
has the power to soften uncaring hearts
and to make a better person of a good one.”
– Dean Koontz
“The truth that many people never understand,
until it is too late,
is that the more you try to avoid suffering
the more you suffer
because smaller and more insignificant things
begin to torture you in proportion
to your fear of being hurt”
– Thomas Merton
“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches.
If suffering alone taught,
all the world would be wise,
since everyone suffers.
To suffering must be added mourning,
and the willingness to remain vulnerable.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“We create our own unhappiness.
The purpose of suffering is to help us understand
that we are the ones who cause it.”
– Willie Nelson
“Suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope”
– St. Paul (Epistle to the Romans 5:3-4)
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
– Kahlil Gibran
“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
“To live is to suffer,
to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
“Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
– Helen Keller
“Happiness is not a reward –
it is a consequence.
Suffering is not a punishment
– it is a result.”
– Robert Green Ingersoll
“Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience,
which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.
– Horace
“Wisdom comes alone through suffering.”


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