suffering

The Greek word for “return” is nostos. Algos means “suffering.” So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.

Milan Kundera, Ignorance

A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

It’s not life or death, the labyrinth. Suffering. Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

‘Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life.

Angelina Jolie

When you’re born a lover, you’re born to suffer.

Depeche Mode, Goodnight Lovers

It would have been more to the point, more honest and more Christian, in past decades not to support those who intentionally destroyed healthy life than to rebel against those who have no other wish than to avoid disease. Moreover, a policy of laissez faire in this sphere is not only cruelty to the individual guiltless victims but also to the nation as a whole… If the Churches were to declare themselves ready to take over the treatment and care of those suffering from hereditary diseases, we should be quite ready to refrain from sterilizing them.

Adolf Hitler

Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.

Joseph Stalin

Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering…

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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