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The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer.

For suffering and enduring there is no remedy, but striving and doing.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.

The afflicted are not listened to. They are like someone whose tongue has been cut out and who occasionally forgets the fact. When they move their lips no ear perceives any sound. And they themselves soon sink into impotence in the use of language, because of the certainty of not being heard.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) American playwright.


It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.

John Donne (1572-1632) English poet.

A cold in the head causes less suffering than an idea.

Jules Renard (1864-1910) French writer.

I have suffered too much in this world not to hope for another.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss political philosopher and essayist.

Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.