Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
A New Translation of the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle (1835), 3rd. ed., Oxford: J. Vincent. p. 30
To each his suff'rings; all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan; The tender for another's pain, Th' unfeeling for his own. Yet ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would destroy their paradise.thomas gray
Knowledge by suffering entereth, And Life is perfected by Death.Elizabeth Browning
If it is true that one gets used to suffering, how is it that as the years go one always suffers more? No, they are not mad, those people who amuse themselves, enjoy life, travel, make love, fight they are not mad. We should like to do the same ourselves.cesare pavese
For there are deeds Which have no form, sufferings which have no tongue.Percy Bysshe Shelley
It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
Ho! why dost thou shiver and shake, Gaffer Grey? And why does thy nose look so blue?
And taste The melancholy joys of evils pass'd, For he who much has suffer'd, much will know.homer
I have trodden the wine-press alone.
They, the holy ones and weakly, Who the cross of suffering bore, Folded their pale hands so meekly, Spake with us on earth no more!Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Can it be, O Christ in heaven, that the holiest suffer most, That the strongest wander furthest, and more hopelessly are lost?Sarah Williams
There is seldom a line of glory written upon the earth's face, but a line of suffering runs parallel with it; and they that read the lustrous syllables of the one, and stoop not to decipher the spotted and worn inscription of the other, get the.least half of the lesson earth has to give.frederick William faber
Our merciful Father has no pleasure in the sufferings of His children; He chastens them in love; He never inflicts a stroke He could safely spare; He inflicts it to purify as well as to punish, to caution as well as to cure, to improve as well as to chastise.hannah more
Suffering is my gain; I bow To my Heavenly Father's will, And receive it hushed and still; Suffering is my worship now.
Not till I was shut up to prayer and to the study of God's word by the loss of earthly joys sickness destroying the flavor of them all did I begin to penetrate the mystery that is learned under the cross. And wondrous as it is, how simple is this mystery! To love Christ, and to know that I love Him this is all.elizabeth payson prentiss
Some of His children must go into the furnace to testify that the Son of God is there with them.elizabeth payson prentiss
The cross of Christ is the pledge to us that the deepest suffering may be the condition of the highest blessing; the sign, not of God's displeasure, but of His widest and most compassionate face.arthur penrhyn stanley
In the highest class of God's school of suffering we learn not resignation nor patience, but rejoicing in tribulation.john heyl vincent
Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act non-virtuously, suffering results.Sakyong mipham