Quotations About / On: PAIN
I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, March 13, 1789.)
Dancers dance through their pain. I shrink from mine.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
The stars are scattered all over the sky like shimmering tears, there must be great pain in the eye from which they trickled.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).)
People do not become convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity or of the seriousness of your pain until you are dead.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 79, Gallimard (1956).)
Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
(Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mr. Scogan, in Crome Yellow, ch. 15 (1922).)
Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime's length?
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 553.)
You, in this or better thoughts, ease your pains, and drink up, if you can.
(François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 1, p. 10, Pleiade edition (1995).)
Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
(Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. in First and Last Notebooks, pt. 3, ed. Richard Rees (1970). New York Notebook (written 1942, published 1950).)
It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion.
(Yves Saint Laurent (b. 1936), French couturier. Ritz (London, 1984), no. 85.
In the same article, Saint Laurent described fashion as a "kind of vitamin for style.")
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. The Will to Power, bk. 2, note 362 (1888, trans. 1967).)