Quotations About / On:
What good is it to live a life that brings pains?
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 163.)
Many pains are imaginary, but all joys are real.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
So much for Mrs. Hollis' nine months of pain and 20 years of hope.
(Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Nameless GI, Objective Burma, cutting dog tags off a dead GI (1945).)
You learned the concept 'pain' when you learned language.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by G.E.M. Anscombe, Blackwell, second edition (1958). Philosophical Investigations, I, par. 384.)
When the heart flies out before the understanding, it saves the judgment a world of pains.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Remise Door. Calais." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).)
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.")
Pleasures are always children, pains always have wrinkles.
(Joseph Joubert (1754-1824), French essayist, moralist. Notebooks, entry recorded in 1796 (1938) trans. 1983.)