Quotations About / On:
Women love those best (whether men, women, or children) who give them most pain.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Lovelace, in Clarissa, vol. 6, p. 281, AMS Press (1990).)
All pain is a punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice.
(Joseph De Maistre (1753-1821), French diplomat, philosopher. repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965). The Senator, in "Fifth Dialogue," Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg (1821).)
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 446 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
A father's pride, laid on thick, has always made me wish that the fellow had at least experienced some pain during procreation.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
You can't have operations without screams. Pain and the knifethey're inseparable.
(Jean Scott Rogers. Robert Day. Mr. Blount (Frank Pettingell), Corridors of Blood, mocking Mr. Benton, who is trying to discover an anesthetic (1958).)
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).)