Quotations About / On: PAIN

  • 41.
    Comedy distances pain, but leaves signs of it everywhere.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 42.
    Old age is a tyrant that forbids us upon pain of death all the pleasures of youth.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 461 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 43.
    The vocabulary of pleasure depends on the imagery of pain.
    (Marina Warner (b. 1946), British author, critic. "Fighting Talk," The State of the Language, eds. Christopher Ricks and Leonard Michaels (1990).)
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  • 44.
    Violence stops thought. Hence its popularity as a pain-killer.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 45.
    I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 290, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
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  • 46.
    Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.
    (Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), Italian poet, novelist, translator. The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950, entry for January 19, 1938 (1952, trans. 1961).)
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  • 47.
    He is strong and pain is worse to the strong, incapacity is worse.
    (Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), U.S. poet. Hurt Hawks (l. 9). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.)
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  • 48.
    Pain is as diverse as man. One suffers as one can.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
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  • 49.
    All loss, all pain, is particular; the universe remains to the heart unhurt.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Spiritual Laws," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
  • 50.
    He has seen but half the universe who never has been shown the house of pain.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. The Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 2, ed. Edward W. Emerson (1909-1914).)
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