Quotations About / On:
Comedy distances pain, but leaves signs of it everywhere.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
Pain makes hens and poets cackle.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 362, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 291, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Viking Press (1966). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Fourth and Last Part, "On the Higher Man," section 12 (issued privately in 1885, publication in 1892).)
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).)
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).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
To not know would be a source of pain.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Women of Trachis, l. 458.)
Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.
(Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).)
Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Nekayah, in The History of Rasselas, ch. 26 (1759).)