Quotations About / On:
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).)
If pleasure was not followed by pain, who would forbear it?
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, eds. W.J. Bate, John M. Bullitt, and L.F. Powell (1963). The Idler, no. 89, Universal Chronicle (London, December 29, 1759).)
It is very iniquitous to make me pay my debtsyou have no idea of the pain it gives one.
(George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Oct. 26, 1819. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 6, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).)
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.)
The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, October 12, 1786, to Maria Cosway.)
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).)