Quotations About / On:
To not know would be a source of pain.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Women of Trachis, l. 458.)
The violence and obscenity are left unadulterated, as manifestation of the mystery and pain which ever accompanies the act of creation.
(Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), Franco-American novelist, diarist. Quoted in Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, preface (1934).)
Sleep, ignorant of pain, sleep, ignorant of grief, may you come to us blowing softly, kindly, kindly come king.
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Philoctetes, l. 827.)
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).)
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Behavior," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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).)
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
(John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Feb. 14-May 3, 1819, to his brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana Keats. Letters of John Keats, no. 123, ed. Frederick Page (1954).)
But I shall hear without pain, that I play the courtier very ill, and talk of that which I do not well understand.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Manners," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
Pain is real when you get other people to believe in it. If no one believes in it but you, your pain is madness or hysteria.
(Naomi Wolf (b. 1962), U.S. author. "Violence," The Beauty Myth (1990).)