Quotations About / On: PAIN

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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).)
  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    To not know would be a source of pain.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Women of Trachis, l. 458.)
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  • 66.
    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).)
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  • 67.
    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).)
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  • 68.
    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).)
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  • 69.
    Insects do not sting out of malice but because they also want to live: likewise our critics—they want our blood, not our pain.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 445, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 164, "In Favor of Critics," (1879).)
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  • 70.
    People do not become convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity or of the seriousness of your pain until you are dead.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 79, Gallimard (1956).)
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