Quotations About / On:
I cannot choose [to kill Caligula] because, aside from the pain I am suffering, I suffer too from his pain. My problem is that I understand everything.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Scipio in Caligula, act 4, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).)
He who rejoices even at the stake triumphs not over pain but over the absence of pain where he had anticipated feeling it. A parable.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, pp. 94-95, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 124 (1886).)
This horror of pain is a rather low instinct and ... if I think of human beings I've known and of my own life, such as it is, I can't recall any case of pain which didn't, on the whole, enrich life.
(Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "Meeting Point," August 11, 1963, BBC television broadcast. Quoted in "The Problem of Pain," Muggeridge Through the Microphone (1967).)
The pleasure of those who injure you lies in your pain. Therefore they will suffer if you take away their pleasure by not feeling pain.
(Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. De patientia, VII.)
The end will come quickly, my love. There is a pain beyond pain, an agony so intense it shocks the mind into instant oblivion. We'll find immortality together, for they'll remember me through you.
(Crane Wilbur (1889-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Andre de Toth. Henry Jarrod (Vincent Price), House of Wax, as he proposes to turn Sue Allen into a wax figure (1953).
From a story by Charles Belden.)
I'm not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away.
(Derek Jarman (b. 1942), British filmmaker, artist, author. On being HIV positive. "1980's," At Your Own Risk: A Saint's Testament (1992).)
There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.
(Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Illusions," Gravity and Grace (1947, trans. 1952).)
Crude thoughts and fierce forces are my state. I do not know who I am. Nor what I was. I cannot hear a sound. Pain is near that will be like no pain felt before.
(Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Menenhetet, in Ancient Evenings, preface, Little, Brown (1983).
No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.
(William Penn (1644-1718), British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania. No Cross, No Crown (pamphlet) (1669).)
So Sam enters the universe of sleep, a man who seeks to live in such a way as to avoid pain, and succeeds merely in avoiding pleasure. What a dreary compromise is life!
(Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Narrator, The Man Who Studied Yoga, in New Short Novels 2, ch. 5, Ballantine (1956).
Describing Sam Slovoda; final sentence of story.)