Quotations About / On: PAIN

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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).)
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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).)
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  • 66.
    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).)
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  • 67.
    Can pain ever disappear? It is not possible to ever smile. Smiling is never easy especially when sadness is always hidden. Can cry but what is the use when nobody understands anymore. It is only pain, which is so painful.
    (rohit sapra)
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  • 68.
    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).)
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  • 69.
    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).)
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  • 70.
    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).)
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