Quotations About / On: PAIN
There is no more lively sensation than that of pain; its impressions are certain and dependable, they never deceive as may those of the pleasure women perpetually feign and almost never experience.
(Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Clément, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791).)
Be assured that it gives much more pain to the mind to be in debt, than to do without any article whatever which we may seem to want.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, June 14, 1787, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson0s0. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 43, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
Skilled workers historically have been ambivalent toward automation, knowing that the bodies it would augment or replace were the occasion for both their pain and their power.
(Shoshana Zuboff (b. 1951), U.S. social scientist. In the Age of the Smart Machine, ch. 1 (1988).)
I want him to know and feel pain, so that when I alleviate it he'll also know gratitude.... What I create I must control.
(Kenneth Langtry. Herbert L. Strock. Prof. Frankenstein (Whit Bissell), Teenage Frankenstein, explaining to his assistant why he'll be operating without anesthetic (1957).)
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. The Will to Power, bk. 2, note 362 (1888, trans. 1967).)
Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us.
(Freya Stark (1893-1993), British travel writer. Perseus in the Wind, ch. 16 (1948).)
I am persuaded ... that both man and woman bear pain or sorrow, (and, for aught I know, pleasure too) best in a horizontal position.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1761), vol. 3, ch. 29, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).)
Developing the muscles of the soul demands no competitive spirit, no killer instinct, although it may erect pain barriers that the spiritual athlete must crash through.
(Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. The Change: Women, Aging and the Menopause, ch. 2 (1991).)
Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
(Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mr. Scogan, in Crome Yellow, ch. 15 (1922).)
Imaginary pains are by far the most real we suffer, since we feel a constant need for them and invent them because there is no way of doing without them.
(E.M. Cioran (b. 1911), Romanian-born French philosopher. The Trouble with Being Born, ch. 3 (1973).)