Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
- Alan Watts
God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.
- Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
God creates us free, free to be selfish, but He adds a mechanism that will penetrate our selfishness and wake us up to the presence of others in this world, and that mechanism is called suffering.
- William Nicholson
The reward of suffering is experience.
- Harry S. Truman
Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
- Meister Eckhart
You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation...and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else.
- Hermann Hesse
The more the diamond is cut, the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect His people.
- Thomas Guthrie
Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
- Woody Allen
It's easy to look at people and make quick judgements about them, their present and their pasts, but you'd be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is only one tiny facet of the iceburg hidden from sight. And more often then not, it's lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul.
- Sherrilyn Kenyon
The end is the beginning of all things, suppressed and hidden, awaiting to be released through the rhythm of pain and pleasure… Pain itself destroys pain. Suffering itself frees man from suffering.
- J. Krishnamurti