The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
If we include hedonistic philosophy in hospitals, the lives of patients suffering from cancer would be much, much better.
Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.
Gird your hearts with silent fortitude, suffering yet hoping all things.
Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.
Buddhism teaches us not to try to run away from suffering. You have to confront suffering. You have to look deeply into the nature of suffering in order to recognize its cause, the making of the suffering.
For me, an area of moral clarity is: you’re in front of someone who’s suffering and you have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it, and you act.
It does not follow that the meaning must be given from above; that life and suffering must come neatly labeled; that nothing is worth while if the world is not governed by a purpose.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.