Suffering and Pain

“I have never changed out of joy.  Joyful experiences have not forced me to change.  What forces me to change is something stressful, something very painful most of the time.  That is what forces me to go inside myself and see what I’ve got to deal with.  What are my resources?…” Isabel Allende in The Gift of Pain: Transforming Hurt into Healing by Barbara Altemus

“The greatest grief’s are those we cause ourselves.” (author unknown)

“The world breaks everyone and after many are strong at the broken places.” (Hemingway)

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” (Helen Keller)

“All the best transformations are accompanied by pain. That’s the point of them.” (Fay Weldon)

“A wounded deer leaps highest” (Emily Dickinson)

“Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something that wants help from us.”  (Rainer Maria Rilke)

“Let your tears come. Let them water your soul.” (Eileen Mayhew)

“Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.” (Oscar Wilde)

“Sorrow makes us very good or very bad.” (George Sand)

“That which oppresses me, is it my soul trying to come out in the open, or the soul of the world knocking at my heart for entrance.” (Ravindranath Tagore)

“There is no birth of consciousness without pain.” (Carl Jung)

“It is significant that the experience of despair is a yoga. Despair is often the first step on the path to spiritual life, and many people do not awaken to the reality of God and the experience of transformation in their lives until they go through the experience of emptiness, disillusion, and despair.” (Bede Griffith)

“Where I am, I don’t know, I’ll never know, in the silence you don’t know, you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” (Samuel Beckett)

“God comes through the wound.” (Marion Woodman)

“…my deprivation had been my greatest blessing. What counts is not what you have lost but what you have left.” (Harold Russell)

“It’s hard to tell our bad luck from our good luck sometimes. Hard to tell sometimes for many years to come.” (Merle Shain)

“All suffering prepares the soul for vision.” (Martin Buber)

“The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.” (Joanna Macy)

“Those times of depression tell you that it’s either time to get out of the story your in and move into a new story, or that you’re in the right story but there’s some piece of it you are not living out.” (Carol S. Pearson)

“We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.” (Marcel Proust)

“I bend but I do not break”  (Jean de La Fontaine)

“The greater the obstacle , the more glory in overcoming it.” (Moliere)

“Rebellion against  your handicaps gets you nowhere.  Self-pity gets you nowhere.  One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most  interesting game in the world – making the most of one’s best.”  (Harry Emerson Fosdick)

“Holiness has most often been revealed to me in the exquisite pun of the first syllable, in holes – in not enough help, in brokenness, mess.  High holy places, with ethereal sound and stained glass, can massage my illusion of holiness, but in holes and lostness I can pick up the light of small ordinary progress, newly made moments flecked like pepper into the slog and the disruptions.” (Anne Lamott)