Monday, March 09, 2009


If God wants people to suffer, he sends them too much understanding.-Yiddish Proverb

When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool. -Chinua Achebe (1930-____): "Arrow of God," 1967.

Suffering isn't ennobling; recovery is. - Christiaan H. Barnard

We are never ripe till we have been made so by suffering.~Henry Ward Beecher

If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.-Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

Suffering, once accepted, loses its edge, for the terror of it lessens, and what remains is generally more manageable than we had imagined.- Lesley Hazelton

Few spirits are made better by the pain and languor of sickness; as few great pilgrims become eminent saints.- Thomas a Kempis

In a sense it (Christianity) creates, rather than solves, the problem of pain, for pain would be no problem unless side by side with our daily experience of this painful world, we had received what we think a good assurance that ultimate reality is righteousness and loving. C. S. LEWIS, THE PROBLEM OF PAIN

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.- Thomas Merton

Virtue will have naught to do with ease.... It demands a rough and thorny path. -Montaigne

Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.- Mary Tyler Moore

The cross symbolises a cosmic as well as historic truth. Love conquers the world, but its victory is not an easy one. The old does not give way to the new without trying to overcome it.- Reinhold Niebuhr

Suffering passes; having suffered never passes. -Charles PegĂșy (1873-1914)

Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) yourself a Christian, by suffering without murmuring; - in patience possess your soul: they lose nothing who gain Christ. I commend you to the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus. - Samuel Rutherford, Letters, II. To LADY KENMURE, on the occasion of the death of her infant daughter, ANWOTH, Jan, 15, 1629

I know you are in grief and heaviness; and if it were not so, you might be afraid, because then your way would not be so like the way that our Lord saith leadeth to the New Jerusalem. Sure I am, if you knew what were before you, or if you saw some glances of it, you would, with gladness, swim through the present floods of sorrow, spreading forth your arms out of desire to be at land. - Samuel Rutherford, Letters IV. To LADY KENMURE, ANWOTH, Feb. 1, 1630

Unhurt people are not much good in the world. -Enid Starkie

It is by those who have suffered that the world has been advanced.- Leo Tolstoy

Suffer all, and conquer all.-John Wesley (1703-1791)

Gladly shall I come whenever bodily strength will allow to join my testimony with yours in Olney pulpit, that God is love. As yet I have not recovered from the fatigues of my American expedition. My shattered bark is scarce worth docking any more. But I would fain wear, not rust, out. Oh! my dear Mr. Newton, indeed and indeed I am ashamed that I have done and suffered so little for Him that hath done and suffered so much for ill and hell-deserving me.-George Whitefield (1714-1770), letter to John Newton

The need to let suffering speak is a condition of all truth. - Theodor AdornSuccess in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. - Sloan Wilson (1920- )



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