Monday, March 24, 2008

Pain -

In time of sickness the soul collects itself anew. -- Latin Proverb

We cannot learn without pain. -- Aristotle

Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you. Pain is inevitable. Misery is optional. Physical pain is a fact that comes with living, just as illness or financial woes or broken relationships are facts. But misery is a state of mind, a reaction to the facts, that can be controlled or altered by an act of will.-- Barbara, crippled by arthritis.

Pain is a kindly, hopeful thing, a certain proof of life, a clear assurance that all is not yet over, that there is still a chance. But if your heart has no pain -- well, that may betoken health, as you suppose: but are you certain that it does not mean that your soul is dead?... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954)

Pain is life - the sharper, the more evidence of life.Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Life's sharpest rapture is surcease of pain.-- Emma Lazarus

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
C S Lewis - The Problem of Pain

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 righteous and loving. C. S. LEWIS, The Problem of Pain

No doubt Pain as God's megaphone is a terrible instrument; it may lead to final and unrepented rebellion. But it gives the only opportunity the bad man can have for amendment. It removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul. C. S. LEWIS

[Pain] removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul. -- C.S. Lewis --The Problem of Pain

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment. --Karl Marx

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.-- William Penn

Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey.-- Proust

In the country of pain we are each alone.--May Sarton

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