„Buddha says there are two kinds of suffering: the kind that leads to more suffering and the kind that brings an end to suffering.“

—  Terry Tempest Williams, buch Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Quelle: Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Terry Tempest Williams30
American writer 1955

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„True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one’s own the suffering and joys of others.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

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„Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.“

—  Paulo Coelho, buch By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (1994)
Variante: Waiting Hurts. Forgetting Hurts. But not knowing which decision to take is the worst of suffering.
Quelle: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

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„Allah has imposed fasting so that the wealthy might suffer hunger and be kind to the poor.“

—  Hasan al-Askari Eleventh of the Twelve Imams 846 - 874

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„Don’t beat yourself. That’s the worst kind of defeat you’ll ever suffer.
reported by Bill Walton“

—  John Wooden American basketball coach 1910 - 2010

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„The end of suffering does not justify the suffering, and so there is no end to suffering.“

—  Jonathan Safran Foer, buch Extrem laut und unglaublich nah

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„So material a difference does it make, not what ills are suffered, but what kind of man suffers them. For, stirred up with the same movement, mud exhales a horrible stench, and ointment emits a fragrant odor.“

—  Aurelius Augustinus, buch The City of God

Variant translations:
Virtue and vice are not the same, even if they undergo the same torment.
The violence which assails good men to test them, to cleanse and purify them, effects in the wicked their condemnation, ruin, and annihilation.
The City of God (early 400s)
Kontext: Wherefore, though good and bad men suffer alike, we must not suppose that there is no difference between the men themselves, because there is no difference in what they both suffer. For even in the likeness of the sufferings, there remains an unlikeness in the sufferers; and though exposed to the same anguish, virtue and vice are not the same thing. For as the same fire causes gold to glow brightly, and chaff to smoke; and under the same flail the straw is beaten small, while the grain is cleansed; and as the lees are not mixed with the oil, though squeezed out of the vat by the same pressure, so the same violence of affliction proves, purges, clarifies the good, but damns, ruins, exterminates the wicked. And thus it is that in the same affliction the wicked detest God and blaspheme, while the good pray and praise. So material a difference does it make, not what ills are suffered, but what kind of man suffers them. For, stirred up with the same movement, mud exhales a horrible stench, and ointment emits a fragrant odor.

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—  Thich Nhat Tu Vietnamese philosopher 1969

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—  Thomas Merton, buch The Seven Storey Mountain

Quelle: The Seven Storey Mountain (1948)
Kontext: Indeed, 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. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers the most: and his suffering comes to him from things so little and so trivial that one can say that it is no longer objective at all. It is his own existence, his own being, that is at once the subject and the source of his pain, and his very existence and consciousness is his greatest torture.

„The Buddha forbore to specify: as long as there is any "one" to suffer — he will.“

—  Wei Wu Wei writer 1895 - 1986

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