— Naoko Takeuchi Japanese manga artist 1967
„their swaying bodies reflected the agitation of their minds, and they suffered the worst agony of all, ever just within the reach of safety or just on the point of destruction.“
Book VII, 7.71- (See also: Fog of war..).
History of the Peloponnesian War, Book VII
„When you're older you'll know what people who love suffer. The agony. It's better to be cold and young than to love. It's happened to me before but never like this - so accidental - just when everything was going well.“
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, buch Tender Is the Night
Quelle: Tender Is the Night
„We too must suffer all the suffering around us. We all have not one body, but we have one way of growing, and this leads us through all anguish, whether in this or in that form. Just as the child develops through all the stages of life right into old age and to death (and fundamentally to the earlier stage the later one seems out of reach, in relation both to desire and to fear), so also do we develop (no less deeply bound up with mankind than with ourselves) through all the sufferings of this world. There is no room for justice in this context, but neither is there any room either for fear of suffering or for the interpretation of suffering as a merit.“
— Franz Kafka, buch Die Zürauer Aphorismen
The Zürau Aphorisms (1917 - 1918)
— John Wooden American basketball coach 1910 - 2010
Interview on Charlie Rose https://archive.org/details/WHUT_20100614_130000_Charlie_Rose (2000)
„If any suffering was fruitless it was the agony of a hangover; what he suffered now could not expiate suffering of any other kind.“
— Kenzaburō Ōe, buch A Personal Matter
A Personal Matter (1964)
„The essences of the Gods never came into existence (for that which always is never comes into existence; and that exists for ever which possesses primary force and by nature suffers nothing): neither do they consist of bodies; for even in bodies the powers are incorporeal. Neither are they contained by space; for that is a property of bodies. Neither are they separate from the first cause nor from one another, just as thoughts are not separate from mind nor acts of knowledge from the soul.“
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
II. That God is unchanging, unbegotten, eternal, incorporeal, and not in space.
The essences of the gods are neither generated; for eternal natures are without generation; and those beings are eternal who possess a first power, and are naturally void of passivity. Nor are their essences composed from bodies; for even the powers of bodies are incorporeal: nor are they comprehended in place; for this is the property of bodies: nor are they separated from the first cause, or from each other; in the same manner as intellections are not separated from intellect, nor sciences from the soul.
II. That a God is immutable, without Generation, eternal, incorporeal, and has no Subsistence in Place, as translated by Thomas Taylor
On the Gods and the Cosmos
„(…) Pain and suffering are only the body and the mind screaming for attention. To go beyond the body you must be healthy; to go beyond the mind, you must have your mind in perfect order. (…).“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Quelle: I am That, P.130.
— Vasil Bykaŭ Belarusian writer 1924 - 2003
Васіль Быкаў. Трэцяя ракета http://rv-blr.com/literature/charter/11223 // rv-blr.com (in Belarusian)
— Jack Kevorkian American pathologist, euthanasia activist 1928 - 2011
Quoted in "Physician-assisted death" - Page 100 - by James M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder, Gregg A. Kasting - 1994
„We will not just say, "I love him very much," but instead, "I will do something so that he will suffer less." The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person's suffering.“
— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
Quelle: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
„These persons all have two souls, two beings within them. There is God and the devil in them; the mother's blood and the father's; the capacity for happiness and the capacity for suffering; and in just such a state of enmity and entanglement towards and within each other as were the wolf and man in Harry.“
— Hermann Hesse, buch Der Steppenwolf
„For Poirot, uttering a hoarse and inarticulate cry, again annihilated his masterpiece of cards and putting his hands over his eyes swayed backwards and forwards, apparently suffering the keenest agony.
“Good heavens Poirot!” I cried. “What is the matter? Are you taken ill?”“
— Agatha Christie, buch The Mysterious Affair at Styles
“No, no,” he gasped. “It is — it is — that I have an idea!”
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
„Only through the group, I realised — through sharing the suffering of the group — could the body reach that height of existence that the individual alone could never attain.“
— Yukio Mishima, buch Sun and Steel
Quelle: Sun and Steel (1968), p. 87.
Kontext: Only through the group, I realised — through sharing the suffering of the group — could the body reach that height of existence that the individual alone could never attain. And for the body to reach that level at which the divine might be glimpsed, a dissolution of individuality was necessary. The tragic quality of the group was also necessary, the quality that constantly raised the group out of the abandon and torpor into which it was prone to lapse, leading it to an ever-mounting shared suffering and so to death, which was the ultimate suffering. The group must be open to death — which meant, of course, that it must be a community of warriors.
„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.“
— Arthur Schopenhauer, buch Parerga und Paralipomena
...in der ganzen Natur, mit dem Grad der Intelligenz die Fähigkeit zum Schmerze sich steigert, also ebenfalls erst hier ihre höchste Stufe erreicht.
The Wisdom of Life. Chapter II. Personality, or What a Man Is: Footnote 19
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Not yet placed by volume, chapter or section
— Graham Greene, buch Der stille Amerikaner
Quelle: The Quiet American
„Nobody wins. Nobody benefits from destructive war of this sort and there is all of this human suffering.“
— Linus Pauling American scientist 1901 - 1994
Interview at Big Sur, California http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/printmember/pau0int-1 (11 November 1990).
Kontext: I realized that more and more I was saying, "It seems to me that we have come to the time war ought to be given up. It no longer makes sense to kill 20 million or 40 million people because of a dispute between two nations who are running things, or decisions made by the people who really are running things. It no longer makes sense. Nobody wins. Nobody benefits from destructive war of this sort and there is all of this human suffering." And Einstein was saying the same thing of course. So that is when we decided — my wife and I — that first, I was pretty effective as a speaker. Second, I better start boning up, studying these other fields so that nobody could stand up and say, "Well, the authorities say such and such "
„Not only does society suffer from racism and sexism but it also suffers from ageism. Once you reach a certain age you're not allowed to be adventurous, you're not allowed to be sexual. I mean, is there a rule? Are you supposed to just die?“
— Madonna American singer, songwriter, and actress 1958
Madonna Refuses To Become A Victim of Ageism, chinadaily.com.cn, 2007-12-18 http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/showbiz/2007-12F/10/content_6310487.htm,
Madonna said it at 34 in Jonathan Ross interview ( Ageism and Madonna http://madonnascrapbook.blogspot.ru/2012/02/ageism-and-madonna-saying-fuck-you.html).
„Translation: I and motherland are one. My name is Million, because for millions do I love and suffer agonies.“
— Adam Mickiewicz, buch Dziady
Ja i ojczyzna to jedno. Nazywam sie Milion, bo za miliony kocham i cierpię katuszę.
Part three, scene one.
Dziady (Forefathers' Eve) http://www.ap.krakow.pl/nkja/literature/polpoet/mic_fore.htm