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There is purpose in pain; otherwise it were devilish.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

Sense of pleasure we may well
  Spare out of life perhaps, and not repine,
    But live content, which is the calmest life;
      But pain is perfect misery, the worst
        Of evils, and excessive, overturns
          All patience.
      - John Milton

There are few pains so grievous as to have seen, divined, or experienced how an exceptional man has missed his way and deteriorated.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Pain itself is not without its alleviations. It may be violent and frequent, but it is seldom both violent and long continued; and its pauses and intermissions become positive pleasures. It has the power of shedding a satisfaction over intervals of ease, which, I believe, few enjoyments exceed.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

You purchase pain with all that joy can give,
  And die of nothing but a rage to live.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 99)

Pain is no longer pain when it is past.
      - Margaret Junkin Preston,
        Old Songs and New--Nature's Lesson

The most painful part of our bodily pain is that which is bodiless or immaterial, namely, our impatience, and the delusion that it will last forever.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Ah, to think how thin the veil that lies
  Between the pain of hell and Paradise.
      - George William Russell (used pseudonym "AE"),

Pain pays the income of each precious thing.
      - William Shakespeare

Why, all delights are vain, but that most vain
  Which, with pain purchased, doth inherit pain:
    As, painfully to pore upon a book,
      To seek the light of truth, which truth the while
        Doth falsely blind the eyesight of his look.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at I, i)

Tut, man, one fire burns out another's burning;
  One pain is less'ned by another's anguish;
    Turn giddy, and be holp by backward turning;
      One desperate grief cures with another's languish.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Benvolio at I, ii)

The scourge of life, and death's extreme disgrace,
  The smoke of hell,--that monster called Paine.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney), Sidera--Paine

Pain is an outcry of sin.
      - Bishop Robert South

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.
      - Laurence Sterne

All fits of pleasure are balanced by an equal degree of pain or languor; it is like spending this year part of the next year's revenues.
      - Jonathan Swift

Patience alleviates, as impatience augments, pain; thus persons of strong will suffer less than those who give way to irritation.
      - Jonathan Swift

The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

And the wind that saddens, the sea that gladdens,
  Are singing the selfsame strain.
      - Bayard Taylor, Wind and the Sea

There's a pang in all rejoicing,
  And a joy in the heart of pain;
    And the wind that saddens, the sea that gladdens,
      Are singing the selfsame strain.
      - Bayard Taylor, Wind and the Sea

Nothing begins, and nothing ends,
  That is not paid with moan;
    For we are born in others' pain,
      And perish in our own.
      - Francis Thompson

Pain addeth zest unto pleasure, and teacheth the luxury of health.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Pain adds rest unto pleasure, and teaches the luxury of health.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Pain is the root of knowledge.
      - Simone Weil

The mark of rank in nature is capacity for pain,
  And the anguish of the singer marks the sweetness of the strain.
      - Sarah Williams ("Saidie"),
        Twilight Hours--Is it so, O Christ, in Heaven

When pain can't bless, heaven quits us in despair.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night IX, l. 500)

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