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Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure.
- Jeremy Bentham
World's use is cold, world's love is vain,
World's cruelty is bitter bane;
But pain is not the fruit of pain.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
A Vision of Poets (st. 146)
Pain dies quickly, and lets her weary prisoners go; the fiercest agonies have shortest reign.
- William Cullen Bryant
They talk of short lived pleasures--be it so
Pain dies as quickly; stern, hard featur'd pain
Expires, and lets her weary prisoner go.
The fiercest agonies have shortest reign.
- William Cullen Bryant
The same refinement which brings us new pleasures exposes us to new pains.
- Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
Other men's pains are easily borne.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
The brute animals have all the same sensations of pain as human beings, and consequently endure as much pain when their body is hurt; but in their case the cruelty of torment is greater, because they have no mind to bear them up against their sufferings, and no hope to look forward to when enduring the last extreme pain. Their happiness consists entirely in present enjoyment.
- Thomas Chalmers
There is no mortal whom pain and disease do not reach.
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)
Pain may be said to follow pleasure as its shadow.
- Charles Caleb Colton
Say, ye oppress'd by some fantastic woes,
Some jarring nerve that baffles your repose;
Who press the downy couch, while slaves advance
With timid eye, to read the distant glance;
Who with sad prayers the weary doctor tease,
To name the nameless ever-new disease;
Who with mock patience dire complaints endure,
Which real pain and that alone can cure;
How would ye bear in real pain to lie,
Despised, neglected, left alone to die?
How would ye bear to draw your latest breath,
Where all that's wretched paves the way for death?
- George Crabbe, The Village
(bk. I, l. 250-61)
There is no greater pain than to remember, in our present grief, past happiness.
- Dante ("Dante Alighieri"),
The Divine Comedy
(Inferno, canto V, l. 121-23)
Long pains, with use of bearing, are half eased.
- John Dryden
Sweet the pleasure after pain.
- John Dryden
Pain is the great teacher of mankind. Beneath its breath souls develop.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Nature knows best, and she says, roar!
- Maria Edgeworth, Ormond
(ch. V, King Corny in a Paroxysm of the Gout)
Pain is the deepest thing we have in our nature, and union through pain has always seemed more real and holy than any other.
- Henry Hallam
Phychical pain is more easily borne than physical; and if I had my choice between a bad conscience and a bad tooth, I should choose the former.
- Heinrich Heine
So great was the extremity of his pain and anguish, that he did not only sigh but roar.
- Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
(Job III, V, 24)
Physical pain however great ends in itself and falls away like dry husks from the mind, whilst moral discords and nervous horrors sear the soul.
- Alice James
Pain and disease awaken us to convictions which are necessary to our moral condition.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
Pain is no evil, unless it conquers us.
- Charles Kingsley
Life's sharpest rapture is surcease of pain.
- Emma Lazarus
God has scattered several degrees of pleasure and pain in all the things that environ and affect us, and blended them together in almost all our thoughts.
- John Locke (1)
There is purpose in pain,
Otherwise it were devilish.
- Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
Lucile (pt. II, canto V, st. 8)
There is a pleasure that is born of pain.
- Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)
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