Human Suffering Quotes

Quotes tagged as "human-suffering" (showing 1-16 of 16)
Yann Martel
“Afterwards, when it's all over, you meet God. What do you say to God?”
Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil

Elie Wiesel
“I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lies are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men and women are prosecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must--at that moment--become the center of the universe.”
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Marianne Williamson
“Spirituality isn't some quaint stepchild of an intelligent worldview, or the only option for those of us not smart enough to understand the facts of the real world. Spirituality reflects the most sophisticated mindset, and the most powerful force available for the transformation of human suffering.”
Marianne Williamson, Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“If life really begins at forty, then all poor people die in their teens.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, N for Nigger: Aphorisms for Grown Children and Childish Grown-ups

Roger Zelazny
“I was not always that way, but perhaps the shadow Earth, where I spent so many years, mellowed me a bit, and maybe my hitch in the dungeons of Amber reminded me somewhat of the quality of human suffering. I do not know. I only know that I could not pass by the hurt I saw on the form of someone much like someone who had once been a friend.”
Roger Zelazny, The Guns of Avalon

Frank X. Barron
“On the ward there was hurt and pain so big and so deep that speech could not express it. I had been interested in philosophy, and suddenly philosophy came alive for me, for here the basic questions of human existence were not abstractions: they were embodied in human suffering”
Frank X. Barron, Unusual Associates: A Festschrift for Frank Barron

John   Kramer
“Too much reason limits man to the physical world and blinds his imagination to the greater things that may be. But too much faith blinds him from curing the human suffering in this world. Men with too much faith accept suffering; they expect it and even seek it out.”
John Kramer, Blythe

“We unthinkingly build the pilings of our lives upon whatever comes along. Like it or not, we play the hand that fate deals us. If fate is kind, some people credit their fortuitous circumstances to their ingenuity and resoluteness. If fate is cruel, some people curse God. The truth is that an unenlightened person resists suffering, they continually wish for a world different than it is, whereas an enlightened person learns how to suffer heroically.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Martin Amis
“Only parents and torturers and the janitors of holocausts are asked to stand the sound of so much human grief.”
Martin Amis, London Fields

Alexander McCall Smith
“Africa was full of people in need of help and there had to be a limit. You simply could not help everybody; but you could at least help those who came into your life. That principle allowed you to deal with the suffering you saw. That was your suffering. Other people would have to deal with the suffering that they, in their turn, came across.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Morality for Beautiful Girls

“When it comes to human suffering, appearance is everything.”
Nadja Sam

“Both glory and dominion last forever but glory is for God and dominion is for mankind.”

Jane Wilson-Howarth
“Seeing human suffering changes you. It either makes you compassionate or it makes you hard.”
Jane Wilson-Howarth

Michael Nava
“I was a good lawyer , and most days that was enough. I was aware, however, that I took refuge in my profession, as unlikely as that seemed considering the amount of human suffering I dealt with. It offered me a role to escape into, from what I no longer knew; perhaps nothing more significant than my own little ration of suffering.”
Michael Nava, The Little Death

“The thinking at the epicenter of most human conflict: “I’m right; you’re wrong.”
Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life

Mircea Cărtărescu
“Încotro ducea conducta verticală a suferinței umane? Cine se hrănea cu plânsul și nefericirea și neputința și nimicnicia și vremelnicia noastră? Cine se bucura de trosnetul oaselor noastre, de chinul iubirii ne-mpărtășite, de ravagiile cancerului și-ale morții celor apropiați, de pielea arsă, de ochii scoși, de venele explodate? Pentru cine substanța limpede ca lacrima a nenorocirii noastre era necesară ca aerul și apa?... Hedoniști ai durerii, vizionari ai terorii, arhangheli ai strivirii de viu, regi ai distrugerii și ai urii...”
Mircea Cărtărescu, Solenoid