Great Throughts Treasury

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Alexander Ziskind Maimon

When a person who has some personal suffering sees others empathize with him, he feels a degree of relief.

Character | Suffering |

John H. Aughey, fully John Hill Aughey

This is one of the sad conditions of life, that experience is not transmissible. No man will learn from the suffering of another; he must suffer himself.

Experience | Life | Life | Man | Suffering | Will | Wisdom | Learn |

Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo NULL

Faith is to believe, on the word of God, what we do not see, and its reward is to see and enjoy what we believe.

Faith | God | Reward | Wisdom |

Dada Vaswani, born Jashan Pahalraj Vaswani

What is the meaning of life? The meaning may not be expressed in words. It transcends the mind and the intellect. The meaning is to be experienced, realized... It is open to everyone who would live according to certain disciplines... The discipline of duty. Life is a field of duty, not a dance of desires... The discipline of service... We are here to help others... The opposite of love is not hate but apathy... The discipline of silence... The meaning of life is to love God and to give the service of love to the suffering children of God. And to the birds and animals who are God’s children as well.

Apathy | Character | Children | Discipline | Duty | God | Hate | Life | Life | Love | Meaning | Mind | Service | Silence | Suffering | Words | God |

Simone Weil

The same suffering is much harder to bear for a high motive than for a base one. The people who stood motionless, from one to eight in the morning, for the sake of having an egg, would have found it very difficult to do in order to save a human life.

Character | Life | Life | Order | People | Suffering |

Babylonian Talmud

The reward of studying is understanding.

Reward | Understanding | Wisdom |

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

How many years of fatigue and punishment it takes to learn the simple truth that work, that disagreeable thing, is the only way of not suffering in life, or at all events, of suffering less.

Events | Life | Life | Punishment | Suffering | Truth | Wisdom | Work | Learn |

R. H. Blyth, fully Reginald Horace Blyth

We are to live with life and die with death, not separated from them. The problem of suffering is insoluble, because we think of ourselves as apart from pain and death, in opposition to them. We can be free from change only by changing with it.

Change | Death | Life | Life | Opposition | Pain | Suffering | Wisdom | Think |

Brillat-Savarin, fully Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin NULL

In compelling man to eat that he may live, Nature gives an appetite to invite him, and pleasure to reward him.

Appetite | Man | Nature | Pleasure | Reward | Wisdom |

Boethius, fully Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius NULL

Keep the middle path of strength and virtue, lest you be overwhelmed by misfortune or corrupted by pleasant fortune. All that falls short or goes too far ahead, has contempt for happiness, and gains not the reward for labor done. It rests in your own hands what shall be the nature of the fortune which you choose to form for yourself. For all fortune which seems difficult, either exercises virtue, or corrects or punishes vice.

Contempt | Fortune | Labor | Misfortune | Nature | Reward | Strength | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom | Misfortune |

Boethius, fully Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius NULL

Of all suffering from fortune, the unhappiest misfortune is to have known a happy fortune.

Fortune | Happy | Misfortune | Suffering | Wisdom | Misfortune |

Vera Mary Brittain

There is an abiding beauty which may be appreciated by those who will see things as they are and who will ask no reward except to see.

Beauty | Reward | Will | Wisdom | Beauty |

Celia Burleigh

When God will educate a man, He compels him to learn bitter lessons. He sends him to school to the Necessities rather than to the Graces, that by knowing all suffering he may know also the eternal consolations.

Eternal | God | Knowing | Man | Suffering | Will | Wisdom | God | Learn |

Henri Cartier-Bresson

The meaning of life cannot be separated from the meaning of death. Even the sun dies, so death is natural too. Only suffering must be appeased.

Death | Life | Life | Meaning | Suffering | Wisdom |

Joanne Catherall

The three foundations of learning: Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much.

Learning | Suffering | Wisdom |

Edward Dahlberg

We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared.

Suffering | Wisdom |