Pain and suffering are part of life.

Pain is unavoidable and can happen to us in a variety of ways. It can be mental or physical pain. Honestly, this and more, are reasons why a lot of people complain that life is very painful.

Whether you are having physical or emotional pain emanating from a relationship breakup, the death of someone close to your heart, or battling with illness. The following carefully selected pain quotes will remind you of how strong you can be and give you the encouragement not to give up. Nothing good comes easy and most times we have to undergo pains in our journey to succeed in life.

The most popular quotes about pain

  • “Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.” –  Michael J. Fox
  • “Adversity is the first path to truth.” –  Lord Byron
  • “All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.” – Cicero
  • “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me…. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” —Walt Disney
  • “Along with pain comes satisfaction and with satisfaction comes relief.” –  Maxime Lagacé
  • “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
  • “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –  Anais Nin
  • “Anybody can laugh in joy, but the bold ones also smile in pain…knowing that pain is just like a zooming train, that will soon pass by.” – RVM
  • “Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.” – Sarah Dessen
  • “Are you facing or avoiding your pain? Are you caring for your emotions or are you making yourself busy? Learn to wait and embrace your suffering. Fleeing it will simply bring more confusion. Facing it will bring clarity.” – Maxime Lagacé
  • “Bad is never good until worse happens.” – Danish proverb
  • “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” – Walter Anderson
  • “Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” – Robert Service
  • “Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” –  Ovid
  • “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” –  Iain Thomas
  • “Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.” – Eckhart Tolle
  • “Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain.” – Bob Dylan
  • “Better bread with water than cake with trouble.” –  Russian proverb
  • “Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?” –  Rose F. Kennedy
  • “But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.” –  Margaret Atwood
  • “Challenges are part of life; We weaken our spirit when we act in fear and lose hope. But we strengthen our spirit, when we fearlessly with faith and hope, rise up to meet and conquer the challenges.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  • “Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” –  Tony Robbins
  • “Change is slow and gradual. It requires hard work, a bit of luck, a fair amount of self-sacrifice, and a lot of patience.” –  Robert Greene
  • “Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.” –  Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” –  Ludwig Jacobowski
  • “Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure.” – Rumi
  • “Don’t give up in times of difficulty. Persevere on as there will be an end to these.” – Edward Dunedin
  • “Don’t let pain define you, let it refine you.” –  Tim Fargo
  • “Embrace the feeling. Start the healing.” –  Maxime Lagacé
  • “Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful.” –  Robert Greene
  • “Every flower must grow through dirt.” –  Unknown
  • “Every negative situation contains the possibility for something positive, an opportunity. It is how you look at it that matters.” –  Robert Greene
  • “Every pain is a gift. Every pain is an opportunity.” –  Maxime Lagacé
  • “Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.” –  Neil Gaiman
  • “Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.” –  Aristotle
  • “First, having a larger goal will lift your mind out of the moment and help you endure the hard work and drudgery. Second, as you become better at this task or craft, it becomes increasingly pleasurable.” –  Robert Greene
  • “Following a path is easy. Creating a new one is tough but it will lead you to new places.” –  Maxime Lagacé
  • “Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain.” –  Bruce Lee
  • “Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” –  Bo Bennett
  • “God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.” –  John Aughey
  • “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Great things never came from comfort zones.” – Neil Strauss
  • “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” – Rumi
  • “Growth in painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Unknown
  • “Handling our suffering is an art. If we know how to suffer, we suffer much less, and we’re no longer afraid of being overwhelmed by the suffering inside.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man. Dr. Seuss
  • “Humility, after the first shock, is a cheerful virtue.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “I Am Not What Happened To Me. I Am What I Choose To Become.” – Unknown
  • “I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” – Jewish proverb
  • “I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.” – Haruki Murakami
  • “I don’t believe there is pleasure in life. I believe there is only relief of pain… We have to suffer to be on top.” –  Georges St-Pierre
  • “I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.” – Elizabeth Taylor
  • “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” – Mother Teresa
  • “I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” – Rita Mero
  • “I think that humans have a huge capacity to carry pain and sadness. There are things that haunt us our entire lives; we are unable to let them go. The good times seem almost effervescent and dreamlike in comparison with the times that didn’t go so well.” –  Henry Rollins
  • “I’m willing to accept any kind of pain to win a race.” – Rick Wohlhutter
  • “I’ve learned more from pain than I could’ve ever learned from pleasure.” –  Unknown
  • “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius
  • “If you can sit with your pain, listen to your pain and respect your pain—in time you will move through your pain.” – Bryant McGill
  • “If you’re bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” –  Lou Holtz
  • “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
  • “It hurts because it matters.” – John Green
  • “It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.” – Marquis de Sade
  • “It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” –  Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” – Julius Caesar
  • “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “It is when I struggle that I strengthen. It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am.” – Steve Maraboli
  • “It is when we hurt that we learn.” –  Steve Maraboli
  • “It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all.” –  Unknown
  • “It’s not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.” – Ashleigh Brilliant
  • “It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again.” – Vince Lombardi
  • “It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness.” –  We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” – Chuck Palahniuk
  • “Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.” –  Charlie Chaplin
  • “Let go of the past.” –  Robert Greene
  • “Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?” –  Leo Buscaglia
  • “Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.” –  William Shakespeare
  • “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
  • “Life didn’t promise to be wonderful.” –  Teddy Pendergrass
  • “Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.” –  Cesare Pavese
  • “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something. William Goldman
  • “Life is pain, so live it up while you can.” –  Ernest Hemingway
  •  “Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” –  Milton Erickson
  • “Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.” —Joel Osteen
  • “Most of the gains in life come from suffering in the short term, so you can get paid in the long term.” – Naval Ravikant
  • “Move toward resistance and pain.” –  Robert Greene
  • “Much of your pain is self-chosen.” – Kahlil Gibran
  • “My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.” –  Charlie Chaplin
  • “Neurosis is the natural by-product of pain avoidance.” – Carl Jung
  • “Never Apologize For Being Sensitive Or Emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.” – Unknown
  • “Love breeds sacrifice…which in turn breeds hatred. Then you can know pain” – Naruto pain quote
  • “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu
  • “No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back.” – Sheryl Swoopes
  • “No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.” – William Penn
  • “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland
  • “No words can explain the way I’m missing youv Sam Smith
  • “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” – Martin Luther King Jr
  • “Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.” – Andre Gide
  • “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” – J.K. Rowling
  • “Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.” –  Unknown
  • “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” –  Bob Marley
  • “One of my biggest challenge in life was losing someone close to me. One of my biggest learning experience was losing someone close to me.” –  Maxime Lagacé
  • “One of the most courageous decision you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.” – Unknown
  • “One thing you can’t hide – is when you’re crippled inside.” –  John Lennon
  • “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.” – Sophocles
  • “Our most beautiful dreams are born from our most unpleasant nightmares.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
  • “Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, and the most gripping stories.” – Billy Graham
  • “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran
  • “Pain can be controlled, you just disconnect it.” – James Cameron
  • “Pain can change you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom.” – Unknown
  • “Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly … and if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.” – WM. Paul Young
  • “Pain has its own noble joy, when it starts a strong consciousness of life, from a stagnant one.” – John Sterling
  • “Pain is a great motivator.” –  Naval Ravikant
  • “Pain is a part of growing up. It’s how we learn.” – Dan Brown
  • “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” –  Buddha
  • “Pain is like a love affair. When it’s over it’s over.” – Elyse Sommer
  • “Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit.” – Unknown
  • “Pain is real. But so is hope.” –  Unknown
  • “Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • “Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore
  • “Pain pays the income of each precious thing.” – William Shakespeare
  • “Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change.” – Frida Kahlo
  • “People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.” – Jim Morrison
  • “People go through so much pain trying to avoid pain.” –  Neil Strauss
  • “Problems are the price you pay for progress.” –  Branch Rickey
  • “Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” –  Francis Bacon
  • “Remember anything you want that’s valuable requires you to break through short-term pain in order to gain long-term pleasure.” – Tony Robbins
  • “Sacrifice today for tomorrows betterment, you are willing to pay those payments with pain, because pain is just a message when you are fixing something that’s insufficient in your life.” –  Greg Plitt
  • “Sit with the pain until it passes, and you will be calmer for the next one.” – Naval Ravikant
  • “Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking. When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by if you smile through your pain and sorrow. Smile and maybe tomorrow, you’ll see the sun come shining through for you.” – Charlie Chaplin (see more Charlie Chaplin quotes)
  • “Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking. When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by if you smile through your pain and sorrow. Smile and maybe tomorrow, you’ll see the sun come shining through for you.” –  Charlie Chaplin
  • “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – African proverb
  • “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” – Garth Brooks
  • “Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.” –  George R.R (Game of Thrones)
  • “Sometimes pain can drive a man harder than pleasure.” – Don Ingall
  • “Sometimes you must hurt in order to know, fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain, because life’s greatest lessons are learnt through pain.” –Nagato
  • “Sooner or later, you will need to make friends with disappointment.” –  Dr. SunWolf
  • “Stay focused on your purpose, not your pain.” –  Ranal Currie
  • “Stop saying “I wish” and start saying “I will”.” –  Unknown
  • “Strange how we decorate pain.” –  Margaret Atwood
  • “Suffering is an extraordinary teacher.” – Ryan Hall
  • “That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” –  John Green
  • “The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure but to avoid pain.” – Aristotle
  • “The art of life is the art of avoiding pain.” –  Thomas Jefferson
  • “The best way of handling pain was to study it objectively.” – Arthur C. Clarke
  • “The broken heart. You think you will die, but you keep living, day after day after terrible day.” – Charles Dickens
  • “The cost of failure is learning.” –  Neil Strauss
  • “The cure for pain is in the pain.” –  Rumi
  • “The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.” – George Gordon Noel Byron
  • “The more you’re hurt, the more you’ll change.” –  Unknown
  • “The only thing that’s the end of the world is the end of the world.” – Barack Obama
  • “The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.” –  C.S. Lewis
  • “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” –  Charles Dickens
  • “After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here.” –  Walt Disney
  • “The pain of the little finger is felt by the whole body.” – Filipino Proverb
  • “The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.” – Publilius Syrus
  • “The pain started years ago, but I’d lived with it for so long at that point that I’d accepted it as an inevitable part of me.” – Diwakar Sharma
  • “The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is.” – Eckhart Tolle
  • “The pain will leave once it has finished teaching you.” –  Unknown
  • “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” – Unknown
  • “The prettiest smile hides the deepest secrets. The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears. And the kindest hearts have felt the most pain.” –  Unknown
  • “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” –  Thomas Paine (See also: smile quotes)
  • “The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.” –  C.S. Lewis
  • “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives – the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.” –  Norman Cousins
  • “The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle.” –  Janet S. Dickens
  • “There are no gains without pains.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “There are two types of pain in this world: pain that hurts you, and pain that changes you.” –  Unknown
  • “There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength’.” – No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” –  Dalai Lama
  • “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” – Erma Bombeck
  • “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” – Carl Jung
  • “There is no education like adversity.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  • “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” –  Maya Angelou
  • “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.” – Dante Alighieri
  • “There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” – Woody Hayes
  • “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” –  Rumi
  • “They say that time heals a broken heart, but time has stood still since we’ve been apart.” –  Don Gibson
  • “This horror of pain is a rather low instinct and… if I think of human beings I’ve known and of my own life, such as it is, I can’t recall any case of pain which didn’t, on the whole, enrich life.” – Malcolm Muggeridge
  • “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. Bertrand Russell
  • “To hurt is as human as to breathe.” –  J.K. Rowling
  • “Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process.” –  Robert Greene
  • “Top results are achieved only through pain. But eventually you like this pain.” – Juha Vaatainen
  • “Transformation without work and pain, without suffering, without a sense of loss is just an illusion of true change.” – Wm. Paul Young
  • “True discovery happens when you embrace the obstacle. Truth is for the patient, the enduring.” – Maxime Lagacé
  • “True self-discovery begins where your comfort zone ends.” –  Adam Braun
  • “Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.” –  C.S. Lewis
  • “Trying to build a life where you never experience bad feelings is like building a ship that can’t handle a storm.” –  Neil Strauss
  • “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Two barrels of tears will not heal a bruise.” –  Chinese proverb
  • “Waste no tears over the grieves of yesterday.” –  Euripides
  • “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” –  Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • “We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to.” –  C.S. Lewis
  • “We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. Alan Watts
  • “We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.” – John Updike
  • “We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.” –  Charles Bukowski
  • “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” –  Jim Rohn
  • “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” –  Kenji Miyazawa

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