Agony Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old agony quotes, agony sayings, and agony proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Agony sometimes changes form but it never ceases for anybody.     

Charles Bukowski

Man's unique agony as a species consists in his perpetual conflict between the desire to stand out and the need to blend in.     

Sydney J. Harris

The agony of lovers burns with the fire of passion. Lovers leave traces of where they've been. The wailing of broken hearts is the doorway to God.     


Controlled hysteria is what's required. To exist constantly in a state of controlled hysteria. It's agony. But everyone has agony. The difference is that I try to take my agony home and teach it to sing.     

Arthur Miller

When we focus on our pain, our ache deepens.     

Kristin Armstrong

The pain we suffer is a way to make us appreciate what comes next.     

Mitch Albom

Love was an agony beyond compare.     

Nalini Singh

Longing is the agony of the nearness of the distant.     

Martin Heidegger

Get through the agony and anger, the pain and strife, and take the necessary steps to try to change my life.     


To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind.     

Jerome Drayton

We suffer much agony because we try to get from people what only God can give us, which is a sense of worth and value. Look to God for what you need, not to people.     

Joyce Meyer

We're all afraid of suffering or agony or torture. It's only natural in some ways. It's only human, let's say. I don't know how natural it is. It probably is conditioning.     


What was the difference between love and the agony of waiting? Like love, the agony of waiting began in the muscles somewhere around the upper belly but soon spread out to the chest, the thighs, and the forehead, to invade the entire body with numbing force.     

Orhan Pamuk

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.     

Haruki Murakami

Pain withheld becomes hate, pain shared becomes love.     


Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.     

Khalil Gibran

The pain of yesterday is the strength of today.     

Paulo Coelho

The pain that we cause is the cause of our pain.      

Leif Erikson

The pain of the flesh is naught to that of the heart.     

Jacqueline Carey

Even while you're in pain, your happiness will be waiting.     

Katsura Hoshino

Pain is the fuel that lights the flame of our enlightenment.     

Eckhart Tolle

Recycle your pain, allow your pain to reach you to greatness.     

Eric Thomas

If you do not transform your pain, you will always transmit it.     

Richard Rohr

What is the worst pain? To me, it's always the pain that is present.     

Suzanne Collins

The pain of love is the pain of being alive. It is a perpetual wound.     

Maureen Duffy

Pain is the great teacher of mankind. Beneath its breath souls develop.     

Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

To experience the agony of defeat makes you stronger. It's like taking one step back and two steps forward. To experience the agony of defeat makes you appreciate the experience of winning. That's what makes a champion.     

Leon Spinks

Pain is weakness leaving the body.     

Chesty Puller

Pain is a horribly wonderful gift.     

Bryant McGill

Pain is pain. It needs no description.     

Christopher Paolini

Without pain, we couldn't know joy.     

John Green

Depression is pain in its purest form.     

J.A. Redmerski

God never allows pain without a purpose.     

Jerry Bridges

It's true that the pain makes people change     

Kid Cudi

Only pain can define the meaning of tears.     

Munia Khan

Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain.     

Eckhart Tolle

Pain Doesn't go away, you just make room for it.     

The Walking Dead

Our pain carves out a larger space for love to fill.     

Khalil Gibran

Your pain is an opportunity for you to learn about yourself.     

Gary Zukav

Pain is a message, and you can choose to ignore that message.     

James Patterson

The pain is when the dreams change, as they do, as they must.      

Jeanette Winterson

Compassion is to share the pain without sharing the suffering.     

Shinzen Young

People do not hear our pain when they believe they are at fault.     

Marshall B. Rosenberg

People in pain don't always see things as clearly as they should.     

Nicholas Sparks

There is great pain in all love, but we don't care, it's worth it.     

Lewis Nordan