Pain Sayings and Quotes

As humans, we like to avoid pain and suffering as much as possible. Unfortunately life has other plans. There’s no such thing as a pain-free existence. We are not robots. Perhaps though, we cannot know happiness without experiencing pain. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and inspirational pain quotes, sayings, and proverbs.


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

Khalil Gibran

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

Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life.     

Angelina Jolie

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

Lance Armstrong

When you can't remember why you're hurt, that's when you're healed.

Jane Fonda

I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

C. S. Lewis

Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment.     

Will Rogers

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

Buddhist proverb

Pain is what the world inflicts upon us. Suffering is our emotional reaction when we fail to make the difficult conscious choice to choose Joy.     

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.     

Jim Carrey

God gave us pain to remind us we are alive, so we will learn to value the joys and beauty of the world.

Tom Corr

Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Khalil Gibran

An hour of pain is as long as a day of pleasure.

English Proverb

Pain and pleasure like light and darkness, succeed each other.

Lawrence Stone

Pain is immune to empathy...like love.     

Barbara Lazear Ascher

Pain is like a love affair. When it’s over it’s over.

Elyse Sommer

People in pain are like the wandering minstrels of the Renaissance. Any occupied space becomes their court. If the story’s told often enough, perhaps the demons will become manifest. Made visible and mastered though words.     

Barbara Lazear Ascher

Even pain has its joy.     

Russian Proverb

The pain of the little finger is felt by the whole body.

Filipino Proverb

Pain is the only evil I know about. It’s the only one I can fight.

Walter M. Miller

Sometimes pain can drive a man harder than pleasure.

Don Ingalls

He was wise to the ways of pain. He had to be, for he felt none.

James Tiptree

It is our suffering that brings us together. It is not love. Love does not obey the mind, and turns to hate when forced. The bond that binds us is beyond choice. We are brothers. We are brothers in what we share. In pain, which each of us must suffer alone, in hunger, in poverty, in hope, we know our brotherhood.     

Ursula K. Le Guin

The best way of handling pain was to study it objectively.     

Arthur C. Clarke

Pain can be controlled, you just disconnect it.     

James Cameron

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 larks you, but too deep to see.

Margaret Atwood

Pain is the universe unguarded.     

Steve Aylett

Pain is the substance of life and the root of personality, because only suffering is a person.     

Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo

There is nothing more suitable for the purposes of the universe than pain; never a day when you suffer is a lost day.

Amado Nervo

Men are more sensitive to pain than to pleasures.     

Tito Livio

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