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.


The human soul is ashamed of itself when it is overcome by pleasure or pain.     

Marco Aurelio Antonino

Top results are achieved only through pain. But eventually you like this pain.     

Juha Vaatainen

I’m willing to accept any kind of pain to win a race.     

Rick Wohlhutter

The marks humans leave are too often scars.     

John Green

Turn your wounds into wisdom.     

Oprah Winfrey

Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.     

George R.R. Martin

Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.     

Robert Gary Lee

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.     

Mother Teresa

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.     

William Penn

Pain has its own noble joy, when it starts a strong consciousness of life, from a stagnant one.     

John Sterling

Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.     

Mary Tyler Moore

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.     

Publilius Syrus

There are no gains without pains.     

Benjamin Franklin

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.     

Carl Jung

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.     

Walter Bagehot

Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, and the most gripping stories.     

Billy Graham

Find a place inside where there's joy and the joy will burn out the pain.     

Joseph Campbell

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.     

Mark Strand

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.     

Kenji Miyazawa

Recovery begins with embracing our pain and taking the risk to share it with others. We do this by joining a group and talking about our pain.     

John Bradshaw

I wish this pain, would go away / The kind of pain that makes you feel like you can't go on no more.     

Nashiem Sa-Allah Myrick

Pain without love / Pain, I can't get enough / Pain, I like it rough / 'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all.     

Neil Sanderson

I got the pain, going insane / Pain in my brain, always insane.     

Gavin Blakely

Everyone that burns has to learn from the pain.     

William Frederick Durst

The pain of love / Lives in our heart / It's deeper than the ocean.     

Guy Chambers

Replacing this pain with something numb / It's so much easier to go / Than face all this pain here all alone.     

Robert G. Bourdon

Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain.     

Ronan Keating

Pleasure is the source of pain; pain is the source of pleasure.     

Jon R. Stone

Fear is the major ingredient of pain. It is what makes pain hurt.     

Josh Bartok