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.


Pain, like other sensations, can be our teacher. Approach pain with respect and an attitude of inquiry. Much of our suffering is a result of our avoidance of pain.     

Josh Bartok

Pain is love and love is pain.     

Tobias Gad

A little pain in my heart / Just won't let me be / Wake up restless nights / Lord, and I can't even sleep.     

Naomi Neville

Pain is not the ultimate mode of perfection. It is merely provisional and a protest.     

Oscar Wilde

Pain, unlike pleasure, wears no mask.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Khalil Gibran

Much of your pain is self-chosen.     

Khalil Gibran

After great pain, a formal feeling comes / The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs / The stiff Heart questions, was it He, that bore / And Yesterday, or Centuries before?     

Emily Dickinson

Pain, like time, is a backdrop to running.     

Hal Higdon

The beginning of all pain and suffering in the world started with one act of disobedience.     

Billy Graham