Suffering Sayings and Quotes

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

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.     


The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.     

Karl Marx

The reward of suffering is experience.     

Harry S Truman

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.     

Michel de Montaigne

Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life.     


Suffering is the substance of life and the root of personality, for it is only suffering that makes us persons.     

Miguel de Unamuno

Suffering is a corrective to point out a lesson which by other means we have failed to grasp, and never can it be eradicated until that lesson is learnt.     

Edward Bach

It is by suffering that human beings become angels.     

Victor Hugo

Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.     

Franz Kafka

It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.     

Emil Zatopek

When suffering comes, we yearn for some sign from God, forgetting we have just had one.     

Mignon McLaughlin

Suffering is one of life's great teachers.     

Bryant H. McGill

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.     

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.     

Chinua Achebe

It isn't easy to accept that suffering can also be beautiful... it's difficult. It's something you can only understand if you dig deeply into yourself.     

Rainer W. Fassbinder

Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons.     

Oscar Wilde

One's suffering disappears when one lets oneself go, when one yields - even to sadness.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Suffering is part of the divine idea.     

Henry Ward Beecher

It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades.     

Susan Sontag

The suffering caused by the terrorists is the real torture.     

Jean-Marie Le Pen

There's nothing like suffering to remind us how not in control we actually are, how little power we ultimately have, and how much we ultimately need God.     

Tullian Tchividjian

When suffering happens, it forces us to confront life in a different way than we normally do.     

Philip Yancey

The cause of suffering is that the unbounded Self is overshadowed by the world.     


The word 'suffering' is not in my vocabulary.     

Judith Jamison

Suffering does not necessarily ennoble you.     

Henry Louis Gates

Sometimes when you're suffering really intensely, you can't pray for yourself.     

Anne Graham Lotz

Suffering doesn't improve human beings, does it?     

Herta Muller

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.     

Charles Dickens

Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to Him in trust and confidence.     

Billy Graham