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For broad understanding and deep feeling, you need pain and suffering. I believe really great men must experience great sadness in the world.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, Tender Is the Night

So long as visible or audible pain turns you sick; so long as your own pains drive you; so long as pain underlies your propositions about sin,—so long, I tell you, you are an animal, thinking a little less obscurely what an animal feels.

For it would be better to die once and for all than to suffer pain for all one's life.

AESCHYLUS, Prometheus Bound

Pain is just another form of information.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

This store which men and women set on pleasure and pain ... is the mark of the beast upon them—the mark of the beast from which they came! Pain, pain and pleasure, they are for us only so long as we wriggle in the dust.

All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.


Pain is truth; all else is subject to doubt.

The pain of the world is a crater all these syrups and pills a thousandfold would fail to fill.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit Redux

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