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Stress and Pain Quotes



Top 50 Stress and Pain Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Stress and Pain Quotes

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

- Aristotle (384-322 BC), Greek philosopher, pictured right.

As the 1960's slogan says:

Take up your cross and relax.



No 2Stress and Pain Quotes

To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.

- Marcus Aurelius (121-180), Roman emperor and philosopher, pictured right.



No 3Stress and Pain Quotes

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

(from the 1667 poem Paradise Lost)

- John Milton (1608-74), pictured right, English writer.



No 4Stress and Pain Quotes

It is difficulties that show what men are.

- Epictetus (c.55-c.135 AD), Greek philosopher, pictured right.



No 5

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,

(Matthew 6:34 in the Bible)

- Jesus (c4 BC-c30 AD), founder of Christianity


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Horace (65–8 BC), the Roman poet, pictured right. agrees:

Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that fate allows you



No 6Stress and Pain Quotes

Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break.

(Malcolm in Macbeth)

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right


Shakespeare gives two tips on dealing with sorrow:


What's gone and what's past help should be past grief.

(Paulina in The Winter's Tale)


What’s done cannot be undone.

(Lady Macbeth in Macbeth)



No 7Stress and Pain Quotes

If you want to be free, live simply.

- Lao Tzu (c604-c531 BC) , pictured right, Chinese philosopher.



No 8Stress and Pain Quotes

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

 (from the 1927 poem Desiderata)

- Max Ehrmann (1872-1945), pictured right, American writer



No 9

 Stress and Pain QuotesThink only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

(Elizabeth to Darcy)

- Jane Austen, pictured right, Pride and Prejudice (1813),

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Don’t yearn for the past, as D.H. Lawrence, pictured right, describes in his 1918 poem Piano:

Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.



No 10Stress and Pain Quotes

Sweet are the uses of adversity,

(Duke Senior in As You Like It).

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.


Stress and Pain QuotesShakespeare’s thought that problems are necessary for a happy life is supported by William Blake’s , pictured right, 1803 poem, Auguries of Innocence:

Joy and woe are woven fine,

A clothing for the soul divine.



No 11Stress and Pain Quotes

There are no gains without pains.

- Adlai Stevenson (1900–65), American Democratic politician, pictured right.


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No 12

There is no greater pain than to remember a happy time when one is in misery.

- Dante, (1265–1321), Italian poet, pictured right.



No 13Stress and Pain Quotes

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.

- Hans Selye (1907-82) , pictured right, Austrian-born Canadian medical professor and stress expert.


Selye also says that positive stress (or pressure) is vital to a happy life:

Stress is the spice of life.



No 14Stress and Pain Quotes

The foundation of all mental health is the avoidance of true suffering.

- Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist, pictured right.


So Jung also says:

The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.



No 15Stress and Pain Quotes

One pain is lessened by another’s anguish.

(Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet)

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right



No 16Stress and Pain Quotes

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

- Francis Bacon (1561–1626), English politician and philosopher, pictured right.



No 17Stress and Pain Quotes

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

- Joseph P. Kennedy (1888–1969), American diplomat and father of John F. Kennedy, pictured right.

(also said by the American football player and coach Knute Rockne (1888-1931)



No 18Stress and Pain Quotes

One of the symptoms of approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important, and that to take a holiday would bring all kinds of disaster.

- Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), English philosopher, pictured right.



No 19Stress and Pain Quotes

Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone; for the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, but has trouble enough of its own.

(from the 1883 poem Solitude)

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919), pictured right, American poet.



No 20Stress and Pain Quotes

To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on.

 (the Duke of Venice in Othello)

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right



No 21Stress and Pain Quotes

But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

(Will Ladislaw in the 1874 novel Middlemarch)

- George Eliot (1819-80), pictured right, English writer.



No 22Stress and Pain Quotes

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

- Coco Chanel (1883-1971), French fashion designer and businesswoman, pictured right.



No 23Stress and Pain Quotes

Where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above the chimney tops. That’s where you’ll find me,

(from the song Over the Rainbow),

- Dorothy (Judy Garland, pictured right, in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz) .



No 24Stress and Pain Quotes

When one door of happiness closes another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

- Helen Keller (1880-1968), American campaigner for the disabled, pictured right.



No 25Stress and Pain Quotes

Our sorrows are our schoolmasters.

- Francis Bacon (1561–1626), English politician and philosopher, pictured right.



No 26Stress and Pain Quotes

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), American human rights campaigner, pictured right.



No 27Stress and Pain Quotes

Suffering is only intolerable when nobody cares.

- Cicely Saunders (1918-2005), English founder of the modern hospice movement, pictured right.



No 28Stress and Pain Quotes

Turn your wounds into wisdom,

- Oprah Winfrey (1954- ) African American chat show host, pictured right.


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So philosophy helps, as Friar Laurence in Shakespeare’s (pictured right) play, Romeo and Juliet, says:

Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy.



No 29Stress and Pain Quotes

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.,

- Marcel Proust (1871-1922) French writer, pictured right.



No 30Stress and Pain Quotes

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

- William James (1842-1910), American psychologist and philosopher, pictured right.



No 31Stress and Pain Quotes

Every struggle is a victory.

- Helen Keller (1880-1968), pictured right, American campaigner for the disabled


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So Marcel Proust (1871-1922), pictured right, the French writer, says:

It is grief that develops the powers of the mind.



No 32Stress and Pain Quotes

 It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

(from the 1875 poem Invictus)

- William Henley (1849-1903), pictured right above, English poet.



No 33Stress and Pain Quotes

What does not destroy me makes me stronger,

- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), pictured right, German philosopher.



No 34Stress and Pain Quotes

Suffering ceases to be suffering when we find a reason for it.

- Viktor Frankl (1905-97), pictured right, Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor.



No 35Stress and Pain Quotes

Men are disturbed not by events, but by the views which they take of them.

- Epictetus (c.55-c.135 AD), Greek philosopher, pictured right.



No 36Stress and Pain Quotes

Do not abandon yourselves to despair.

- John Paul II (1920-2005), pictured right, Polish pope.

 John Paul also comments:

The worst prison would be a closed heart.



No 37Stress and Pain Quotes

Pray not for a lighter load but stronger shoulders.

- St. Augustine (354-430), pictured right, Algerian philosopher.



No 38Stress and Pain Quotes

Another cause of your sickness, and the most important, you have forgotten what you are.

- Boethius (c.470-524), pictured right, Roman philosopher and politician



No 39Stress and Pain Quotes

Always do what you are afraid to do.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), pictured right, American philosopher.



No 40Stress and Pain Quotes

Pleasure is... freedom from pain in the body and from disturbance in the mind.

- Epicurus (341-270 BC), Greek philosopher (pictured right)



No 41Stress and Pain Quotes

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

- Mahatma ( Mohandas) Gandhi (1869-1948), pictured right, Indian leader and philosopher.



 No 42Stress and Pain Quotes

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

- Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55), pictured right, Danish philosopher



No 43Stress and Pain Quotes

We cannot go to heaven in featherbeds.

(talking about suffering),

- Thomas More (1477-1535), pictured right, English philosopher and politician



No 44Stress and Pain Quotes

It is better to suffer, than to do wrong.

- Pythagoras (c.570-495 BC), pictured right, Greek philosopher and mathematician.



No 45Stress and Pain Quotes

Human life begins on the other side of despair.

- Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80), pictured right, French philosopher



No 46Stress and Pain Quotes

Life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome.

- Arnold Schopenhauer (1788-1860), pictured right, German philosopher.



No 47Stress and Pain Quotes

Life is a series of problems.

- M. Scott Peck (1936-2005), pictured right, American psychiatrist.



No 48Stress and Pain Quotes

Life is just one damned thing after another.

- Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), American writer, pictured right.



No 49Stress and Pain Quotes

He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.

- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), pictured right, German philosopher.



No 50Stress and Pain Quotes

It [materialism] speaks to us in the language of terrorism, genocide, breakdown, pollution, exhaustion,

- Ernst Friedrich (Fritz) Schumacher, pictured right, in Small is Beautiful (1973)

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