A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on love and pain


We are pain and what cures pain, both. We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours. I want to hold you close like a lute, so that we can cry out with loving. Would you rather throw stones at a mirror? I am your mirror and here are the stones.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

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A Quote by Saint Maximos the Confessor on god, christianity, nature, reality, passion, pain, mind, compassion, and truth

In the beginning, passion and pain were not created together with the body; nor forgetfulness and ignorance together with the soul; nor the ever-changing impressions in the shape of events with the mind.  All these things were brought about in man by his disobedience.

Saint Maximos the Confessor

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A Quote by Wayne Muller on loss, pain, challenges, and self-knowledge

When we come close to those things that break us down, we touch those things that also break us open.  And in that breaking open, we uncover our true nature.

Wayne Muller

Source: Wayne Muller, author of How Then Shall We Live?

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A Quote by Dhammapada The Buddha on winning, losing calm, ease, hostility, and pain

Winning gives birth to hostility.
Losing, one lies down in pain.
The calmed lie down with ease,
having set winning & losing aside.

Dhammapada 15.201

Dhammapada The Buddha

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A Quote by Aeschylus on pain, suffering, human condition, humanity, and life

Who except the gods can live without any pain?

Aeschylus (525 - 456 BC)

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A Quote by Gerald Epstein on pain, suffering, help, and compassion

Pain is a message asking for our help.

Gerald Epstein

Source: Kabbalah for Inner Peace, Pages: 72

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A Quote by Leonard Jacobson on sad, sorrow, pain, empathy, and compassion

You can be sad for others but you don't have to take on their pain.

Leonard Jacobson

Source: Words from Silence: An Invitation to Spiritual Awakening, Pages: 13

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A Quote by Myra Ellen (Tori) Amos on life, pain, and self

Give me life, give me pain, give me myself again.

Tori Amos (1963 -)

Source: Little Earthquakes

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on compassion, pain, and empathy

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos.

Milan Kundera

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A Quote by Mother Teresa on love, loving, pain, and paradox

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

Mother Teresa (1910 - 1998)

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