pain

A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on action, appearance, basketball, beginning, belief, change, character, cheating, circumstances, clarity, coaching, conscience, criticism, day, evil, god, guilt, heart, injustice, innocence, joy, judgment, justice, learning,

One day in the middle of an important examination in high school, the point of my lead pencil broke. In those days we used pocket knives to sharpen our pencils. I had forgotten my penknife and turned to ask a neighbor for his. The teacher saw this; he accused me of cheating. When I tried to explain, he gave me a tongue-lashing for lying; worse, he forbade me to play on the basketball team in the upcoming game. I could see that the more I protested the angrier he seemed to become. But again and again I stubbornly told what had happened. Even when the coach pleaded my cause, the teacher refused to budge. The disgrace was almost more than I could bear. Then, just minutes before the game, he had a change of heart and I was permitted to play. But there was no joy in it. We lost the game; and though that hurt, by far the deeper pain was being branded a cheat and a liar. Looking back. I know that lesson was God-sent. Character is shaped in just such crucibles. My parents believed me: they were understanding and encouraging. Supported by them and a clear conscience, I began to realize that when you are at peace with your Maker you can, if not ignore human criticism, at least rise above it. And I learned something else - the importance of avoiding even the appearance of evil. Though I was innocent, circumstance made me look guilty. Since this could so easily be true in many of life's situations, I made a resolution to keep even the appearance of my actions above question, as far as possible. And it struck me, too, that if this injustice happened to me, it could happen to others, and I must not judge their actions simply on appearances.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Crossfire: The Eight Years with Eisenhower, p. 17.

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A Quote by E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on heart and pain

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E.T. (after touching his heart where there is a ruby-glowing light and then touching his lips, expressing his pain over leaving and separating): "Ouch." Elliott (after repeating the gesture): "Ouch." (Then they embrace.)

E.T.

Source: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982 Spielberg's magical fantasy movie myth

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A Quote by Eric Hoffer on difficulty, doubt, pain, past, and present

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay.

Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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A Quote by Epicurus on freedom, good, impossibility, life, pain, and pleasure

It is impossible to live pleasurably without living wisely, well, and justly, and impossible to live wisely, well, and justly without living pleasurably. Epicurus taught: Pleasure, defined as freedom from pain, is the highest good.

Epicurus (c. 341 - c. 270 BC)

Source: Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

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A Quote by Epicurus on beginning, freedom, good, life, pain, and pleasure

Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily. Epicurus taught: Pleasure, defined as freedom from pain, is the highest good.

Epicurus (c. 341 - c. 270 BC)

Source: Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on heart, life, loss, and pain

If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one Pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in Vain

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: 1864; Poems, First Series, 1890.

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on earth, heaven, kindness, life, pain, and wives

How odd that girl's life looks Behind this soft eclipse! I think that earth seems so To those in heaven now. This being comfort, then That other kind was pain; But why compare? I'm wife! stop there!

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on feeling and pain

After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 341, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on beginning, pain, and time

Pain - has an element of Blank - It cannot recollect When it begun - or if there were A time when it was not. . . .

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: 1862; Poems, First Series, 1890.

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A Quote by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson on anxiety, death, duty, home, life, motherhood, pain, and relatives

[My mother] speaks of my step being a source of life-long pain to her, that it is a living death, etc. By the same post I had several letters from anxious relatives, telling me that it was my duty to come home and thus ease my mother's anxiety.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836 - 1917)

Source: Letter, 17 Aug 1860, to her Emily Davies

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