A Quote by Elias Penn-Smith on god, heart, pain, strength, and truth

Dear God, let me know within my heart When I am right; Let it be the balm to soothe my deepest pain; Let me know the truth and speak it, When to hold would bring me gain; Dear God, let me truly know myself And have the inside strength To stand alone.

Elias Penn-Smith

Source: Fire and Shadow, Penn-Smith, Vantage Press, 1969

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A Quote by Eleanor Carroll Chilton on pain and time


Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.

Eleanor Carroll Chilton (1898 - ?)

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A Quote by Elaine Christensen on children, god, love, pain, and tears

STILLBORN Still, with milk my breasts Still, with love my arms Still, at night I rock Still, so still my tears Still, with pain my womb Still, with God my child

Elaine Christensen (1948 -)

Source: At the Edges, published by the Utah State Poetry Society, 1990

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A Quote by Elaine Christensen on age, birds, children, darkness, god, ideas, joy, justice, learning, pain, people, sleep, and water

I Have Learned 5 Things 1. The sulfurous flame sunbeams in corners lightning like cracked glass the bulb of an idea your dark eyes all have one source. 2. Pain is truer than people truer than a full plate truer than God 3. Joy is a suitcase packed with everyday things no beaded gowns, no hats no umbrella just pajamas, a toothbrush, sneakers. If it rains stand there soak up every drop like applause. 4. I have learned that I want less: the sound of lake water lapping tadpoles listless in sun-heated shallows wispy grass, knobby reeds greeting me, my name caught in their raspy throats one or two clouds and a bird, maybe, if it doesn't sing. 5. Old age is where you started, a child looking up at the light at jumbled faces at mouths whispering, "there, now, go back to sleep."

Elaine Christensen (1948 -)

Source: I have learned five things, 1995 winner, Nat’l Fed’n StatePoetry Societies’ manuscript comp

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A Quote by Edwin Hubble Chapin on idealism, love, pain, poverty, and spirit

The worst effect of sin is within and is manifest not in poverty, and pain, and bodily defacement, but in the discrowned faculties, the unworthy love, the low ideal, the brutalized and enslaved spirit.

Edwin Hubble Chapin (1814 - 1880)

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A Quote by Edna St. Vincent Millay on bitterness, fear, heart, memory, mountains, pain, quiet, and time

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied Who told me time would ease me of my pain! I miss him in the weeping of the rain; I want him at the shrinking of the tide; The old snows melt from every mountain-side, And last year's leaves are smoke in every lane; But last year's bitter loving must remain Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide There are a hundred places where I fear To go, - so with his memory they brim And entering with relief some quiet place Where never fell his foot or shone his face I say,There is no memory of him here! And so stand stricken, so remembering him!

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)

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A Quote by Dread Pirate Roberts on life and pain


Life is pain...anyone who says differently is selling something.

Dread Pirate Roberts

Source: Cary Elwes’ character in The Princess Bride, 1987

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A Quote by Dr. Herbert Shofield on egotism, nature, and pain

Egotism is the anesthetic which nature gives us to deaden the pain of being a fool.

Dr. Herbert Shofield

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A Quote by Dr. Albert Schweitzer on earth, life, neighbors, and pain

Today . . . we know that all living beings who strive to maintain life and who long to be spared pain - all living beings on earth - are our neighbors.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

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A Quote by Dorothy Parker on drugs and pain


Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live.

Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

Source: Enough Rope

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