A Quote by Lance Armstrong on belief, pain, and thoughts

"I believed in belief, for its own shining sake. To believe in the face of utter hopelessness, every article of evidence to the contrary, to ignore apparent catastrophe-what other choice was there? We do it every day, I realized. We are so much stronger than we imagine, and belief is one of the most valiant and long-lived human characteristics. To believe, when all along we humans know that nothing can cure the briefness of this life, that there is no remedy for our basic mortality, that is a form of bravery." "To continue believing in yourself, believing in the doctors, believing in the treatment, believing in whatever I chose to believe in, that was the most important thing, I decided. It had to be." "Without belief, we would be left with nothing but an overwhelming doom, every single day. And it will beat you. I didn't fully see, until the cancer, how we fight every day against the creeping negatives of the world, how we struggle daily against the slow lapping of cynicism. Dispiritedness and disappointment, these are the real perils of life, not some sudden illness or cataclysmic millennium doomsday. I knew now why people fear cancer: because it is a slow and inevitable death, it is the very definition of cynicism and loss of spirit... So, I believed.

Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things-whether health or a car or an old sense of self-has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers."

Lance Armstrong

Contributed by: Angelina

A Quote by Pema Chodron on equanimity, pain, pleasure, punishment, and reward

Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward.

Pema Chodron

Source: Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

Contributed by: namlet

A Quote by Spider Robinson on pain, joy, empathy, and sharing

Pain shared is pain lessened; joy shared is joy increased. Thus do we refute entropy.

Spider Robinson

Source: The Callahan Chronicals

Contributed by: CajunGypsy

A Quote by C.S. Lewis on love and pain


Why love, if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore: only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I've been given the choice: as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That's the deal.

C.S. Lewis

Source: Shadowlands

Contributed by: dr_emma_peale

A Quote by gwizazz on gwizazz, breathe deeper, breathe deeply often, deep breathing, breath-of-life, oxygen, pain, hurt, thankfulness, fault, cause, reminded, pre-exist, pre-existing, and pre-existence

Did you feel hurt by what he said? Probably.
Was it his 'fault' that you were hurt? No.
Was he the 'cause' of your hurt? No.
He simply 'reminded' you of your 'pre-existing' sensitivity.
Be thankful for people like him.
The reason for the hurt was the 'pre-existence' of physical tension.
Breath or oxygen can release the physical tension
which results from friction against nerve endings.
The deeper the breath, the better the outcome or result.
Breathe deeply often...



Contributed by: gwizazz

A Quote by Ian Gardner on pain, unhappiness, fear, avoiding pain, avoiding unhappiness, and avoiding fear

The Simple Solution.

            To avoid all pain, unhappiness and fear ......

            avoid birth.

                                                                                                                                  from the "Quo Vadis?" File.

Ian Gardner

Source: The Milk Is White

Contributed by: Ian Gardner

A Quote by Lena Lees on kuan yin, pain, choices, and freedom to choose

"The reason pain exists is because of some of the choices you, as humans, have made. Humans always have a great freedom to choose."

Lena Lees

Source: The Living Word of Kuan Yin

Contributed by: Hope

A Quote by Rabindranath Tagore on tagore, break up, love, and pain

-The Apprehension-
The more you heap my hands
with the coins of love,
won't it expose the more the deceit's depth
that's within me?
Better for me to pay my piling debts
and sail away in an empty boat.
Better that I should starve and you withdraw
your heart filled with nectar
and go away.

To dull my pain
I might wake it in you;
to lighten my load
I might press it on you;
my anguished cry of loneliness well might
keep you awake at night -
such are my fears, why I don't speak freely.
If you can forget,
please do.

On a lonesome trail I was, when you came along,
your eyes set on my face.
I thought I'd say, 'Why not come with me?
Say something to me, please!'
But all of a sudden, as I gazed at your face,
I felt afraid.
I saw a dormant fire's secret smoulder
in the obscure depths
of your heart's darkest night.

Anchor, should I suddenly fan
the flames of your penance into a blazing fire,
wouldn't that stark light slash all veils asunder
and lay my poverty bare?
What have I to offer as sacred fuel
to your passion's sacrificial fire?
Therefore I say to you with humility:
With the memory of our meeting
let me return alone

Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)

Contributed by: Julienne

A Quote by William Wordsworth on happy, warrior, pain, compassionate, sacrifice, and wordsworth

It is the generous Spirit, who, when brought
Among the tasks of real life, hath wrought
Upon the plan that pleased his boyish thought:
Whose high endeavours are an inward light
That makes the path before him always bright:
Who, with a natural instinct to discern
What knowledge can perform, is diligent to learn;
Abides by this resolve, and stops not there,
But makes his moral being his prime care;
Who, doomed to go in company with Pain,
And Fear, and Bloodshed, miserable train!
Turns his necessity to glorious gain;
In face of these doth exercise a power
Which is our human nature's highest dower;
Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves
Of their bad influence, and their good receives:
By objects, which might force the soul to abate
Her feeling, rendered more compassionate;
Is placable--because occasions rise
So often that demand such sacrifice;
More skilful in self-knowledge, even more pure,
As tempted more; more able to endure,
As more exposed to suffering and distress;
Thence, also, more alive to tenderness.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: Character of the Happy Warrior

Contributed by: Jeff.Mowatt

Syndicate content