suffering

A Quote by Marc Ian Barasch on compassion, buddhism, and suffering

A friend told me of visiting the Dalai Lama in India and asking him for a succinct definition of compassion. She prefaced her question by describing how heart-stricken she'd felt when, earlier that day, she'd seen a man in the street beating a mangy stray dog with a stick. “Compassion,” the Dalai Lama told her, “is when you feel as sorry for the man as you do for the dog.”

Marc Barasch

Source: The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness

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A Quote by John Muir on risk, difficulty, hardship, life, and suffering

No right way is easy in this rough world. We must risk our lives to save them.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by John Muir on wit, wisdom, experience, suffering, and perfection

There is no estimating the wit and wisdom concealed and latent in our lower fellow mortals until made manifest by profound experiences; for it is through suffering that dogs as well as saints are developed and made perfect.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

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A Quote by Aristotle on suffering, beauty, calamity, greatness, and pain

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

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by David Edwards on desire, truth, inspiration, suffering, confusion, and honesty

So don't ask yourself what people want. Ask instead, What is true? What really inspires me, excites me? What will really help people and take away their confusion and suffering? It's sort of a funny, crazy way to go, but I think it's the only way to bring water to the wasteland Joseph Campbell described. When I read something truthful, something real, I breathe a deep sigh and say, "Fantastic - I wasn't mad or alone in thinking that, after all!" So often we are left to our own devices, struggling in the dark with this external and internal propaganda system. At that point, for someone to tell us the truth is a gift. In a world where people all around us are lying and confusing us, to be honest is a great kindness.

David Edwards

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A Quote by Darren Littlejohn on meditation, suffering, and peace

The only way to see if it works is to try it. What have you got to lose besides suffering?

Darren Littlejohn

Source: The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction, Pages: 213

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A Quote by Anthony De Mello on cure, pain, relief, psychology, suffering, success, and life

Most people tell you they want to get out of kindergarten, but don't believe them. Don't believe them! All they want you to do is to mend their broken toys. "Give me back my wife. Give me back my job. Give me back my money. Give me back my reputation, my success." This is what they want; they want their toys replaced. That's all. Even the best psychologist will tell you that, that people don't really want to be cured. What they want is relief; a cure is painful.

Anthony De Mello

Source: Awareness

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on suffering, dreams, defeats, struggle, and life

But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.

Paulo Coelho

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on suffering, heart, fear, dream, and seeking

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.

Paulo Coelho

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A Quote by Eckhart Tolle on pain, suffering, resistance, judgment, negativity, moment, and ego

The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind.

Eckhart Tolle

Source: The Power of Now : A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Pages: 27

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