A Quote by Louise Bogan on universe, suffering, and joy

1. "I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy."

Louise Bogan (1897 - 1970)

Source: My diary

Contributed by: jagadish

A Quote by Marcel Proust on suffering and healing

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

Contributed by: Iblis

A Quote by Albert Schweitzer on suffering and denial

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

Source: sunbeams

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A Quote by Emo Phillips on suffering and nonduality

The question is absurd: when you ask, 'If God is both all good and all powerful, why then does He allow suffering?', what you are really asking is, 'If God is both all good and all powerful, why then can He not make me (the questioner) -- who is just as much a part of a universe in which there is suffering as is any other part -- be at the same time the exact same questioner, but one who is now part and parcel of a universe in which there is no suffering?' Which, reduced down, is the same thing as asking, 'Why can there not be, at the same time, X and the preclusion of X?'

Emo Phillips


Contributed by: Keith

A Quote by John Snelling on ego, suffering, duality, non duality, delusion, mind, i, and self

A primary cause of suffering is delusion: our inability, because of a subtly willful blindness, to see things the way they truly are but instead in a distorted way. The world is in fact a seamless and dynamic unity: a single living organism that is constantly undergoing change. our minds, however, chop it up into separate, static bits and pieces, which we then try mentally and physically to manipulate. One of the mind's most dear creations is the idea of the person and, closest to home, of a very special person which each one of us calls "I": a separate, enduring ego or self. In a moment, then, the seamless universe is cut in two. There is "I" -- and there is all the rest. That means conflict -- and pain, for "I" cannot control that fathomless vastness against which it is set. It will try, of course, as a flea might pit itself against an elephant, but it is a vain enterprise.

John Snelling

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on buddhism, matter, suffering, and happiness

Although you can find certain differences among the Buddhist philosophical schools about how the universe came into being, the basic common question addressed is how the two fundamental principles--external matter and internal mind or consciousness--although distinct, affect one another. External causes and conditions are responsible for certain of our experiences of happiness and suffering. Yet we find that it is principally our own feelings, our thoughts and our emotions, that really determine whether we are going to suffer or be happy.

Dalai Lama

Source: Dzogchen : The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection

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A Quote by Anaïs Nin on death, living, suffering, error, risking, giving, and losing

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.

Anaïs Nin (1903 - 1977)

Source: The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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A Quote by Ellen G. White on god, man, earth, world, transgression, sin, love, woe, death, suffering, difficulties, trials, life, toil, sorrow, misery, nature, hope, comfort, and happiness

God made man perfectly holy and happy; and the fair earth, as it came from the Creator's hand, bore no blight of decay or shadow of the curse. It is transgression of God's law--the law of love--that has brought woe and death. Yet even amid the suffering that results from sin, God's love is revealed. It is written that God cursed the ground for man's sake. Genesis 3:17. The thorn and the thistle--the difficulties and trials that make his life one of toil and care--were appointed for his good as a part of the training needful in God's plan for his uplifting from the ruin and degradation that sin has wrought. The world, though fallen, is not all sorrow and misery. In nature itself are messages of hope and comfort. There are flowers upon the thistles, and the thorns are covered with roses.

"God is love" is written upon every opening bud, upon every spire of springing grass. The lovely birds making the air vocal with their happy songs, the delicately tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air, the lofty trees of the forest with their rich foliage of living green -- all testify to the tender, fatherly care of our God and to His desire to make His children happy.

Ellen White

Source: Steps to Christ, ch. 1, God's Love for Man

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on paulo coehlo, suffering, defeat, and dreams

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. The universe always helps us fight for our dreams, no matter how foolish they may be. Our dreams are our own, and only we can know the effort required to keep them alive.

Paulo Coelho

Source: By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Contributed by: Aart Hilal

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