A Quote by Elizabeth Gilbert on suffering, hell, karma, and heaven

Take care of the problems now, or else you'll just have to suffer again later when you scew everything up the next timeAnd that repetition of suffering - that's hell.  Moving out of that endless repetition to a new level of understand - there's where you'll find heaven.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Source: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, Pages: 262

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A Quote by Baba Ram Dass on growth and suffering

Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us.

Ram Dass

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A Quote by Baba Ram Dass on suffering and growth

Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.

Ram Dass

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A Quote by Baba Ram Dass on life, suffering, catalyst, transformation, and growth

Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation.
Use it!

Ram Dass

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A Quote by Baba Ram Dass on life, love, light, suffering, grace, and lessons

We're being trained through our incarnations--trained to seek love, trained to seek light, trained to see the grace in suffering.

Ram Dass

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A Quote by Franz Kafka on suffering and avoidance

You can hold back from the suffering of the world. This is something you are free to do. But perhaps precisely this holding back is the only suffering you might be able to avoid.

Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)


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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, self, suffering, and balance

Fame of self: Which matters more?
Self or wealth: Which is more precious?
Gain or loss: Which is more painful?

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching, trans. Gia-Fu Feng

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A Quote by Seventh Dalai Lama on suffering, now, and buddhism

If there is a way to free ourselves from suffering
We must use every moment to find it.
Only a fool wants to go on suffering.
Isn't it sad to knowingly imbibe poison?

Seventh Dalai Lama

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A Quote by David Edwards on truth, kindness, compassion, and suffering

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 Jack on pain, responsibility, suffering, and liberation

There is a point where pain becomes so much that we hold others responsible for our pain. What we may not realize is that only we can climb the mountain path to our own liberation. As impossible as it may seem, it is work only we can do.

We can only hope that noone else descends on us and declares themselves responsible for liberating us from our own pain. Only when we are responsible for our own transcendence do we discover the deep courage to midwife birth to our own joy.

Jack Ricchiuto

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